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How to Make It: Neoprene Can Hugger

These can huggers are the perfect addition to a girls night out or a bachelorette party.

Written by sawgrass
on September 11, 2023
in Design & Make

Skill Level: Intermediate

Tools & Supplies to Make It:

  • DesignMate+ Membership
  • Sawgrass SG500 or SG1000 Printer
  • 12”x12” or larger Flat Press
  • “8.5×11” or larger sublimation paper
  • Neoprene Can Hugger
  • Lint Roller
  • Heat Tape 
  • Blowout Paper

How to Create It:

  • Log into the Sawgrass Exchange and start a new creation in DesignMate.
  • For your product, select the Neoprene Can Hugger.  It can be found under Drinkware.  
  • On the Create Your Design Panel, click on Designs.  Click on the filter icon and then select Country Living and click apply.  
  • Choose the Let’s Go Girls design.
  • The image may come in a little large for the area, so use your mouse to lasso around the images and select them all as a group.  Then, use the resize icon on the group to reduce the size.  It should stay centered.
  • To add the same design to the second side, click on copy design on the top of the design area.  Make sure back is selected and then chose Apply Design.
  • You may need to select the design and make sure it is centered.   
  • When your design is finished, hit the Continue button to move to the product details page.  
  • You’ll be prompted to name your design, put it in a Category folder, and then then hit save.  
  • On the Product Detail page, you’ll give the project a name and add a description, then hit print.  

How to Print It:

  • Make sure that you are seeing the popup to Open PrintMate and are hitting Open PrintMate.  If you are not seeing this, you’ll need to disable your popup blocker.
  • In PrintMate, start by scrolling down and making sure  your print orientation is set to Portrait.
  • For this project, you can use the preset Can Hugger.
  • Make sure that the media size and type match what you have in the printer. 
  • On the Color Management Tab, we suggest having the Color Mode set to Vibrant.
  • When you’ve confirmed all of your settings, Hit Print.

How to Press It:

  • Turn your press on and set the temperature to 385 degrees and the time to 45 seconds.  Pressure should be light.
  • Prepare your can hugger by using a lint roller to remove any fibers or dust.  
  • We will do each side at a time.
  • Place your design face down on the can hugger and tape it down.  
  • Place the can hugger on the lower platen of the press with the printed page on top. 
  • Place a piece of blowout paper on top.
  • Close the press and wait 45 seconds before opening the press and removed the printed can hugger.
  • Once slightly cool, flip the can hugger over and repeat the steps to press the other side.  

Tips & Tricks:

  • You want to make sure the pressure is low enough that you don’t flatten the hugger.
  • Using a spray adhesive or putting cardboard inside the hugger will help make sure that you get full coverage.