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19 projects to celebrate the Jubilee in style

Planning a party to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee? We've got you covered! Discover lots of fun Jubilee patterns to make for the big day…

Jubilee sewing projects
Published: March 30, 2022 at 7:00 am
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Can you believe the Queen has been on the throne for 70 years? That's longer than any other monarch in British history. Such a momentous occasion calls for a big celebration.

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On the 2nd-5th June, we'll all come together to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a special four-day bank holiday weekend.

In some parts of the UK, plans for Platinum Jubilee street parties are already in full swing, but there's no reason why you couldn't have a smaller celebration at home with friends and family. You could have a barbecue in the garden, a sophisticated afternoon tea with friends or organise a memorable Jubilee party for the children in your life with games and party food.

However you choose to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, you can make the occasion your own by sewing your own Jubilee decorations and accessories at home – from bunting to cushions and crowns. Simply choose some regal fabrics and make the patterns your own!

Homemade decorations always look better than shop-bought ones and you'll be able to stash them away for future celebrations too.

Read on to discover our favourite sewing projects which would be perfect for the Jubilee – we've even included some Jubilee fabric recommendations to help you find the supplies you need to get started…

Featured image by iStock/MaxCab.

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Jubilee fabrics

Our friends at Fabrics Galore London have created an array of beautiful fabrics to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We've recommended fabrics to use for each project to inspire your crafting…

20 Jubilee sewing projects

1. Jubilee Crown block cushion

Make a commemorative cushion that you'll treasure forever with this beautiful Jubilee Crown block design by Paula Hope! We love its vintage-inspired design and the way it showcases iconic British fabric designs. This would make a wonderful family heirloom to pass on to your children, too.

Recommended fabrics:

Crown cushion fabrics
Jubilee crown block

2. Bunting

No celebration is complete without a string of bunting! This easy project is perfect for beginners to attempt and we've even included a video tutorial to guide you through the tricky parts. Learn how to make bunting for your party.

Recommended fabrics:

Bunting fabric
Jubilee bunting

3. Crowns

Make your little ones feel like kings and queens for the day by making them their own party crowns. These denim crowns can be made using some colourful jubilee fabrics and lined using old jeans – they're hardwearing and perfect for playtime. Finish them off with your choice of buttons and embellishments.

Recommended fabric:

Crowns fabric
Denim crowns

4. DIY fabric pom poms

If you're not a fan of traditional bunting, these stylish fabric pom poms are a great alternative. You can make them in bold Jubilee fabrics or keep the colours more neutral if you want to use them for other occasions. If the weather's good, hang them up in your garden to create a party atmosphere! Learn how to make DIY fabric pom poms.

Recommended fabrics:

Pom pom fabric
DIY pom pom garland

5. DIY floor cushions

If you're having a garden party, your guests will need somewhere to sit while they tuck into their party food. These floor cushions are great if you're having a party or a picnic outdoors (or if you're short on chairs) – they're both pretty and practical. Add a pom pom trim as a fun finishing touch. Find out how to make your own DIY floor pillows.

Recommended fabrics:

Floor cushion fabric
DIY floor pillows

6. DIY party coasters

Protect your surfaces by making these stylish DIY party coasters. This is a great project to make if you have some leftover fabric to use up. You can add your own embroidered lettering to the coasters or leave them plain. Learn how to make coasters.

Recommended fabric:

Party coasters fabric
How to make coasters party craft ideas

7. Fabric flower brooch

If you want to make a more subtle Jubilee accessory, have a go at making this beautiful vintage-inspired fabric flower brooch by textile artist Gemma Nemer. This thrifty pattern can be made using any fabric remnants you have around and would look great on a tea dress or blouse. You could also attach it to a hairband to make a cute party accessory for a child.

Recommended fabrics:

Fabric flower brooch
How to make fabric flower brooch

8. Pom pom apron

Jubilee parties call for tea, scones and lots of other delicious homemade treats. If you're planning a baking session ahead of the celebrations, why not make your own jubilee apron to get in the mood? This pattern comes with an optional pom-pom trim.

Recommended fabrics:

Pom pom apron fabric
Pom pom apron sewing pattern cropped

9. Fabric letters

Fabric letters make great party decorations and they're a wonderful way to add a personal touch to your celebrations. Spell out the word "party" or "Jubilee" if you're feeling really ambitious. Learn how to sew fabric letters with our step-by-step guide.

Recommended fabrics:

Fabric letters fabric
How to make fabric letters

10. Teddy bear

Make a keepsake for a young child by making this adorable teddy bear. You can use an old t-shirt to make the body and make it jubilee-themed by adding a bow tie in your choice of fabric. Alternatively, if you're looking for a more traditional bear design then try this free teddy bear sewing pattern.

Recommended fabrics:

Teddy bear fabric
Animal patterns – t-shirt teddy bear

11. Butterfly tote

Heading out to a Jubilee celebration? Stash all of your belongings away safely in this gorgeous patchwork butterfly tote bag. It's a beginner-friendly introduction to the English paper piecing quilting technique and the results are truly stunning.

Recommended fabrics:

Butterfly tote fabric
Butterfly patchwork tote

12. Bow clutch bag

Make an accessory fit for a queen with this lovely bow clutch bag pattern. It'll keep all of your possessions together if you need to head out to a garden party – with enough space for your phone, money and keys.

Recommended fabrics:

Bow clutch bag fabric
Bag patterns – bow clutch bag pattern

13. Weekend table runner

Bring a traditional look to your Jubilee table with this lovely quilted table runner project designed by the talented Sheila Donnachie. It's quick enough for an experienced quilter to make in a weekend or over a few evenings. Mix and match your Jubilee fabrics to add a splash of colour to your table runner.

Recommended fabrics:

Weekend table runner
DIY table runner tutorial

14. Play mat for a baby

It's healthy for babies to spend some time wriggling around and moving their arms and legs – and if they're learning to crawl, you'll want to protect the delicate skin on their knees. If you're spending time outside with your baby, this small quilted play mat will help them to crawl and play in comfort.

Recommended fabrics:

Baby play mat fabric
How to make a baby quilt

15. Patchwork flags

We love these cheerful little patchwork flags! This colourful bunting is bound to set the scene for a lively Jubilee celebration – and you could make it in an afternoon if you wanted to. Discover how to make your own patchwork bunting.

Recommended fabrics:

Patchwork flags fabric
Patchwork flag banner

16. Mini hearts quilt

Show your love by making this mini hearts quilt – it can be used as a picnic blanket on dry grass or used as a throw for a sofa or armchair. Fill the centre of the heart with Jubilee fabrics and keep the outside of the shape plain. By creating a contrast, your heart design will really stand out.

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Recommended fabrics:

Mini hearts quilt fabric
Free hearts quilt pattern

17. Cross stitch sceptre

Every queen needs a sceptre! This sweet sceptre cross stitch pattern is a great way to bring the jubilee theme into your home this year. It would look great on a card or on a bookmark too.

Sceptre cross stitch pattern

18. Contemporary table runner

If you prefer a more modern-looking quilted design, have a go at sewing this delightful chevron table runner by Laura Jane Taylor. It's bright and bold look makes it a real party showstopper.

Recommended fabrics:

Contemporary table runner
make your own table runner

19. Union flag cross stitch

This small cross stitch flag makes a brilliant cake topper. This cute union jack cross stitch pattern can be used to celebrate royal occasions or sporting events – make a whole batch to decorate your cakes.

union jack cross stitch

Find your Jubilee Fabrics

Now all you need to do is decide which of the Jubilee projects you’re inspired to make and choose which of the gorgeous Jubilee Fabrics are going to bring them to life. Don’t leave it too late to buy your Jubilee fabrics so that you can be ready for your perfect Platinum Jubilee. 
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New to sewing? Check out our sewing guides before you begin. Take a look at our sewing for beginners and how to use a sewing machine tutorials – or stock up with our sewing kits for beginners and best sewing machines for beginners guides.

Authors

Sarah OrmeDigital Editor, Gathered

Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of Gathered.how – and before that our sister website calmmoment.com – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine, countryfile.com, radiotimes.com and yourhomestyle.uk. She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints

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