How To Make A Powder Puff

Friday, March 08, 2013

I have a soft spot in my heart for these glamorous little puff balls. I first fell in love with powder puffs as a kid, watching old movies. Powder puffs always seemed to have a prominent place at the vanity of the silver screen starlets and leading ladies. Many were made with exquisite ornate fabrics which added to their delightfully feminine appeal.

These days, powder puffs have been replaced with thin sponges and kabuki brushes but their charm is remains undeniable. They hold a special place in the world of vintage and shabby chic style. While I don't use them for face powders, I do love them for applying shimmering body dust! 

What You'll Need
  • 2 Pieces 3" x 9" fabric 
  • 1 Piece 4" diameter circle of furry/fluffy fabric (I'm using polyester fur fabric)
  • 1 Piece 4" diameter circle lace fabric
  • 1 Piece 4" diameter circle satin fabric
  • Pins
  • Needle & Thread
  • Scissors
  • Batting

Step-by-Step How To Make A Powder Puff  Video Tutorial

Easy Step-by-Step Tutorial, How To Make A Powder Puff

Cut 2 pieces of fabric 3" x 9"
(These will be the ties)

Fold in half lengthwise, make a diagonal cut on one end.

Repeat on second piece.

Both pieces will look like this.

Pin your fabric on the slanted end and across the bottom.

Sew along your pinned edges.

After sewing, turn your ties inside out (pretty side out).

Your ties will look like this.
(Set them aside for now).

Cut 2 pieces of fabric 4" in diameter, lace and satin for an overlay effect.
(Or cut only 1 piece if you prefer a plain back and skip the next 2 steps).

Sandwich fabric together, pretty sides up and pin the perimeter.
Sew along your pinned edges.

Sandwich your puff fabrics together, pretty sides inward.

Fold one of the ties in thirds.

Tuck it between fabric, leaving 1/2" sticking out of the side.

Secure your fabric and tie end in place with a pin.
Repeat on opposite side with second tie (make sure they're directly across from each other).

Sew perimeter of fabric, leaving 2" open.

Turn puff inside out (pretty side out).

Stuff with batting.

Finish sewing, using the slip stitch technique.

Tie the fabric ties.

And your finished!

Where I purchased my supplies:
Walmart and fabric stores  

Enjoy and I wish you many happy powder puffing days ahead!!
xoxo Christine

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  1. That is the sweetest puff -you are so creative.

  2. Thank you Christine I think you are a wonderful person for sharing your love and your passion.Thank you for sharing peace and blessing continue to be with you!