Summer Shirt Fun – Sublimation Style

Creating a T-shirt Using Sublimation Markers

Have you found every polyester item you could imagine to practice sublimation with yet? I feel like I am always looking for something different to sublimate on but unfortunately, it ends up not being polyester. I found a spray online that helps you change the polyester percentage just by adding it to the clothing material. They also have a formula for wood and hard surfaces.

This magic spray is called… dyepress polyTplus and dyepress Poly Gloss.

They are pretty easy to use and help out those cotton/polyester blended materials to accept the sublimation. It’s as simple as spraying onto the material and drying it with a heat press before adding your art. In the video below that step in skipped and instead starts off where I use a Silhouette Cameo to trace my design for my t-shirt.

The shirt is 60% Cotton / 40% Polyester

Adding the spray bumps the polyester percent up a bit to help make the colors come out more vibrant. Depending on your cotton/polyester percent this affects the outcome. The lower the percent the less vibrant it will be.

 Here is a video of my process (minus the spray part)

Adding extra things

Anytime there’s room to add glow-in-the-dark fabric marker my daughter is ecstatic. After heat pressing the image to the t-shirt, I added the fabric marker areas and that finished up this project.

A new fun shirt for my daughter. Who I know will make it sleepwear and ask for more shirts in the future. Good news kiddo, I enjoy making them. Next time I’ll let her design it.


– Courtney


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