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T-shirts don’t have an easy life. Food, drinks, stains, and even dirt can cause the best-looking t-shirt to have a permanent nasty and unsightly stain.

While a stained shirt is still 100% fine to wear and use, just going outside in public can give even the bravest of people jitters about what other people will think when they see that unsightly stain.

One of the worst stains to get on a t-shirt is oil, which comes in many forms besides motor oil.

  • Cooking oil
  • Hair products (that contain oil-based petroleum products)
  • Makeup
  • Oil from other products

When most people get oil stains on their t-shirts, they immediately think that there’s no way it’s coming out and the best thing to do is throw it in the trashcan or save it as a “grubby” t-shirt for when they’re doing house or yard work.

The reality of oil stains on t-shirts is that they can be removed – you just have to know how to do it properly. Being that we’re a t-shirt company, that makes us the foremost experts on t-shirts and shirts in general (we have many different types of shirts for sale).

We’re writing this blog post to share with you our super-secret patented trick on how to remove oil stains from a shirt. The below method is first in our book of tricks to remove stains from t-shirts.

1. Move Fast

Unlike that ketchup stain you got on your white t-shirt at the BBQ this past weekend, you’re in a race against time when it comes to oil stains…and time is not on your side.

As the oil stain “sets” into the fabric of the shirt, it bonds on a molecular level as the cotton absorbs the oil. The more time that goes by, the longer the stain has had time to make itself at home.

Like all unwanted house guests, the longer oil remains on a t-shirt, the harder it is to remove. So, think and act fast.

2. Blot, Blot, Blot

Repeat after me: “blot, blot, blot.”

You’re first going to want to blot the stain with a clean towel (that you don’t mind getting dirty). This will help remove any excess grease that’s just waiting to find a nice comfy home on your t-shirt. If you’re in a pinch, a paper towel can take the place of a regular cotton towel.

Press the stain on both sides to soak up any excess oil. Gently blot, blot, blot, and as the seconds turn into minutes, you should have been able to pick up all the excess oil and transfer it to the rag or cloth you’re using to blot.

3. Read the Label

Before you throw the shirt in the washing machine or move onto the next step, locate the shirt tag and read the washing instructions. Some shirts will need to be washed in hot water, others cold.

Be careful if you’re using any 3rd party stain remover sprays (commonly bought at Walmart or the supermarket). They might advise you to “wash in as warm water as possible.” Washing a shirt in warm water could cause premature wear and tear and even shrinkage.

To use warm water or not to use warm water.

That is the question you’ll have to determine the answer to.

Are you comfortable with the fact that washing a shirt in hot water might cause it to shrink a little bit? If so, turn up that temperature dial to “HOT” and scrub away.

4. Pre-Treatment

This is probably the most important step to removing oil from a t-shirt. You’ll need to pick your weapon for the upcoming fight against the oil stain.

You can choose from:

  • Dish soap (e.g., Dawn)
  • Stain treatment sprays (found in Target, Walmart and any grocery store)
  • Liquid detergent for washing clothes.

Choose your weapon carefully. Some products could potentially stain the t-shirt, so it’s best to test it in an inconspicuous area such as the bottom inside of the shirt.

Once you’re confident that the stain treatment won’t damage or stain the shirt further, follow the instructions on the bottle. If you’re using the old school method of Dawn dishwashing soap, pre-treat it for a few minutes before throwing it into the washing machine.

There are many different brands of laundry soap that are formulated to help remove oil stains. We’re not going to make any recommendations other than you should only buy a name-brand detergent that’s sold by a big-name retail store. It’s all the same.

5. Drying

Did we mention that the most critical step in removing an oil stain was the pre-treatment? Well, we lied. The most vital step is to visually inspect the t-shirt after it’s been run through the washing machine.

Can you see any indications of the stain still existing? If so, rewash it WITHOUT drying.

Once you dry the shirt, the head of the dryer will cause any remnants of the stain to set in permanently. Therefore, dry at your own risk.

Conclusion

Oil is a nasty substance that has an uncanny ability to permanently make itself a home on a t-shirt. The next time you get a shirt stain, try the above method(s) to remove it. There is an excellent chance that if you catch and treat the stain before it has a chance to set, you’ll be able to quickly and completely remove it once you pre-treat and wash it.

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When it comes time for a family reunion, it’s tradition for everyone in the party to wear the same shirt. No matter if you’re holding the get together at the local park, restaurant, or another entertainment venue, a custom t-shirt that proudly proclaims your family anniversary for all to see is a must-have.

If you haven’t given any thought to getting a bunch of t-shirts printed up for your family reunion, think about the hundreds of thousands of pictures that you and every single one of your family members will take.

What do you think would look better?

  1. A group photo with everyone smiling?

Or

  1. A group photo with everyone smiling and wearing the same “Our Family Reunion 2018” t-shirt?

We’re going to look at the various slogans and designs you can put on a family reunion t-shirt as well as give you some info and tips on how to make your event one to remember.

What to Do at a Family Reunion?

Most family reunions happen at a family member’s house or in an area that can host a large party such as a park or rented hall or restaurant. Aside from mixing and mingling with other attendees, most family reunions find at least half of the participants sitting down somewhere off to the side in small groups.

A family reunion should be just that. As such, here are a few activities you can plan to get the entire family up off the sidelines and into the mix:

If you chose to have the event at a park, here are a few actives that can be played and enjoy by everyone age 2 to 102.

  • Ping pong toss
  • Carnival games (barkers included)
  • Lawn twister
  • Egg and spoon race
  • Balloon stomp
  • Frisbee golf
  • Hot potato
  • Sack race
Group Photos

If you’re like most families in the U.S., you have relatives scattered throughout the country. Because you don’t see everyone that often, now is the time to take as many photos as possible.

Of course, everyone who has a smartphone will be taking a bunch of photos and posting them to Facebook. But these are just amateur photos.

Spend a little extra and hire a professional photographer to document the event. He/she will capture little private moments that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. They can even create an online website and upload the photos for all to see.

A photo booth is another excellent way to memorialize the event. Make sure Grandma and Grandpa get involved in the mix.

Matching T-shirts

Once you have the reunion planned, it’s now time to start thinking about the t-shirts. The best way to approach this is to figure out exactly who is coming. Find out what size t-shirt they wear and keep a running tally.

If you opt for a white colored t-shirt, it will behoove you to order a few more than you actually need. Food and grass stains are very common at family reunions, even more so when alcohol is involved.

There’s also a good chance that Aunt Flo lost 150 pounds since you last saw her and that XXXL size t-shirt you got for her is way too big. Since custom family reunion t-shirts are so inexpensive, order a few extra of each size (including the infants!)

Custom Family Reunion T-shirt Design and Slogan Ideas

The vast majority of family reunion t-shirts have the last name and the word “reunion 2018” along with the city it’s being held in printed on the back. E.g., Smith Family Reunion, Miami Florida 2018

Here are some additional ideas you can put on the shirt:

  • Back to the Reunion (a “Back to the Future” themed t-shirt)
  • Inspirational slogan
  • Gospel or Bible passage
  • Thanks for family
  • “I can’t keep calm. I’m a (insert last name here)”
  • “We are who we are because they were who they were.”
  • Write the names of every single family member on the shirt
  • Buy baseball jerseys and have the first name of each person printed on the back
  • Got roots?
  • Got family?
  • It’s a family thing!
  • Love is the main ingredient
  • Keep calm and reunion on
  • The circus is in town
  • A picture of a tree that has each family members name printed on a branch
  • Have a memorial photo t-shirt printed for relatives who recently passed
  • The Joneses are invading (insert city of choice and picture of UFO here)
What Kind of Shirt to Get?

Keep in mind the time of year when the reunion will be held. If it’s in the fall time and the weather might be a bit on the chilly side, long-sleeved t-shirts or even sweaters would be perfect. But if you are holding your reunion in an area where the weather can change dramatically from day-to-day, it’s best to stick to a traditional t-shirt. This way if it gets too hot or too cold people can dress in layers.

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In case you wish to unleash your inner Michelangelo upon a blank textile canvas otherwise known as a t-shirt, there are a few things you need to take into consideration when preparing artwork for custom t-shirt printing.

It requires a tiny bit of forethought so that everything will wind up turning out just perfect when you receive your order from One Hour Tees.

In this article we’re going to look at what computer apps or programs are best for designing, the various forms and formats, and any technical aspects of the design process that you should be aware of.

What Are the Best Design Formats & Programs?

Without going into a boring technical explanation as to “why,” you should try to create your designs in vector format in Adobe Illustrator. The primary reason being that vector files can be upsized or downsized without any quality loss whatsoever.

While you can design in Photoshop or Fireworks, keep in mind that if you use a .jpg, .gif, or .bmp image, they’re made up of a grid of pixels which will distort once you start increasing or decreasing the size of the image.

Applications such as Photoshop are called “raster-based,” and you’re basically stuck with whatever dimensions the designer initially used. If you try to scale up or down, it’s going to come out blurry and pixelated.

If you’re printing Direct-to-Garment, you can use Photoshop and any one of the following file formats: .jpg, .gif, .bmp, .tif, .psd, .pdf, .ai, .eps. If you’re opting for screen printing, then we can only accept .ai or .eps files (vector art) for best chances of success.

What Can I Design if I Don’t Have Adobe Illustrator?

If you’d like to design your t-shirt but don’t have access to Illustrator, fear not! At One Hour Tees we have a built-in t-shirt designer on our website. Click here to be taken to our t-shirt design page where you can:

  • Add text
  • Add clipart
  • Add artwork
  • Save

When you’re done making your design, just click the “Save to Desktop” button on the left-hand side and you will be given the option to download a .zip file of your artwork. When you’re ready to place your order, send us the .zip file, and we’ll handle the rest from there!

What If My Artwork Was Hand-Drawn?

At some point, you’re going to need to digitize the artwork so that you can send it to us and we can get it inside our computers. When you scan, you’re going to want to make sure that you scanned at the correct resolution.

A good rule of thumb is that if your artwork is drawn to size, then you should scan it at least 300 dpi. If the artwork was created at 50% scale, you should scan it at 600 dpi.

Specify Color

If having an exact color is important to you, make sure to specify the Pantone color number. If you design something in Illustrator or Photoshop, keep in mind that the color you see on your computer or laptop screen might not be the same color we see on our computer screens at One Hour Tees.

This is due to your computer or laptop monitor being calibrated differently than our computer monitors. If you need a better explanation, walk into any Walmart or Best Buy and head over to their t.v. section. Carefully look at each t.v. on display and see how even though they’re playing the same video, some t.v. models will display a different shade of red, blue, or green than a monitor right next to it.

We could devote this entire blog post to color, but we’re not. If you have questions about the color of the final result, be sure to contact us BEFORE you give us the go-ahead to print your order. One of our printing experts will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have regarding color or design.

Special Effects

Another reason we suggest not to use Photoshop type programs is because some of the effects and filters that you can add do not translate very well into custom printed t-shirts. For example:

  • General filters
  • Reduced opacity
  • Drop shadows
  • Faded edges
  • Glow and other effects

All of the above look amazing on a computer screen, but they tend not to be compatible with printing techniques. If you’re in doubt as to whether a filter on Photoshop will work, call us first to confirm before you spend all that time on the design.

Save Two Copies

Another pro-tip is to save two copies of your design on your computer. It serves as a safety net in case you need to change the layout or an aspect of the design for personal or printing reasons.

Sometimes people will delete their design file after they send it to us. If they want or need to make any changes, they will have to redesign the shirt entirely from scratch. By saving two files, you can make changes to one and keep the other one as your baseline design.

T-shirt Design and Help

If you’ve read through this blog post and still have questions on the design process, give us a call during business hours at (773) 687-0520 or contact us via our website. At One Hour Tees, one of our expert graphic designers can help answer any questions you may have.

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There’s no better city than Nashville when it comes to bachelorette parties.

While many women will insist on Las Vegas or the Miami equivalent, those in the know choose Nashville for its culture, vibrant nightlife, and a plethora of fun things to do after the sun goes down.

Nashville is sometimes referred to as “A drinking town with a music problem” by the locals, and it’s easy to see why. There are a plethora of bars, bistros, beer gardens, alehouses, and craft beer breweries to choose from. Oh yeah, there’s country music as well.

One of the biggest reasons brides-to-be choose Nashville is for the country music. Once you and your girls put on your custom bachelorette party t-shirts, it’s time to kick up your heels for a night of fun and celebration in Music City!

Alcohol Considerations

In case you heard rumors or were wondering, the great state of Tennessee has what locals refer to as “dry counties” in which alcohol cannot be served nor purchased.

Fortunately, alcohol is permitted, served, and sold in Nashville. A bonus is that last call is at 3 am (instead of 2 am in most states). We’re not suggesting that alcohol is a requirement to have a kick-ass bachelorette party, but it certainly can’t hurt.

We’ve compiled a list of our top five bachelorette party destinations in Nashville. It will be a night to remember for the bride-to-be and everyone in her bridal party.

Boozy Brunch at Morph Hospitality Group

No trip to Nashville is complete until the entire group has sampled traditional southern chicken and down south cuisine.

To that point, the Boozy Brunch is THE place to be in Nashville. It has a menu that rivals some of the top kitchens in L.A. or N.Y. yet at the same time, it serves down-home Southern comfort food that can’t be beaten.

Boozy Brunch makes for great morning-after food after a night of hard partying. Wake up to a Southern breakfast or sample some champagne to lessen that hangover and take the edge off the morning.

Geist

Geist is a neighborhood bar and restaurant and one of the newer establishments in Nashville. It’s located in a renovated 18th-century building that used to house a blacksmith shop.

Booze, cocktails, and beer flow freely from the taps and bottles, and it even has a champagne garden which makes for a great pick-me-up the morning after a night of hard partying.

Sprocket Rocket

If pedaling a contraption down the street while consuming copious amounts of alcohol, while bar-hopping and drinking even more copious amounts of alcohol sound like your idea of a fun night on the town, then look no further than the Sprocket Rocket party bike and tavern tour.

The party bike is a contraption that features 12 seats situated around a bar that serves alcohol. Each seat has bicycle pedals, and the idea is for everyone to pedal which causes the contraption to move forward. While you and your girlfriends provide the lady-power, a sober driver (a company employee) is behind the wheel and operating the brakes to make sure everyone has a safe time.

Nashville Craft Distillery

No trip to Nashville is complete with a visit and tour of one of the many distilleries that are located in the area. The Nashville Craft Distillery is one of the most popular distillery tours to go on.

Learn how real craft spirits are made in real life, actual working distillery. Multiple daily tours are available, but be sure to bring a designated driver, or have your Uber or Lyft app at the ready when it’s time to go.

After all, how often do you get to tour a distillery? It would be a shame not to sample one of the many fine libations they serve at the distillery bar.

The Wildhorse Saloon

Last, but most certainly not least is the Wildhorse Saloon. Any trip to Nashville isn’t complete until you have had a few rounds in an authentic honky-tonk country music bar. Nowhere else in America, or the world for that matter, will you find a honky-tonk bar outside of Nashville. Country music is what put Nashville on the map in the 1950’s.

Featuring a vast menu of gourmet and down-home Southern Comfort food, there’s something for everyone at the Wildhorse. Of course, a bar isn’t a bar without alcohol, and the booze list reads like a who’s who of favorite hard liquor, wine, and beer. Finally, and most importantly, there’s the music.

The Wildhorse Saloon is a 66,000 square foot live music jamboree that can accompany any size bachelorette party. Over 1.5 million people visit the Wildhorse every year, and that number is growing. Be sure to make reservations early as the establishment does get packed during the busy season.

As you can see, there’s something for everyone in Nashville.

Music, libations, and entertainment abound. Be sure to make your reservations well in advance as Nashville is a trendy city for both bachelor and bachelorette parties, and that doesn’t include the crowds of tourists and locals heading out for a night of fun and dancing.

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What’s the best material for sports clothes?

Many an athlete has pondered the same question over the past few decades. Not just from a performance viewpoint, but a longevity one as well.

Playing a sport requires a person to run, jump, kick, or hit a ball. The clothing athletes wear must be able to stand up to intensive wear and tear and at the same time provide enough comfort and flexibility such that injuries don’t occur.

We’re going to look at several different types of fabrics and materials which can help you make a more informed decision when it comes time to choose the perfect material for your team’s uniform.

History of Athletic Apparel

Back in the times of the Greeks, athletes and people who exercised did so in the nude.

The problem with jumping, running, and moving about in the nude is that certain body parts are left unprotected (get your mind out of the gutter, we’re talking about bare feet here). As such, injuries tended to occur and athletic performance was limited at best.

As the centuries went by, athletes and those who exercised wore little more than a loose-fitting piece of cotton clothing that wouldn’t hamper their physical activities. The clothing offered very little in protection.

In the 1900’s science took a huge step forward and the textile/garment industry started using high tech materials in their clothing. The superior materials enabled athletes to push themselves harder and longer without risk of injuring themselves as their predecessors did.

Cotton

Cotton has been around since the time of the Egyptians (and probably longer). It offers many advantages. It’s relatively inexpensive, lightweight, and loose fitting enough that it won’t hamper the physical activities of any given sport.

Cotton can be an ideal material choice for baseball, softball, and even kickball teams. It can be used for full contact sports such as football, but keep in mind that most cotton shirts run a bit loose and a loose-fitting shirt will offer a gripping point when someone wants to tackle you.

The downside to cotton is that it can shrink if not taken care of properly. All it takes is one super-heated drying cycle too many, and that cool looking sports shirt will be transformed into something a 10-year-old kid couldn’t fit into.

Moisture Wicking Polyester

This type of fabric is best for those who are serious about their sports. The material helps allow sweat to wick away from the skin for more efficient evaporation. This, in turn, allows the athlete not to overheat while exerting themselves physically. Runners and anyone who plays high-intensity sports can really benefit from moisture-wicking polyester.

Polyester-Cotton

The polyester-cotton blend combines the benefits of cotton with the benefits of polyester. This unique combination of materials makes shirts more comfortable and breathable, and due to the polyester fabric, there is less chance of shrinkage.

These types of shirts are great for bowlers, tennis players, and any sport that requires the participant to wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing. The downside is that because there is a cotton blend, the shirt could shrink a bit if not laundered properly.

Double-Knit Polyester

This man-made material is built to last. It’s incredibly durable and the fabric of choice for teams that require heavy-duty garments. Double-knit polyester is in high demand for such rugged contact sports as lacrosse and rugby teams. It’s durable, yet light enough not to cause athletes to feel constricted.

What Fabrics are Best for What Printing Process?

When ordering your team shirts from One Hour Tees, you’ll need to specify which printing process you’d like. Whether you’re looking at Direct to Garment printing vs. screen printing, or heat transfers and embroidery, we’ve got options.

There are three basic printing processes: direct to garment (DTG), silk screen, heat transfers, and embroidery.

Direct to garment – The inks used in DTG printing are water-based. Natural fabrics such as cotton tend to accept the inks the best (because they naturally absorb water).

Polyblends tend to fare better than 100% pure polyester because they have some cotton in them. Pure polyester is man-made and doesn’t accept water based inks as well as cotton or other natural fibers and fabrics.

When it comes to DTG printing, cotton is your best bet.

Silk Screen – Silk screening consists of transferring ink from a silk screen to a piece of fabric. Cotton tends to perform best as it quickly absorbs the ink. Man-made fibers such as polyester don’t absorb ink as well as cotton or a blend would.

Heat Transfers – Heat transfers use heat to transfer a pre-printed image from a special kind of paper to the fabric. Most transfers are made out of a plastic-like material, and this makes them ideal for synthetic fibers such as polyester or poly-blends.

Embroidery – Natural fabrics that have a tight weave tend to work best for embroidery. Cotton, linen, wool, and silk are ideal materials to have something embroidered upon. Synthetic materials such as polyester will work, but the embroidery needle can cause perforated threads that will fray after a period of time.

One Hour Nationwide T-shirt Printing

If you have any questions that weren’t answered in this blog post, feel free to send us an email or give us a call at (773) 687-0520. One of our friendly t-shirt experts will help you select the best material for your team jersey!

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At One Hour Tees, we use two main methods of printing your t-shirts. Direct to Garment (DTG) and Silk Screening. Both technologies produce stunningly beautiful graphics, letters, and designs. The only difference is when and why you would want to have a shirt printed using the DTG process versus silk screening.

We’re going to take a look at both printing processes and compare and contrast them. While there is no superior printing technique, we will discuss when you should opt for silk screen printing and when you should consider having your shirts printed via the DTG process.

What is Direct to Garment Printing?

DTG printing uses digital technology to apply designs, logos, and lettering to t-shirts. Once the client has approved the design, it’s uploaded to specialized printing software that resides on the DTG computer. A blank t-shirt is fed into a specially-designed digital printer and ink that is specially made for textiles is applied to the shirt.

The inks are specially designed to be strong, durable, and incredibly vivid in color. The overall time it takes to print one shirt is anywhere from five to ten minutes, depending on the complexity of the design and how many colors were used.

The result is a t-shirt with a custom printed design that is as high quality as anything you’d find in a high-end department store.

What is Silk Screening?

The Silk-screening process of printing a design on a t-shirt has been around for decades. Ink is pushed through a woven mesh stencil onto the t-shirt. A rubber or plastic squeegee is used to manually push and pull the ink over the stencil until the t-shirt has absorbed it.

Silk-screening is unique in that it’s all performed by hand. The setup process takes the longest amount of time, as the stencil must first be created, and the entire machine set up for a printing run.

Only one color can be printed at any given time, so there is a limited amount of colors that can be used. Each subsequent color will require more time to apply (including drying time), and that can increase the cost slightly due to more manual labor being required.

Benefits of DTG

DTG printing offers many advantages over traditional silk-screening. There are certain situations where you would definitely want to opt for DTG over silk screening, and vice versa.

Some of the benefits of DTG are:
  • Ideal for small t-shirt runs
  • Designs are easily customizable due to no stencil being required
  • Wide selection of color options
  • Design detail is very high

DTG is best for small orders such as 20 shirts for your local kickball team, or 15 shirts for your bachelor or bachelorette party. The cost per shirt is much lower than silk screening due to how quickly shirts can be printed using the DTG method.

It should be noted that just because DTG printed shirts cost less than silk screened ones, that doesn’t mean their quality is any less. The DTG printers we use at One Hour Tees are state-of-the-art and have a very high resolution. This means all the details of your design will show up crystal clear and you can choose one (or more) of many different colors.

Benefits of Silk Screening

Silk screening is excellent for large runs of shirts. If you were putting on an event where you’ll be needing hundreds of shirts, then silk screening is the way you want to go. Some of the benefits of silk screening are:

  • Cost-effective for large orders
  • Design can be placed almost anywhere (versatile)
  • Best for simple designs that don’t require a lot of colors
  • Ink will appear slightly “raised” due to the nature of the silk screen process.
Cost of Silk Screen vs. DTG Printing

The prices for silk screen printing versus DTG printing can vary. For starters, a silkscreen run requires an extensive setup process; this is why we have a 25-shirt minimum order. DTG printing is more cost-effective for smaller shirt orders. You also get a discount if you order shirts in bulk. The more you have printed up, the more you’ll save.

Also, keep in mind that silk screening will cause the ink on the shirt to be raised very slightly. This can be a benefit if you’re going after a certain look or design. With DTG printing, the color and design are as good as anything you’ll find in a high-end department store – except you won’t be paying an arm and a leg for it!

Conclusion

When it comes to quality, there is really no difference between DTG and silk screening. DTG is best for smaller batches with more intricate designs and color requirements while silk screening is superior for single color, large quantity runs.

No matter which t-shirt printing method you choose, you’ll be happy with the results. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work, and each order we create undergoes a strict quality-control check before it’s shipped out.

At One Hour Tees, we can not only create the perfect custom t-shirt for you or your organization, but we’ll also have it shipped or delivered to you or your event when you need it.

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There are few times in life when women can get away with wearing matching shirts without complete embarrassment. Kickball teams are one of them, and Bachelorette parties are the other.

What better way to let the entire world know that your BFF is celebrating her last night as a single woman than all party-goers wearing the same shirt?

No matter if you’re hitting the Strip in Vegas hardcore, or enjoying a more memorable (and less alcoholic) night at home, a Bachelorette party is cause for celebration and matching t-shirts.

Why Get a Custom Bachelorette Party T-Shirt?

First off, you’re going to want to show solidarity with your girl. As the night progresses and more and more alcohol is consumed, you can easily keep track of all group members by simply looking for those who are wearing the same shirt as you are.

Second of all, plenty of pictures will be taken and posted on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Without custom-matching t-shirts, how will everyone know that you’re in a bachelorette party without you having to come out and tell them explicitly?

Bachelorette Party T-Shirt Slogan Ideas

Before you place an order for a custom t-shirt, you have to have the right slogan. While some people may instantly know what they’re going to write on their shirts, others may not. Here are a few bachelorette party custom t-shirt ideas for those who might need a little inspirational help:

  • Best Friends, Bridesmaids, Babes, and Bubbly
  • Bride Tribe
  • BRIDE (to be)
  • Bride Gang
  • I said “Yes!”
  • Wife material
  • Not wife material
  • The Mrs.
  • Bride (for the bride) Squad (for all the girls)
  • His pick (for the bride) Her Clique (for all her girls)
  • Wife of the party
  • Future Mrs. (for the bride) Basic Bitches (for all her girls)
  • Girls Support Girls
  • Team Bride
  • Sorry, Not Single!
  • I said Yas
  • Trading my tail for a veil
  • You can’t sit with us
  • Bridin’ Dirty
  • Raising Hell Before the Wedding Bells
  • Engaged AF (bride) Drunk AF (for all her girls)
  • Legit Getting Married
  • My Last Margarita as a Senorita
  • Drinking Margaritas with My Senoritas
  • Bride to Bee (bride) Let’s Get Buzzed (for all her girls)
Q: How Quickly Can I Get a Custom T-Shirt Made?

A: How quickly do you need it?

At one-hour tees, we specialize in t-shirts made and shipped in one hour. We can ship directly to your hotel or suite and have them there in time for the bachelorette party.

If you don’t need shirts that quickly, we can slow our roll and have them created and shipped to you in:

  • Next business day
  • 2 business days
  • 3 business days
  • 4-5 business days
  • 6 business days
  • 7+ business days

The only difference is the cost of the shipping. Next business day will oviously cost more than 7+ business days.

Design Your Own T-Shirt

If you or one of your girls has mad design skills, fire up Photoshop and create a killer logo and design. For everyone else, you can use our free custom t-shirt design tool which will enable you to add text, photos, and design the front and back of the shirt.

Once you’re happy with the design, simply upload it to the order form, and one of our design experts will look it over to make sure everything is in order. Once you sign off on the proof, we’ll begin printing your shirts and have the order delivered to you by when you need it.

Popular Bachelor Party Cities

Las Vegas isn’t the be-all and end-all for bachelorette parties. There are plenty of other cities in the country that a group of women can celebrate their friends last night being single.

Yes, Vegas is fun, but if the entire party has to fly into Vegas (of which the entire trip will run into the thousands of dollars), you can always check out other cities such as:

  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Honolulu
  • San Diego
  • Newport Beach, CA.
  • New York
  • Chicago
  • Austin
  • Denver
  • Seattle
  • Nashville

Las Vegas can be expensive and if money is no option, have at it! But for those on a somewhat limited budget, you can have just as good of a time in L.A. or Miami than you can in Vegas.

A little-known secret to Las Vegas is that if there are a lot of major conferences in town (e.g., conventions or huge sporting event), the hotels will raise their prices accordingly.

Your entire party might get stuck in a seedy motel on the fringes of Vegas if you don’t plan your trip months in advance.

What Goes on at a Bachelorette Party?

Bachelorette parties range from the mild to the wild. It all depends on the girls celebrating and how crazy they get once a little bit of alcohol is added. Sometimes the entire group will hire a male….uh….“dancer” to make the night that much more special and memorable.

No matter if you’re going balls-to-the-wall in Vegas or having a non-alcoholic girls night out that would make Walt Disney and your church pastor proud, a bachelorette party is a time to get wild and celebrate your girl finding Mr. Right.

Custom t-shirts will help make her last night as a single woman that much more memorable, so what are you waiting for? Order your custom t-shirts today, and we’ll have them shipped to you in time for the party!

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There’s no better city than Nashville when it comes to bachelorette parties.

While many women will insist on Las Vegas or the Miami equivalent, those in the know choose Nashville for its culture, vibrant nightlife, and a plethora of fun things to do after the sun goes down.

Nashville is sometimes referred to as “A drinking town with a music problem” by the locals, and it’s easy to see why. There are a plethora of bars, bistros, beer gardens, alehouses, and craft beer breweries to choose from. Oh yeah, there’s country music as well.

One of the biggest reasons brides-to-be choose Nashville is for the country music. Once you and your girls put on your custom bachelorette party t-shirts, it’s time to kick up your heels for a night of fun and celebration in Music City!

Alcohol Considerations

In case you heard rumors or were wondering, the great state of Tennessee has what locals refer to as “dry counties” in which alcohol cannot be served nor purchased.

Fortunately, alcohol is permitted, served, and sold in Nashville. A bonus is that last call is at 3 am (instead of 2 am in most states). We’re not suggesting that alcohol is a requirement to have a kick-ass bachelorette party, but it certainly can’t hurt.

We’ve compiled a list of our top five bachelorette party destinations in Nashville. It will be a night to remember for the bride-to-be and everyone in her bridal party.

Boozy Brunch at Morph Hospitality Group

No trip to Nashville is complete until the entire group has sampled traditional southern chicken and down south cuisine.

To that point, the Boozy Brunch is THE place to be in Nashville. It has a menu that rivals some of the top kitchens in L.A. or N.Y. yet at the same time, it serves down-home Southern comfort food that can’t be beaten.

Boozy Brunch makes for great morning-after food after a night of hard partying. Wake up to a Southern breakfast or sample some champagne to lessen that hangover and take the edge off the morning.

Geist

Geist is a neighborhood bar and restaurant and one of the newer establishments in Nashville. It’s located in a renovated 18th-century building that used to house a blacksmith shop.

Booze, cocktails, and beer flow freely from the taps and bottles, and it even has a champagne garden which makes for a great pick-me-up the morning after a night of hard partying.

Sprocket Rocket

If pedaling a contraption down the street while consuming copious amounts of alcohol, while bar-hopping and drinking even more copious amounts of alcohol sound like your idea of a fun night on the town, then look no further than the Sprocket Rocket party bike and tavern tour.

The party bike is a contraption that features 12 seats situated around a bar that serves alcohol. Each seat has bicycle pedals, and the idea is for everyone to pedal which causes the contraption to move forward. While you and your girlfriends provide the lady-power, a sober driver (a company employee) is behind the wheel and operating the brakes to make sure everyone has a safe time.

Nashville Craft Distillery

No trip to Nashville is complete with a visit and tour of one of the many distilleries that are located in the area. The Nashville Craft Distillery is one of the most popular distillery tours to go on.

Learn how real craft spirits are made in real life, actual working distillery. Multiple daily tours are available, but be sure to bring a designated driver, or have your Uber or Lyft app at the ready when it’s time to go.

After all, how often do you get to tour a distillery? It would be a shame not to sample one of the many fine libations they serve at the distillery bar.

The Wildhorse Saloon

Last, but most certainly not least is the Wildhorse Saloon. Any trip to Nashville isn’t complete until you have had a few rounds in an authentic honky-tonk country music bar. Nowhere else in America, or the world for that matter, will you find a honky-tonk bar outside of Nashville. Country music is what put Nashville on the map in the 1950’s.

Featuring a vast menu of gourmet and down-home Southern Comfort food, there’s something for everyone at the Wildhorse. Of course, a bar isn’t a bar without alcohol, and the booze list reads like a who’s who of favorite hard liquor, wine, and beer. Finally, and most importantly, there’s the music.

The Wildhorse Saloon is a 66,000 square foot live music jamboree that can accompany any size bachelorette party. Over 1.5 million people visit the Wildhorse every year, and that number is growing. Be sure to make reservations early as the establishment does get packed during the busy season.

As you can see, there’s something for everyone in Nashville.

Music, libations, and entertainment abound. Be sure to make your reservations well in advance as Nashville is a trendy city for both bachelor and bachelorette parties, and that doesn’t include the crowds of tourists and locals heading out for a night of fun and dancing.

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What’s the best material for sports clothes?

Many an athlete has pondered the same question over the past few decades. Not just from a performance viewpoint, but a longevity one as well.

Playing a sport requires a person to run, jump, kick, or hit a ball. The clothing athletes wear must be able to stand up to intensive wear and tear and at the same time provide enough comfort and flexibility such that injuries don’t occur.

We’re going to look at several different types of fabrics and materials which can help you make a more informed decision when it comes time to choose the perfect material for your team’s uniform.

History of Athletic Apparel

Back in the times of the Greeks, athletes and people who exercised did so in the nude.

The problem with jumping, running, and moving about in the nude is that certain body parts are left unprotected (get your mind out of the gutter, we’re talking about bare feet here). As such, injuries tended to occur and athletic performance was limited at best.

As the centuries went by, athletes and those who exercised wore little more than a loose-fitting piece of cotton clothing that wouldn’t hamper their physical activities. The clothing offered very little in protection.

In the 1900’s science took a huge step forward and the textile/garment industry started using high tech materials in their clothing. The superior materials enabled athletes to push themselves harder and longer without risk of injuring themselves as their predecessors did.

Cotton

Cotton has been around since the time of the Egyptians (and probably longer). It offers many advantages. It’s relatively inexpensive, lightweight, and loose fitting enough that it won’t hamper the physical activities of any given sport.

Cotton can be an ideal material choice for baseball, softball, and even kickball teams. It can be used for full contact sports such as football, but keep in mind that most cotton shirts run a bit loose and a loose-fitting shirt will offer a gripping point when someone wants to tackle you.

The downside to cotton is that it can shrink if not taken care of properly. All it takes is one super-heated drying cycle too many, and that cool looking sports shirt will be transformed into something a 10-year-old kid couldn’t fit into.

Moisture Wicking Polyester

This type of fabric is best for those who are serious about their sports. The material helps allow sweat to wick away from the skin for more efficient evaporation. This, in turn, allows the athlete not to overheat while exerting themselves physically. Runners and anyone who plays high-intensity sports can really benefit from moisture-wicking polyester.

Polyester-Cotton

The polyester-cotton blend combines the benefits of cotton with the benefits of polyester. This unique combination of materials makes shirts more comfortable and breathable, and due to the polyester fabric, there is less chance of shrinkage.

These types of shirts are great for bowlers, tennis players, and any sport that requires the participant to wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing. The downside is that because there is a cotton blend, the shirt could shrink a bit if not laundered properly.

Double-Knit Polyester

This man-made material is built to last. It’s incredibly durable and the fabric of choice for teams that require heavy-duty garments. Double-knit polyester is in high demand for such rugged contact sports as lacrosse and rugby teams. It’s durable, yet light enough not to cause athletes to feel constricted.

What Fabrics are Best for What Printing Process?

When ordering your team shirts from One Hour Tees, you’ll need to specify which printing process you’d like. Whether you’re looking at Direct to Garment printing vs. screen printing, or heat transfers and embroidery, we’ve got options.

There are three basic printing processes: direct to garment (DTG), silk screen, heat transfers, and embroidery.

Direct to garment – The inks used in DTG printing are water-based. Natural fabrics such as cotton tend to accept the inks the best (because they naturally absorb water).

Polyblends tend to fare better than 100% pure polyester because they have some cotton in them. Pure polyester is man-made and doesn’t accept water based inks as well as cotton or other natural fibers and fabrics.

When it comes to DTG printing, cotton is your best bet.

Silk Screen – Silk screening consists of transferring ink from a silk screen to a piece of fabric. Cotton tends to perform best as it quickly absorbs the ink. Man-made fibers such as polyester don’t absorb ink as well as cotton or a blend would.

Heat Transfers – Heat transfers use heat to transfer a pre-printed image from a special kind of paper to the fabric. Most transfers are made out of a plastic-like material, and this makes them ideal for synthetic fibers such as polyester or poly-blends.

Embroidery – Natural fabrics that have a tight weave tend to work best for embroidery. Cotton, linen, wool, and silk are ideal materials to have something embroidered upon. Synthetic materials such as polyester will work, but the embroidery needle can cause perforated threads that will fray after a period of time.

One Hour Nationwide T-shirt Printing

If you have any questions that weren’t answered in this blog post, feel free to send us an email or give us a call at (773) 687-0520. One of our friendly t-shirt experts will help you select the best material for your team jersey!

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At One Hour Tees, we use two main methods of printing your t-shirts. Direct to Garment (DTG) and Silk Screening. Both technologies produce stunningly beautiful graphics, letters, and designs. The only difference is when and why you would want to have a shirt printed using the DTG process versus silk screening.

We’re going to take a look at both printing processes and compare and contrast them. While there is no superior printing technique, we will discuss when you should opt for silk screen printing and when you should consider having your shirts printed via the DTG process.

What is Direct to Garment Printing?

DTG printing uses digital technology to apply designs, logos, and lettering to t-shirts. Once the client has approved the design, it’s uploaded to specialized printing software that resides on the DTG computer. A blank t-shirt is fed into a specially-designed digital printer and ink that is specially made for textiles is applied to the shirt.

The inks are specially designed to be strong, durable, and incredibly vivid in color. The overall time it takes to print one shirt is anywhere from five to ten minutes, depending on the complexity of the design and how many colors were used.

The result is a t-shirt with a custom printed design that is as high quality as anything you’d find in a high-end department store.

What is Silk Screening?

The Silk-screening process of printing a design on a t-shirt has been around for decades. Ink is pushed through a woven mesh stencil onto the t-shirt. A rubber or plastic squeegee is used to manually push and pull the ink over the stencil until the t-shirt has absorbed it.

Silk-screening is unique in that it’s all performed by hand. The setup process takes the longest amount of time, as the stencil must first be created, and the entire machine set up for a printing run.

Only one color can be printed at any given time, so there is a limited amount of colors that can be used. Each subsequent color will require more time to apply (including drying time), and that can increase the cost slightly due to more manual labor being required.

Benefits of DTG

DTG printing offers many advantages over traditional silk-screening. There are certain situations where you would definitely want to opt for DTG over silk screening, and vice versa.

Some of the benefits of DTG are:
  • Ideal for small t-shirt runs
  • Designs are easily customizable due to no stencil being required
  • Wide selection of color options
  • Design detail is very high

DTG is best for small orders such as 20 shirts for your local kickball team, or 15 shirts for your bachelor or bachelorette party. The cost per shirt is much lower than silk screening due to how quickly shirts can be printed using the DTG method.

It should be noted that just because DTG printed shirts cost less than silk screened ones, that doesn’t mean their quality is any less. The DTG printers we use at One Hour Tees are state-of-the-art and have a very high resolution. This means all the details of your design will show up crystal clear and you can choose one (or more) of many different colors.

Benefits of Silk Screening

Silk screening is excellent for large runs of shirts. If you were putting on an event where you’ll be needing hundreds of shirts, then silk screening is the way you want to go. Some of the benefits of silk screening are:

  • Cost-effective for large orders
  • Design can be placed almost anywhere (versatile)
  • Best for simple designs that don’t require a lot of colors
  • Ink will appear slightly “raised” due to the nature of the silk screen process.
Cost of Silk Screen vs. DTG Printing

The prices for silk screen printing versus DTG printing can vary. For starters, a silkscreen run requires an extensive setup process; this is why we have a 25-shirt minimum order. DTG printing is more cost-effective for smaller shirt orders. You also get a discount if you order shirts in bulk. The more you have printed up, the more you’ll save.

Also, keep in mind that silk screening will cause the ink on the shirt to be raised very slightly. This can be a benefit if you’re going after a certain look or design. With DTG printing, the color and design are as good as anything you’ll find in a high-end department store – except you won’t be paying an arm and a leg for it!

Conclusion

When it comes to quality, there is really no difference between DTG and silk screening. DTG is best for smaller batches with more intricate designs and color requirements while silk screening is superior for single color, large quantity runs.

No matter which t-shirt printing method you choose, you’ll be happy with the results. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work, and each order we create undergoes a strict quality-control check before it’s shipped out.

At One Hour Tees, we can not only create the perfect custom t-shirt for you or your organization, but we’ll also have it shipped or delivered to you or your event when you need it.

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