Printing your own t-shirts

E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭

OK, seeing as the search is down the pan and google is giving me more spam than this site - I thought that i'd give it a go.

I'm looking to get 2 functional t-shirts printed for a race coming up. All of the sites that i've asked for a quote need a minimum order of 20 or the order to be higher value than £150.

Does anyone have a recommendations for online stores that they've used (or a specific shop?). I'm not keen on using the iron on method (i've tried that with other shirts and it didnt turn out too pretty...) and using a black marker turned my skin black during the race.

The design is simple - just a name on the front. I'd like a tank top style shirt (no real colour preference).

Does anyone have any ideas?


  • Curly45Curly45 ✭✭✭

    I know these guy do one offs and limited runs, but usually only in laser printing:

  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭

    Great - thanks Curly - i've just sent them an email.

  • A haberdashery store (or similar) will sell special fabric pens for t-shirt writing.

    I've used this on three technical tees in the past using a printed stencil. No transfer in sweat or water, only slightly from washing a few times.


  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭

    Hi BB, That might be worth a look.

    The reason that i wanted it done "professionally" (apart from my awful art skills) is that the race will be my Mum's first one (and running with me) so I wanted to give her a little present to wear for it.

    I'm sure she'd be touched by my handiwork but after my last attempt I'm tempted to avoid making the same mistake again!

  • Oh, and if you in the south/near oxford, there is this place

    I've not used them before, I have enquired but the lead time was too long (it was around halloween time I think), but I know they do one-offs, but you usually have to call them for quotes/details/availability.


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  • You can try one of my favorite t shirt printing company

  • I think Decathlon print names on front of shirts and they sell tanks.

  • Snappy snaps in glasgow did me one for GSR last week. Proper tech top too
  • Hi.

    OK... this was dead easy i went into Tesco's spent £3.50 on 7 sheets of transfer paper, got a white technical top, printed what i wanted on an inkjet printer and ironed it on.  It's great it won't last for years but it's pefectly good for my marathon and i'll maybe retire the top as a memento.  If you look at my just giving site it has pictures of the t-shirt on it.  T-shirt last years model £10, paper £3.50 and I got it exactly how I wanted it.

    No,, i'm not trying to prod you to look at my site to donate, it's just the easiest way to view the t-shirt image

  • Did the top last through being washed? I did this years ago and the ink didn't survive the washing machine which is a pity.

    I do like making my own clothes but sometimes you do want the 'professional' look. Wish I was still screen printing - I really should get back into that although the studio I used wasn't really set up to print onto clothing you could get reasonable results.

  • Yes turned it inside out and let it drip dry rather than go near a tumble dryer. Might wear once more pre my mara, but seems fine.
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