WHAT A YEAR!! It went by super fast and I have not been doing a good job with sharing all I’ve done. I have been working on new ways to be creative whenever I found any spare time though.
For starters, I’ve been experimenting with sublimation printing for a while which took sewing to a whole new level for me. Learning how sublimation works and what I can do with it allowed me to come up with additional ways to personalize gifts for family and friends to make it truly unique. Between home and work life, squeezing in any additional time to learn a new concept, playing around with it and finally implementing it in my very small business was challenging.
So what have I done? Well, here are a few items I’ve been working on in 2015 which turned out super adorable:
~Kids Art Portfolio~
I learn of a new product called Kraft-tex which made this project very interesting. I wasn’t sure if I could sublimate on this material as I couldn’t find any information if dye sublimation would work or not. The next best thing was to test it out for myself. After a few tests, the end results were fantastic! Not only is Kraft-tex durable and washable, but I am able to use dye-sublimation.
Using color management for sublimation, I wanted to use and pick colors from the prints on the flannel fabric were incorporated into the text and images I used on items that were sublimated. I could not have been more pleased with the outcome.
Experimenting with Poly Duck Canvas fabric was a lot of fun. I purchased it from Conde. I can print my own images, cut then sew it all up to come up with yet another unique gift. YEP! ….and that’s exactly what I did. This sling pack was a sample. Talk about personalized! I really do love how this turned out.
~The classic Lunch Tote~
I loved the look of the classic lunch bag but wanted to utilize some awesome digital images. Again, using the Poly Duck Canvas, I made this cute and adorable lunch tote. Sublimation is a lot of fun!!
There you have it!! This is just a small sample of what I’ve done thus far using dye sublimation. It’s a great way to truly personalize items to add to your business and make for family and friends.
Sawgrass.com featured me in their newsletter summing up how I got started and some tips to help you get started as well. You can read the article here.