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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Light and Shabby Union Jack

I have long admired the soft and shabby Union Jack pillows I see on ebay and on blogs and I thought maybe one day I could make one.  Something bothered me about them though when I looked at them on google images & I finally realized  It was the seam lines.  Fussy I know, but I hate them - I think they detract from the overall soft look.  Once I decided not to sew it the project flew along.

I got out my scrap fabric,
 (was a curtain tie back I could never get rid of)

A small scrap of Rachel Ashwell British Rose (?) I have held onto for almost 10 years, and started ripping.  I didn't want this to be perfect, so I ripped the strips so the edges are slightly frayed which suits the soft look I was going for

I added  these strips to a pillow I love but with a pattern that really gets lost in the background.
Umm - maybe not

Better but I decided it was fighting with the background fabric which is so soft so I kept this and decided to use the back side of the fabric which has a "quieter" pattern.  I applied all of it with Stitch Witchery Fusible tape and an iron on medium and...

Taa Daa!!

And with a shiny crown pin

I like the slightly frayed fabric and the overall soft look of it without the seam lines.

One of the easiest projects I have ever done which made me realize I should have done it sooner.



  1. So cute and the crown is a great touch!

  2. Love this... I have been wanting a Union Jack pillow forever and now thanks to you I am gonna make me one.....

  3. Love it, I've been wanting one of those pillows too, but the price tag is a tad steep. Thanks for the heads up on making my own.

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