Try This: Sublimate a Performance Sleeve

The demand for customized products with team logos and mascots is on the rise.

Arm and leg sleeves appeal to youth sports as well as recreational teams, schools, fans, and beyond. Not only are they great as sportswear, they make for easy and effective promotional items. If you’re new to all-over sublimation, follow these basic steps and learn how simple it is to decorate one of these products.

Materials Needed:

  • Transfer paper
  • Blank arm sleeve
  • Repositionable spray (Used here: 3M Repositionable Spray)
  • Lint roller
  • Scratch paper (Optional)
  • Protective paper (Used here: Teflon sheet. Note: white butcher paper is recommended.)


  • 380 F
  • 45 seconds
  • Light to medium pressure

Step One: Prep fabric for pressing

Lint roll both sides of the blank arm sleeve to remove any materials that were left on during manufacturing.

Step Two: Cut heat transfer

When you print your design on the transfer paper, there are two halves of the sleeve. Because you can only press one side at a time, you first need to cut the paper in half.

Step Three: Spray

Apply a light coat of the repositionable spray on the printed side of your transfer paper.

Step Four: Align

Take the blank arm sleeve and align it on the transfer paper as accurately as possible, ensuring that the graphic is in the desired spot on the sleeve and that there are no wrinkles or bumps in the fabric.

Step Five: Press

I have a piece of scratch paper below the sleeve to catch the blowout ink from the transfer. Then, the transfer goes on top, followed by a sheet of your choice of protective paper on top.

Using the settings listed above, press the garment with light to medium pressure.

Step Six: Cool

Let this side cool before moving on to the next side.

Step Seven: Repeat

Repeat steps three through six for the opposing side.

-Colin VanLint, JDS Industries

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Colin VanLint

JDS Industries

Colin VanLint is a Sign Specialist that started with JDS Industries in 2015. Colin graduated with a Bachelor of Art with an emphasis on Multimedia Design from Northern State University in 2014 where he learned graphic design skills. While attending college, he worked as a computer and printer technician, acquiring years of troubleshooting and repair skills. Colin can be reached at

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