Get Ready for Fall with Fashionable Tote Bags!

Fall is coming, which means the season of fashion is upon us! Garments containing witty phrases and minimalistic designs are on the rise, making it easier than ever to create custom products that mimic the high-end looks available in big-name department stores. This quip-y trend extends across the wardrobe spectrum, from accessories to T-shirts to tote bags.

The use of tote bags is – pardon the pun – a mixed bag. Everyone in the world needs a way to transport their personal belongings from point A to point B, which makes offering customizable tote bags a lucrative business venture. Read on to see some examples of how you can create fashion-forward tote bags using heat transfer vinyl.

MAKE IT PERSONAL

Not all tote bag designs are created equal – depending on the personality type and individual style of the wearer, desired tote designs will vary from person to person.

Looking to create pre-printed totes to sell on Etsy? Identify different slogans and trends that may appeal to a variety of demographics. Remember to stay on top of holidays, current events and pop culture to ensure you are releasing on-trend products that will sell.

Prefer to stick to custom orders or personalized gifts? Find out more about who will be using the tote – what will the bag be used for? What does the recipient like to do in their free time? Apply these personal details to the design for a completely original item and super satisfied customer.

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CALLING ALL CRAFTERS

Fall is the perfect time to cozy up next to some pumpkin-scented candles and craft until the cows come home. Keep art supplies, small canvases and sketchbooks all in one place – customize a large tote with a creative art slogan to help stay organized AND inspired!

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TEACHERS LOVE ORGANIZATION – AND TOTES TOO!

School is back in session – make sure your mind-molding clients are headed to work in style with everything they need for the day! Create tote designs centered around a scholastic theme, or add personalized aspects like the teacher’s name to ensure their personal items never end up in the lost and found.

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Want more tote bag inspiration? Follow our Totes Awes board on Pinterest and stay on top of what’s trending!

HEAT PRESSING TIPS & TRICKS

Need extra heat transfer vinyl advice? Here are some extra tips to keep in mind when pressing your products:

•   Use a pressing pillow. Some items (such as infant bodysuits, shirts with pockets, garments with thick seams – even totes!) can be more difficult to press, as pressing flaws are more prone to occur on items with bulky seams or uneven surfaces. To ensure your vinyl is adhering evenly, insert a pressing pillow inside of the item before clamping your heat press. This method will help to ensure no lifting occurs and the heat transfer vinyl lays flat on the item.

•   Create a pressing cheat sheet detailing temps, times and pressure based on product type. Keep your cheat sheet near your heat press and you’ll never forget the proper times and temperatures required for pressing different types of vinyl + items. Coastal tests every product on our website – if you are looking for specific heat pressing instructions based on your equipment model or product type, you can find pressing details listed on the “More Information” tab below every product description.

•   Stay stocked with the right tools and supplies. Keep plenty of weeding tools handy near your work area (we all know how easily they can go missing!). No weeding tool on hand? Use an Exact-o knife instead – it will get the job done in the same time (but watch your fingers!).

•   Create saved presets in your cutter. This will save time when cutting and you’ll avoid having to do test cuts on different materials more than once.

Want more information on heat transfer vinyl pressing? Need advice on best practices? Give our customer service department a call at (800) 562-7760 and one of our team members will be more than happy to walk you through the process! For more info regarding tote bag and heat transfer vinyl product options, visit www.coastalbusiness.com.

Go Beyond the Shirt: Use Heat Transfer Vinyl on Home Décor [+ Sign Vinyl Inspiration]

We think heat transfer vinyl and we immediately think shirts, lots and lots of shirts. Almost as if we’re robotic about it. Day in and day out…

  • Plot your design.
  • Send it to your cutter.
  • Weed while the machine cuts the next design.
  • Press.
  • Repeat. Repeat. Repeat…

But what if we take a minute and think outside the box (or in this case the shirt)?

The possibilities extend beyond the normal wearable fabrics and into our home or office.

Surprising Home Surfaces for Heat Transfer Vinyl

Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) can be used on more than just the standard 100% cotton. Try HTV, such as our exclusive line of Xpress Cut Vinyl, on these surfaces:

  • Wood. (Ensure the wood has a smooth surface. HTV can be used on raw, stained, or painted wood.)
  • Burlap.
  • Canvas.
  • Cork.
  • Fabric other than wearables. (Try HTV on dish towels, placemats, blankets, and more.)
  • Sports Balls. (Yes, really. Customize footballs, basketballs, and more.)
  • Glass.*
  • Ceramics.*
  • Metal. (Ensure your metal is clean and smooth.)*

Make sure to test your HTV on each surface before applying your entire design, and purchase extra vinyl and product blanks.

*Do not wash in the dishwasher.

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A Little Inspiration to Get You Started

Enhance any room with throw pillows showing your favorite quote, monogram, or graphic.

Heat Transfer Vinyl on Blue Throw Pillow from Coastal Business Supplies

Decorate for birthday parties or dorm rooms with customized burlap banners.HTV Decorative Banner - Coastal Business SuppliesCustom Birthday Banner with Heat Transfer Vinyl - Coastal Business Supplies

Create custom cork coasters to brighten up any conference room.

HTV Coasters by Coastal Business Supplies

Even More Home Décor Possibilities with Sign Vinyl

We all love HTV because of its wide selection of colors, textures, and patterns, but let’s not forget about the endless possibilities with sign vinyl!

Get Inspired Now:

Create custom signs with affordable craft store finds!

Rustic wood Sign created with FDC Sign Vinyl from Coastal Business Supplies

Blank Canvas Sign with Vinyl - Coastal Business Supplies

Display your favorite quotes in any room with removable wall vinyl.

Removable Wall Vinyl Kitchen Decal - Coastal Business Supplies

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Have more ideas? Show us your creations in the comments below and shop our wide selection of vinyl now!

5 Custom Gifts to Create for Father’s Day

It’s time for Father’s Day, yet another gift-giving holiday full of potential for personalized merchandise to offer your customers. This opens up new sales opportunities and a time to get creative with your products you sell.

We offer a variety of blanks ready to be personalized for your customers. Offer gift packages or sell individual products as stand-alone gifts.
Products Perfect for Fathers

Father's Day Gift Guide - Coastal Business SuppliesFor the Grilling Master

Sell a grilling essentials package including our sublimation apron, pot holder, and  oven mitt. Also, consider using our sign vinyl to customize any set of grilling utensils.

For the Beer Lover

When it comes to products perfect for beer lovers, we offer all the blanks you need. Consider packaging our metal bottle opener with our frosted glass beer stein.

Sublimation Bottle Opener - Coastal Business SuppliesFor Those that Prefer it a Little Stronger

Create custom shot glasses to compliment your customer’s favorite man cave. Sell in sets of four or six to bring in more profit for your business.

For the Golf Lover

Offer custom golf towels, with clever quotes or a message of love from the family.

For the Outdoor Adventurer

Offer your customers what they need to prepare their fathers’ to hit the trail. Create custom water bottles, t-shirts, and hoodie’s to use year round.

For the Lake Lover

Gear your customers up to cool off at the lake, pool or beach with a “Summer Essentials” bundle, including a custom designed towel, koozie, and flip flops.

Create Custom Mugs for Father's Day - Coastal Business SuppliesFor the Coffee Lover

Every father needs the essential “#1 Dad” Mug. Offer these mugs pre-made or promote custom mugs with popular quotes.

Our Favorite Father’s Day Sayings to Use*
Dad:

  • A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.
  • The best dads get promoted to grandpa.
  • You’re our favorite (don’t tell mom)
  • Who needs a super hero when you have a dad
  • Yoda best daddy
  • Go ask your mother
  • Father Fuel

*From unknown sources