Guide to T-Shirt Fabrics

Promotional t-shirt fabrics guide

Because not all fabrics are created equal.

 

Some t-shirt fabrics are best for casual wear, while some are more suited for athletics. Naturally, if you’re creating a shirt for your 5K race, you want breathable and moisture-wick fabric. If you’re looking for a stretchy and extremely soft shirt for lounging around the house, you might opt for modal as opposed to a structured fabric like cotton. If you want to screen print your design on a garment, there are some fabrics that are better suited for that than others. 

We created a breakdown of fabrics and their qualities so you can easily determine what fabric is right for your needs.

 

Cotton

Highly Printable

Comfortable

Wrinkling

Shrinking

Jersey

Stretchy knit

Comfortable

Soft

Flexible

Lightweight

Modal

Resists shrinking

Prone to pilling

Slinky feel

Durable

Soft

Pima Cotton

Highest quality of cotton

Resists pilling

Resists stretching

Get softer with washing

Poly-Cotton

Affordable

Not as easy to print on

Lighter feel than pure cotton

Long-lasting and durable

Polyester

Athletic performance

Strength

Wrinkle resistant

Low Breathability

Printing limitations due to dye migration

Rayon

Affordable alternative to silk

Breathable

Extremely absorbent

Doesn’t hold up as well

Hard to screen print on

Tri-Blend

Typically composed of cotton, polyester and rayon

Very soft

Wrinkle resistant

Comfortable

Breathable

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