Introducing Decoration Spec Sheets

January 11, 2022

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A Decoration Spec Sheet?

You read that right. After years of work behind the scenes, we are proud to announce that the Decoration Spec Sheet is here! Created by your Decorator and Digital Solutions Team and built from customer feedback, this resource provides design sizes and suggests decoration methods and placement ideas, while also alerting you to the potential challenges of each unique product SanMar has available – all in one document.

The Decoration Spec Sheet helps to eliminate guesswork before any job hits the production floor. It provides a starting point, calling attention to available equipment, product details and preferred decoration methods before decorating a new product. Design teams can take advantage of the line art to show seams or pockets that are often overlooked in photos. Production teams can use the tips for callouts on specific product needs like low heat or dye migration issues.

These recommendations are all designed to help you save time and avoid costly errors. Depending on your expertise, equipment and the decoration method you choose, you may be able to exceed these guidelines and go beyond what we recommend.

The Decoration Spec Sheets can be found on As you search for and view specific products, you’ll find a link to this powerful new resource located just below the main product image on each product’s page. Just remember to log in to your SanMar account to be able to access the spec sheets themselves.

Where To Find Decoration Spec Sheets

The Decoration Spec Sheet is broken down into three sections.

Line Art

Line Art

The top section is a line art rendering that highlights common decoration areas. It also spotlights the most common decoration placement location.

Placements and MeasurementsThis can be a great starting point when considering decorating any unfamiliar piece or when training new staff. Remember that these are just guidelines – your expertise or equipment may need to be considered when putting them into practice.

The line art drawing can also illustrate problem areas by showing seams and pockets. Having these views helps avoid pitfalls on items that often go unnoticed in photographs. Since these are common placements, your equipment or the method you choose may allow for a more creative use. Consider this line art as your first step toward successful decoration.

Decoration Placements & Measurements

The middle section gives the measurements of the common placement targets. Again, expertise, equipment and method may allow for variances.

For each of the targets shown in the line art section you will see corresponding dimensions listed. These dimensions should allow for a comfortable decoration space while also alerting you to potential limitations where construction of the garment may have critical things to be aware of, such as seams, pockets, linings and other points of concern.

Decoration Techniques

Decoration Methods

The lower section contains suggested decoration methods with easy-to-visualize icons that give you a quick visual reference on preferred methods. Below that you will find a matching icon that details tips and techniques from our experts for each particular decoration method.

The Decoration Spec Sheets are living documents that will constantly evolve with trends and technology. The version you see today is just phase one — we’ll be adding more information as we work with decoration experts across our industry.

We welcome you to explore how this new tool can help you and your decoration needs. As always, we encourage any feedback. In fact, we count on you, as our valued partners to help transform this into an even more powerful resource as we continue to work together.