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A Lasting Impression: Embossed Velvet Leaf Ring Pillow

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





  1. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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.

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2000



Reviews (5)

  • itzdebfowler 2 Mar, 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.

  • treefroggie81 15 Apr, 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?

  • Embossoftheworld 30 Jan, 2012

    This really helped me, but I don't understand how the veins showed up so light colored.

  • BellaNyssa 19 Jul, 2011

    not helpful

  • taganco 3 Nov, 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?