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Custom T-Shirts for your Team, Group or Event to build Community and create Memories

Updated on August 2, 2011


The time has gone where custom t-shirts were the domain of large orders and large companies. Now, with the availability online of websites that will help you create your custom t-shirt, you can have small groups of t-shirts created with exactly the design you'd like. Upload your company's logo, your event's logo, your summer camp's name or the name and date of your event and then select the colours and sizes and there you go, you've got your custom t-shirts all ready.

Who would get them?

There are endless possibilities of who might be interested in, or who would benefit from having small orders of custom t-shirts printed. Below is a list of just a few such groups:

  • teams
  • youth groups
  • charity event volunteers
  • charity event participants
  • summer camp volunteers
  • summer camp campers
  • small company social event volunteers
  • small company social event participants
  • trade show workers
  • trade show volunteers
  • giveaway for signups

How much do they cost?

A simple white t-shirt with one colour of text on the front printed 20 times will cost about 12$(i) per shirt. If you go up to 40 or more items the price drops below 10$. If you order 100 items the price then drops below 8$ per shirt.

If you were to pick a colour t-shirt instead of plain white, add about 50 cents per shirt.

If you were to add a second colour image or text to the front, add about another 1.50$ per shirt.

Obviously the more colours you add the more expensive it will be, so consider what your budget is and design your t-shirt accordingly.

How do you pay for them?

You may already have a budget for your team, organization, camp or group to pay for these shirts. In other cases, you may have enough to subsidize the shirts, but would ask the people getting the t-shirts to pay a portion of it.

My plan for the summer camp that I help to operate for next year is to pre-design the t-shirt with the theme and get the pricing. When a person registers to go to the camp they will be given the option to also add a t-shirt to their registration that they would then receive when they get to camp. Depending on how our fundraising goes, we should be able to subsidize the t-shirts a little bit to make it so that it is an even 10$ or an even 8$ that people pay for their t-shirt. By having the registration early enough in advance of the week of camp, the campers can specify the size they want and then the order can be placed with enough lead time to get free shipping.

Building community and creating memories

There is something about everyone having the same custom t-shirt that is reminiscient of having a uniform. Being in a uniform can help a group feel as if they are very united and have a purpose. This will help to build a community with all of the people who have the t-shirts. By keeping the t-shirt after the event, we can be reminded of that event and that sense of community each time we see it in our homes, or when we wear it again.

Note i: All of the prices here are from It is likely that prices at other custom t-shirt design websites are similar.


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    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      PD, thanks for the vote!

    • pinkdaisy profile image

      pinkdaisy 6 years ago from Canada

      I love custom t-shirts. They are so popular!

      Voted up :)

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      FMG, indeed... I've been thinking the exact same thing - I'll create a Phil Plasma t-shirt just for me.

      Angie, thanks - I remember custom t-shirts from when I was in high school for things like graduation signatures on the back, or themed fundraisers.

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      angie ashbourne 6 years ago

      Hi! Phil Good hub! I remember custom shirts in the 70's.


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      funmontrealgirl 6 years ago from Montreal

      We all need a custom tshirt at some point in our life, don't we? :)

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Sally, thanks - like I said, good for teams and building community, or team spirit.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Just bought 4 t's today -- to support my high school son's football team. Wearing one to sleep in tonight! Fun hub!

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Paradise, thanks for the comment, it certainly supports my idea for next year's summer camp.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I agree with you on the community building power of t-shirts, especially if you have kids who are strange to each other in a group for the first time. It establishes and instant commonality; the kids get along better, so you'll find it's much worth while.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks MC, much appreciated supporting comment.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      I was the organizer of a youth wind orchestra for 20 years, therefore I have to stress the importance of ‘uniform’ clothing. Custom T-shirts are always a winner.... perfect ‘community builders’.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks! I'm hoping to get to 100 hubs in less time than it took me to get to 50, but I don't know if I'll manage.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I notice that this is your 50th hub you have published. Congratulations.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks, that was the intention.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      Bookmarking this one,it will come in handy