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A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing Velvet

Years later, I’d like to share all of the tricks and tips I’ve learned from my own research and firsthand experience so that you can enjoy velvet without tearing.

Get to know velvet

Velvet, velveteen, corduroy, and terry cloth are examples of pile fabrics with a fuzzy, hair-like surface. There are two types of pile fabrics, each made in a different way: velvet is woven as a double cloth, and stretch velvet is made with rayon and synthetic fibers.

Choosing a Pattern

Velvet is a luxurious fabric that adds luxury to any project. Velvet comes in a variety of weights, depending on the fiber content and weight of the backing fabric. Silk or rayon velvets are lighter weight and drape better, making them ideal for semi-fitted or loosely-fitted garments.


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Cutting velvet is similar to cutting silk or other fine fabrics in that it must be cut single layer. This is due to the fact that you are cutting single layer, but it is also due to the fact that velvet has a directional nap. The best way to learn about nap is to get your hands on some velvet. Lay out your pattern pieces and lay them out on a cutting mat.

Marking and Stabilizing

I like to use tailor’s tacks to mark everything from darts to notches on velvet, and silk organza is perfect for backing waistbands and collars. When working with velvet, use sew-in interfacing instead of iron-on interfacing.

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You’ve completed the task of planning, cutting, preparing, and preparing your velvet garment; now comes the fun part: seeing your garment take shape!

Always Test

Always test your stitches for a professional finish; every sewing machine and fabric is different, so don’t skimp on testing. I recommend starting with a size 70/11 microtex needle for traditional velvet and a size 75/11 stretch needle for stretch velvet.

Avoid Creeping

Velvet is difficult to work with because it tends to creep; the best way to avoid creeping is to hand baste your seams before machine sewing, and use a diagonal stitch pattern to keep your fabric secure as you sew.

Seam finishes and hemming

Steam is your best friend! Gently finger press seams, then apply lots and lots of steam on the wrong side to avoid bulk and topstitching. Create a single-fold, blind-stitched hem to avoid bulk and topstitching.

Is it easy to sew velvet?

Despite being slippery and having a pile, Velvet is actually relatively easy to sew with if you use the right sized needle and make sure you pin and cut everything accurately. To sew Velour on a machine, use a universal machine needle (around a size 70/10) or a Stretch machine needle.

Can you use hem tape on velvet?

Try out different techniques for sewing velvet on a scrap first. Catch the top of the tape to the velvet with a catch stitch, then fold the bottom over the hem and stitch it to the tape. You could also neaten the hem with a serger and finish off with hand sewing.

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Is Velvet easy to clean?

It’s Simple to Clean Velvet is often treated with stain repellents, so you should be able to gently dab the liquid up with a damp towel if it spills.

Is Velvet washable?

Because velvet has the same characteristics as a good quality bath towel, it can be washed at home, by hand or in the washing machine; however, do not use too much detergent, as velvet used for furnishings is often just dusty with no major stains.

What can you do with velvet?

21 Cozy Velvet Things to Make Your Life More Luxurious

  1. DIY this easy envelope clutch to carry your smartphone in style.
  2. Upgrade your bed with this tufted velvet headboard DIY.
  3. Give your home office a little taste of luxury.
  4. Place these super soft Mary Janes on your feet.

Can you quilt with velvet?

VELVET: If you know me, you know I love velvet and sneak it into quilts whenever I can. (Like in THIS QUILT from our Four Corners line.) Velvet feels great and adds great texture…

How do you remove stitch marks from velvet?

Now for the secret to erasing those stitch marks: use your nail…or a spoon, and drag it across the weft (left to right, then right to left) and the warp of the fabric (up and down) with a firm pressure appropriate to the sturdiness of your fabric. Press with steam and repeat 2 to 3 times.

Does velvet fabric shed?

When I cut velvet, all those tiny little fibers that give it its plush texture shed like crazy, and the fabric pieces continue to shed a fine, glittery cloud as I work with them. What happens is that garments shed fibers when they are washed.

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Can I iron velvet?

Instead of using an iron or sending velvet pieces to the dry cleaners, gently steam the fabric using a hand steamer or the steam function on an iron.

How hard is it to sew velvet?

Velvet also has a reputation for being difficult to sew, but with new technical information and sewing aids, there’s no reason to be intimidated. With just a few skills, you’ll be able to sew velvet with ease.

How do you wash velvet?

Handwashing velvet is always the best and safest method. Fill a washbasin or sink with cool water and add 2 capfuls or a squirt of Delicate Wash. Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap. Soak for up to 30 minutes.

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