Union Jack Shield Pillow – Iron On Transfer -Printable

I had so much fun designing and making this Union Jack Shield Pillow!!

Even though I’m including this in the Sewing category, I cheated and used a premade pillow cover from Ikea. This is the “Aina” pillow, it’s a nice generous size 20″ x 20″ , it’s white and made of a linen cotton blend. This is how it looked before I got my hands on it! Because the pillow was so large, the printable comes in 2 halves, the top and the bottom of the shield. I didn’t want the image to look ditsy on the pillow. We can’t have that… now can we?!!

Click HERE for the Full Size printable of the Top Half.
Click HERE for the Full Size printable of the Bottom Half.

Now for the most exciting part of the project!!! This is the Iron on Transfer Paper that I used. It’s called Tap and it’s made by Lesley Riley. In my opinion this is the Holy Grail of Transfer Papers!!! Seriously, I’ve done all kinds of transfers over the years, I’m kind of a transfer nut actually… and this stuff blows all the other papers away! It is far superior in every way, it’s fast, it’s soft, no shine etc. I’m going to do a whole post on this stuff soon, until then, just know that you need this paper! (And no, I’m not being paid to tell you that!)

This is a close up of the transfer, had I left the iron on a few seconds longer, it would have transferred completely, but when I peeled up the corner and saw that it had a slightly distressed look, I was in Love and peeled it right off!! There is a dark line across the center, you can see it in the photo, where the two transfers overlap. I actually don’t mind that at all, and I think it adds to rustic appearance. You do need to overlap to get it to line up just right, or else you could trim one of the halves down a bit to get it more even. Make sure you trim up the transfer. I cut away all the white parts, mainly so that when I laid the transfer on, I could see the shape of it, and would know how to lay it out, since it goes face down on your project.

Here it is, a nice big pillow, with a big transfer. I love it! I hope you do too!

Don’t forget if you want the smaller size image, for a smaller pillow or project, you can get this one, that’s all one piece, HERE.

***P.S. A big thank you to Maddie at Domestic Anarchyfor posting about the Tap transfer papers!!!

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  1. Fantastic! I love the shield shape.

  2. Karen, I love how this turned out! I use the Ikea pillow covers all the time, a lot easier than sewing. I’m going to have to try using this transfer paper too! Thanks much! ~Marcy

  3. So cool! Just showed it to my 14 y old son and he gives it a “cool” thumbs up! Thanks for sharing the printable and the how-to!

  4. Oh I know someone who would love this and his birthday is in June!

  5. Thanks everyone!!

    Marcy, I bet we’re not the only ones using them, the white ones are usually sold down when I go! At $6.00 the price can’t be beat!

  6. Love love love it
    love your pillow!

  7. So glad you like using it!!!!!.. I have had more fun with TAP… A hot iron is totally your friend and to makes sure it stays for the long haul giving it a few days to cure before washing also helps.



  8. It’s very very beautiful !!!!

  9. Maddie, Good to know about the washing!! Thanks for the tip!

  10. WAY awesome! I cannot wait to get my hands on that paper!!!!! Thx for the “411”!!!

    m ^..^

  11. Where can you find the transfer paper? Does it have to be ordered online?

  12. Oh, I do hope I can find it in Sweden!

  13. Tracey,
    click on the link to order it (the words “Iron on Transfer Paper” are linked). Yes, you can only get it online. You can also find it on Amazon.

    Try Amazon.com, I’m not sure if they ship to Sweden or not.

  14. I’m sure everyone will want this one after that wedding. It looks super on the white chair. Jane

  15. Hi Karen,
    I am so happy to have popped over here from your Graphics Fairy Blog…You had me at come and check out this Iron Transfer Paper… : ) I have been using the Print’n Press and I can’t say I was all that thrilled with it…It left like you said a Shine and looked exactly like I had just used transfer paper..( even though I did..we don’t want everyone else to know that…we would rather them be wondering how that image got there.. : ) I am beginning to learn about screen printing..but until it is mastered I will be deffinatley purchasing some of this Paper..Can’t wait to try it..
    Thank you for sharing it with us…And testing it out..

  16. Thanks so much!!

  17. I love the Ikea pillows and have made them with your birdcage graphic and scale graphic. I have them in my house and think they make great gifts too.

    Great graphic on this one!

  18. Turned out lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  19. You have been a busy bee! I am trying to catch up on my blog visits so I am off to see what else I missed on your blog! I love this pillow!


  20. Thanks so much for the image! It encouraged me to try transfer paper for the first time. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the brand you recommended, but bought the only kind our Michaels in Canada had, 3 sheets for $9. I’m not fond of the shine, so I’m keeping an eye out for the other kind. I love my pillow!

  21. So cool! I love this! Do you order the transfer paper online? I’ve never seen it before? I use the Avery transfer paper but it was too shiny for my liking. I could have washed the transfer after I ironed it on, but I chickened out! ;)

  22. Je trouve cela superbe et génial ! Merci !

  23. love it! where did the chair come from?

  24. I found this paper on Amazon. Got it the other day. It was easy to use, and I am sure I did it correctly, the image transferred perfectly to my fabric, but when I went to wash it..the ink ran and caused pinkish blue staining all around the image…not sure why this happened.

  25. Such a pretty pillow! Thank you for your comment. Half the time I never receive replies when I post comments on blogs… so thank you! Do you think this will work for burlap? Before I received your comment, I resigned myself to printing Anderson on two sheets of freezer paper (in landscape), using an exacto knife and cutting out the letters, ironing on the freezer paper stencil to my burlap,

  26. Anonymous says:

    thanks for posting this! I just went to the store and got the material to try this out myself!

  27. OK, you’ve sold me. A quick trip to Amazon.ca and my TAP is on the way. [I used to think a credit card and a telephone were the easiest/scariest/quickest way to spend money!]

  28. Gina snyder says:

    Hi, bringing up an old post. Just wondering how the image holds up after repeat washings?


  29. Karen, can you please explain what you wrote about the “white box around the image” using this paper? This paper is pretty spendy, and I’d like to know what I’m getting into with this white box. I left a post yesterday too, but it isn’t here??

    • Karen Watson says:

      Hi Debbie, I’ve reread the post twice now, but I don’t see anything about a White Box. I even did a search on the page, but your comment was the only place where the words “white box” showed up. I don’t know if that helps or not!

  30. Hi – do you have to print the design on this tap paper using any type of special printer or will a normal at home printer work?

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