How to Make an Embossed Velvet Bench

Instantly upgrade an old bench using this unique fabric-stamping technique.

Improve a hallway or entryway with a custom upholstered bench. It can act as a drop zone for everyday items or can be a place to sit and lace up your shoes. If you have a wood bench, and it is starting to look a little outdated, we've got a fast fix you'll love. This unique bench was upgraded with embossed velvet fabric that we stamped ourselves! Choose a design that is a perfect fit for your home, then take a look at the steps below to see how to make imprinted fabric with basic foam stamps and an iron.

What You Need

  • Wood bench
  • Velvet fabric
  • Thick foam sheets
  • Wood plaques
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Pencil
  • Cutting mat
  • Crafts knife
  • Ruler or straightedge

Step 1: Cut Foam Sheets

First, use a ruler and crafts knife to cut out 6x6-inch squares of foam. You should be using thick foam sheets for this step, and always cut on top of a cutting board to protect your surface. These will end up being your stamps for the embossed designs, so cut out enough squares for every design you want. 

Step 2: Draw and Cut Designs

Using a straightedge and a pencil, draw out your desired designs, creating one on each foam square. We chose variations of triangles, though any shape will work. Cut out your patterns and mount the foam on wood plaques using adhesive spray. Let dry completely. 

Step 3: Wet Stamp and Cover

Prepare your iron by heating it in steam mode on the highest temperature. Generously spritz the face of the stamp with water. Figure out where on your fabric you want the stamp to go. Lay the fabric on the stamp with the velvet side facing down. 

Step 4: Finish Stamps

Spray the top of the fabric where the stamp is placed underneath. Iron for 30-45 seconds, moving iron only slightly. Turn velvet over to reveal the embossed design. Once satisfied, repeat steps three and four with the remaining stamps until the final design is complete. 

Step 5: Attach Fabric and Finish

Be sure to keep the existing batting of your bench intact, or, if it's damaged or old, replace with new batting. Place your fabric over the bench seat and secure by stapling the extra fabric to the back of the plywood. Flip the bench seat over and return to its base. 

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