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Give your bed a bit of British chic with some quilted union jack pillows.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1143 projects »
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  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start by measuring your pillows. My ones were the basic ones from Ikea that measured 60cm x 38cm.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 2
    Step 2

    Make a paper template to the dimensions of the pillow.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 3
    Step 3

    Draw around your template on to your fabric.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut out two rectangles of your covering fabric (I used a quilted star patterned fabric) and two rectangles of lining fabric (I used a silky dark blue).

    Cut out two more half rectangles (30cm x 38cm) of the lining fabric.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now make a paper template for your cross. This should be 60cm wide and 38cm tall to match your pillows and about 7cm thick.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 6
    Step 6

    Trace around the cross on to your fabric (I used a silky pink).

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut two crosses out. Put these to the side for the moment.

    I also ironed on some interfacing to the back of my crosses to make the colour thicker.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 8
    Step 8

    Lay down your cover fabric and place the paper cross template on top.

    Lay down two strips of different width ribbon from the corners in to the centre of the cross and cut to size. Remember to refer to the photo of the union jack to get the ribbons the right way around. Pin in place.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 9
    Step 9

    Place a strip of contrasting fabric on top. Pin in place.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 10
    Step 10

    Remove the paper template and place the silk cross in it's place. Pin in place.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 11
    Step 11

    Cut more ribbon to place around the edges of the cross and pin in place.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 12
    Step 12

    Sew around the edges of the ribbons.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 13
    Step 13

    Change the thread colour to match the ribbon.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 14
    Step 14

    Stitch up both of your union jacks and put to the side.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 15
    Step 15

    Take your half rectangle of lining fabric and fold over one of the wider rough edges.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 16
    Step 16

    Stitch in place neatly.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 17
    Step 17

    Place on top of your cover and pin the top edges together. You want the stitched side to be facing out.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 18
    Step 18

    Sew on to the cover along the pinned edge.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 19
    Step 19

    Now fold over one of the short edges on the larger lining rectangle and sew along the edge.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 20
    Step 20

    Pin on top of the cover, you want the stitched edge to be at the top, where the shorter rectangle is also stitched.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 21
    Step 21

    Sew along all the sides apart from the top, already stitched edge.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 22
    Step 22

    Fold inside out and that's your pillowcases finished.

  • How to sew a patchwork cushion. Union Jack Pillows - Step 23
    Step 23

    Pop in your pillows and put on your bed. Sweet dreams!

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Lonelywolf
Lonelywolf · Katwijk, Zuid-Holland, NL · 13 projects
O my... I love this! <3 thnx, you're amazing! xx
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Lolly.Bot
Lolly.Bot · Enfield, England, GB
Awesome!!!!!
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Kata B.
Kata B. · Csömör, Pest County, HU · 24 projects
Soo cool! I saw these on your blog before, so I'm really happy you put a how to of it here.
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abigailrosanne
abigailrosanne · England, England, GB
This is sooooo beautiful!
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