Gelli Arts® Printed Patched and Doodled Pillow

Gelli Arts® Printed Patched and Doodled Pillow


Students Will Be Able To (SWBAT) create a patched and doodled pillow.

SWBAT learn how to sew.

SWBAT explain the vocabulary terms used in this lesson.


3”x5” Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate, acrylic paints, fabric painting medium, brayers, mark-making and texture tools, stencils, newsprint (for tables), aprons, cotton muslin (or other tight weave fabric), scissors, iron, freezer paper, colored pencils, pens, and markers, pins, pillow stuffing, sewing machine, embroidery needle, and thread.


  • Stabilize: to make or hold stable, firm, or steadfast.
    • Stabilized fabric is as easy to work with as paper. The paper backing prevents paint from seeping through.


Teacher will demonstrate how to use the Gelli Arts® plate and how to sew, either hand stitching or machine sewing.



Printed Patched and Doodled Pillow

  • Tear or cut cotton muslin into pieces approximately 12” x 16”, or smaller. Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Then iron the fabric onto the shiny side of freezer paper to stabilize it creating a temporary bond. Use parchment paper as a cover sheet to protect your iron.
  • Press a 3” x 5” Gelli Arts® plate onto an acrylic stamp mount. Apply a small amount of fabric paint to the Gelli Arts® plate and roll into a smooth layer with a brayer.
  • Get creative and make designs in the wet paint.
  • Place the painted Gelli Arts® plate on the fabric and press to stamp an impression. Lift the stamp mount to reveal the printed image.
  • Allow the printed fabric to dry completely. If using fabric paint, follow the manufacturer’s directions, as some require heat seating.
  • Doodle on printed fabric using various fabric pens, markers, and acrylic paint pens. Colored pencils are great for adding color and depth to doodles.
  • After the doodling is complete, remove the fabric from the freezer paper by gently pulling them apart. Tear or cut the fabric into patches.
  • The pillow cover is based on the measurement of the pillow form. Add one inch to the width of the pillow size. For the length, double the pillow size and add six inches.
  • Place fabric right side down. To finish the edges of both short sides, fold the hem up a half-inch and press (wrong sides together). Turn up another half-inch and press again. Stitch along the edge of the inside fold.
  • Lay the fabric (right side up) on a table, positioned vertically. Bring the bottom edge up past the center point. There is no need for exact measuring yet.
  • Bring the top edge down past the center point, overlapping by four inches. Measure the square to make sure it matches the pillow form size. Make sure the sides are lined up and pin in place. Sew the side seams with a half-inch seam allowance.
  • Turn the pillow cover right side out, through the opening. If needed, use a knitting needle or other blunt, pointy tool to poke out the corners.
  • Arrange and hand stitch the patches on the pillow cover. The opening in the pillow cover provides easy access to the back of the fabric.
  • Insert the pillow form into the opening and finesse it into place.


USING IRON ON TAPE WITH YOUR PATCHES (no sewing machine required)

  • Working on a heat resistant surface, place the iron on tape between two fabric layers.
  • Cover with damp press cloth. Set steam iron on the “wool” setting and press for 10 seconds on each side. Do not slide iron.
  • Allow to cool. Check if bond is secure. Press again, if necessary.



  • Mix paint 2:1 with medium.
  • Air dry design 24-48 hours.
  • Heat set 30 seconds with iron.
  • Wash inside out on gentle cycle.




2 thoughts on “Gelli Arts® Printed Patched and Doodled Pillow

  1. What a wonderful way to make your own decorated pillows. I have got a lot of the Golde Open could you tell me if its possible to use Golden Open paints on the fabric without the medium?
    Kind regards, Josephine


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