Print Project

Mosaic Turtle Using Fabric and Canvas

I designed this mosaic turtle project to fit into my coastal decor. I wanted it to be be lightweight, inexpensive and a way to use up fabric scraps.
Prep Time1 hr
Crafting Time3 hrs
Total Time4 hrs
Age Group: Crafts


  • 16 x20 stretched canvas
  • Americana acrylic paint - white
  • Green fabric in three shades a light shade, a medium and a bright shade
  • Blue fabric in three shades mostly light blue with a few pieces of two dark shades
  • Americana Decou-page Satin
  • Parchment paper
  • Patterns click the link in the post to print
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape


  • First you will need to paint your canvas completely with a coat of white paint. This will help keep any dust, dirt and smudges from collecting on the canvas, as it creates a seal.
  • Prep your fabric by laying out sheets of parchment paper and placing fabric on top of it. Apply a layer of decoupage to the fabric. This will keep the fabric from fraying when you cut it. When dry, peel fabric off of the parchment paper.
  • Print off the four-page pattern, trim and tape them together. Once you’ve done that, position your pattern on the canvas and tape in place.
  • Cut out one section of the turtle's back fin from the pattern. Using the corresponding fabric, place pattern piece over the fabric and cut out. Apply decoupage to the backside of the fabric piece. Press onto the canvas and smooth out.
  • Continue this process, working your way up the turtle one piece at a time. Continue working your way all the way up until the turtle is complete.
  • There is no pattern for the water. Simple start at the outer corner and cut squares and rectangles from the light blue fabric, attaching them to the canvas in the same manner as the turtle. As you get close to the turtle, cut pieces to fit the curves around the animal. Use mostly light blue but insert a few darker shades here and there for visual interest.
  • When all done, wait 20 minutes after the last piece has been applied, then paint the entire surface with a medium layer of decoupage to seal it. Let dry in a dust free area overnight before hanging.