The crushed velvet issue depends on what it's made of, whether it's a synthetic or cotton velvet. Also, when you prewash the fabric, make sure you don't have any fabric softener getting into the fabric. A double rinse is a good idea. I used the Dharma dyes/fabric paints to get the color on my sythetics; it doesn't affect the pile much, it's washable, you can spray it on, and curing it is as simple as using an iron. If your velvet still shows signs of the "crushed" look, you can dry in on a warmer temp and/or iron it before dyeing. Hope you are able to get it fixed! And thanks for the input, princessleia911!