beginner sewing project - diy placematsAdding velvet pieces in the right way can add elegance and class to your space. Velvet can be used as a bold statement and pull room decorations together. I absolutely love the soft texture of velvet, and that is why I chose Spoonflower’s Celosia Velvet™ to make these beautiful placemats. Yes, I know a bold move. Who makes placemats out of velvet fabric. (Raise hand, I do!)

Spoonflower velvet is called Celosia Velvet™ and is a heavyweight, 100% polyester fabric with a short pile and shimmer. This fabric was easy to clean and waterproof. And after a dinner party, I was even able to get red pasta sauce out of the light fabric with one wash! You can use this plush fabric for upholstery projects, drapery, and other home decor applications.

In this blog post, we will be learning tips on how to waterproof, maintain and ways to keep your velvet fabric looking new.

What is Velvet Commonly Used for in Home Decor?

  • Sofas & Chairs
  • Room accessories: Pillows, blankets
  • Bedding & Headboards
  • Curtains
  • Table Decorations: Table Runners, Placemats, & Silverware rings
  • Wall Art
  • Poufs & Bench Cushions

How to Clean Velvet Fabric

If used correctly, velvet can add so much to the look of your decor, but guest can usually spot any discoloration and wear. Velvet requires a lot of care to maintain the look of velvet overtime.

There are a variety of applications and projects that use velvet fabric. Depending on how your item arrives at your home will determine what steps you will need to follow. First and foremost, it’s important to read any care instructions provided to you by the manufacturer. Also, before you begin the steps below, make sure to spot check your fabric before you work on the entire surface.

how to care for velvet

How to Clean and Waterproof Velvet

Step 1: Clean the Fabric according to the manufacturer’s instructions

  • Care Instructions for Celosia Velvet™ Fabric from Spoonflower:
    • Machine wash the fabric in warm or cool water using phosphate-free detergent on a delicate setting. Machine dry on a low-temperature setting and, when needed, iron on the reverse side of the fabric.

Step 2: Waterproof your Fabric using Scotchgard™ Fabric & Upholstery Protector

(Reminder Spot check before you begin!)

  • Lay down a tarp or garbage bag below your fabric or material
  • Spot check an area and let it try before waterproofing the fabric or object
  • Let it dry completely before use
  • For optimal protection, apply 2-3 coats

Step 3: Handle Your Velvet with Care

Spills happen, but try to tackle them right away. Immediately blot the area with a clean, dry absorbent cloth and wash it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. To keep your fabric in the best shape, re-apply a layer of Scotchguard before you use again.

You won’t be sorry if you take the time up front to wash and waterproof your new velvet fabric. This simple step helps your new decor piece to look like new for a long time!

Velvet Fabric I Used for Placemats

The fabric used in this post was generously provided to me by Spoonflower, but as always all opinions expressed are my own!

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