Custom apparel is a phenomenal brand-building tool—whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been in the game for a while.

However, with a sea of information and resources on the interwebs, it can be tricky to know where to start.

Feeling lost? Don’t stress—we’ll be your guide. Here are 4 steps to ordering custom screen print shirts for your apparel brand:

1. Choose the right custom apparel partner.

If you want to avoid delays and t-shirt horror stories, make sure you carefully consider which company to work with.

So, what do you look for in a partner? No, not the romantic kind… but to be real, the right custom apparel partner will make you fall in love with their products and services.

A 5-star custom apparel company will…

1. Have an organized, seamless process that gives you peace of mind and exceeds your expectations.

You already have enough on your plate. You shouldn’t have to worry about late deliveries, misprints, or miscommunications. Unfortunately, these mistakes are often the result of disorganized processes.

We have our screen printing and fulfillment workflows down pat. Our Brand Building Process (BBP) is the best in the industry. With our BBP, we can guarantee that your order will arrive on time (or early) and look exactly how you imagined it would.

2. Offer an array of custom apparel products and services.

Options, please! Your creativity has no limits, so choose a custom apparel partner that can bring your innovative ideas to fruition.

3. Provide full transparency and never charge hidden fees.

We can’t believe there are still companies in the world that charge tons of unnecessary fees in an attempt to make more money. It’s not cool.

We always provide upfront, all-inclusive estimates so our customers know what to expect. That’s how we do business—we value transparency and integrity in every situation.

4. “WOW” you with a team of rockstar customer support reps.

You’re not just a number to us. From your very first phone call or email, our team of specialists will treat you like family and help you every step of the way, from design to delivery.

With Scrappy Apparel, you get all of the above and even more. Ready to get started?

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2. Choose your shirt and ink type.

There are a lot of options out there. It can feel overwhelming if you don’t know what to look for. Here are a few factors to consider:


You can call us the fabric gurus. We offer a variety of options to our customers, including our Peruvian Pima Cotton—which redefines the word “soft,” by the way. You deserve only the best materials for your custom apparel. That’s we offer the softest cotton in the world for our screen printing projects.


Shirt style

Are you going for casual or semi-professional? Playful or serious? The vibe you’re going for will affect the style of shirt you choose.

Once you’ve chosen the general style of shirt you’re going for, you can start thinking about more specific details. What kind of neckline do you want? What kind of sleeves? What kind of fit?

It’s a good idea to decide on the shirt type before you begin designing your artwork to ensure your product will be a solid match for the design.

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Shirt color

The color of your shirt will affect the appearance of your design. It’s important to pick a shirt that will create contrast with the colors in your design so your artwork can stand out.


Type of ink

Don’t forget about the ink! It’s crucial to choose an ink that will produce vibrant and durable results with the fabric and color of your shirt.

Are you struggling to make the right decisions for your custom apparel project?

Ask our team or check out our blog on 10 Things You Should Know Before You Get a Shirt Screen Printed.


3. Prepare your design files.

This is where you get to be creative! We recommend collaborating with your team or hiring a designer to bring your custom apparel vision to life.

If you’re designing the shirts yourself, make sure you’re using vector files (AI or EPS) so we can produce high-quality prints of your artwork. Avoid raster-based file types (Ex. JPEG, PNG, or GIF) since they will not produce as crisp of a print.


4. Request your quote and enjoy the ease of our Brand Building Process (BBP).

If done-for-you sounds like the dream, you’ll love our BBP.

We take care of everything from start to finish, so you can sit back, relax, and wait for your custom screen print shirts to arrive at your door.

We are revolutionizing the custom apparel industry by providing a proven, structured process for ordering t-shirts online.

You can leave your Advil in the cabinet because our BBP is headache-free. It’s simple, straightforward, and results-driven (a.k.a. sent straight from heaven).

Here’s an overview of our BBP:

1. Get your quote

Send us the deets, and we’ll get back to you with an all-inclusive estimate within 24 business hours. Speed is our middle name!

2. Connect with your Scrappy Sales Rep

Our team members are BFF material (plus they have years of experience in the custom apparel industry). Your dedicated rep will answer your questions and finalize your project details.

3. Approve your pre-production layout(s)

This is the ultra-important part where we make sure everything is correct. We’ll confirm your print size, location, private labeling, etc. so we get everything right in the production stage.

4. Hang out and wait for your shirts to arrive!

Before you know it, your custom screen print shirts will arrive on your doorstep. (BTW, did we mention that ground shipping is free?)

Seriously, it doesn’t get any better than our BBP—but don’t take our word for it. Work with us and experience the glory of the BBP yourself!

You can trust us to knock your screen printing projects out of the park every single time.

You made it to the end of this blog, which means we’re destined to work together. If you don’t believe in fate, you can at least trust in all the incredible reasons we shared to explain why you should work with us.

Our team is eager to begin your project. Let’s get started:

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