Shabby Chic Union Jack Wall Hanging



Hi! I am Lynne from Lily's Quilts.  As you might guess from this tutorial and from the abundance of union jacks on my blog and in my Flickr photostream, I am from the UK.  In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a shabby chic union jack wall hanging from charm squares from the French General Fa La La line.  Although this is a Christmas line, the use of the brown, red and cream charms from this line means you will be able to leave the wall hanging up all year round.

In this tutorial, I am first making shabby chic fabric from charm squares in three different colours - red for the main stripes, brown for the background triangles and cream for the skinny stripes.  You could use other charm packs, grouping the colours into three groups or perhaps into warm colours, cool colours and neutrals. You could also make this wall hanging with a layer cake cut into charm squares using a pinking rotary blade cutter.  I used 8 charm packs for this wall hanging because I wanted to stick with the brown, red and cream colours for the flag and will use the leftover charm squares for another project which I will be showing you later on in the year.


8 Fa La La charm packs (or two layer cakes cut into charm squares using a pinking rotary cutter blade).  2 1/2 yds backing fabric (the offcuts from making the backing can be used to bind the wall hanging).




1.   Open up two charm packs and sort into colours: brown, red and cream with brown/beige patterns for this project and green and cream with green and red patterns for another project I will be bringing to you later on in the year.


MAKING THE BROWN BACKGROUND TRIANGLES

2.   Cut four pieces of newspaper 13" X 20" which you will use as the foundation for making the shabby chic fabric.


3.  Start by taking 16 brown charm squares and laying them on the newspaper in a random order until all the paper is covered.  If necessary, cut one or two charm squares in half to cover the small gaps, making sure that only the pinked edges are showing.  Make sure the overlap of one charm square to the next is at least 1/4" and ideally closer to 1/2".  The brown squares need only reach the edges of the newspaper - they do not need to overhang them for a seam allowance - that is calculated into the size of the newspaper.



4.  Pin all squares in place. Shorten your stitch length to somewhere between 1.5 and 2 to ensure that the sewn edges hold when cut and to help making perforations in the newspaper for tearing away later.  Sew about 1/8" from the edge of each pinked edge.




5. Press and then trim fabric to the edges of the newspaper then tear off all the newspaper.

6. Repeat for the remaining three brown rectangles.

7. IMPORTANT: read instructions carefully before cutting.  You need to ensure that you do not cut four identical triangles.  Cut two of the brown rectangles into two triangles cutting along the diagonal from top left to bottom right and two from top right to bottom left.


MAKING THE RED STRIPES

8.   Cut one piece of newspaper 32" X 16" and another piece of newspaper 28" X 20".  Cover these pieces of newspaper with red charm squares.  Pin, sew, remove the newspaper, press and trim as you did with the brown rectangles.



9.  Cut the 32" X 16" piece of shabby chic fabric into four 32" X 4" strips to make the slimmer diagonal red stripes.


10.   Cut the 28" X 20" into four 28" X 5" strips to make the wider vertical and horizontal red stripes.

MAKING THE CREAM SKINNY STRIPS

11.   Cut a piece of newspaper 30" X 24".  Cover it with cream charm squares in the same way as with the brown and red charm squares.  Pin, sew, remove newspaper, press and trim.  Cut the 30" X 24" fabric into four 30" X 1" strips and ten 30" X 2" strips.



ASSEMBLING THE UNION JACK

12.   Put the brown triangles into pairs and note on each one whether a wider 2" cream strip will be sewn to it or a thinner 1" cream strip as per the picture of the finished flag.  Sew 1" and 2" cream strips along the diagonal edge of each brown triangle.  Press seams open and trim following the lines of the triangle.


13.   Sew a 4" red stripe along each 1" cream strip, taking care to ensure that spare fabric hangs off at each end.  Press seams open and trim following the lines of the triangle.



14.   Cut a piece of newspaper 27" X 15" and lay a matching pair of brown triangles on it.



15.   With two pins or a fabric pen or pencil, mark any point on the red stripe and the cream strip where these two meet, flip and pin the two together at this point.



16.   Pin the rest of the seam and sew then press seams open and trim.


17.   Repeat for the remaining three pairs of brown triangles.

18.   Keeping track of where each of the corner sections will go, sew 1" cream strips to the bottom of the top corner sections and the top of the bottom corner sections, press seams open and trim.    Then sew 1" cream strips to the right of the left corner sections and to the left of the right corner sections, press seams open and trim.


19.   Sew wide red 5" strips to the top of the bottom two corner sections, press seams open and trim.


20.   Sew those sections to the top two corner sections, press seams open and trim.


21.  Join the two remaining red 28" X 5" strips end to end by overlapping one pinked edge over the end of the other and sew along the pinked edge in the same way as when making the shabby chic fabric.

22. Sew the long red strip to the right side of the left flag section.


23.   Now take care over this step - if you align this perfectly, the finished wall hanging will look so much better than if you slightly miss.  Line a ruler against the edges of the cream strips and mark the point where they would reach on the edge of the wide red strips.  Pin and sew just the middle section of this seam to start with.  Flip and make sure you have the flag lined up perfectly before sewing the whole seam.  Voila, you have your finished quilt top.  Quilt as desired, bind and hang up.  If you make one of these wall hangings, please come and share your pictures of it in my Flickr group


One 36" X 60" Shabby Chic Union Jack Wall Hanging.  



Lynne Goldsworthy

73 comments:

Joy said...

Oh my goodness, thats brilliant! At first glance I thought the colour blocks were solid. As a fellow UKer I owe it to you and myself to bookmark that and give it a go.

Leanne said...

Great tutorial! Your method of making larger bits of mosaic fabric would work great for many patterns!

Sharon Tries to Quilt said...

I'm so inspired by that mosaic method. I want more!!! thank you for this. (would work wonders for a swedish flag too, although there aren't any diagonal lines)

Nedra said...

Wonderful job Lynne! Union Jack looks wonderful in every color way.

Terri said...

Excellent tutorial Lynne! I like the effect you get with the random mosaic and the pinked edges.

Tacha said...

Brilliant Lynne! Love the mosaic effect and perfect in the French General fabric. I want one!

teaginny said...

genius construction!

Angela {fussycut} said...

It is so beautiful Lynne! Great tutorial.

bearpaw said...

wow, Lynne, what an amazing technique! And a very clear tutorial. I feel like I could just go off and make this right now (if I wasn't actually at work). You are THE quilt maestro!!

Wendy said...

fabulous! love it.

Betty said...

It looks GREAT!
Really Great!
And the idea of making the mosaic: GENIUS!
And this time you've added a small white strip and a wider whtie strip (as it officially should) in the right places.
Well done, turbo Lynne!!

Dan R said...

Great tutorial for a fun project. Well done!

traceyjay said...

Love this Lynne! :) I'm such a fan of the French General, and it looks gorgeous like this!

PamKittyMorning said...

Very clever!

O'Quilts said...

yup...you are very clever indeed

Tezzcan said...

Oh Lynne this is fabulous!!

Jen said...

Love it! The scrappy look is great and your directions make me much less fearful to give this technique a try. Thanks!

Helen said...

This is brilliant. And original. And a great use of the fabric line. And could probably be used with other flags as well. Thanks so much!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Super creative. Lynne, you are just AMAZING!!!

Isisjem said...

Fabulous! Even I could make this!

Anonymous said...

simply fabulous - love the view of Carsington too.

Windy Miller

SoSarahSews said...

Good job Lynne!!!!!

Christelle said...

I'm jalous..... it won't look so nice with the french flag!

Nellie's Niceties said...

Very clever Lynne! Glad to see the old Union Jack making a comeback on your blog too :-)

Susan E. said...

I love this! I'm an American married to a Geordie living in the USA. This will make a wonderful wall hanging for our den!

Lindsay Conner said...

This is really spectacular!

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

Fabtastic use of that lovely French General fabric - love the mosaic fabric too ... I agree with all previous gushings ... it's wonderful .... well done!

VickiT said...

Awesome job! Love the tutorial. Thank you.

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

oh Lynne this is fantastic!! I love how you've made the 'shabby chic' fabric.

Anonymous said...

WOW WOW WOW! This is AWESOME! I am so excited to make this! Thanks for the amazing idea!

Angela said...

It's so clever and gorgeous Lynne! Another masterpiece!

Helen said...

Inspiring tutorial! I love the way the charm mosaic looks and it would be so easy to adapt to many flags (or other projects). A perfect way to use a couple of charm packs - congratulations on another outstanding MBS tutorial!

jednoiglec said...

I love your Union Jack! I'm not a big fan of shabby chic fabrics, but your UJ makes me to revise my opinion!

Kerry said...

Great technique, very nifty! This fabric line is perfect for your design- congrats Lynne, fabulous work!

Flying Blind... said...

Land of Hope & Glory, Mother of all Quilts xxx

susan said...

Fat Jack has gone shabby. I love it. Just another step forward in the quilting revolution!

Katrina said...

I love the prints you used here! Great work!

Trudi said...

Fabulous Lynne!

Inca said...

That is absolutely AWESOME =)
Can I ask where you got a "pattern" - I been looking cause I want to make one myself - and I am brand new at this so I need like patterns for everything.

Gayle Anne said...
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Gayle Anne said...

What a clever idea ... making your own fabric. Your inventiveness is inspiring! Great tutorial, I can't wait to give it a try.

Quiltjane said...

I love it. Thanks for the great tutorial. Stunning in the French General fabrics.

Manda said...

This is fabuous!

herlittlefeet said...

Love!

Maimie said...

I grew up during the British music invasion. LOVE IT! I am making this for sure. Love your tutorial. I will post when I am done. Thank you!

Little Miss Shabby said...

Just wonderful Lynne!

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts said...

That looks fabulous! Aren't you smart?! Love the shabby pieced together look.

Patti said...

Absolutely gobsmacking! I shall have to
make this for at least one of my British kids.
Love
Patti xxx

Gina said...

love it!! thanks Lily! and love the fact that you have used the Daily Mail!!

♥Duff said...

What an innovative method of making shabby chic fabric--lovely!! Your work is always inspirational♥

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

I've seen all the Unions Jacks around lately, and have been thinking of making one that has our 6 stars along with it (the Aussie Flag).

Will have to give this a go!

Suzanne said...

Great tutorial, Lynne! I would have never thought to layer all of those squares. It does give the shabby look but it's chic all the same. :-)

wendy said...

Brilliant!!!
Love it and everything British :-)

Kari @ Fresh Cut Quilts said...

This really speaks to my British-American roots. Thanks for a really fun tutorial.

Sandra said...

This is awesome. I am SO making one of these for my quilt room. As an ex-pat, now living in Canada (where we can still fly the Union Jack), I gotta have one of these. Thanks for the tutorial

amy smart said...

okay, Lynne, you know I love this one!

amy smart said...

okay, Lynne, you know I love this one!

Cyndi Frailing Nelson said...

I LOVE wall hanging! Thank you for sharing! I may have to make just because I love the way the finished product turned out : )

tusen said...

I love it in this shabby chic version.

Judy said...

Greeting from across the pond.This quilt takes my breath away. My husand & i have a british car 1973 mgb. Would love to see tutorial for Union Jack Pillow. Thank you for making my day.

The cats mother said...

As a very patriotic pom currently living in Australia I have gotta give this one a go! I love it and your tutorial is spot on.

~ Val @ PinkPlease! ~ said...

Lynne, I love it. With my bro marrying a British lovely, I am sure this will come in handy very soon.
~Val

Beth said...

I love Lynne's blog and her quilts, and this tutorial is a perfect example of why. She's talented and clever, but she can break it down for the rest of us--see how she cautions us to read closely, be careful, don't cut four identical pieces right off the bat.

Thanks for featuring one of my favorite quilters and a gorgeous variation of one of my favorite quilts.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Snoozie said...

i dreamt about this project last night, I think it is a sign that I have to make it! It is lovely!

susan said...

its gorgeous lynne!!! i want one now

de2gb said...

I made one for a friend, and I made one for myself but I have to figure out how to show evryone how to make it :)

Luth said...

Oh, Union Jack is ULTIMATE flag design :o) Just perfect for everything, I wish we had sth tis great on the flagpoles, lol :o)))
The quilt, of course, is just as great, love it!

sewtakeahike said...

I love your technique for this quilt, Lynne! You constantly inspire me!

Silvana (aka silort on flickr) said...

WOW!! You are here again!! You deserve! Your work is unique! Creative, Wonderful and Perfect!!
And, as always, you are a generous lady!!
Thank you Lynne, for inspiring all of us!
A lots of hugs from Brazil!!

Clare @Makeformacmillan said...

Its official I am in love, cant quite afford moda, but im gonna try a poor mans one using red star fabric and some squares in like a bandana print for the red, hessian for the white and not sure on the browny bits yet.... will hunt through ebay.

Thanks ever so much for this cant wait to get started :)

Anonymous said...

That is just awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Could you let us know roughly how many charm squares for each colour!? Thanks

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

In response to the most recent question on the post, I think I used about 100 of the brown, 80 of the red and about 80 of the cream but it depends a lot on how you overlap them.