Wednesday, August 5, 2015

DIY Gelli® Printed Fabric Patches!

Before we jump into Joan's amazing project (and it IS amazing!) - we want to share TWO exciting pieces of information!
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  2. And, we now have over 1 MILLION views! Help us - enter to win at the end of this blog post!
Now... onward to Joan's super hip project: 

Gelli® Printed Personalized Fabric Patches!

Seems like everywhere you look, someone is wearing a pair of shredded jeans with blown out knees or personalized jeans with laced edges, patched holes or artful stitching. Lots of interesting and creative mending going on as well with fabulous handmade patches! Getting ideas?!!

You can call the trend Boho Chic, Urban Chic, Vintage or Hipster... it falls into all categories! Here are some great examples from Pinterest which is loaded with ideas and inspiration for personalizing your vintage jeans and clothing. 


Here's my version inspired by this fun trend!


Using a small Gelli® plate with fabric paint — to stamp on fabric — is about the fastest, easiest way to create a variety of unique printed fabrics! For patches, all you need are small fabric fragments. It's the perfect opportunity for printing up some fabric scraps and pieces cut from old garments.


And don't overlook commercially-printed fabrics! I found some fun designs at fabric.com that I couldn't wait to monoprint all over! The preprinted backgrounds add another layer of interest to monoprinted images.


When printing on fabric, I almost always iron it onto freezer paper to stabilize it. It helps to iron the fabric before printing on it — to get rid of any wrinkles. I figure if I'm going to iron the fabric, I might as well iron it onto freezer paper while I'm at it! But it's absolutely okay to skip this step if you want to.


Stamp as many images as it takes to cover a piece of fabric — with each imprint different from the next. Change up the colors. Use stencils, masks, combs...and all of your favorite texture tools. FUN!




I came across Fabric CreationsBlock Printing Stamps by Plaid Industries — and had to try a few! As expected, they're great for Gelli® printing! Just press the stamp into wet paint on your Gelli® plate (like you would with any stamp) to remove paint — and print a negative image. You can also stamp them directly onto fabric, which is what they're designed for.



Using the 'wrong' side of commercially-printed fabric — where the pattern is muted — gives your print a more subtle, washed-out looking background.


You'll quickly find outit's as addicting to print on fabric as it is on paper! Try ityou'll see!


For stamping, a clear acrylic block or acrylic sheet is a perfect mount. Just press your Gelli® plate onto the acrylic piece and it'll stick until you take it off. And since it's clear, you can see exactly where you're stamping! All of these images printed on fabric were stamped with a 3"x5" Gelli® plate mounted on a 4"x6" clear acrylic stamp block.


If you're making patches for clothing, it's important to use paint that holds up to laundering. My go-to fabric paint is DecoArt® SoSoft. It's available in a nice range of colors, and you can mix them to create your own custom colors. And another good thing — SoSoft doesn't need to be heat-set! The instructions say to wait 48-72 hours before washing, and that's it!


And, as its name indicates — the hand of the fabric stays soft. Some paints can have a plastic-y feel. Definitely not what I want on my old, worn jeans.


For printing, apply some paint to the gel plate and roll it into a smooth layer with a brayer. Create your design in the wet paint, then stamp it onto your fabric. So easy!


If you want to embellish your printed fabric — there are lots of fabric markers made for that purpose. The Pentel® Gel Roller for Fabric is a 1.0 mm pen that's great for doodling and drawing lines — my favorite!


After printing the fabric and letting it sit/cure for a few days, I tore and cut it into pieces — ready to fashion into patches.



This is where you follow your muse and create patches that suit your taste. I wanted to preserve the worn look and feel of my old jeans. Layering hand-sewn patches — with frayed and unfinished cut edges — seemed like a good way to do that. And it presented a perfect opportunity to try my hand at a little embroidery!


Almost all of the stitching on these patches and jeans was done with DMC® Six Strand Embroidery Floss, but there's also some DMC® Pearl Cotton Size 5.


If you're not familiar with Japanese boro (translates as rags, or scraps of cloth), much inspiration can be found in these amazing garments and textiles that have been patched and repaired many times. The extensive mending and patching, sometimes over generations, imbues each unique piece with an extraordinary inherent beauty that speaks of its history. There's a visual feast of stunning examples on the internet, so I hope you'll take a look! (do a Google search for 'Japanese boro' and look under 'images')


Sewing the patches onto my jeans proved to be a meditative process with happy results. Not to mention a bit nostalgic — a throwback to my college days in the early '70's when we all wore threadbare and patched jeans!


Maybe I got a little carried away patching these jeans? And still, it's easy to visualize this as a work in progress! I intend to keep adding more layers of printed fabric patches and more stitching to this pair of jeans. Some projects feel so good to work on you don't want to stop — and this is one of them. Being able to add bit by bit with no specific end-result in mind makes this a great on-going project to work on when the mood is right.



If you have a worn garment that could use some repair — or are just looking to personalize or embellish a pair of jeans for the fun of it — try Gelli® printing on fabric and making a few patches!


It's time to CELEBRATE over 1 Million views on this blog!! 

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Have Fun and Happy Printing!

Materials Used In Today's Blog:

3x5" Gelli® Plate
Fabric
Reynold's Freezer
Paper
Fabric Creations™
Block Printing Stamps
4x6" Acrylic
Block
DecoArt® SoSoft
Fabric Paint
4" Speedball®
Rubber Brayer
Pentel® Gel
Roller for Fabric
DMC® Six Strand
Embroidery Floss
DMC® Pearl
Cotton Size 5

276 comments:

  1. I think this is absolutely AMAZING and am definitely going to be giving it a go!!! LOVELOVELOVE this!

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  2. What a great idea! I will have to try this in one of my classes.

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  3. These patches look fabulous! I love this idea.

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  4. I think printing on fabric is a great idea. Gelli printing has turned into a fun activity to share with my daughter, and I think we need to try that next!

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  5. What a fun idea! I only have larger gelli plates, so I NEED to win these smaller ones!

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  6. This looks so interesting - just dying to try it! :)

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  7. Printing on fabric is a natural..canvas is a fabric and it has been used to paint on for years.

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  8. I love this idea! I've got the perfect skirt for these patches.

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  9. I love the Gelli prints on fabric! It makes any article of clothing so much more personal

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  10. This is such a great idea! I hope to win so I can play with fabric for patches and quilts.

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  11. What a cool idea! I still have to master paper 1st, tho! LOL!!

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  12. This is so cool, I remember doing patches from old clothes on my jeans when I was in high school - couldn't afford the store bought so I made my own and other kids loved them : ) Thanks for the memory.

    I LOVE your jeans!!

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  13. What a terrific tutorial! Hopefully I'll win a small Gelli Plate and can give this a try. I have a ton of fabric that I can use.

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  14. i can see this on so many things... i can't wait to do it.

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  15. Love this idea - so cool - thanks for sharing

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  16. Thanks for a great giveaway to celebrate 1,000,000! Wonderful news.

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  17. What a great idea to decorate jeans - I have stacks of the wooden stamps from india... off to do mine!

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  18. Love this! It reminds me of the things we did to our jeans when I was a teenager in the late 60's and early 70's! This would be great for taking old scraps of jeans adding gelli plate goodness and then framing!

    Elaine Allen

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  19. This looks like it would
    be a lot of fun to try!
    Cool looking.
    Carla from Utah

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  20. This looks like so much fun. Thanks for the idea.

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  21. I hope this is where we comment for the giveaway! I love gelliplate printing on paper & fabric.

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  22. OMGoodness, are you kidding? I love using the gelli plates on EVERYTHING! Thanks for the tut on the fabric and the cool stamps. I have one and am dying to find more.

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  23. There is no end to the creative possibilities. Love this technique on fabrics.

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  24. Love this. I do lots of fiber art and love to print and use gelli on fabric and canvas. I never thought to make patches with it though! Thank you for sharing this, I have a huge stash of fabric!

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  25. What a great idea!!!!!!!!!!!! Must try this!!!

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  26. So cool. Have never tried printing on fabric, should get some interesting results. Thanks for the tutorial:)

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  27. I love this idea. I have a pair of jeans that are waiting for this rescue!

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  28. Never thought of this! This is just too cool. I would totally wear this jeans out and I think my friends will go ooooohh and ahhhhs. Imu at try this

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  29. I think it would be a great idea! The possibilities would be endless! I would love to see a skirt or pillows done this waY! I don't have one but do have it on my wish list! Thanks for a chance to win one!

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  30. I love this idea and must have a go! Hope I can still find my fabric paints.

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  31. I have some vintage fabric that I would love to do this on!

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  32. Awesome idea.....definitely going to DO THIS TOO!!!!

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  33. Great idea! Looking forward to trying it out.

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  34. Love the embroidery on the Gelli prints too

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  35. Fantastic! Thank you for the awesome ideas and the chance to win!

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  36. Great ideas for slow stitching!

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  37. As always, it looks like a blast - SO addicted to my Gelli plates!

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  38. ooooh love that technique i must try that myself. exciting giveaway

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  39. I do gelli printing on fabric but I love these small patches. I need to do this. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  40. Love this idea! I am making fabric covers for my journals and eyeglass cases. This will be perfect!

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  41. Such a cool idea to jazz up a pair of jeans!

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  42. Have never tried printing on fabric. Might try it for collaging.

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  43. I love Japanese Boro, I love fabric painting, and I love gelli prints. I am looking forward to combining all three and having some fun!

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  44. I love Japanese Boro, I love fabric painting, and I love gelli prints. I am looking forward to combining all three and having some fun!

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  45. A great way to make a old pair of jeans come to life! I like the stamps I'll have to find me some and get my print on!.

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  46. Really inspring! Great choice of background fabrics!

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  47. Love this! So excited that you can buy class sets of gelli plates...hoping it fits into my art class budget...the kiddos will love this!

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  48. Love love gelli plating!!! these jeans are awesome!!

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  49. I have the 8x10 gelli plate and I'm loving it! It would be super to win the smaller plates to add to my options!

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  50. Love love gelli plating!!! these jeans are awesome!!

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  51. I can't wait to try the gelli printing on fabric and I have an old denim shirt just waiting to be altered.

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  52. I love gelli printing on fabric. I'd love to win the smaller gelli plates to increase my fun!

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  53. Love my Gelli plates. Now on to making my own fabric. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  54. I think this is an incredibly creative idea! you are really thinking out-of-the-box with this one! If I had skinny legs, I'd be making this jean project for me!

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  55. I love the textures I get on fabric from gelli plates. No other monoprinting technique does it the same way as gelli plates.

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  56. Oh My! I am so glad I saved my old worn out jeans. Now I know how to make them pretty again! Love this! Can't wait to start printing patches! #GelliJeans #GelliPatches #GelliGoodFun

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  57. What a fun way to reuse fabric and save jeans!

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  58. i can see these making great shorts or a fun jeans!

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  59. So cool!!!! I'd like to try this

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  60. Awesome! I must try this technique! xxx

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  61. patching jeans takes me back to my youth. As they say, what goes around, comes around.

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  62. I love this idea! I want to definitely give it a try!!

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  63. Awesome! Gotta try that--I'm supposed to be getting a Brother Scanncut for my Bday and I think the two will go together like peaches & cream!

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  64. excited to try this technique! would love to win

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  65. I never thought od using my Gelli plate on fabric. definitely on my to-do list.

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  66. What a great idea! i used to embroider my jeans when I was a teenager. Think I have to do it again!!

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  67. awesome giveaway! I love gelli and can't wait to try this!

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  68. I would love to print on fabric with Gelli plates. Since fabric/textiles are my thing.

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  69. Wow - what a lot of work, but beautifully done. I have the fabric block prints and never thought how well they'd work on a Gelli plate :)

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  70. this is so cool. where was this in the 70's when I could have really enjoyed using this?

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  71. This is fantastic. I up-cycle old jeans and this has really inspired me to give it a go.

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  72. This looks like so much fun! Love the 3x5 size plate....It would be great for ATCs too, on either fabric or paper!

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  73. I have tried it way back when I got my first gelli plate. I will try it again!

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  74. This is so cool! This will take my stamping to a whole new level!

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  75. I am a quilter so this is right up my alley. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  76. This is SO awesome! Definitely want to try this! :)

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  77. Very interesting idea. I'm looking forward to trying this. I've got a beloved flannel shirt in need of repair, and this might just be what it needs. And of course, would love to win! Thanks again for another wonderful giveaway!

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  78. Adding this to my to do list. Love it.

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  79. OMG what are you doing to me definitely going to expand my Gelli print addiction!

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  80. I LOVE these fabric patches!!!

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  81. OMG what are you doing to me definitely going to expand my Gelli print addiction!

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  82. OMG what are you doing to me definitely going to expand my Gelli print addiction!

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  83. I really want to try. I see all these wonderful things everyone is creating and I can't wait to make something myself.

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  84. I have tried on fabric and this project inspires me to create something new, TFS!

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  85. I just have to get some gelli plates. Love the patches.

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  86. Ooh looks just up my street. Been thinking about mixing stamping and fabric x

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  87. I've been wanting to try Gelli print on fabric. This has inspired me even more to give it a try.

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  88. Ooh looks just up my street. Been thinking about mixing stamping and fabric x

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  89. Those fabric patches would be wonderful to use on mixed media canvases. A personalised design. Or in an art journal! Would love to try this out sometime soon!

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  90. I have a big gelli plate, but would love to win a small one...

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  91. I have a friend who does a lot of Gelli printing and her covered journals look fantastic, I would love to try my own ideas with fabric

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  92. There seems to be no end of wonderful ways to use Gelli prints! Thanks for the info, particularly on the products used.

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  93. Ooooh Fun! Reminds me of my late '60s jeans...covered in velvet patches...

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  94. I have been wanting to purchase a gelli plate for a long time, but other expenses just always seem to take precedent. Maybe I will be lucky enough to win one some day. Congrats to the winner!

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  95. I love the endless possibilities of gelli printing on fabric. Awesome !

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  96. Lovely idea -- but I haven't worn jeans with holes since....emmm.....waaay long ago!

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  97. Amazing. There is truly no end to the magic of Gelli!

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  98. So retro and fun! Love how it looks on fabric and the jeans rock! Love it. Thanks so much for a chance to win :)
    ~kim

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  99. thanks for the Gelli'tunity x.

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  100. A very fun project with a great Gelli Plate♥

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  101. This looks just fabulous!!!!!

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  102. so many varieties and crafting ideas

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  103. Very cool... love the idea!! I also love my big Gelli plates, but the smalls would be wonderful to create with!

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  104. I've never used ine yet. But cannot wait to try

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  105. Love the gelli! Keep feeding us more!

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  106. I've used my plates on both fabric and paper. So much fun to get lost in exploration and experimentation.

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  107. This unleashes a bounty of quilting ideas. Wow!

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  108. So many ideas! So little time!

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  109. I love my Gelli plate! Haven't tried it on fabric. Great giveaway!!

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  110. thanks for all the great fabric printing ideas. And for the different sizes of plates!

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  111. I LOVE Gelli Printing especially since you've come up with even more size plates. Thank you!

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  112. Printing on paper is fun BUT printing on FABRIC IS FABULOUS. Stitching on printed fabric puts me into a calm, zen-like state of mind!

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  113. This seems really awesome. I really want to try my hand at this. Great ideas.

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  114. Love my gelliplate, will definately give it a try:D

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  115. Love the Giveaway and love the tutorial. So much fun!!

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  116. Love the Giveaway and love the tutorial. So much fun!!

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  117. just discovered gelli plate printing and it is my new favourite process, now I can try fabric printing, love that.

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  118. I would love to have all this yummy stuff

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  119. Terrific idea. Will definitely give it a try.

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  120. Terrific idea. Will definitely give it a try.

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  121. Terrific idea. Will definitely give it a try.

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  122. I have been loving my new 7 x 5 inch Gelli Plate! Printing on fabric sounds like fun! Thanks as always for all your great ideas, brilliant blog posts and generous give-aways! Roz M.

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  123. I've used my 8x10 plate to paint on cloth napkins & they turned out great! I would love to try the smaller plates!

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  124. This is interesting

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  125. This is fantastic! I never thought about Gelli Printing on fabric. The jeans are neat, but I'm thinking this would make a really funky, cute tote bag, too.

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  126. Love this idea! Boho is in and this would be a fab project to make! I haven't tried Gelli-ing on fabric yet.

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  127. Another new dimension to making great gear.

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  128. Love fabric...love gelli printing! Excited to try them together!

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  129. super cool, my daughter would love it

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  130. This is a fantastic idea that I am going to do with my students. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  131. Need Gelli plate! Love this idea - can you imagine the wonderful ideas we could all come up with! Karen

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  132. This looks like sew much fun! :) can't wait to try it!

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  133. Love learning new ways to use the gelli plate.......

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  134. I would love to gelli print on fabric for quilting!

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  135. I'm always excited what new ideas you've got for using the gelli plates! :)

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  136. This is on my 2015 to-do list! I love it how layered it looks with the pre-printed fabric underneath and the embroidery on top.

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  137. I love the idea of printing on fabric. Thanks!

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  138. It looks like so much fun. I would love to try it!

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  139. Printing on fabric is so easy now! I love the finished look on cushions and have been asked where I buy my cushions! :)

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  140. Looks like fun - and the stuff we used to do to jeans in the 1970's!

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  141. I love this - this is how I am going to save my favourite yoga sweater that suffered a terrible accident!

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  142. i have been gelli printing on paper but now i have to try it on fabric! thanks for the inspiration! i love the patchwork.

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  143. I have never tried painting fabric with my Gelli™ Plate but after this demo I think I am going to try. Love the patches and I can think of a million things to do with them. Thanks

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  144. Will be following my muse for sure on these fantastic ideas....thank you for all the posts....

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  145. printing on fabric looks like so much fun!!

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  146. Very cool idea. you won't have to worry that someone else has the same outfit since gelli prints are so unique. Great idea.

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  147. I want to try it on Sticky Back Canvas.

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  148. Could be a bit of fun to try not sure I'd want to wear Jeans like that too old for that look now but could see me using fabric in journals or canvas.

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  149. Lots of great ideas and I sure could use these sizes in the giveaway. Thanks for these great products.

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  150. I have a feeling I'm going to get carried away with this! :) Thanks for the inspiration and the wonderful products!!!!

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  151. Beautiful fabric examples...can hardly wait to do this!

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  152. I love crafty ideas using paints and fabrics.....Love it, love it, love it!

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  153. Beautiful fabric examples...can hardly wait to do this!

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  154. I think its really cool, my girls and I would love to use these on projects!
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  155. I haven't tried Gelli printing on fabric yet. Really like the idea of printing on the commercially printed fabric too.

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  156. I would love to have a round and a 3x5 Gelli plate for fabric printing! I have done some fabric printing with my 5X7 plate, which I love.

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  157. Never thought of using it with fabric..Brilliant.

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  158. I love Gelli printing on fabric! Love how the jeans turned out - I would wear them everywhere!

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  159. Printing on fabric was one of the first things I thought of!

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  160. I'm a quilter so this interests me very much.

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  161. hmmm - gelli on fabric? For an old-timey seamstress like me? Sounds like a perfect fit!

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  162. Wow....would make a great patchwork purse. My head is spinning.

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  163. I would love to try out the smaller sized Gelli plates! When I was a teen, I loved patching up my old jeans.

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  164. I've been doing this for a while (did you guys steal my idea??? : /), so obviously I'm a fan!!!

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  165. I adore my gelli plate and the card fronts I have been making but this is a great idea

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  166. love the gelli print fabrics. great idea. Something I need to try too
    thanks gabriele

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  167. As an old hippie, I love these recycle, reuse, and remember jean patchwork ideas

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  168. I have never used it but would like to try it

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  169. I can't wait to try this on fabric - thank you so much for the opportunity to win the plates!

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  170. wow--it's a whole new world of possibilities!!

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  171. Definitely going to try this!! As a quilter, I say thank you!

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  172. Oh man! I can't wait to try this!

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