The Ins & Outs of T-Shirt Design

T-shirt design at Threadbird is so much more than just picking up a design, plopping it on a plain white tee, and then shipping it off to you. We take a custom approach to everything we do and we want you to know about all the incredible options you have with us.

First of all, we offer six different kinds of printing styles for t-shirts and other apparel:

  • Premium Standard
  • Discharge
  • Waterbase
  • Plastisol
  • Process
  • Foil

You can read more about these on our Apparel Printing Styles page and choose the one that best suits your t-shirt design and material. For now, it’s just important to know that our standard style of printing, Premium Standard, is anything but ordinary and it blows our competition out of the water. Not to brag. But really.

Second, not only will your finished product be stellar, but we’ll also help you prepare your art for printing with product-specific templates, provide you with instructions on how to prep your art files and answer any other questions you have along the way.

And lastly, we also offer plenty of t-shirt design add-ons, like custom printed tags, sewn tags, hang tags, professional folding and bagging and more. So don’t hold back. Just let us know what you want and we’ll make it happen!

  • Threadbird - T-Shirt Design
  • Threadbird - T-Shirt Design

T-Shirt Design Tips

Get a graphic designer.

Let’s face it – some of us are artistically challenged. And there’s no shame in that. But when it comes to your business or your brand, you want to make a good first impression. And nothing makes you look like a few teens working out of a dimly lit basement more than poor quality t-shirt design. If it’s your goal to get professional quality custom tees, and you’re not an artist yourself, consider budgeting for a graphic designer. We also have some great recommendations handy for companies that can “transform” your art into usable, screenprint-ready vector files.

Limit the details. Sometimes.

On the other hand, you may be the greatest artist on the planet, but that still doesn’t mean your masterpiece will look awesome on a shirt. Complex detail can be great on canvas, but when it comes to t-shirt design, simpler is usually better. Try picturing your design on a shirt while you sketch it out and make an effort to simplify things without stifling your creativity. Process printing and halftones alike do an amazing job of capturing and creating detail with more complex designs – feel free to ask us more about that!

  • Threadbird - T-Shirt Design
  • Threadbird - T-Shirt Design

On the same note, there ARE certain times when detail is great. Like when you place your order. Give us any and all details you have – even if you think it’s too much. Does your design need to be off-center or center? What specific Pantone colors do you want? Do you have a preference on ink type? Will you have more than one print location on each shirt? Let us know! More is always better in this case and specific details will really help us expedite the process.

Stay on top of industry trends.

Certain kinds of t-shirt designs and styles are really in right now. For example, longer tees and pocket printing are currently trending. But what’s trendy now, might not be in five minutes. So if you’re going for a look that younger consumers will like, make sure to keep up with industry trends by following fashion-inspired blogs or fashion designers on Instagram. It never hurts to take note of what your competitors are doing.

Know your customer – and if you think you do know it all, dig even deeper.

Take the time to really get to know whatever market you’re in. Who is your consumer? What other kinds of brands do they like? How do they spend their time? What’s important to them? Answers to these questions will help you craft a t-shirt design that clearly resonates with your consumers while also distinguishing your brand from the pack.

Find a good GREAT printer.

When it comes down to it, a printer can seriously make or break your custom t-shirt design. Threadbird has won several awards for our high quality t-shirt printing methods and we have a long list of happy clients to attest to the great work we do!

Give us a call, chat with us on our website, or shoot us an e-mail today and let us help you create a custom t-shirt that will WOW your customers.


Every Question You Ever Had About Custom Embroidery – Answered!

When you think of embroidery, it’s okay to admit that your first thought is an image of your granny hard at work at her sewing machine. No worries – we get it. But we also want to let you know that custom embroidery at Threadbird is really so much more.

Here at Threadbird, we make it our goal to sit down with each of our clients and really find out what it is they want. We want you to go crazy and make your hats, polos and jackets something that’s really you. There’s no pressure to conform to the norm. It’s just you, your awesome ideas, and our team of design experts, working to help you turn your vision into reality.

Threadbird Hat Custom Embroidery - 3D Puff

But first, what is embroidery?

Great question! Embroidery is the process of decorating an item made of woven fabric with needlework. This needlework is usually comprised of thousands of stitches of thread or wool that are carefully stitched into a material (usually woven fabric). While this process used to be done by hand, today, modern custom embroidery is done with high tech machinery and digital embroidery file designs.

What kinds of products can be embroidered?

Embroidery is a very traditional form of decoration that can be used to decorate almost anything from towels and quilts, to tapestries and dresses. But don’t give in to your assumptions and start visualizing dusty bed skirts, table cloths and doilies, because Threadbird isn’t really into those things (thankfully).

Instead, we work with modern clients in a modern world, where custom embroidery is alive and well, distinguishing up-and-coming small businesses and setting our clients apart from the masses. We offer custom embroidery for the following (and more):

  • Beanies
  • Ballcaps
  • Flatbill hats
  • Military hats
  • Jerseys
  • Hoodies
  • Cardigans
  • Jackets
  • Sport zip-ups

If you want another product embroidered and aren’t sure if we can do it, just ask! There’s a very good chance we can help.

Our Custom Embroidery Process

First of all, here at Threadbird, we’re big fans of options. So we offer two kinds of custom embroidery: flat and 3D puff.

  • Threadbird Trucker Hat Custom Embroidery
  • Threadbird Puff Hat Custom Embroidery

Flat embroidery is just what it sounds like. Flat.

3D Puff is an embroidery technique we use to raise your designs and make them look 3-dimensional and puffy. Hats, jackets and other kinds of outerwear typically work best for this kind of embroidery, and the less detail in the design, the better.

Once you have made your choice and submitted your design, we’ll send it off to production to get a stitch count. (This is the number of stitches needed to successfully embroider your design.) Our pricing is based off of that stitch count, which is usually anywhere from 3,000 stitches on up.

Once we have a stitch count, we’ll give you a final quote, which will include the cost for the stitch count and the base price for your hat, polo or jacket.

Our custom embroidery process is simple and straightforward and we like it that way. We think you will too! So whether you need some fresh custom embroidered polos for your first small business trade show, or custom hats to boost your pickleball team spirit, our crew here at Threadbird is looking forward to partnering with you to create a one-of-a-kind design that you love.


2 Undeniable Reasons Custom Clothing Always Comes Out On Top!

“I can’t find ANYTHING I like!” Sound familiar? If you’ve ever spent countless hours looking for new clothes and end up with a whole lot of nothing – it might be time to take things into your own hands. What better way to get something you actually like than to have the resources readily available to create your own custom clothing?

1. Creating Something Of Your Own Just Feels Better

Custom printing gives you the ability to look your best – regardless of what’s trendy at the moment. Want to rock a t-­shirt with your favorite quote, or maybe an image of a bear eating a s’more by a campfire? We can make that happen. Seeing your custom shirts worn by friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances or strangers can be incredibly rewarding because, well, that was all your doing! At Threadbird, we’re confident in our ability to give you the custom clothing you’ve always wanted and help bring your ideas and creativity to life.

  • Threadbird Custom Clothing for Kids
  • Threadbird Custom Clothing Ideas

That being said, it’s not just our ability to print unique designs on a wide range of apparel that makes our custom clothing at Threadbird so great. It’s also our wide variety of sizes. With apparel ranging in size from XS to 6XL, you can rest assured that your apparel will not only look good, but it will fit well too.

2. Work With Actual Human Beings

You heard us right – there’s a reason we have little-to-no automation in our process.  Every customer, every order and every need is unique and we have a deep understanding of that – no amount of automation out there comes close to the personalized, attentive guidance we offer.  Just starting out with your custom clothing idea? We’ll make sure every part of the process is crystal clear and will offer our expert recommendations along the way.

  • Unique Custom Clothing at Threadbird
  • A Unique Custom Clothing Design - Threadbird

Threadbird Custom Clothing

Have a question about how we can help you out with your custom clothing idea? Give us a call, chat with us on the website, or shoot us an e-mail. We’d love to hear from you and are more than happy to help in any way we can!


Stay Warm & Save Big: Huge Savings on ITC Hoodies & Sweatshirts

We’ve almost survived the bone chilling winter season, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to break out the shorts and muscle tee’s just yet! Lucky for you, Threadbird has your back and we’re offering you an incredible Fleece Promo!

Spring can be a little unpredictable which means that you need to have a full arsenal of warm & cool apparel to be properly prepared. One day it’s raining and sleeting, the next its sunny and 85 degrees. Really, who can keep up?! That’s why having a hoodie or sweatshirt on hand will always pay off. Throw it on, keep it in your car or tie it around your waist. Aside from the staple denim and white tee’s, hoodies are a must in your wardrobe. You can pair them with just about anything. They come in every color and style imaginable, and you can dress them any way your heart desires. They’re a staple in every closet. The possibilities are endless, and you’ll thank us later.

$1.50 Off ITC Hoodies & Sweatshirts!

 

Now on to the good stuff. We’re offering a sick deal from now through March 15th 2016! We’re giving you an awesome promo on all of our ITC Hoodies! Save $1.50 off all ITC hoodies and sweatshirts! Don’t worry, we’ve got something for every price range to keep you looking cool while staying warm! Get started now!

*Promo prices will be reflected upon ordering.

Don’t forget to tag us in your photos for a chance to be featured! Twitter & Instagram: @threadbird

-The Threabird Team


Show Your Creative Edge With Threadbird

Let’s be honest, most New Year’s Resolutions consist of diet tips that are abandoned by Valentine’s Day. Many of you may suffer from creating a huge list of life changes, then becoming so overwhelmed that you don’t complete a single one. I’m guilty of this as well. This year let’s approach our resolutions with a little more grace. If you complete them, awesome! If not, then that’s awesome too. The goal is to simply try to branch out and improve yourself or your surroundings. The Threadbird team wants to help! Let’s partner together this year to do something that makes an impact and works that creative muscle!

US FLOWERS POSTER

If you’re looking to expand your brand, we have some ways to help! We offer a plethora of creative outlets for you and your company. One of our favorites is helping companies expand on their creativity by offering screen printed poster printing!

SPRING POSTER

SUMMER POSTER

In most businesses, the marketing budget can be tight. However, by using posters you can implement a grass roots marketing and advertising strategy to get your brand seen! This is also a good way to show off your creative edge by highlighting your artwork. Posters can be used as a vibrant marketing tool and an excellent way to highlight your art! If you’re looking to take your brand to the next level then this is a great way to do just that. This is an extremely creative and affordable tactic that many larger brands are using, so why not you? Get A Quote Now!

Have questions? We have an awesome team of specialists available to answer any questions you may have and help with all of the little details. You can reach out here!

Stay tuned for more awesome resolution ideas and ways that we can help make this year a success for you and your business!


Get Fit with Threadbird this New Year!

This is the busiest time of the year for fitness and weight loss programs! Let us help you and your brand capitalize on this popular resolution by printing your fitness apparel with us! Threadbird is the perfect place for you to exercise your creative muscle and promote your “get fit” business. Whether you’re launching a gym, starting up a league, or teaching yoga classes, we have what you need to take your active business to the next level.

Get Fit & Let Threadbird Help!

We carry a wide range of awesome sports and activewear apparel. Our go-to men’s activewear garment is this crew neck tee. One of our personal favorites, and a popular choice among our customers, is this super soft and comfy tri-blend racerback tank. Some other favorites include this lightweight mens zipper jacket, or a lightweight unisex zipper jacket option. These are perfect for battling the cool winter weather while still being light enough for wear during workouts. Another great garment for activewear is this dryblend tee. It’s great for keeping you cool while also whisking away any sweat!

Have questions? We have an awesome team of specialists available to answer any questions you may have and help with all of the little details. You can reach out here!

Stay tuned for more awesome resolution ideas and ways that we can help make this year a success for you and your business!