Monday, July 27, 2009

Powder Mitt Tutorial

I remember using powder mitts as a kid growing up in the seventies.They seem to have all but disappeared nowadays. They're nice to use after a shower or bath, especially now, during the hot and sticky days of summer. This is my version of the powder mitt. Just add a couple of tablespoons of your favorite body powder, and you're all set. Here's what you will need :

small amount of flannel
small amount of cotton fabric
sewing machine

various trims, such as ric-rac, ribbon, lace, buttons

sewing needle

To begin, print out this pattern. Click on thumbnail. Image will open in new tab. Then right click to save image to your computer.You may have to enlarge it to fit your hand and your wrist. I have small wrists (6 inches). You need to make sure that the mitt will slide over your hand.

1. Cut out your fabric. Two from flannel and one from cotton.

2. You're going to make a double folded hem to enclose the raw edge, at the bottom of each piece of fabric. Fold over 1/4 inch to wrong side and press. Fold over again 1/2 inch and press. Now sew the hem edge. Do this for all three pieces of fabric.

3. Decide what embellishments you would like for your mitt. I chose some ric-rac and ribbon. I sewed the ric-rac around the mitt's edge, and since my seam allowance is 1/2 inch , I sewed this on 3/4 inches from the raw edge. Then I sewed on a piece of ribbon and added a bow, which I hand sewed onto the mitt.

4. Now you will sew on the velcro. This will go on the flannel pieces, wrong sides, on the bottom hems. I used 3/4 inch velcro. Cut it to measure 2 1/2 inches long, and then cut them in half again lengthwise. I used a rotary cutter to do this. Sew to wrong sides of bottom hems.

5.Now you're going to make a sandwich (sort of). Lay flat one of your flannel pieces, right side facing up. Lay the cotton fabric right side facing down on top of the flannel, and finally, lay the last piece of flannel, right side facing down. Beginning at bottom edge, Sew a 1/2 inch seam around to opposite bottom edge. Clip seam edges around curves. Turn right side out.

6.Finish the bottom edge. I added ric-rac and some eyelet lace. When you sew your trim to bottom, make sure you don't sew your flannel pocket closed. I start at the edge of the side seam. Sew across the cotton fabric, then open the flannel pocket, and sew back around. You are done :). Just add your powder.

Pattern by Debra Collins

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Linda said...

This is terrific. I haven't seen one of these since I was very young. They will definitely be on my handmade Christmas list!

casserole said...

This is so cool!!! I used to play with my grandmother's powder mitt when I was little and this brings back all kinds of nostalgia...

I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:

Debra said...

Linda_ Thank you, I think these will make wonderful Christmas gifts, plus they're easy and fast to make :).

Anne_Thanks for your lovely comment and thanks for linking!

Shay said...

And what a great baby gift! Thanks for posting the pattern.

Debra said...

I agree, Shay. Package it up with some baby cornstarch or a handmade powder, and I think it would make a great shower gift :).

Jamie Wallace/ said...


I remember seeing these as a kid. Will definitely be making some for gifts this year.

My inlaws live in Mountain Home and my husband and boys are going up there next week to visit. Small world!


Debra said...

Hi Jamie,
Thanks for stopping by :). I hope your husband and sons have enjoyed their stay in Mountain Home. It's been a sunny week here, good for spending time at the river and lakes. Have a great weekend!

Silvana said...

Sou cute! :O)
Thank you for tutorial!
I loved!


Silvana - Brazil

* sorry for my english....

Debra said...

Thanks, Silvana :)

Your English is great!

Mary said...

I still have mine and it's from somewhere in the 1940's to 50's. Thank for the memories.

Deb said...

Thank you, Mary. :)

Karen Johnson said...

I have been looking for a pattern for these for my MIL. She's asked me a number of times if I've found a mitt yet, now I can make her one. Thank you so much for posting this pattern.

Lee Anne said...

Great tutorial. I've made 2 already! So many family members want one too! Thank you for the post!


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