What’s Your Warmest Sweatshirt?

With temperatures at a record low for the past 20 years, finding the warmest sweatshirt for your budget is key. To make choosing one out of dozens of brands an easy task, we’ve narrowed down our 3 favorite sweatshirts that make winter weather bearable.

Gildan Dry Blend

Half cotton, half polyester, this hooded sweatshirt not only wears well but washes well too. The 50/50 blend limits shrinking, making keep-calm-gildan-sweatshirtit perfectly acceptable to throw this sweatshirt in the dryer free of worries. With Dryblend Wicking Performance, you can comfortably wear it to the gym or on a trail run. A double lined hood helps keep you warm when you’ve forgotten a hat, or nice and toasty when you double up. Most importantly though, this sweatshirt is nice and heavy, making it warm enough for any snowy day but still comfortable for lounging around the house.

Gildan Heavy Blend

What it lacks in the Wicking Performance area, the Gildan Heavy Blend makes up for in its lightweight comfort. This hooded sweatshirt is a great value buy for those looking to be able to layer their sweatshirts without feeling bulky or bundled up. At a lower price than the others, the Gildan Heavy Blend is also ideal if you’re looking to customize sweatshirts for an event or to help market your company. No matter what you plan on using it for, whether it’s business or comfort, this sweatshirt is a great buy.

Weatherproof Cross Weave

This hooded sweatshirt is the best choice for anyone that works outside, whether for a job or just weekend yard work. Made of 80% cotton and 20% fleece, this is the warmest sweatshirt you could ask for. A horizontal weave in the fabric limits any vertical shrinking, keeping your sweatshirt as close to its original size as possible … Continue reading

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Three Steps to a Seamless and Successful Spirit Wear Fundraiser

Spirit wear is one of the most enjoyable ways to show your school pride, no matter what age. With the fall season in full bloom, the time for spirit wear fundraisers is upon us. Before you get started organizing your school’s or your team’s fundraiser, follow these three key steps to making your spirit wear fundraiser easy, stress free, and – most importantly – successful.

amity-dance-team-spirit-wear-fundraiser1. Choose your logo and garments first. Choosing what logo you want to put on which garments is the single most important step to making your spirit wear fundraiser successful. The logo is the easiest to choose, as schools already have mascots and preferred fonts. Choosing garments is the next important decision, and often the most difficult decision when planning a spirit wear fundraiser. Many schools and teams think that by offering the widest variety of garments, their fundraiser will be the most successful. However, the opposite is true. By offering only a few select items – sweatshirts, shirts, and sweat pants, for example – your fundraiser will not only become easy to manage, but highly successful because people can quickly choose what they want and turn in their order forms quickly.

2. Send out your order forms. Once you’ve decided on your garments and logos, print out your order forms. Give students and parents at least a month to decide on what garments they wish to purchase.

3. Place your orders. Wait a week after their deadline, as there are bound to be a handful of late orders, and then place your official order. This will give parents, students, and yourselves enough time without feeling overwhelmed during your spirit wear fundraiser. By waiting an extra week after the deadline, you have a higher possibility of only needing to place one large order.

 

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Using Twill Applique – What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Customizing your own apparel is a fun and creative way to advertise a business, event, or fundraiser. While deciding on a logo or design is central to customizing your apparel, choosing the best method of customization is equally important. Customers regularly request that garments be embroidered, screen printed, or heat pressed. However, sometimes the best chosen method is none of the above. In these instances, twill applique is the perfect method to customizing your apparel.

Twill applique is something not often used, but widely useful. Often, when brought up, we receive puzzled looks and a few questions. To further explain the process and benefits of twill applique, we thought we would answer all of your questions here.

What in the world is Twill Applique?   

Applique is the process of sewing the twill onto a garment. Twill is 100% polyester. Twill comes in a variety of colors and has pressure sensitive adhesive on one side, to ensure easy layout positioning.

Why twill? Can’t we just embroider?   

You can always have a logo embroidered onto your garment. However, larger logos that contain hundreds of thousands of stitches can distort your garment. Because long stitches often come loose, smaller stitches are used to complete embroidered logos. This means more stitches and more thread. The more thread you use, the more likely your logo is to bunch the fabric of your garment, simply because of the weight of the thread. To keep this from happening, we sometimes use twill, a polyester material that can be cut in the shape of your logo and sewn with 80% less stitching.

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Tips on How to Raise Money at Your Next Fundraiser

Whether you’re raising money for your company or a charity, a unique and interesting fundraiser is a successful fundraiser. Captivating slogans and logos, designs that draw people in and make them curious about your company or mission – all of these lead to raising money for your cause. The big question is how to come up with the right ones and what to display them on.

When starting to plan your fundraiser, consider your clientele. What is the age group that you are marketing to? Gender? Social class? All of these and more play into your final decision of how to run your fundraiser. Once you’ve recognized who your clientele is, you can begin to plan how you will raise money.

Bake sales and car washes are sure to draw people in, but they may not apply to your company. The best way to get the word out about your company and cause is to be creative. Your mission statement doesn’t need to be right on your company sticker or t-shirt. Instead, use an interesting logo or design to engage your clientele and make them want to know more. Think of your fundraiser as providing them with information and goods that they will want, rather than just raising money for your cause. With this mindset, you will be more in tune to what will grab your clientele’s interest and generate money for your fundraiser.

Just as your design and logo will help draw people to your fundraiser, so will the items that you advertise on and sell. A custom banner is perfect to help get the word out about when your fundraiser will take place and what it’s cause is. The products you use will depend on your targeted clientele. Teens and young adults will enjoy fun stickers, while adults … Continue reading

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Design Custom Apparel for Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties!

Planning your wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life – but can be the most stressful as well. To counter the stress of making sure everything goes just so, there are bachelor and bachelorette parties. A night where you can let loose with your closest friends, have fun, and celebrate your last night of being single. To make the most out of it, design custom apparel for your crazy night out.

Whether you’re customizing apparel for your own party or your friend’s party, what you choose to customize will depend on what your plans are.T-shirts are great for a gift bag or going out to casual bars and restaurants, but may not work if you’re planning to go to an up-scale bar or club. If you’re planning a day of outdoor fun, hats are ideal to keep your eyes shaded and your scalps from burning. Cozy sweatshirts or sweatpants are perfect for staying comfortable the morning after. To get the most for your money, choose the item that best suits your plans.

Once you’ve decided whether you want t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, or sweatpants, you can choose the style that you want. Your items can all be in the bride’s favorite color, the colors from the wedding decorations, or a range of colors for each person to pick from. You can even order different styles for everyone. Worried because three people want t-shirts while the others prefer a tank top? You don’t have to stress. As long as the design stays the same for each respective item (all hats have the same design, all shirts have the same design, etc…) ordering different styles of each is no problem at all. Your custom design can be anything you want, whether it’s a quote, image, or something specifically related … Continue reading

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