WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ

Embossed velvet leaves, made with a rubber stamp and an iron, dress up a silk ring pillow.

Tools and Materials

Velvet

White single-sided medium-weight fusible cotton interfacing

Scissors and pinking shears

An iron

A custom rubber stamp (use the template, linked below, or a leaf-press set)

18-gauge wire

White craft glue

Embossed Velvet Leaf Ring Pillow How-To

1. Cut both velvet and interfacing to be 1/2 inch larger on all sides than rubber stamp. With an iron on medium-high, fuse interfacing to wrong side of velvet, holding iron in place 5 to 10 seconds to bind securely.

2. Lay fused velvet face down on the stamp. Spray interfacing with water. Press iron against fabric 10 to 15 seconds, using firm circular motions.

3. Cut out leaves (use pinking shears for notched edges of birch leaves). For large leaves, glue 18-gauge wire (use thinner wire for smaller leaves) to back along major veins, starting about 1/2 inch from top. Clip off extra wire at base of leaf (or leave a stem to use leaves in a bouquet), and bend wire gently to shape leaf. Hand-sew wire in place at the bottom of the leaf, and hand-sew bottom of leaf to pillow.

Leaf Template

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Comments (7)

Anonymous
March 2, 2015
I purchased a leaf embossing tray that is made out of plastic. The pieces that lay in the tray seem to be made with a rubberized plastic and they set inside the tray. I need to know what to do with this. Do I add ink and then put it together and press? I didn't get any instructions and have been looking online for a long time but never find anything.
Anonymous
April 15, 2012
Embossoftheworld: I've never tried a project like this, but it looks like maybe she took a paint pen and lined the veins from the rubberstamp...maybe even used a metallic sharpie?
Anonymous
April 16, 2019
I have done this project many times. No paint pens necessary. The steam heat causes the pile to lay done and what you are viewing above is light hitting the veins. It really is a great project.
Anonymous
January 30, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXYO-B4u7tw This really helped me, but I don't understand how the veins showed up so light colored.
Anonymous
July 19, 2011
not helpful
Anonymous
November 3, 2008
I have an older Christmas book written by Martha and she uses this same technique to make beautiful velvet dove Christmas ornaments. I have the template in the back of the book, but I have been unsuccessful in finding a retailer to create a custom stamp out of the image for under $85! Yikes! Does anyone know of a supplier that will create a custom rubber stamp for a reasonable price?
Anonymous
April 16, 2019
You need to check an engraver (such as for trophies) local to you. Typically, they also make custom stamps. I have an engraver in my city who makes custom stamps and I had a few made for embossing on velvet. My most expensive stamp was less than $8.00 and the results were amazing. I am getting new stamps made this week.