Tote Bag Printing – Silk Screen vs Dye Sublimation

Tote bags are typically printed using silk screen or dye sublimation printing methods. Dye sublimation printing is used, for example, to print mugs or cloth books and used for photographic images. This method allows the dye to seep into the substrate material to create a really good image.

Tote Bag Materials

Cotton or canvas are generally used, either bleached or unbleached. When printing on a tote bag it is important to remember that the colour of the bag will influence the final output colour of the print.

Tote Bag Specification & MOQ’s

Tote bags can be designed with or without a gusset. The gusset can be padded or unpadded which give the bag structure but also adds cost.

Economical minimum run quantities are around 5000 units

Tote Bag Supply

We have quality printers in both Europe and China. Lead times and prices obviously vary but you have options!

The tote bag featured was at the centre of this year’s Booksellers Association BOOKS ARE MY BAG campaign. Imago printed David McKee’s iconic Elmer the Patchwork Elephant logo onto this tote bag using silk screen printing. The bag is printed on a 6oz unbleached natural cotton fabric. This is a small bag at 365 x 380mm and made with a reinforced side seam to give the bag strength.

Get in touch to discuss your next tote bag project!