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Velvet fabric is a versatile fabric that finds application in everything from upholstery to bedding. Velvet fabrics are often soft and smooth which is why they're used to make products that have close contact with the skin such as dresses, bath robes, intimate garments and upholstery. Their appealing visual aesthetic also makes them invaluable in home decor and they are also used for curtains and soft furnishings.

Types of velvet fabric

There are different types of velvet fabric and they all have slightly different appearances and uses.

Crushed velvet as the name suggests has a crushed look. The appearance of this type of velvet fabric is often shiny and patterned. This unique appearance is created by twisting or pressing the fabric while it is wet. Crushed velvet fabric is suitable for curtains and drapes as well as upholstery for furniture.

Panne velvet is a unique type of crushed velvet and a cheaper alternative to crushed velvet. It is a bit stretchy across the width and is popular in the making of costumes.

Plain velvet is a heavy-weight material and not as shiny as other types of velvet. Because it is not as slippery as other types of velvet, it is an excellent choice for beginner sewers.

Stretch velvet is incorporated with spandex resulting in a stretchy texture. This type of material is best for making sport wears such as leggings or leotards.

Chiffon velvet is also known as transparent velvet and is a lightweight fabric. The texture of this material allows it to be draped in a variety of ways. It is ideal for lingerie, formal and evening wear.

A burnout velvet is created by treating the material with a caustic solution. This solution dissolves the cellulose fibers of the material to create a velvet pattern upon a sheer or semi-transparent fabric. This type of velvet fabric is commonly used for making tops and dresses that require a lining. They're also great for scarves.

Truly, the versatility of velvet fabrics cannot be overstated, browse our collection of velvet fabrics for upholstery and clothing uses on