Union Flag (Union Jack)

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Our fully sewn Union flag is of superior quality and expertly crafted using high-grade materials sourced here in the UK. Flat-felled interlocking stitch is used for all seams to combine the 31 separate pieces of the Union. This is completed with four rows of stitching at the fly end for a robust finish. All our flags are manufactured specifically for outdoor use.

SizeFully SewnPrice
1yd 36" x 18"91cm x 45cm£45.00
1.5yd4'6" x 2'3"137cm x 68cm£59.00
2yd6' x 3'183cm x 91cm£78.00
2.5yd7'6" x 3'9"229cm x 114cm£98.00
3yd9' x 4'6"274cm x 137cm£135.00
4yd12' x 6'365cm x 183cm£195.00

To place an order: Telephone 01752 696 696 ~ or email: sales@alphaflags.co.uk~ or use contact form

No VAT to add to prices listed

The ‘British Flag’ as it was known at the time, was introduced by King James VI and I of Scotland and England. The design was a combination of the St Andrew Cross and the St George Cross until 1801. It was almost 200 years until the Flag was transformed into its current design as decreed by King George lll, in 1801. The new amendment was to add the St Patrick’s Cross of Ireland to the existing National flag of Britain, creating the iconic red, white and blue Union that is now recognised throughout the world as the flag of the United Kingdom.

Sometimes, incorrectly referred to as the ‘Union Jack,’ the flag design looks simple in visual terms. However, fully sewn Union Flags are complex and can be labour-intensive to construct. Although printed versions are popular in the digital world of today, the demand for fully sewn Unions remains high.

We take great pride in adhering to the traditional methods used to create the United Kingdom’s national flag. The process may not be instantaneous but it is perfect for our attention to detail.

Our UK and National flag stock sizes:

Fully sewn Union and printed Union are supplied from 1yd to 4yd with a ratio of 2:1 or 3:2. Larger sizes are available – prices on application. Manufactured from 155gms MoD-approved woven polyester, the strongest flag fabric for outdoor flags. Nylon Bonded thread is used throughout the sewing process with 100% White header tape providing extra strength.  All sewn flags come complete with rope and toggle unless otherwise requested. Other fixtures and fittings are available on application. Anti-fray (netting) prevents fraying if your flags are exposed or in a windy location. This can be added at an extra cost, also on request

All fabric, exposed to the elements will eventually fray so please follow the advice below to prolong the life span of your flag.

Flag care and maintenance

Woven / Spun Polyester: Typically 155gsm. Often referred to as MoD grade, this is the most durable material for making flags. Any other fabric does not surpass its strength-to-weight ratio.

It is very important to ensure that the flag can fly free without striking or coming into constant contact with any obstructions such as a wall, a tree or foliage or the surface of a pole that is rough.

It is also important to consider whether the flag will constantly be exposed to harsh or extreme weather conditions such as high winds, heavy rain or heavily polluted urban environments.

Flying an excessively large flag in bad weather will dramatically reduce life expectancy.

How long a flag will last is an impossible question to answer as it depends upon many factors.

It is not recommended to fly your flag continuously as this will reduce the life expectancy. Typically a flag flown continuously 24/7 may only last approximately 3 months.

Left out indefinitely, a flag will eventually succumb to the elements

Hand-wash or gently machine-wash at 30 degrees using a mild detergent. If unsure, consult your flagmaker.

Once a flag has become too dirty, it won’t be easy to clean

  • Never fly in inclement weather and strong winds
  • Flags should always be thoroughly dry before folding and storage
  • Flags should be taken down at night and in inclement weather

Your flag will endure much longer if it is cared for properly.

To get more life out of your flag you can always re-hem the outer fly edge when it eventually becomes worn. Simply cut away the frayed edge and hem with a suitable sewing machine.

Union flag history

Find out more about the flag of the United Kingdom

Works well with

See our sizing and price chart for sewn St George flag