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10 Sublimation Projects for Beginners

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Posted on April 26, 2022 by Angie Holden

Have you tried sublimation crafting? Using the images on Creative Fabrica for sublimation allows you to make professional craft projects right in the comfort of your own home! We have been hooked on sublimation for a while so we thought we would inspire you to try sublimation for yourself. Take a look at all of the crafts you can make with a sublimation printer, a printable file, and a heat source!

Sublimation Craft Ideas

Let’s start with the basics of making a shirt with a sublimation image. As long as your blank has at least 65% polyester content and is a light color, a sublimation image is a great way to add some personalization. Sublimation ink bonds with the fabric so you are left with an image that will last the life of your shirt.

sublimation onesie

What if you want to use a cotton blank or a dark color? You’ll need a hack for that! One way is to sublimate onto something like glitter HTV. That way your sublimation image bonds with the glitter surface and the HTV bonds with your fabric.

sublimation on glitter htv

Sublimation ink is translucent which means that the color of any base will show through the print. If you have a shirt with enough polyester content that is dark, another option is to bleach the area you will be sublimating. Then you can see your image and you get all of the benefits of the sublimation process.

bleaching shirts for sublimation

You don’t have to stop at just shirts, however! There are so many fabric items that are made from polyester and will work for sublimation. We have found blankets, scarves, towels, hats, pillows, and more!

sublimation projects

You can even sublimate on items for outdoors like a garden flag or markers. Imagine creating your own personalized garden flag for every season.

sublimation garden flag

But what if you don’t want to sublimate on fabric? You can also find sublimation blanks that have a polyester coating in a wide variety of materials. Metal tumblers come in a wide range of sizes and are a great way to get started. You can even sublimate tumblers in a small convection oven!

sublimate tumblers in an oven

Metal sublimation blanks come in other shapes and sizes as well. There are literally thousands of options so this post is just scratching the surface of what is possible. One of our favorites is sublimation license plates because everyone can use a little personalization in their lives!

sublimation license plates

Another popular sublimation material is ceramics like mugs, tiles, and more. Remember, however, that this process will not work on mugs from any old store. You need to find items that are poly-coated specifically for sublimation in order for the process to work correctly.

sublimation on ceramics

However, once you find a good source for blanks, you will find yourself wondering if you can sublimate just about everything in your life. Plus, sublimation items like keychains make great gift ideas or even party favors.

sublimation keychains

In fact, you may even find some unique blanks like these sublimation sequin pillowcases. All of this is possible with a sublimation printer, files from Creative Fabrica, and a heat source!

sublimation sequin pillowcase

So, pick up some sublimation blanks and get started on your sublimation crafting journey today. Don’t know where to start? Well, we have you covered there as well! You can sign up for the free 3-day Sublimation Camp happening May 12 – 14, 2022, and learn everything you need to know. From beginners to more advanced crafters, we have something for everyone! So, sign up here and join us now. We know you are going to love working with sublimation!

Cori George is the creative mind behind the website and digital shop Hey, Let’s Make Stuff! She loves inspiring more than seven million crafters a year to make their lives more fun with sublimation tutorials, Cricut and Glowforge crafts, SVG and sublimation downloads, fun printables, and simple DIY projects. Her goal is to help you become a more confident sublimation crafter, regardless of your skill level!

Angie Holden is the blogger and YouTuber behind The Country Chic Cottage where she shares sublimation and Cricut crafts weekly. Sublimation can be intimidating so she breaks down the steps into easy-to-follow tutorials perfect for beginners and seasoned crafters. Angie’s passion is to inspire others to be creative and get started with sublimation crafting!

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Karen Templeton

April 27, 2022

Looking forward to camp!

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Angie Holden

April 27, 2022


Yay! So happy you are joining us!

Definitely testing these out! 😍

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Angie Holden

April 27, 2022


I hope you do!

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