Placing a custom t-shirt order, there are a few different factors that will affect the overall cost of your order. The main cost factors are the imprint method, number of colors in your design, quantity of shirts, and shirt style.
Here's a more detailed breakdown for Custom T-Shirts:
Screen printing: This is the most common method for printing t-shirts and is also the most economical. Prices start as low as $5.00 per shirt for one color designs on up.
Direct-to-film (DTF): This method uses a digital printer to print your design directly onto a piece of transfer paper, then applied with a heat press. DTF is more expensive than screen printing. It's benefits are the use of printing full color designs. Prices start at $8.00 per shirt.
Direct-to-garment (DTG): DTG is similar to DTF without the use of transfer paper. DTG is perfect for small orders and full color designs but is more expensive than both screen printing and DTF. Prices start at $15.00 per shirt.
Vinyl Heat Transfers: Vinyl heat transfers are another option for full color designs but are less expensive than DTG. With this method, your design is cut onto a piece of vinyl using a special plotter. The vinyl is then cut out using a plotter and applied to the shirt using heat and pressure. Prices start at $7.00 per shirt.
Embroidery: Embroidery is typically reserved for polo shirts, hats, and other garments where a raised, 3D effect is desired. With this method, your design is sewn onto the garment using thread that matches or contrasts with the fabric color. Prices start at $8.00 per garment but may be higher for complex designs or garments made from difficult-to-sew fabrics such as denim or leather.
Another Cost Factor
The two additional cost factors for screen printing are setup charges and run charges. Setup charges cover the cost of creating your screens while run charges cover the cost of actually printing your shirts. These charges vary depending on the printer but are typically around $35-$50 for setup and $0.25-$0.$35 per shirt for run charges. Screen printing orders also have a minimum order quantity (MOQ) of 12 shirts so keep that in mind when budgeting for your project.
There you have it! The 5 most common methods for customizing t-shirts along with their respective costs. When deciding which method to use for your project, keep in mind that screen printing is usually the most economical choice while embroidery tends to be the most expensive.
If you have any questions about pricing or need help deciding which method is right for you, give us a call or send us an Email Us — we're always happy to help!