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Gift Ideas for Special Occasions
Imprinted Velvet

Imprinted VelvetSeveral years ago I imprinted velvet and sewed gift bags in varying sizes with it. I have made shawls and throws also. A friend of mine made shawls for every female member of her family a few years ago. Be sure your purchased velvet is rayon, rayon-acetate, or silk velvet. You will need a rubber stamp with a bold design for this project. To imprint the velvet, using a spray bottle, generously mist the right side of the velvet with water. Place the rubber stamp, rubber side up, on an ironing board. Lay the dampened velvet, right side down, on top of the rubber stamp. Set the iron on wool setting. DO NOT USE STEAM. When the iron is hot, press the velvet on top of the stamp. Hold the iron firmly in place for approximately 20 seconds. If the image is not as distinct as you would like, press the fabric onto the stamp for an additional 10 seconds. Continue imprinting the fabric this way until you have the design you want.

For the bags, cut a piece of velvet to make the size bag you desire, then imprint it. Turn under one of the long edges and sew a hem. Fold right sides together and stitch around the bottom and open side. Turn. Insert gift and tie up with pretty ribbon. Or, if you want to be more elaborate, you can make your bag a drawstring bag by leaving an opening in your hemmed top and inserting cording.

For a shawl, you will need to cut 2 pieces of velvet 37 inches by 46 inches; round the corners. Imprint one piece of the velvet. Buy beautiful 6-inch fringe, if desired, and pin to the imprinted velvet with right sides facing. Sew the fringe on with a lengthened, basting stitch. Trim excess fringe so edges meet after sewing. With the right sides facing, and fringe to the inside, pin the velvet pieces together. Stitch along the previous stitching leaving an 8-inch opening for turning. Turn shawl right side out and slip-stitch opening closed. This is so luxurious!



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