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Top 10 Soft Substrates for Heat-Applied Decoration

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Debra Romalia is the Vice President of GroupeSTAHL’s Content Marketing in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Beyond apparel, these are the most popular soft substrates recommended for heat-applied decoration:

  1. Hats are always a popular pick, from caps to beanies and bucket hats, they present a great sales opportunity.
  2. Bags are also a popular choice with backpacks, cinch sacks, laptop cases, and duffel bags providing ample decorating opportunities. 
  3. With the right heat press, balls can also be heat applied and used as promotional items, keepsakes, or trophies. 
  4. Stadium chairs or cushions are an excellent add- on item for sports business. 
  5. Similarly, Pop-Up tents and banners make for excellent tailgate or spirit sales.
  6. Aprons are great gifts and even promotional items for business clients. 
  7. Personal accessories are also ideal for heat decorating with headbands, gloves, scarves, socks, shoes, belts, and bandanas. 
  8. Can Koozies are always a winning sale – a great way to show team spirit or commemorate an event. 
  9. Dog clothes and accessories – people love their dogs. Heat applying decoration on dog coats, leashes, and collars presents a great money-making option. Reflective heat transfer materials make them safer too.
  10. Tablecloths, chair covers, dishtowels, pillows, or cloth napkins are home décor items that make great gift options. 

—Debra Romalia, STAHLS’