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  • Making a Whee! Design Beanie Hat Gallery

    I decided to post a quick photo gallery of the making of my Whee! Design CMYK beanie hat. Now that I've got the dye sublimation printer back up and running, I thought this would be a fun project. I like the quality and color of the new inks and I think I'll be offering custom beanies for sale after the start of the New Year.

    Whee! Design CMYK Beanie Design

    Whee! Design CMYK Beanie Design

    Here's the original design straight from Photoshop. Both sides are printed on the same sheet of 13in x 19in TexPrintXP-HR Dye Sublimation paper.

    Printing the Design

    Printing the Design

    Both sides of the beanie are printed on the same sheet of 13in x 19in TexPrintXP-HR paper using dye sublimation ink on an Epson Workforce 1100 inkjet printer.

    Final Printed Design

    Final Printed Design

    The final print is dry and ready for pressing.

    Blank Vapor Apparel Fleece Beanie

    Blank Vapor ® Fleece Beanie

    The blank beanies are completely white and have a 1 inch band around the bottom.

    Cardboard Insert Makes Pressing Easier

    Cardboard Insert Makes Pressing Easier

    I found it much easier to press the beanies when they are theaded on these DIY cardboard inserts. I can easily trun the edges slightly toward the side I'm pressing so there is no white line along the seam.

    Hotronix Fusion Heat Press

    Hotronix ® Fusion Heat Press

    When I'm pressing at the studio, I use my Hotronix Fusion press from Stahls. It's got a 16in x 20in platen and is perfect for everything from dog tags to tshirts. The settings I use for the beanies are 390°F for 50 seconds and 0 pressure (just let the wieght of the platen do the work).

    Loading the Press

    Loading the Press

    Always put a protective paper sheet under and over the item to be pressed. Keep it clean!

    Ready to Press

    Ready to Press

    I've got the bottom protective sheet, my beanie, and the printed design in the press. Just need to put the top cover sheet on and it's ready to go!

    First Side is Done

    First Side is Done

    After 50 seconds of pressing, open the press and quickly pull the top cover paper and the design off the beanie.

    Finished Beanie!

    Finished Beanie!

    Here's the finished product! Actually, this is the BACK of the finished product. I only took pictures of this side while I was pressing it.

    Here's the Front

    Here's the Front

    Here's the front of the finished beanie with my stylized CMKY Whee! Design logo design.

    Obligatory Model Shot

    Obligatory Model Shot

    And then there's me being all nice and toasty in my stylin' new beanie skull cap.

    So there it is! These beanies are a fun and easy way to customize your winter or fall style.

    Here's some links to some of the products I use:

    Stahls Hotronix® Fusion Heat Press

    Vapor® Adult Fleece Beanie

    TexPrintXP-HR Sublimation Paper

  • Gannon University Bookstore

    Who They Are

    Gannon University, located in downtown Erie, PA, is a private, co-educational Catholic university offering associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees, certificates and doctoral degrees.

    What We Did

    Gannon University needed to fulfill a need in their book store with these neon colors T-shirts. The imprint is a screen printed design that is then heat pressed onto the garment giving it a great feel and elasticity.

  • Scott and Deana Stag & Drag

    Who They Are

    Scott and Deana are getting married! A big tradition in Pennsylvania is the Stag & Drag. It's a big party where the bride and groom raise money for their wedding. Scott and Deana wanted custom T-shirts made for the wedding party as well as something to sell to help them raise money.

    What We Did

    The front image was created using screen printed transfers and the backs were done with cut vinyl. This way we were easily and inexpensively print both the front and back of the shirts, including custom text on the back for the wedding party. We also made a bunch of can coozies with the same design using dye sublimation.