Hi friend! Did you know that you can apply sublimation to faux leather? I’ve shared how to do this in the past, but today I have discovered a new improved technique, so let’s get started!
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How to Apply Sublimation to Faux Leather
Are you wondering why you’d want to sublimate faux leather? So many reasons! Yes, faux leather is available in all kinds of patterns and designs, but what if you want to make your own? Maybe you have a small business and want to start your own line of earrings, keychains, or bows with faux leather? Well, now you can make your very own UNIQUE custom-made faux leather without the big upfront production costs to kick off that product for your small business. You don’t need a small business to do this, of course. If you make anything with faux leather, give this technique a try!
I shared how to sublimate faux leather last year, but since have created this technique that I think yields even better results and doesn’t require you to purchase sublimation HTV or laminate sheets. Let’s go over the supplies you will need to start…
What you will need
- Glossy Faux Leather
- AutoPress or Heat Press
- Sublimation Printer (I have an Epson SureColor F170)
- Sublimation Paper
- Butcher Paper
- Heat Resistant Tape
- Paper Cutter
I created a quick video walking you through the steps as well as an example of what you can make with sublimated faux leather…check it out below:
Start by printing your design of choice on sublimation paper with your sublimation printer. Seamless designs work great for making sheets of faux leather.
Next, trim the plain white faux leather to 8.5×11 size. You can do this with a paper cutter or cutting mat and rotary blade.
Set your press to 400 degrees and the timer to 12 -15 seconds. Place a piece of butcher paper on the AutoPress, then the faux leather on top with the shiny side up. Lay the sublimation print on top facing down. Secure with heat-resistant tape and press.
When done pressing, wet a rag and rub off the paper from the faux leather to reveal the design.
Doesn’t it look amazing? The colors are so rich and vibrant. The faux leather isn’t as glossy but still has a nice sheen to it. You can do this with any print for any season, holiday, or hobby theme!
I made a quick bow as an example of what you can make with your new faux leather.
I hope you find this tutorial on how to sublimate faux leather helpful. Don’t forget to subscribe to my social media channels, my handle is @michellespartyplanit. Tag me if you use this technique, I’d love to see your creations!
Want to learn more about sublimation? Check out my other Sublimation Projects. I have so many more fun projects planned to share with you in the near future!
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