Sublimation Tie Dye is super popular right now, so I figured you guys were ready for a tutorial! I made this Only Here for the Books Sublimation Tie Dye bag and it came out so great, I’m just going to give you the sublimation file free! And the vinyl elements on this particular backpack are so fun, I just couldn’t wait to share.
Frankly, I know that no everyone is as enamored with these little nylon backpacks as I am, but they make such great bags for littler kids, stashing a change of clothes in when the older kids have gym class or grabbing a couple of books from the library.
You’re not going to believe how simple it is to add this pop of color to the kiddo’s new favorite backpack.
And then adding the little rainbow? This was so much fun. I’m seriously obsessed with combining sublimation and vinyl. It’s so easy and the looks? Wow.
What Are The Best Sublimation Supplies?
Here are the sublimation products that I trust and love that you’ll need for this project.
- Cosmos Ink
- Epson EcoTank
- A-Sub Paper
- Sublimation Blanks
Getting an Epson EcoTank to work as a sublimation printer for these types of projects is really easy. Just toss out the ink that came with your printer and use the sublimation ink instead.
Do You Have to Have a Sublimation Printer to Make a Sublimation Backpack?
If you need a short answer, that would be no. You don’t need a sublimation printer to make a sublimation backpack. There are so many shops, where they sell custom-printed sublimation designs (so you send them your design you get from me, they print it and mail it to you).
Since I have a sublimation printer, I haven’t had the reason to purchase a print like this, but I know there are whole businesses out there buying these prints and putting them on shirts, so you can do it too if you want.
It’s completely up to you if you want to set up your own sublimation printer or not.
What Do you Need to Make Sublimation Tie Dye Back Pack + Free Sublimation File?
You’ll need these materials to make your Only Here for the Books backpack sublimation project using the Cricut EasyPress:
- 1 Sublimation-Ready Backpack
- Heat Transfer Vinyl in Pink, Gold, Teal and Black
Then you’ll need the following tools:
- Lint Roller
- Sublimation Printer (with Sublimation Paper)
- Heat-Safe Tape
- Butcher Paper or Parchment Paper (not Wax Paper)
- Cricut Machine
- Weeding Tool
- Cricut EasyPress 2
- Sublimation blank, 100% polyester works best
- the free printed design
You’ll also need the free Only Here for the Books file with the little rainbow and heart. You can grab it below.
Tips to Make This Only Here for the Books Sublimation Tie-Dye Backpack
If you’ve never made a backpack using sublimation (or heat press – that was a new one for me, too), here are my favorite tips to get making your back-to-school backpack come out perfect:
- Get the right blank.
- You need a sublimation-ready blank. Typically, drawstring backpacks like these are made of nylon and it will melt at higher temperatures when you’re heat pressing.
- You can do sublimation on a colorful backpack, but the white portions of any design are going to be colorful, and the colors of your design are going to also be affected. So keep that in mind.
- Always put a sheet of parchment paper or butcher paper inside your backpack or shirt – whatever you’re sublimating. Then cover your item with another sheet. That will keep the sublimation design from transferring to the back of your shirt or your heat press.
- When you’re layering your vinyl elements, try to get them all on one transfer sheet or layer them onto the shirt without anything between the vinyl and the shirt.
Now that you are armed with all that information, get ready for the nitty-gritty tutorial. Just keep scrolling and get all the details on how to make a tie-dye sublimation backpack for back to school!
Be sure to pin this to a back-to-school ideas board on Pinterest so you can find it again fast when you need another back-to-school craft idea!
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