Originally Posted by mullet34
Unfortunately, I have zero sewing skillz, so hemming is right out.
Like that is an obstacle? From the very beginning, hemming your edges was "Mandatory", not an option. Simply get your measurements and material in hand and get an estimate from a Fabric Shop or Seamstress who can do the sewing. I can assure you such a simple job isn't going to cost you as much as the BV did, and it makes everything your wishing to do possible.
Without such, really...your plans would all be for naught.
......unless.....you can find some "Iron-On Hem Tape". That stuff can work, but with a "soft nap" oriented fabric like Velvet, you had better be careful and follow directions to the letter, keeping both heat and pressure, as well as contact to a minimum to avoid any flattening or glossiness of the velvet.