How to make a Union flag cushion cover

We're expecting street parties galore this year thanks to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, so make sure you're feeling suitably patriotic by making a Union Jack cushion.

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How to make a Union Jack cushion

You will need...

  • Plain cushion cover
  • Contrast fabric no more than 30cm sq
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Sew on motif

Follow these simple steps and you'll be surprised by the stylish results.

  • <b>Step 2: Iron the hems</b>

    Step 2: Iron the hems

    Make your contrast fabric into a square and iron down the hems all the way around the square.

  • <b>Step 2: Cut ribbons to size</b>

    Step 2: Cut ribbons to size

    Place the background colour ribbon onto the fabric and cut it to size. Repeat this until you've created the shape of the Union Jack flag. Do exactly the same with the thinner, contrast colour and neatly fold over the ribbon edges, pinning them into place.

  • <b>Step 3: Sew ribbons in place</b>

    Step 3: Sew ribbons in place

    Sew all around the edges of the fabric before sewing along the centre of each ribbon until they are all secure. Remove the pins.

  • <b>Step 4: Attach centre piece to cushion cover</b>

    Step 4: Attach centre piece to cushion cover

    Pin the ribbon centre piece onto the centre of the cushion cover and run it through the sewing machine. Make sure you don't sew the front of the cushion to the back! Next, pin your motif into the centre of the ribbons and neatly hand sew it into place. Remove the pins and put the cushion pad inside the cover.