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How to Make an Embossed Velvet Shoe Ornament

Create handmade velvet ornaments for your holiday decorations. Follow these instructions by Mary O'Neil.


shoe pattern
metallic card stock or decorative paper
acetate/rayon velvet
block-patterned rubber stamp
mister bottle
PVA glue
jewels and trim for decoration
bone folder

Figure A


1. Trace the pattern onto the card stock (figure A). Trace all the pieces exactly except for the outer sole piece.

Figure B

2. Trace this on the exact line and cut it out 1/2 inch larger (figure B).

Figure C

3. Emboss the piece of velvet (figure C).

Note: Detailed instructions for this technique are below.

4. Using the PVA glue, adhere the outer sole, inner sole and outer shoe top (embossed piece) pattern pieces to the velvet.

Figure D

5. Cut out the outer sole flush to the pattern piece. Cut out the inner sole and outer shoe top 1/2 inch larger than the pattern piece (figure D).

Figure E

6. Clip all the curves (figure E).

Figure F

7. Brush the PVA glue to all the clipped curves, and press over to keep from having any raw edges (figure F).

Figure G

8. Using the bone folder, score the solid line on the outer sole and the flap on the outer shoe. Fold these lines you just scored (figure G).

Figure H

9. Glue the back of the outer shoe top (figure H). Let dry and secure with T-pins to hold in place if necessary. Allow to dry.

Figure I

10. Apply glue to the clipped pieces of the outer sole and carefully begin to attach it to the shoe top (figure I).

Tip: You may want to just glue a little bit of it at a time, allow to dry, and glue some more. It is easier if you start at the back of the shoe.

Figure J

11. Glue in trim for a hanger (figure J).

Figure K

12. Slide in the liner. Slide in the inner shoe sole with the velvet side up (figure K).

13. Attach decorative trims and jewels.

Velvet Embossing


acetate-rayon velvet *
iron with few steam holes
bold patterned fabric stamps **

* Note: Rayon and silk velvet work beautifully but are more subtle and may even disappear over time. Never use nylon. It burns and isn't durable.

** Impressions from smaller more detailed stamps will not emboss clearly.


1. Set iron on wool or cotton setting with no steam.

2. Lightly mist the back side of the velvet.

3. Place the stamp image, rubber side up, on your ironing board.

4. Lay fabric right side down against the stamp image.

Figure A

5. Press the iron to fabric (figure A), hold for 10 to 20 seconds.

Figure B

6. Lift up the iron carefully, being careful not to move the fabric (figure B).

A little trial and error will make you an expert. Remember to use the part of your iron where there are no steam holes. If you have a problem with steam holes showing, you may want to buy an iron with no steam holes.

Everyone that sees this fabric has to touch it and then wants it for pillows, clothing, drapes, and more. And it does hold up to dry cleaning.

Never make the pattern too obvious. A random design is easy and forgiving. For instance, avoid a perfect border.

If you do have an embossed image you are not pleased with, spray a bit of water on it on the right side (not silk), scratch it with your fingernail a bit to rough up the bad design and then redo.

Cut out your pattern and then emboss. If you are embossing a garment like a jacket, you should pay attention to placement.

I am not a perfectionist by any means; however, after buying expensive velvet and taking the time to emboss it I want my finished sewn projects to be nice. I have basted, pinned and consulted, and finally I have the solution. I use red-liner tape. It is a double-sided tape to use instead of basting. It goes in the fabric allowance and is easily removed after sewing.

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