5 Helpful Tips when ordering school sweatshirts
1. Your smallest hoodie will determine your design size.
Youth hooded sweatshirts have a smaller area (around 7” vertical) to imprint a design as compared to adult hooded sweatshirts (around 9” vertical).
If you have a large range of youth and adult sizes, then your design may look small as you go up in size (see example).
So what can be done? It would be best to select a horizontal formatted design (like a rectangle).
A horizontal design would be 11” x 7” as compare to a square design at 7” x 7”.
You would have 3” more design on the horizontal (see example).
2. Not all colors are created equal…when talking about youth and adult sweatshirt colors.
If you are having a spirit fundraiser and have decided on selling both youth and adult sweatshirts in the same color(s), then you might be surprised (when placing your order) to find that the youth sweatshirt color is not available.
As a rule of thumb, most youth sweatshirt styles have fewer colors than their adult counterparts. We recommend selecting a color from the youth color charts, then there will always be a matching color in the adult styles.
3. Zip-up sweatshirts cuts your design in half.
A small design can be printed on either the front left or right of the sweatshirt (not across the zipper).
So if you are planning on having a full-size design, then it would be better to put the design on the back of all the sweatshirts (zip-ups, hoodies, and crewnecks).
You can even add a small design on the front if that fits in your budget. You can contact us with any questions.
4. Sweatshirt name personalization limitations.
Adding your name or title on the back and or sleeves are a great option to further personalize your sweatshirts. Here are some design layouts and fonts (see example).
So what are the limitations? There is a 12-18 character limit (spaces count) depending on the characters used (‘W’ is larger than an ‘L’) and the sweatshirt size and location (sleeve or back).
In addition, there are certain character symbols such as ‘@’, ‘&’, ‘emojis’, ‘hearts’, and ‘thumbs up’ that are either too detailed or not available in the font style . You can send us your names list and we’ll review it.
5. Tie-Dye sweatshirts ...keep it simple!
Tie-dye sweatshirts are a great option for your summer camp, club, or staff. There are so many color options (see example).
So what kind of design looks best printed on Tie-Dye? A simple text based or bold design looks best since it not competing visually against the already ‘busy’ background.
The design can be in 1 or 2 colors (White and Black or White and Navy).
Hopefully these 5 tips can help you in organizing your school sweatshirt order. Please contact us if you have any questions.