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Sublimation is one of the easiest methods of decorating apparel and blanks. You can customize t-shirts, mugs, coasters, tote bags and much more.
If you’re not familiar with how sublimation works, there are a few things you should know.
The first thing to note is that you can only sublimate on white or light-colored polyester materials.
This is important to know when picking out blanks for your business.
For hard surface items, they will need to have a special layer of coating for them to be considered sublimation ready blanks.
You can’t just go out to a store and buy any mug or coaster to sublimate, which may make it seem a bit difficult for some businesses.
Luckily, we offer TONS of sublimation ready blanks for you to choose from.
And if you don’t know where to start, by the end of this article you’ll have a few ideas because we’ll be listing the top 5 most popular sublimation blanks that are trending this season.
Let’s get started with our first item, ceramic mugs.
The first most popular sublimation blank this season are the 15oz White Ceramic Sublimation Mugs.
In just a few steps, these ceramic mugs can easily be decorated using a sublimation printer and a mug press. We recommend the Sawgrass SG1000 Sublimation Printer and the Galaxy Mug Pro Press.
All you have to do is print out a design and heat apply the transfer to these sublimation ready mugs.
These mugs are flying off the shelves and for good reason, they make a great conversation piece and a perfect gift for your home or office space!
Add a logo, design, or image and pair it with a t-shirt or hat, which brings us to our next most popular sublimation product.
Coming second on this list is the Vapor Apparel Khaki Sublimation Hat.
Perfect for indoor and outdoor use, these hats have a moisture wicking sweatband and mesh vents to keep you cool and comfortable.
Plus, these are designed with an adjustable strap so that it’s a one size fits all hat.
For this customization process, instead of a mug press you’ll need a hat press like the Hotronix Auto Cap Press or the Galaxy Hat Heat Press to pair with your sublimation printer.
Sell them separately or in bulk for sports teams, corporate offices, event staff and so much more.
Hats like these will never go out of style and once they’re decorated customers will love them!
Now, let’s get into our third trending sublimation blank which also happens to be a part of the Vapor Apparel line.
No matter if you’ve been in the sublimation industry for a while or you’re a newbie, you can never go wrong with offering your customers a customized t-shirt.
What you’re looking for is a high quality, affordable shirt that will display your prints beautifully wash after wash.
This is why we love using the Vapor Apparel Long Sleeve Solar Men’s T-shirt to get the job done.
Offered in tons of sublimation certified colors, this crewneck t-shirt is made of 100% polyester but feels just like a comfortable, cotton tee.
What sets this t-shirt apart from others is the built-in UV protection and moisture wicking technology. This means that while wearing this shirt, your customers will feel cool, comfortable, and protected from any harmful UV rays.
It can even be used as an under base layer in the colder weather! The versatility of this t-shirt is what makes it so popular.
Unlike the first two sublimation blanks we mentioned earlier, you’ll need a standard heat press when customizing these t-shirts.
We recommend using the Galaxy 15” X 15” Heat Press or the Hotronix Fusion IQ.
Taking a step back into the drinkware category, we have blank can coolers or “koozies” next on our list.
If you’re already selling other drinkware items, these 4”x4” Can Coolers can be a great add on product for your business.
Can coolers are widely used and extremely popular mainly due to the fact that they can be used as souvenirs, company gifts, bridal shower goodies and much more.
Something we love about these can coolers is that we can decorate a bunch of them at the same time.
If you have a standard sized heat press, you can easily lay these down on your press in rows and heat apply the transfers all at once!
This can help speed up productivity for your business so that you can move on to the next job.
They come in a standard white color and can be customized with an all-over print or simple one-sided print, depending on the customer’s needs.
We know that bigger products like t-shirts can be a business’ money maker but accessories like these can really make a difference in putting some extra money in your pocket especially because they aren’t expensive to make.
Last but not least, we’ll talk about another popular sublimation accessory, blank mouse pads.
With people migrating back into working in offices, there’s a reason why these mousepads have made the list.
Like many of the products on this list, these mousepads are affordable to produce which leaves room for a high profit.
The 8.5” X 7” mousepads have a white polyester surface that doesn’t have a noticeable weave pattern, which means images with the most intricate details will show in the highest resolution.
Offering mousepads to your customers is a great way to add some personality to any work or office space.
This is another product that can also be decorated a couple at a time.
Add a company logo, pet pictures, family portrait, or anything you can think that will fit on these mousepads. The possibilities are endless!
As you can see from this list, sublimation is a popular and affordable way to enter the custom apparel industry.
As long as you have the right equipment, supplies, and blanks your business has the potential to really take off.
If you’re looking to get started in the sublimation business and start making trending items like the ones we mentioned today, call (855) 348- 4839 to live chat with one of our sublimation pros.
Or shop for any of these popular sublimation blanks by clicking the button below!
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