Wedding & Engagement Gifts That You Can Make

With Fall upon us, love is in the air! And nothing says love more than a personalized gift. When it comes to bridal showers, bachelorette parties, wedding party gifts, and wedding presents there are many different options. Below we have listed some of our favorite ideas that are sure to wow your customers. engagement gifts

Personalized Tote Bags– This would make a great gift for the bride to be. She could carry her wedding planning materials in it from meeting to meeting, she could keep necessities nearby on her special day, or show off her new name by carrying her belongings in it on her honeymoon. You could also shower the bridesmaids with beautiful, customized bags to keep their personal items safe and separate during the wedding day. This bag was created using our Siser Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl in Black and Neon Pink!

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Personalized Notebook– Help the bride to be keep her vendor contracts, ideas, and wedding inspiration pictures organized in a personalized notebook. You could also gift her a personalized address book to keep track of all of her guests. For this project you will want to use permanent adhesive vinyl

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Personalized Shirts– Help the bride to be show off her wedding date or new last name with a personalized shirt, tank top, or hoodie. She can sport one to her bachelorette party, get ready for her special day in it, or even wear it on her honeymoon. You could also monogram shirts for the bridal party to get ready in- great keepsakes and they make for an awesome photo opp. Also be sure to check out our bridal Heat Transfers we have over 20 to choose from! 

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Personalized Mugs– Are the bride and groom to be coffee drinkers? Gift them personalized mugs to enjoy their morning drinks in. You can adhere vinyl words or designs, or sublimate a favorite photo of them, or their beloved pets. It is a practical gift that they’ll love to use and show off. For this you can use sublimation or permanent adhesive vinyl.

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With a few tools and some project blanks, you can have a one of a kind gift ready in no time. Visit our website for everything you need, https://www.proworldinc.com/.

Have you made or received a unique and personal wedding gift? Share a picture of the finished product on our Facebook Page or by tagging us on Instagram @proworldinc

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All About Heat Transfer Vinyl

All About Heat Transfer Vinyl

With Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) you can create an endless supply of personalized shirts, bags, hats, aprons, etc. HTV is available in a number of different colors, sizes, and finishes, which means if you use your imagination, almost anything is possible. Here at Pro World, we offer a wide variety of HTV options.

We carry Siser EasyWeed Vinyl by the sheet and roll, both in multiple sizes. We offer a number of colors of the standard EasyWeed, fluorescent, and glitter as well as a glow in the dark vinyl. Siser EasyWeed can be peeled hot or cold and doesn’t lift during weeding. It’s extremely durable and won’t wear after numerous washings. It applies at a lower temperature setting and lower pressure than other vinyls and is also thinner making it great for layering. Siser EasyWeed Extra, Electric, Holographic, Stretch, CADflex, Siser EasyPatterns, ReflectAll, Brick, Strip Flock, and Metallic are also available.

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Chemica Firstmark is a semi matte vinyl available in multiple sizes and a number of colors that is best when applied to cotton, polyester, acrylic, and similar materials. We also offer Chemica Mirror Vinyl, which has a metallic finish, in 2 colors, Chemica Firstmark Fluorescent available in 4 colors, and Chemica Quickflex which applies in 5 seconds to cotton, polyester, acrylic, and similar fibers. It peels hot, is soft, flexible, ultrathin, and easy to weed and washes well. It comes in 16 colors. Chemica Bling Bling is an ultra-metallic “glitter-flake” vinyl perfect for cheer and team spirit apparel and it comes in 10 colors. We also offer Chemica Metallic, Chemica Fashion Vinyl, and Chemica Darklite.

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There are multiple types of ThermoFlex available in assorted colors and sizes. ThermoFlex Plus Metal Flake is a highly flexible vinyl. It has small pieces of glitter within the vinyl but is smooth to the touch, and will wash and wear very well. It comes in 6 colors. We also have ThermoFlex Plus available in 38 colors, ThermoFlex Glossy available in 6 colors, ThermoFlex Plus Antique available in old gold and antique silver, ThermoFlex Xtra Antique available in old gold and antique silver, ThermoFlex Xtra available in 14 colors, and ThermoFlex Plus Neon available in 3 colors. The ThermoFlex Xtra is specially designed for decorating nylon, leather, rayon, and other heat sensitive surfaces. FashionFlex is pre-printed heat vinyl that has a textured look and feel. We offer it in zebra and camouflage. GlitterFlex Ultra Vinyl comes in 10 colors and has glitter flakes encased in it. It is a bit thicker than other vinyl’s so be sure to increase your cutting pressure accordingly.

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Silhouette Smooth Vinyl will give your project a subtly, shiny look. The Silhouette Flocked Vinyl is velvety and has a fibrous texture, and the Silhouette Glitter Vinyl will add a little glam to your project. They are all manufactured with transfer tape already adhered and come in a number of colors.

 

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With so many different brands, types, and sizes of vinyl available, it can be hard to decide which is best for your project. Different types work best on different materials, so be sure to read about the options to make sure they fulfil your needs. For more information about the HTV we offer and all of the different colors, sizes, and finishes, visit our website, https://www.proworldinc.com/heat-transfer-vinyl/heat-transfer-vinyl-for-garments.html.

Do you have a favorite HTV? Have you used any of the specialty varieties? Share pictures of your projects in the comments!

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Preparing For Holiday Craft Shows

The holidays will be here before we know it. And with the holidays comes craft show season and multiple opportunities to expose your business and creations to a new audience. If you start preparing for these shows now, you’ll be in great shape, with a large offering, by the time the shows come around.

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Before you start crafting, you need to decide which items you’re going to feature and prepare accordingly. To save money, buy in bulk where you can. We offer a wide variety of products you can sublimate and apply heat transfer vinyl to, and there are discounts for bulk orders. If you use a lot of vinyl in your creations, you can also order that in bulk as well, saving you both time and money.

If you want to be able to offer more personal options to your customers, you can always set up a crafting station at your show and bring along your cutting machine and a mini heat press. Don’t miss out on sales because you don’t have exactly what someone is looking for ready to go. By creating it on the spot, you’re giving your customer what they want, and providing excellent customer service. You’re also showing off your capabilities and talent.

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Think about how diverse the list of people you shop for each holiday season is. What are you considering for each of them? What do you offer that would be suitable? While creating your product for these shows, keep that all in mind. Be a one stop shop for your customers- help them check people off their lists by offering unique, personal gifts that appeal to a wide variety of people.

Have you already started preparing? Share your ideas and creations in the comments. Or is there something you’d like to offer, but are unsure of how to successfully execute it? Let us know and maybe we can go over it in a future Facebook Live.

If you need some inspiration check out some here:

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DIY Holiday Hostess Gift - Sublimation on Coasters

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Fall Heat Transfers

There’s so much to be excited about in the Fall: Cooler weather, football, Halloween, pumpkin everything, and Thanksgiving, to name a few.  With a heat transfer, you can easily create a t-shirt, sweatshirt, baseball cap or bag to celebrate your favorite parts of the season in a matter of seconds.

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Heat Transfers are so easy to apply. All you need is the Heat Transfer, a heat press, and your garment! Lay the heat transfer on your garment, press it with your heat press according to the instructions listed online, and peel the backing paper off of your design.  Your finished product will be ready to go in only 15 seconds.

We have thousands of heat transfer designs to choose from for both adults and children, in a variety of media types (screen print, foil, rhinestones/studs, 3D, solar, and glitter). Here are some designs that get us excited for fall:

Autumn Heat Transfers:

Why is it as soon as we feel that hint of crisp, cooler weather, we crave pumpkin everything (candles, pie, coffee, etc.)?  Pumpkins, plus the leaves changing color, are the highlight of Fall to many.  

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Football:

We take this sport seriously, which is why you can find 60 football-themed heat transfers on our site.   Take a cozy sweatshirt, apply your graphic, and keep warm while watching the game!

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Soccer:

Cheering anyone on this season? We have a variety of heat transfer designs so you can show your support!  Your favorite players will be so excited to see you displaying your enthusiasm in the crowd.

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Halloween:

Not a fan of the head-to-toe Halloween costume? No problem! We have plenty of heat transfer designs so that you can still show your Halloween spirit.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Transfers:

Be the light on a dark Halloween night…even it if is a little scary!  These glow-in-the-dark heat transfers are a lot of fun!

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Thanksgiving

Proudly display your turkey this Thanksgiving!

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3 Fall Trends That You Can Make

Summer is winding down and Fall will be here before you know it. Why not DIY some Fall trends for your wardrobe and your home? You can keep up with the current styles with one of a kind pieces while keeping your costs down.

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1 – Pops of color and bold, graphic patterns are big for Fall. Personalize a bright colored tray for some contrast to your daily decor, or use sublimation or HTV to create patterned pieces to liven up your space. A bit of plaid will also add some coziness to your home for Fall.

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2 – Gallery walls are a great way to create a focal wall in your home while showing off your loved ones and personal style. Frame a favorite saying, your last name, or important dates among the images. Using your cutting machine and assorted vinyl, you can compliment your home’s color scheme, or choose to mix in bright colors, which is another home trend for the Fall season.

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3 – Floral patterns are a continuing trend for the Fall, but in deeper hues. Instead of the typical burnt oranges and burgundies, deep blues, purples, and pinks will be big for clothing. Thanks to custom heat transfers, sublimation, and heat transfer vinyl in a number of finishes, you can create a number of clothing items to stay on trend this fall.

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Which Fall trend is your favorite? How are you going to recreate these trends in your wardrobe or throughout your home? Share pictures of your creations in the comments.

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WIN 10,000 PW Reward Points

 

Did you know that you can get rewarded for buying the products that you love at www.proworldinc.com?

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It’s easy to earn points with the PW Rewards program.  For every order you place through our website, you will automatically earn 1 point for every dollar spent. For every 100 points that you earn, you’ll receive $1.00 to use on a future order.

You don’t even have to do anything to join! Just log into your existing account on www.proworldinc.com, and you will start earning points automatically.  If you are a new user, you will need to create an account.   You will earn points by placing purchases online, liking certain products on Facebook, reviewing products, and more. Please note that only orders placed online will earn reward points – phone orders do not qualify.

Now the best part – spending your points. Once the items you plan to purchase are in your cart, access your shopping cart.  Underneath the checkout button, you will find a slider tool. Use this to choose how many points you would like to be applied to your order.

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To manage your points and check your balance, go to the My Account section and click on My Points and Rewards in the right side navigation.  Points are good for one year.

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DO YOU WANT TO WIN 10,000 REWARD POINTS?

Head over to our Instagram page between now and Monday so that you have the chance to win 10,000 reward points…. that is a $100 Pro World Credit

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DIY Cinch Sacks

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Cinch sacks are a great way to show off your favorite team, school, or athlete, while keeping your belongings safe and together. They also make great fundraisers for club teams, troupes, and schools. Today we’re going to walk you through creating these cute and easy to make, practical bags. For more information on making these bags, check out our Facebook Live post,

To make your own cinch bags you’ll need:
-Design software
-Cutting machine
Siser Easyweed Extra vinyl (designed for nylons)
-Weeding tool
Heat press
-Pressing Pillow
-Non-stick sheet
-Cinch sack

  1. Before you begin creating your design, be sure your heat press is set to 302 degrees for 10 seconds for Siser Easyweed Extra.
  2. Using your software, create or upload the design you want to use and be sure to mirror it before cutting.
  3. Once it is cut, weed your design.
  4. Place your pressing pillow inside the cinch bag to allow the press to reach the area you want your design on without extra material getting in the way.
  5. Place your design where you want it on the bag, making sure the pressing pillow is in the correct spot, and then lay it on your heat press.
  6. Place your non-stick sheet on top of the design.
  7. Press your design.
  8. Lift the top of your press and remove your non-stick sheet.
  9. Peel your design hot.
  10. Remove the pillow.
  11. Admire your new bag!

You can also layer the vinyl for a multi-color, dimensional look. To Do That:

  1. Use Siser Easyweed Extra as the main design and press it onto your bag.
  2. To layer, use a different type of vinyl (standard Siser Easyweed, glitter, etc.).
  3. Design.
  4. Mirror.
  5. Cut.
  6. Weed your design.
  7. Place it on top of the already pressed Easayweed Extra.
  8. Make sure the pressing pillow is still in place.
  9. Lay the non-stick sheet on top.
  10. Press for the appropriate amount of time (305 degrees for 10-15 seconds for standard, 320 degrees for 10-15 seconds for glitter).
  11. Once it’s done, remove the non-stick sheet.
  12. Peel hot.
  13. Enjoy your bag.

For more information on heat settings and times, visit our website, https://www.proworldinc.com/. Share the bags you’ve made with us in the comments!

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All About Transfer Paper

Transfer paper allows you to create your own custom heat transfers that you can iron on or adhere with your heat press. It comes in a variety of sizes and is durable and completely washable.

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With no purchase minimums, you have the freedom to create custom t-shirt designs for a single customer, or a group, which is important for new businesses as well as those that are already established. Whether you need inkjet transfer paper for a standard inkjet printer, or you’d rather create your iron-on transfer designs with an inkjet printer, we have you covered.

The Jetpro Soft Stretch Inkjet Paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17. It produces soft, supple, vibrant, and washable ink jet printed transfers for white and light colored fabrics. It can be used to apply designs and photographs and can be trimmed to reduce the transfer of the background.

3G Opaque Paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17. This also produces vibrant and washable transfers but are suitable for dark fabrics. Like the Jetpro, you can use it for basic designs as well as photographs and the design can be trimmed to reduce the transfer of the polymer background. (This transfer paper is not recommended for Hewlett Packard and Dell Printers).

Lasersoft EZ Peel transfer paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17. It is the only laser transfer available that allows the inks to absorb into the surface of the coating of the paper. The coating then acts like a shield and later bonds the inks to the fabric fibers without using a plastic film offering a high quality, soft solution for laser transfers.

Clc Paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17 and works with both oil and non-oil laser printers. This paper is great for transferring high-resolution photographs and images onto dark materials. Garments with a tight weave work best.

CI Trimfree comes in 8.5×11 and works only on solid, light colors. This is the first single step transfer paper and has been developed to release the polymer coating only in areas that have toner coverage where the image is pressed to the fabric. This makes it so you don’t have to trim your design before pressing it to your garment. Images will stay bright and vibrant, even after continued washing and the paper will print on both oil and non-oil laser printers.

Image Clip Laser Paper comes in 8×10.5 and 10.75×16.75. It works best on light garments and handles full-color designs very well. This paper is self-weeding, so there is no need to trim the excess paper as there will be no background to your printed design, although this paper is a two-step process.

Image Clip Laser Paper for dark, solid garments comes in 8×10.5 and 10.75×16.75. Just like the Image Clip for lights, there is no need to trim the excess paper as this paper is self-weeding. But this paper is not designed for transferring photography.

Just keep in mind, since there are so many different makes and models of printers we cannot guarantee the results on any one printer. We suggest that you check with the manufacturer in regards to using transfer paper.

Are you a regular user of transfer papers? Which type is your favorite? Do you have any additional tips? Please share with us in the comments!

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Prepare For Fall Sports!

Can you believe that Summer is almost over and students are getting ready to head back to school in some states? That makes now a great time to start prepping for the start of the school year and Fall Sports. And while you’re getting things going for your little athletes and their teammates, or your customers, don’t forget about gear for their support systems!

With so many different types of vinyl available, it can be hard to know which is best for a specific project/product. Football jersey’s take a beating wear after wear and get washed often. For these, we recommend Cadflex. This vinyl is a bit thicker and works well on mesh jerseys. It also comes on a non-stick carrier sheet so you can cut the names/numbers for the jerseys, weed them at your convenience, and stack them until you’re ready to use them.

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For intramural sports or club teams using cotton or polyester shirts, we recommend Siser EasyWeed . It comes in a number of colors and sizes and wears and washes well.

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Cinch bags are great for carrying all of the necessities to and from practice and games. They’re also a great fundraiser idea for sports teams or schools! Use Siser EasyWeed Extra or Thermoflex xtra vinyl to add the school’s name or mascot.

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Are you looking for a bulk supply of custom transfers  to support your school’s football team? Do you need a custom logo for your cheerleaders to sport at competition? We can create a custom transfer with your school logo and a particular sport. The options are endless.

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Do you want to show your support for your favorite teams and athletes as you drive around town with car decals? FDC Ultra High Gloss  or Metallic give a nice glitter look and work well on car windows. FDC Premium is a great option for the side of the car.  Oracal Vinyl can be substituted for the FDC.

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We also carry an extensive selection of stock transfers. We find that our selection of transfers in support of breast cancer awareness are very popular during September and October as teams and schools prepare for breast cancer awareness month and fundraisers. These transfers can be placed on shirts and then the schools name or a specific athlete’s name can then be added as well.

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Which projects are you planning for your teams? Have you made other items for local sports teams? Share your ideas and images of your projects in the comments.

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White Glitter HTV And How To Sublimate On It

Sublimation is a great technique that allows you to create customized and personalized full color products on demand. When sublimation inks are heated to 400*F, they turn into a gas and form a permanent bond to white/light colored fabrics or items that have a polymer coating. The transferred images are full-color, photographic-quality that will not crack, peel, or wash away. Typically, you cannot sublimate directly onto a dark colored garment.

But if you use a white glitter heat transfer vinyl as a base for the sublimated image it gives you the ability to create your designs on more than just light colored surfaces. It also opens the door for using more detailed images and designs without having to weed the vinyl.

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Would you like to try sublimating on white glitter vinyl? Here’s how:
1. Gather your materials and your tools.
2. Print your top image with your sublimation printer.
3. Preheat your heat press to 320*.
4. Design the image or quote for your vinyl. Once you have it set, be sure to mirror the image before you print.
5. Print and weed your vinyl.
6. Once your heat press reaches the desired temperature, place your garment on the heat press, and then place your design, vinyl side down, where you want it. Place your non stick sheet on top of the vinyl and press for 15 seconds, making sure the pressure is adjusted properly.
7. Once it’s done, open up your heat press, remove the non stick sheet and peel off the vinyl backing. Then adjust the heat setting to 400* for sublimation.
8. Once your heat press reaches 400* place your printed image face down over the vinyl, cover it with the non stick sheet, and then press for 60 seconds.
9. Once it beeps, lift the press, remove the non stick sheet, peel the paper off, and admire your work!

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For more details and to see step by step how we sublimated on the white glitter vinyl, check out our Facebook live post. 

Be sure to join us every Friday at 12:15pm ET on our Facebook page for a live tutorial. We have some ideas for the coming weeks, but we would love to know what you want to see. Do you have a project in mind, but you’re not sure how to complete it? Let us know and maybe you’ll see it on a future Facebook live.

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