Tutorial: How to do Sublimation on Tee Shirts or Apparel

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Yesterday we talked about what sublimation is and today I’m showing you how to sublimate onto tee shirts or other apparel.

Supplies Needed

How to Sublimate onto Apparel

Step 1) Create a design. For this tutorial, I used Silhouette Studio, but you can use any photo editor you have.

Step 2) Mirror your design and print it on your sublimation printer.

Tutorial: How to do Sublimation on Tee Shirts or Apparel - Great for Silhouette Cameo and Cricut small business owners - by cuttingforbusiness.com

Step 3) Line your up your design. I use my trusty Tee Square It, but feel free to line it up however you’d like.

Tutorial: How to do Sublimation on Tee Shirts or Apparel - Great for Silhouette Cameo and Cricut small business owners - by cuttingforbusiness.com

Step 4) Press your design onto your apparel using a heat press. Your transfer paper should have recommended pressing times and temperatures. I pressed with medium pressure at 385 degrees for 35 seconds.

Step 5) Remove the transfer paper.

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That’s it – it’s so easy!

I took a few closeup photos for you to see how sublimation looks. Unlike vinyl, the design becomes part of the apparel. This means that when the fabric stretches; the design stretches!

Tutorial: How to do Sublimation on Tee Shirts or Apparel - Great for Silhouette Cameo and Cricut small business owners - by cuttingforbusiness.com

Tutorial: How to do Sublimation on Tee Shirts or Apparel - Great for Silhouette Cameo and Cricut small business owners - by cuttingforbusiness.com

This photo shows how vinyl compares to sublimation. Notice how the vinyl design sits on top of the apparel.

Tutorial: How to do Sublimation on Tee Shirts or Apparel - Great for Silhouette Cameo and Cricut small business owners - by cuttingforbusiness.com

Stay tuned for the rest of Sublimation Week here on Cutting for Business. Tomorrow, I’m showing you two different ways to make mugs using sublimation, and Thursday I’m sharing my favorite supplier. (Oh! Please get out and vote this year, but don’t write me in as a candidate. I’m pretty tied up with the blog – and I’m not quite old enough!)

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Tutorial: How to do Sublimation on Tee Shirts or Apparel - Great for Silhouette Cameo and Cricut small business owners - by cuttingforbusiness.com

28 thoughts on “Tutorial: How to do Sublimation on Tee Shirts or Apparel”

  1. Christine, would you share with us the printer you use and the cost? I was surprised to see that Epson repurpased the old C80 or is it the C88 for sublimation? Cant tell you how many of those we have thrown away. We currently have an Epson Workforce WF-2650 (not sublimation) that is a piece of junk. Colors are dull and it eats ink like crazy. We are going back to HP.

  2. Christine love the shirt, you might be talking about this later in the week, but where do you purchase sublimation apparel, I have seen sublimation blanks of other types but never noticed shirts and other apparel.

  3. Do you have any recommendations on the best sublimation printers to purchase for a small, home based business? I’m seeking a printer that has a decent printing size, doesn’t take up a lot of space, and won’t break the bank.

  4. Will the sublimation image stick to 100% cotton after being pressed or would I need to use a different blend such as 50/50 cotton/poly? Also, is there a certain paper you recommend over other sublimation papers? Thank you so much for your help!

      1. Awesome, just by using the print option? Also, you had a post on 2 ways to do mugs, with a print or a wrap. Is there one that is more effective? (Sorry, I want to jump into this world, but want all the info first) I want to sell the mugs after some trials on my family and friends, but as of now, my shop is not super busy if that makes a difference.

  5. I am new in the tshirt business, I have had the brother scan and cut for a few months now, have had great experience with it. BUT, I just bought an Epson7610 with sublimation ink already installed. I have been struggling since I got it. I can’t figure out what papers to use with what ink I have and what matterials I can press on. Please if you have any tips. I would appreciate it.

  6. Hello, I have the epson printer and I am trying to print on dark material. I have the dark transfer paper however there is the white background when printing letters for example. How do you get ride of the white background? Can you print the transfer paper in a cricut to cut the letters?

  7. This time you printed, then placed it directly on the shirt. In the subliflock article, you printed, transferred the Aztec Owl to subliflock, cut off the excess paper, THEN it was ready to affix to the shirt. Why the extra step? Why didn’t you just print and heat press? What does subliflock do that requires the additional step?

    1. Subliflock is a blank, fuzzy, white material. I wanted a design on the subliflock, so I had to put it there first. Think of subliflock starting as plain white vinyl and I first made it patterned, then cut and applied it.

  8. I have the Epson C88 and I keep getting small black dots on my shirts and mugs. They are hard to see on the paper, but you see them come out on the shirt and the mug after heat pressing them on. From what I have read, it’s small ink splatters when it is printing on the paper. I’ve tried cleaning everything in the machine. What else can I do?

  9. Hello
    I got a Cricut and a sublimation printer but I notice it will only let you do a
    6×9 cut how am I suppose to make it big to fit the shirt
    Or is that the size thank

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