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Sublimation Trends for 2020

Top Trends of 2019

EasySubli

EasySubli inks and vinyl helped bridge the gap between two different crafting worlds this summer.  For the first time, users could sublimate full color designs directly onto vinyl. 


 
For vinyl users that meant no more layering.  For sublimators that meant the option to finally put designs on dark colors and non-polyester fabrics.  The change caused excitement among users all over the internet and brought vinyl creators into the world of sublimation.

Country Chic

From Target to Marshalls and everything in between, you can’t go many places without seeing the country chic designs.  It’s no wonder the cultural shift made its way into sublimation.  We went looking through sublimation groups and found many designs consisting of florals, animal prints, trucks, boots and faded images.  Some of the most popular items we saw these designs on were wooden signs and shirts.
 


Here at Sawgrass we released our own line of country chic designs to an overwhelmingly positive response!  Our country designs have been used more than 2,000 times since they were released this summer.  Don’t shut the barn door on this one - we think country chic is here to stay!

Sequin Pillows

This is a trend that started in different parts of social media that sublimators quickly pounced on.  People online shared videos of themselves running their hands over a sequin pillow, switching the pillow from a solid color to a hidden image.  Sequin pillow pressing was a technique that many sublimators mastered this year. 

Bleach sublimation

Bleach sublimation was one of the hottest trends of the summer.  Is it safe?  Does the shirt quality hold up after being bleached?  To some sublimators the benefit far outweighed the risk.  Crafters flocked to sublimation groups on Facebook to show off their new bleach sublimation apparel.  There are now dozens of bleach sublimation tutorial videos on YouTube. 



Although popular, we recommend using extreme caution when working with bleach and understanding that bleach degrades the fabric, which could cause a shorter “shelf life” for your sublimated products.

Door mats

Door mats are coming back around as a form of self-expression for homeowners.  Door mats are not only a great way to welcome people into your home, but also to give your home character. 



The best part about this new trend: people weren’t going too far away from home to take advantage of it.  We saw many people posting in Facebook groups saying they went to Home Depot or Lowe’s to buy up not just one, but multiple door mats at a time.

Camp Mugs

The outdoorsy accessory is going beyond the great outdoors.  Camp mugs became one of the hottest drinkware accessories of 2019. 



The item’s shape, coating and material allowed it to stand out from the traditional mug.  Camp mugs have also crossed over into other craft forms.  A quick search on Etsy shows nearly a dozen pages filled with uniquely personalized camp mugs.  We think camp mugs will stay popular in 2020!

Predicted trends of 2020

SubliShrink

It’s a product that started in 2019 that we think will really take off in 2020.  This new product allows users to press onto all different types of drinkware without needing different mug press applications. 



SubliShrink uses a film that wraps around your image and mug.  When your drinkware is put into a convection oven the film acts as a vacuum.  Pressure from the vacuum seal, along with the heat, sublimates the image to your drinkware. 

Stainless Steel and Double-walled Drinkware

It’s like a Yeti that you can personalize! BestSub first showed us their version of this product in Dallas at Printing United. 



The Facebook live video showing off these products generated questions on where users could find them. We predict as companies come out with more versions of these substrates people will jump on them!

Multi-media

Once EasySubli was introduced to the public, it opened a new door for sublimation.  For the first time, sublimation was mixed with another form of crafting.  This is a trend that we think will only expand in 2020.  We predict other creators, such as embroiderers will jump on the bandwagon.  Look forward to seeing sublimation being used on apparel alongside other medias.



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