Customized apparel was once primarily used for large groups like sports teams or corporate staff members (uniforms). However, matching apparel can bring solidarity to any group. Shirts with a company’s logo have always been popular for corporate events. Nowadays, with newer technology, the process of screen printing and even custom embroidery is simpler to do and not as costly as it used to be. Because of this, it is more widely used. Instead of sending flowers, you can send a more personal gift like a custom shirt with your family’s picture on it. You may want to customize shirts for you and your mate for an anniversary gift, or have a class picture screen printed on a shirt for a teacher or even the class members. Regardless of what you need and how many, you will be able to find a company to handle your requests.

Finding a Company

First, you’ll want to do an online search for companies that do this kind of customized apparel. If you only need a small number of customized items like shirts, find a company that has no minimum requirement. On the flip side, if you are buying for a larger group, find a company that offers discounts for higher volumes. Another primary consideration is the type of shirt you are looking for. Is it an all-female team or co-ed group? How many different sizes will you need? Do you need children’s sizes? In addition, you’ll need to decide if you want screen printing, embroidery, or both. Some companies specialize in one or the other. If you are leaning towards embroidery, make sure that your design is fairly simple. More complex designs requiring more than five colors could be too pricey for your budget. Select a shirt type and color that will work for the whole group and that compliments your design. An all-female group may want fitted shirts with a little more embellishment. Your golf buddies would probably prefer a polo style shirt in a neutral color.

License: Creative Commons
License: Creative Commons

Set Up an Account

Next, create an account on the website that you decide to use. Enter your name, billing and ship to address and method of payment. If you plan to pay by credit card, make sure that the company’s web site is verified so your personal information is encrypted.

Submit Your Design

Follow the web site’s instructions for customizing your item. You’ll need the image of what you want printed so have that ready to upload. Scan any items that aren’t already in pdf, bmp, and jpg or gif format making sure that the file size can be emailed. If you don’t have a specific image in mind, web sites offer a wide variety to choose from.

Review and Place Order

Finally, review your order. Double-check any text you may have added for spelling and letter spacing. Make sure that your logo is centered and that all your requests are present, and in the format you want them. Select your shipping preference. If you need the order quickly, most companies will offer rush delivery at an additional cost. Confirm your order and make a note of your order number for future reference.

About the author

This article was written by Christine Schworer, a content developer for DesignMyShirt which is an Orlando based custom tee shirt company. Christine enjoys making her own custom tee shirts at home and has used her expertise to help create content for DesignMyShirt.com for over 8 months.