T-shirts are extremely versatile promotional items. They can display any information, from a simple brand logo to the location, date, and time of an event. Anyone can wear a t-shirt; they’re extremely comfortable, suitable for all ages, and find a place in any wardrobe. When choosing the best t-shirt to promote your brand or event, there are several things you take into consideration: color, style, and comfort. This last aspect is largely dependent upon the type of fabric. So, how do you know which fabric is the right one to choose? To help you pick the best t-shirt fabric, we’ve created a handy rundown of several popular t-shirt fabric types.
Ah, good old cotton t-shirts. Cotton is by far the most popular t-shirt fabric. It’s sturdy, comfortable, and breathable. Most cotton t-shirts are already pre-shrunk, meaning that the fabric has been put through a machine that removes the space between stitches, mimicking the shrinking process. Cotton t-shirts that are pre-shrunk will still shrink about 3 to 7 percent when washed and dried, which is significantly less than they would shrink without being pre-shrunk.
Organic cotton is grown with minimal use of fertilizers and pesticides that negatively impact the environment. This cotton is more expensive but also more sustainable. If you support the environment, you can show your support by investing in t-shirts made with this sustainable fabric.
Combed cotton is another popular type of cotton. Fine brushes are used to remove short strands of cotton and straighten the cotton fibers. The result is a smoother, softer cotton. The price is higher than regular cotton, since there’s more work involved in conditioning the fabric.
This is the highest quality cotton available. Pima cotton is made of extra-long fibers, which makes it extremely comfortable and durable. This type of cotton resists pilling, fading, and stretching. Some say it even becomes softer after washing!
Ring-spun cotton is created by continuously twisting and thinning strands of cotton. This creates very fine, soft strands of cotton to be made into a t-shirts. The more the cotton has been twisted, the finer the fabric is.
Slub cotton is created by twisting the cotton so that it becomes filled with irregular lumps. T-shirts made with slub cotton have a unique, textured look and work great for targeting younger audiences.
Polyester is a synthetic material that is especially breathable, which makes it suitable for athletic t-shirts. Polyester has several advantages that make is especially fit for athletic clothing: it’s quick drying, extremely durable, resistant to mold and mildew, wrinkle resistant, and easy to clean. Some polyester t-shirts are even treated to be moisture wicking. If you are jumping on the athleisure trend, you may want to opt for polyester shirts.
Many t-shirts are made of a combination of several different types of fibers. Blending fabrics means that the t-shirt benefits from all the best qualities of each fabric type. For example, a cotton, polyester, and rayon blend has the softness of cotton, the wrinkle resistance and durability of polyester, and the draping and slimming qualities of rayon.
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