Kids love playing in team sports. The sense of camaraderie, getting out in the fresh air, doing some exercise – it’s all good stuff for children and can be a nice way to spend the day as a family, watching your little one and cheering them on. What better way to help foster a bit of team spirit than to get the team their own shirts? By wearing the same thing, sports teams tend to feel more bound together and ready to fight it out on the pitch for the sake of their team mates. There are lots of different ways you can make t-shirts for a sports team. To help you get started we’ve put together an article below full of handy tips. Read on for how to choose a design, decide on printing methods and important trouble shooting tips like removing ink from clothes (here’s a handy article for doing just that).
- Deciding on a design
Once your child has joined a sports team and they have decided to get team t-shirts, your first task is to choose a design. There are lots of ways you could go about doing this. For example why not hold a competition to see who can come up with the best t-shirt image? Maybe the team already has a logo and you could use that? You could also have a brainstorming session with pizza one night: give the kids lots of paper and felt-tips and let them work out a cool design together!
- Choosing which way to produce the design
Once you have a good design sorted, you need to work out the best way to get it printed. Luckily there are many options. Some sports teams go for the most straight-forward, if relatively expensive, method and work up a design on the computer then get it printed at a local shop. Many high street shops now offer custom t-shirt printing. All you need to do is bring an image in the correct format to the shop and they’ll talk you through the process. This could include choosing the background colour, fit, type of collar and other details about the item.
Alternatively you could home-make your t-shirts. This may be more time-consuming, but it is also cheaper and can be a lot of fun. Why not make a social activity out of it – buy in a load of cheap white t-shirts in a range of different sizes and lots of different fabric pens. Get the children to draw the design onto their own top. This will not only encourage their creativity, but it will also mean they will have a real sense of ownership over the finished product. This method works particularly well if you’re only using the shirts for a one-off event, say a football-themed birthday party.
- Troubleshooting any problems
Whichever route you go down, be sure to pre-empt any potential problems. For example, if you are printing t-shirts, make sure to consult fully on the colour and style of top before placing an order. Likewise, if drawing your own, research things like removing ink from clothes beforehand so you know exactly what to do if things don’t quite go to plan.
Getting a team t-shirt is great for making your kids bond with and feel committed to their team mates. Decide which method you are going to use, then get out there and acquire yourself some great team stash!
Submitted by Rachel Lindsey
Rachel Lindsey is a writer specialising in lifestyle, health and parenting advice. She has written for major websites and publications about everything from creativity in kids to eco holidays abroad.