I wanted to do something a little different this year for back to school. So I made this cute file and decided to sublimate it on a backpack.
This Brightest Crayon in the Box sublimated so bright and vibrant! I was immediately in love!
Honestly, I know these drawstring backpacks aren't everyone's cup of tea. But I tell you, I love having them for the kids for their gym clothes, library books, or anything small. I mean, They're perfect for stashing inside their big backpack to toss their supplies in for one class or another.
Plus, this Brightest Crayon in the Box backpack really is just cuter than anything I've seen at the store. It's bright, fun, and the crayons are just WOW! And once I got over my initial troubles and figured out how to make a sublimation backpack, I was ready to make a bunch more, because they're so EASY!
What Are The Best Supplies For Sublimation?
Here are the products that I trust and love.
Changing out the EcoTank to a sublimation printer is really easy. Discard the ink for it that came with the printer and instead put in the sublimation ink then follow these instructions to set the printer profile. That quick and you have a sublimation printer.
Do You Have to Have a Sublimation Printer to Make a Sublimation Backpack?
The short answer is no. There are lots of places like this link here, where you can get a reasonably priced custom sublimation print mailed to you, ready to pop on a shirt or backpack - any sublimation blank. I would like to state that I haven't had the opportunity to purchase a print this way, because I jumped right in and bought an EcoTank to convert to sublimation.
However, I do know there are several businesses using pre-printed sublimation prints to make and sell shirts and mugs, etc. So, if you feel like you're ready for a sublimation printer, that’s your choice as always, but if you're just making the one thing, you don’t need to set up a printer to make this sublimation backpack.
What Do you Need to Make This Brightest Crayon in the Box Backpack Sublimation Project?
You’ll need these materials to make your Brightest Crayon in the Box backpack sublimation project using the Cricut EasyPress:
- 1 Sublimation-Ready Backpack (I used: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CH3766J)
Then you’ll need the following tools:
- Cricut EasyPress
- Lint Roller
- Sublimation Printer (with Sublimation Paper)
- Heat-Safe Tape
- Butcher Paper or Parchment Paper (not Wax Paper)
You’ll also need the Brightest Crayon in the Box Sublimation file. You can grab it below for free.
Tips to Make This Brightest Crayon in the Box Sublimation Backpack
In the event that it’s your first time making a backpack using sublimation, here’s a couple of tips to help make your back to school backpack come out nice and neat:
- If the idea of making your first sublimation project is a little daunting, check out a handy video tutorial I made that will walk you through every nuanced step here on by Pink YouTube.
- Get a sublimation-ready backpack (or other blank).
- Normally, these drawstring backpacks are made with nylon and although I've heard that you can sublimate on nylon, that was NOT my experience. Trust me, I tried it 3 times on nylon backpacks before I realized that I'd bought the wrong thing to start with.
- The nylon will melt while the heat press is on it, pulling the nylon along the sublimation print, making the design look blurry and fuzzy. Then, your backpack is fused and stiff.
- Not worth it. Just start with the right blank.
- Make sure, before you go to press your design onto your backpack, that you put something (a piece of butcher paper, poster board or cardboard) inside the backpack to keep the design from pressing all the way through to the other side of your backpack in a ghost image. The backpacks are thin, so this is absolutely going to happen, if you don't think ahead.
- Always, always tape down your design onto the blank.
- The tiniest shift in the sublimation design on top of the blank will ruin your design - making it blurry and giving you ghost images. So, use the heat-safe tape. Every time. It's important.
Sublimation On A Backpack + Free Brightest Crayon File
Now that all that information is in your hands, you are so ready for the tutorial. So, keep scrolling and get all the details on how to make a sublimation backpack for back to school!
And don't forget to pin this to your favorite back-to-school projects board on Pinterest so you can find it again quickly when you're ready to break out the heat press!
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