If you want high-quality, printed designs with a pretty simple transfer process then Dye Sublimation Printing is the way to go. If you also want to create customized shirts and other materials then you defiantly need to check out this Sublimation Tie Dye tutorial.
It's everything I was hoping for with the apple jam, the red tie-dye and that bold, bold color I know my kiddo's teacher is going to LOVE!
Basically, I was looking for a fun way to really wow my kiddo's teacher, and one thing she'd asked about was a shirt I'd recently made for the kiddos that she really loved. So, I found a quippy quote that I could pair up with a simple design (the jam) and then laughed for about 5 minutes.
The good news is that the project is so super fast, you can laugh for as long as you want, really. LOL!
Anyway, this is seriously one of my favorite designs I've done in a while. It's both fun, funny, and bright. Which are all the best things about making your own shirts.
So, scroll on down, and let's get you making a shirt for a fun teacher appreciation gift!
What Are The Best Supplies For Sublimation?
Here are the sublimation products that I trust and love.
Getting the EcoTank ready to be a sublimation printer is so easy, anyone can do it. For instance, toss out the ink that came in the box with the printer and install the Cosmos sublimation ink. Once you have that ink loaded, just follow these instructions to set the profile for the printer so the colors are right. Then your sublimation printer is ready to go.
Do You Have to Have a Sublimation Printer to Make a Sublimation Tie Dye Shirt?
Well, the answer is no, although you might want to, that's a decision you can make without pressure because it's not required. Certainly, there are a ton of places like this store here, where you can order your own custom sublimation printed for you - just send them the file and they'll do the rest, mailing it to you ready-to-press onto any blank of your choice. I personally haven't had the chance to purchase a sublimation print this way, because I went ahead and converted an EcoTank to sublimation.
What Do you Need to Make a Sublimation Tie Dye Shirt for Teachers?
You’ll need these materials to make your Sublimation Tie-Dye project using the Cricut EasyPress:
- 1 Sublimation Ready Shirt
- Sublimation ready shirts are of a polyester blend, I prefer 100% polyester fabric.
Then you’ll need the following tools:
- Cricut EasyPress or other heat press
- Lint Roller
- Sublimation Printer, I prefer large format (I converted my ink jet printer into a dye sublimation printer)
- Sublimation Paper
- Heat-Safe Tape
- Butcher Paper or Parchment Paper (not Wax Paper)
or you can order a sublimation heat transfer from places like this on Etsy.
You’ll also need both the Teaching is My Jam and Red Tie Dye Sublimation files. You can grab them below for free.
Tips to Make This Teaching is My Jam Shirt for Teachers
Firstly, if you're not experienced in making sublimation projects yet, here’s are my favorite tricks and tips for making sublimation come out right every time:
- Check out this simple and easy-to-understand sublimation tutorial I made on by Pink YouTube. It will give you a visual representation of what the whole process looks like.
- Let's talk about sublimation blanks and why you should only work with them for sublimation.
- Sublimation ink will not bind with cotton. When you put the sublimation paper on the blank and then press it, it may look like it worked. But when you wash the shirt, it will fade - if not immediately, it will look more and more faded with every wash. And sublimation is not supposed to fade.
- If you use blanks made of nylon, the material may actually melt a little, so even if it takes the ink, you've ruined your blank.
- Before pressing your design, make sure that you put a piece of butcher paper, card board or poster board inside the shirt to keep from making a ghost image on the back of the shirt if the ink bleeds through. The paper or whatever creates that added layer of barrier and stops the ink.
- If you don't take a second to tape down your design (particularly for the central element on the front of your shirt, you'll be disappointed. Just the littlest shift in the paper will ruin your design and make it look all blurry or faded. So, tape the design down with heat-safe tape.
Sublimation Tie Dye Teaching Is My Jam + Free SVG
With all that said, you are ready to make your teacher appreciation shirt, so keep on scrolling for the full tutorial, but don't forget to pin this to your favorite teacher gift ideas board on Pinterest so you can find it again quickly when it's time for teacher appreciation day!
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