Chillington prepares … free Scrappy Union Jack pattern

Chillington, where I live,  is a small, sleepy village nestling in the lush green south Devon countryside, just a couple of miles from the sea.  It is the sort of place where nothing ever seems to happen – until now!!!   The Olympic torch will be carried through OUR village on its journey around Britain before the Olympics commence in London this summer.  Everyone is very excited indeed and those of us who live actually on the route are very concerned to ensure that we look our best on Sunday morning when the torch arrives.  The grass verges have all been freshly mown and a lovely colourful sign has appeared on the edge of the village …. 

Welcoming the torch

 There are flags in the trees……

Flags in the Trees

and all along the road ….

Flags all along the road

and we have flags at Coombe Leigh too.  I spent some time this morning fixing them securely, assisted by Ben (who in this photograph has rather lost his concentration, having spotted one of his friends out on her morning walk on across the road!)

Ben and our bunting

But in spite (or probably because) of Ben’s failing to lend a paw, I think our flags look rather good.

Flags at Coombe Leigh

Then I came indoors and, still feeling in a very patriotic mood, finished writing up the pattern for my Scrappy Union Jack applique…

Scrappy Union Jack

 It’s really, really easy and is a great way to use up your scraps – particularly if, like me, you have a huge pile of very small pieces of fabric that you don’t want to throw away, but aren’t quite sure what to do with them.  There’s no hemming or turning, just position and stitch.  

Scrappy Union Jack

 CLICK HERE to download your free Scrappy Union Jack pattern

And why stop at red, white and blue?  What about mint and pink or maybe shades of grey for a really sophisticated flag?

Happy stitching – and keep your fingers crossed for dry weather in Chillington on Sunday!!


Thanks so much for the free Union Jack pattern. I love the scrappy look, and it’s a wonderful way to utilize the bits and pieces in my scrap box.
Your village and Coombe Leigh are so lovely and looking very festive for the Olympic Torch! How exciting!
X Linda


How exciting for you. The torch is coming through Wells, about six miles away from us, on Tuesday, so we’ll be down there bright and early. Love the Union Jack, I’ll certainly be making one of those.


had to make a square for a patchwork quilt and had the idea for the flag – a quick Google search pointed me to your fab pattern. Thank you!


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