How To Sublimate Cap (Baseball Cap, P Caps And Hats)

Are you a cap lover and love wearing unique and stylish caps? Then, Why not style our own cap with sublimation and give it a unique look? 

Caps, in particular, have been taken to a new level of creativity thanks to sublimation printing. With the right cap press, you can easily sublimate any design easily at home. The following article offers step-by-step instructions on how to sublimate a cap. It’s actually very easy to do!

Sublimation allows you to customize designs in vibrant colours with bold patterns. It requires no special equipment, so you can apply any digital image directly to your cap or hat, no matter how complicated the design is. The process is very easy and straightforward, even though if it is your first time to sublimate, you can easily get into the business and successfully sublimate caps.

Things That Are Needed To Sublimate A Cap

  1. Sublimation Printer
  2. Sublimation Paper And Ink
  3. Sublimation Design Or Template
  4. Cap Blank
  5. Easy Hat Press
  6. Heat Resistant Tape
  7. Teflon Sheets
  8. Heat Resistant Gloves
  9. Scissors /Cutter

How To Sublimate A Cap – Step By Step Guide

STEP 1: Designing 

Start by selecting a ready-to-use template or customize a design whatever you like. For designing, you can use any photo editing software to add text, graphics, and images. People usually sublimate quotes and texts on their caps, as well as logos.

STEP 2: Printing

Once you’ve created your design, you need to set up your printer. If you have a regular printer and you want to convert it to a sublimation printer, follow these easy steps. For best results, make sure you are using sublimation paper and sublimation ink. If you use normal ink or paper, you might not get high-quality results.

STEP 3: Remove moisture and wrinkles: 

It is advisable to pre-press the cap using an Easy Heat Press machine to remove wrinkles and moisture before sublimating. Adjust the cap around the pedestal, cover it with a Teflon sheet, and press for one minute.

STEP 4: Remove excess fiber:  

With the tint roller, remove any excess fiber. Don’t forget this step! This will prevent sublimation designs from cracking.  

STEP 5: Press it with Easy Heat Press

Now the cap is ready for sublimation, place the printed design over the cap and shield it with Teflon or a piece of protective paper. Make sure it stays in place by sealing it with heat-resistant tape. Set the time, temperature, and pressure of the Easy heat press machine, then press again. 

Final Step: Open the press after your timer is done. Let it cool down for a while for a successful transfer. Then gradually remove the tape. Voila! Your design is sublimated.

Frequently Asked Question

For a successful transfer, you’ll need to press your cap with the Easy heat press for around 5 to 7 seconds. It is best to start from the center of your design and work your way outward.

Yes, It is possible to use sublimation to decorate 100% polyester hats, and even blends can be decorated. Still, you will need to coat the hats made of materials other than polyester with poly-coating before sublimating them. 

Press the cap for almost 1 min at 375-400° Fahrenheit temperature on medium pressure.  The time and temperature vary depending on the manufacturer. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendation.

100% polyester may take around 45 sec to 1 minute at the temperature  385°-400°F at medium pressure.

Sublimation hat patches have become very popular. These patches are 100% polyester and measure 4 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches. These Burlap patches come blank, frayed, and ready to use.


That’s all for now. I hope I did not miss anything, and I truly hope I have explained briefly how to sublimate a cap using the Easy heat press machine. If you have further queries about the article, please feel free to ask. Stay in touch and have a happy sublimation.

Thank you!

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