Emboss velvet ribbon with your favorite stamp designs, and sew to create soft fabric flowers.
Stamping, or embossing, velvet requires the right materials. Bonus: This technique holds up to dry cleaning. Use these tips for the best results.
- Choose acetate-rayon velvet. Rayon and silk work well but are more subtle, and stamping may disappear over time. Never use nylon; it burns.
- Use iron with few steam holes. Set it on a wool or cotton setting with no steam.
- Choose a simply designed fabric stamp - smaller details get lost in the plush velvet. Hot Potato stamps are made with a special glue that allows the stamps to take the heart process.
Materials and Tools:
acetate/rayon velvet ribbon 3" wide
Hot Potato stamps
spray water bottle
needle and thread
double-stick Red Line tape (optional)
pin back, barrette or wristband
1. Lightly mist the back side of the velvet.
2. Place the stamp image rubber side up on your ironing board.
3. Lay fabric right side down against the stamp image.
4. Press the iron to fabric and hold for 10 to 20 seconds.
5. Lift up the iron, being careful not to move the fabric.
6. If you have an embossed image you are not pleased with, spray a bit of water on it on the right side. Scratch it with your fingernail to rough up the bad design and then redo.
7. If sewing the embossed velvet onto clothing: Use double-stick Red Line tape instead of basting. It keeps the velvet from sliding and is easily removed after sewing.
Make velvet flowers
1. Cut ribbon to desired lengths for each petal. Four to six inches is a good size.
2. Fold the ribbon in half with right sides together and sew a seam by hand or with a machine. Allow the seam to curve gradually from the base of each petal to the tip.
3. Trim the seam allowance very close to this seam.
4. Join three petal bases with running stitches. The petals should overlap slightly.
5. Pull the thread tight to gather, joining the petals into a circle. Repeat with three more petals.
6. Place one set of petals on top of the other, offsetting them slightly so all petals are showing.
7. Using new thread, come up through the back and secure the sets of petals together. Fold a few flower stamens in the half, press them into the center of the flower and sew the stamens to the petals. Stitch the flower to a barrette, pin back or wristband.