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  • Writer's pictureRichard M. Sessa

Top 5 Shirts for Custom Printing

When choosing the perfect tee for custom printing, it can be difficult to decide which shirt is best for the job. That's why we've compiled a list of our top picks - the best t-shirts for screen printing! From years of business experience and countless custom projects, we know what makes a high-quality shirt. So take a look at this list, and you'll find the perfect one for your needs!


1. Bella + Canvas 3001CVC

  • Offered in over 50 colors

  • CVC (chief value cotton) aspect gives these shirts a softly woven and heathered appearance.

  • Unisex fit and feel

  • Offered in sizes XS-3XL

This tee is a good choice if you’re looking for something with high quality and an effortlessly cool look.


2. American Apparel 2001

The American Apparel 2001 Fine Jersey Crewneck T-Shirt has been called the “king of shirts” with good reason.

  • Made in the USA

  • Available in over 20 colors.

  • Seamless on the sides

  • Slim, unisex fit.

  • Made with 100% cotton

  • Won’t shrink in the washer/dryer

The American Apparel 2001 Fine Jersey Crewneck T-Shirt is a great value for its quality. It’s generally a great everyday shirt. Perfect for screen printing.


3. Comfort Colors 1717

We highly recommend this tee if you desire a cozy, boxier fit.

  • 100% cotton ringspun, heavy-weight, garment-dyed t-shirt

  • Unisex fit

  • Offered in sizes S-3XL

  • Available in 80+ colors.

  • Pigment-dyed (the fiber-coloring process continues to soften/age with washing)

  • Well-loved, vintage look and feel.

These shirts are so versatile, and with more than 80 colors to choose from, you’re bound to find something that fits your needs.


4. Next Level 3600

The Next Level 3600 Premium Fitted Short Sleeve Crew is smoother and stronger than most other shirts on the market.

  • Constructed with 100% combed and ringspun cotton

  • Offered in more than 30 color options

  • Lightweight, soft, and comfortable

  • Premium short-sleeved crewneck fit

  • Available in sizes XS-3XL

These tees are a great budget-friendly option for custom printing awesome designs.


5. Gildan 2000

Another shirt in our list of top recommendations is the Gildan 2001 Ultra Cotton Tee.

This shirt is great if you need an affordable option for a tight budget but still wanna keep things high-quality.

  • Made with 100% cotton

  • Offered in 50 color options

  • Heavyweight

  • Available in sizes S-3XL

  • Soft and comfortable (did you really think we would suggest a shirt that is NOT soft and comfortable?)

This shirt is likely hanging in a closet near you already. Gildan has been one of the most reliable brands in terms of shirts for custom printing for decades.


Now that you've seen all the options, which one is right for you? Our team is in the know, so we know what to look out for when it comes to buying t-shirts. Feel free to browse through our catalogs and reach out with any questions - we're always here to help.



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