Stahl's Cinch Bag

Try This: Decorating Bags with Heat-Applied Graphics

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

School spirit sales are an enticing market opportunity with plenty of athletes, fans, students, parents, and teachers as possible buyers. Here’s a great way to use heat transfer vinyl to decorate a cool-looking cinch pack with school spirit. Heat-applied graphics make it easy to personalize items and is a great way to turn heads and get customers walking through your door. And as a bonus: it’s easy to do! Here’s how to get a look that will surely be a fan favorite. 

Equipment and supplies needed: 

  • Vinyl cutter (used here: Roland GS-24 vinyl cutter)
  • Heat press (used here: Hotronix Fusion IQ heat press)
  • Cinch pack (used here: SanMar, Port & Company Core fleece sweatshirt cinch pack)
  • 11-by-15-inch platen
  • Weeder
  • Kraft paper cover sheet
  • Heat transfer vinyl in two colors (used here: CAD-CUT Fashion-FILM in orange and white)

Settings:

  • Vinyl cutter: refer to cutter guidelines per heat transfer vinyl 
  • Heat press: 320 F, set for medium pressure 

Step One: Get design ready

Cut heat transfer vinyl on vinyl cutter then weed design with weeder. 

Step Two: Apply design with a heat press

Load cinch pack on the 11-by-15-inch platen on the heat press. Preheat the cinch pack to remove moisture and wrinkles by pressing for 3 to 5 seconds.

Place the background design, tack for 3 to 5 seconds using a cover sheet; peel hot. Next, place the foreground design, press for 15 to 20 seconds using a cover sheet; peel hot. 

For the design on the pocket, slide lower half of cinch bag onto platen. Place the background design, tack for 3 to 5 seconds using a cover sheet; peel hot. Place the foreground design and press for 15 to 20 seconds using a cover sheet; peel hot.

It’s as simple as that! Remember to consult individual user guides and settings as different equipment varies.