How to Make Pictures Out of Fabric


You probably know about tile mosaics, but you might not know that you can achieve a similar effect with fabric. Indulge your love of brightly colored fabric and bold patterns, while adding to your home's decor by creating a fabric mosaic picture. Piece together fabric shapes on your canvas to create a picture of something real, such as a sunrise or a piece of fruit, or of nothing more than a random arrangement of random shapes and colors.

Things You'll Need

  • Canvas
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Fabric
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Measure the height and width of your canvas. Cut a piece of paper with the same dimensions. Lay the paper on your work surface oriented the same way you want the canvas oriented on your wall.

  • Draw the picture you want to create with fabric on the piece of paper. Simple pictures composed of shapes 1-inch square or larger work best. Cut out all the different pieces of the picture with a craft knife.

  • Trace all the paper pieces on the wrong side of different pieces of fabric. For example, trace a sky background on the back of a blue piece of fabric, grass on green fabric and the Sun on yellow fabric. Cut out all the different fabric pieces.

  • Place one piece of fabric on your canvas at a time. Start with pieces that go along the edges to ensure all the pieces fit together on the canvas correctly. Stitch the pieces on the canvas with needle and thread using a running stitch -- a simple back and forth stitch a 1/4-inch stitch length -- along the perimeter of each piece. You can use a different color of thread for each piece, so the thread is almost invisible, or a single color of thread for all the pieces.

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