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Embossed-Velvet Leaves




This embossing process requires a rubber leaf press, an iron, velvet fabric, and interfacing. (Velvet and interfacing are included in out Velvet-Leaf Wreath Kit.) The heat of the iron flattens parts of the velvet pile while leaving others raised, thus engraving the stamp's pattern onto the fabric.



  • Rubber leaf press
  • Iron
  • Velvet and interfacing, included in our Velvet-Leaf Wreath Kit
  • Pinking shears
  • Floral wire
  • White craft glue


  1. Step 1

    Cut a square of interfacing approximately the same size as the surface of the leaf press. Cut a square of velvet the same size, and set it fuzzy-side down. Place the interfacing on the back of the velvet, shiny-side down. Note: Use fabric sparingly to make sure you have enough leaves to make your wreath.

  2. Step 2

    With an iron on medium-high heat, press the two fabrics together for 5 to 10 seconds to securely bind them. Lay the interfaced fabric, velvet-side down, on top of the press. Spray interfacing with water. Press the hot iron against the fabric-covered leaf press for 10 to 15 seconds, using firm circular motions. The heat will "scorch" the imprint of the press into the velvet.

  3. Step 3

    Cut out leaf shapes (use pinking shears for birch leaves). Use floral wire to make the stems: Affix a length of wire to the back of each leaf with white craft glue, starting about 1/2 inch from the top of the leaf. (Leaves meant for a wreath should have long stems -- 6 or 7 inches.)

  4. Step 4

    Sew a few stitches on the back of each leaf where the floral wire and the bottom of the leaf meet.

Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1999/2000



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