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How to Decorate Flip Flops With a Heat Press

by Danielle Petroskey, Marketing


Tools needed:

1. Heat press
2. Heat transfer materials
3. Print perfect pad or Hotronix® shoe platen
4. 6 mil Cover Sheet or Kraft Paper
5. Flexible Application Pad
6. Extra pairs of flip flop shoes for testing.

Get Started:

1.  Choose the type of flip flop shoe you’d like to decorate. Straps with cotton, polyester and nylon are common and the best choices for applying heat transfer materials with a heat press.

* Note make sure the straps you choose can withstand the heat from a heat press.  Rubber  and PVC straps are not recommended.

2. Choose the type of heat transfer vinyl to apply. Use the material/fabric selection chart is help decide what will work best.

3. Create the design.

• Cut the design yourself with a vinyl cutter
• Order pre-spaced text
• Order a CAD-CUT® custom cut design



Ready to apply?

Note: you will want to protect the foot-bed of the flip flop so that it doesn’t come in direct contact with the heat press.

The Hotronix shoe platen will make your life so easy when heat applying all types of shoes.  Place the flip flop strap on the platen, place the design,  cover with a non-stick cover sheet, and heat apply according to the heat transfer material application instructions.

If you don’t have the shoe platen and want to get started right away, a print perfect pad will come in handy. You may cut the pad down to make it easier to handle. Insert the pad underneath the straps. Place the design, cover with a cover sheet and heat apply.

** Make sure the fabric on the area between the toes can withstand the heat. The flexible application pad will help prevent synthetic elements from melting.

Voilà! You have decorated your first pair of personalized flip flops. Congratulations! 🙂



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4 Comments to How to Decorate Flip Flops With a Heat Press

  1. jen says:

    Where can I purchase this style flip flop at wholesale???

  2. Hi Jen,

    The particular sandals used in this post were store-bought. We don’t currently recommend any footwear wholesalers, but similar flip flops can be purchased inexpensively at most department stores.


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