Blue Ridge Graphics Fri, 02 Nov 2018 19:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blue Ridge Graphics 32 32 9 Best Marathons in Virginia (Annually Recurring!) Fri, 02 Nov 2018 19:45:56 +0000 Running a marathon is a serious commitment. If you need help making a decision, look through our list of the top ten best marathons in Virginia!

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Running a marathon is a serious commitment.

So it makes sense to choose one that you’ll like! And fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to find plenty. If you need help making a decision, look through our list of the top ten best marathons in Virginia.

The 9 Best Marathons in Virginia

The Cause:

To not only promote physical fitness and generate community goodwill, but also to showcase the high standards and discipline of the Marine Corps.

The Course:

One of the largest marathons in the world, the Marine Corps Marathon has also been recognized as the “Best Marathon in the Mid-Atlantic,” “Best for Families” and “Best for Beginners.” The race starts at 7:55 am in Arlington, VA, and closes at 3:00 pm. There are two “gauntlets,” which participants must reach by 12:33 and 1:49 respectively, in order to qualify as an official finisher.

The Registration Fee:

$0 – $170 (get more information on the different packages)

Other Information:

Water is provided every two miles, and Gatorade every four miles starting two miles out. Baby strollers, roller blades, walking sticks, and pets are not allowed on the course.

The Cause:

Various local charities; varies from year to year.

The Course:

Starting in Newport News Park, runners take a 26.2 mile tour of Newport News, VA finishing at the Newport News Victory Arch. The course is flat and fast. Participants receive complimentary runner food from food vendors and 2 beers from Tradition Brewing Company!

The Registration Fee:

$75 – $115

Other Information:

Following the race is the One City, One Celebration in Victory Landing Park. There is an age requirement of 18 years, and a pace requirement of 16:00 minutes a mile.

The Cause:

A variety of charities including One in the Fight Against Cancer, Operation Smile, Access College foundation, and many more.

The Course:

A circular course along Virginia Beach’s coast. View this map for more details. There is a seven hour time limit.

The Registration Fee:

$75 -$140

Other Information:

You must be at least 16 years old to participate in this marathon. Headphones are allowed but strongly discouraged.

The Cause:

Proceeds from the marathon go to the Reston Runners Community Fund, which provides scholarships to local high school students.

The Course:

Varied, with some hills and turns, giving runners a combination of fast downhill roads, flat paved trails, and mildly challenging uphill sections. A 13.1 mile loop, which marathoners must complete twice. Starts and finishes at South Lakes High School, Reston, VA.

The Registration Fee:

$85 – $100

Other Information:

A free pre-race pasta dinner is provided for both runners and volunteers, while all participants, volunteers, and their families can join in the extensive post-race feast.

The Cause:

Varies from year to year, but proceeds often support local Lee High School students and the local Parks department.

The Course:

A fairly flat marathon (860 feet of gain and loss), the race is run on the Cross County Trail, with a mixed surface of concrete, asphalt, dirt, and gravel. Starts and finishes at Lake Accotink Park, Springfield, VA.

The Registration Fee:

$75 – $90

Other Information:

Since the marathon is run every November, expect temperatures in the 40s or 50s.

The Cause:

Currently, the official charity of the Anthem Richmond Marathon is Kids Run RVA, which runs a variety of programs across the Richmond area designed to promote physical activity in children. Their goal is “getting more kids moving more often!” It’s an appropriate charity for a marathon to support.

The Course:

Weaves in a loose figure-eight through scenic and historic areas of Richmond. The Anthem Richmond Marathon maintains its reputation as America’s friendliest marathon by providing runners with copious amounts of water, Gatorade, and even pickle juice (to combat cramps). And yes, bathrooms are available every two miles as well.

The Registration Fee:


Other Information:

After the race, enjoy a celebration on Brown’s Island, complete with pizza and a free beer!

The Cause:

Local charities, and the maintenance of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Course:

If the best marathons in Virginia means the hardest marathons in Virginia, then this race is perfect for you. Along with its sister races the Blue Ridge Half Marathon and the Blue Ridge Double Marathon, the Food Levels Blue Ridge Marathon is officially trademarked as one of America’s Toughest Road Races. It’s not hard to see why: the course boasts a 7,430 ft. gain/loss in elevation, along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway near Roanoke, Virginia.

The Registration Fee:

$95 – $114

Other Information:

Runners are rewarded with a unique finisher’s medal, a tech-tee, live music and local craft beer at the festival-like finish in downtown Roanoke. Race sponsored by Foot Levelers.

The Cause:


The Course:

If you’re looking for a change of pace, consider this indoor marathon: 211 laps around a pancake-flat around-the-indoor track at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 Old Glebe Rd, Arlington VA 22204. It’s a small race but a fun one, as well as the warmest winter marathon you’ll find in Virginia!

The Registration Fee:

$65 – $100

Other Information:

Participants receive a unique premium, a custom Hawk Indoor Marathon belt buckle, and cash prizes for winners.

The Cause:


The Course:

The race doubles back and forth along Virginia Creeper trail, a former railway bed near Abingdon, VA. The grade is varies from flat to gentle, and the running surface is soft. Water is provided every 2 – 2.5 miles.

The Registration Fee:


Other Information:

This race is billed as a low-key, low cost event: making it stand out from most of the others on this list! It’s also a smaller event, but no less rewarding for all that. Refreshments and homemade goodies at the finish.

Let Blue Ridge Graphics Create Your Custom Marathon Tee

Marathons are a great format for sporting your custom tag line, quote or image on a custom t-shirt.

Blue Ridge Graphics would love to custom screen print your T-shirt! Or create your own signature running shirt through Blue Ridge Graphics’ “Design my own Tee” service. Use your own design or let our graphics team help create a memorable T-shirt design for you.

Contact us today to get started.

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10 Best 5K Races in Virginia (That Come Back Every Year!) Fri, 26 Oct 2018 18:45:20 +0000 How are you supposed to find the best 5k races, considering how many are being run? By using this list, of course.

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How are you supposed to find the Best 5k Races, considering how many are being run?

By using this list, of course. We’ve cut through the noise to help you find the Best 5k Races in Virginia to keep you fit and motivated! What’s more, all of these races are firmly-established, annual events. So, if you like, you can return to race again year after year!

On your mark. Get ready. Let’s go!

10 Best 5k Races in Virginia

The Cause:

For 40 years, Transitions Family Violence Services has worked throughout the Virginia Peninsula to bring intervention and prevention services to victims of domestic violence. The organization helps support safer and healthier families with essential resources such as a 24-hour hotline, therapy, an emergency shelter, self-sufficiency programs, and legal assistance.

If finding a worthy cause is high on your agenda, this is definitely one of the Best 5k Races for you!

The Course:

Matteson Trail • 320 Butler Farm Road Hampton, VA 23666. Offering a picturesque loop around the local golf course, Matteson Trail is fully paved, mostly shaded, and fairly level.

The Registration Fee:

Not specified

The Cause:

Often during a medical crisis, families and individuals must travel in order to receive treatment. Open Arms finds homes for these people in need. By joining this run, you can support them.

The Course:

The Hamptons at Hunton Park, 3100 Stone Arbor Lane, Richmond, VA. A pleasant run through a pleasant neighborhood earns this race a spot in the Top 10 Best 5k races.

The Registration Fee:


Other Information:

Post-race refreshments, goodie bags and t-shirts are provided. Wear a cape/themed superhero t-shirt/costume to be entered to win a prize.

The Cause:

Proceeds benefit the Franklin County High School Senior Class.

The Course:

Starting from Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, VA, this beautiful race is manageable for novices while still providing a fun exercise for veteran runners. You’ll also get a chance to explore the historic town – Rocky Mount was first settled in 1740.

The Registration Fee:

$20-$25 (depending on whether you make the deadline)

The Cause:

The YMCA of South Hampton Roads uses this race to support its Annual Giving Campaign. This campaign covers financial assistance for a variety of programs, including summer camps, health & wellness programs, child care, swim lessons, and activities for both young and old.

The Course:

Starting at the Mt. Trashmore Family YMCA, 4441 South Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA and circling through the famous neighboring park.

The Registration Fee:

$30-$40 (depending on how soon you sign up)

The Cause:

The race beneficiary is the Committee for Helping Others, an all-volunteer organization that provides emergency assistance for finances, food, clothes, furniture, and travel for those in need throughout Vienna, Oakton, Dunn Loring and Merrifield, VA.

The Course:

Starting at the Navy Federal campus, 820 Follin Lane, Vienna, VA 22180, this race circles through several Vienna neighborhoods, and then finishes back at the Navy Federal campus.

The Registration Fee:

$15-$25 (depending on deadlines and discounts)

Other Information:

Strollers and leashed pets are welcome.

The Cause:

The Autism Society of Central Virginia has provided education, advocacy, and support to autistic individuals and their family and friends for more than 30 years. All funds raised through this race will go directly to support individuals with autism in the Central Virginia area.

The Course:

Innsbrook Pavilion, 4951 Lake Brook Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

The Registration Fee:

10-$40 (depending on age and deadlines, this could be the least expensive race option out of all the Best 5k races)

Other Information:

Pets are not allowed, strollers are, with some restrictions.

The Cause:

Varies from year to year.

The Course:

Works its way around a picturesque lake, and then retraces its steps to return to the starting position. Location: 310 Edwin Drive (Mount Trashmore City Park), Virginia Beach, VA 23462

The Registration Fee:


Other Information:

Free public parking at event location. 5k and 1 Mile courses are stroller-friendly. If you can’t make the event, you can register for the new Virtual Running Event Package (mailed out 7 days prior to the event).

The Cause:

Just to run and enjoy the trail

The Course:

An out-and-back course that begins in downtown Farmville, VA at High Bridge Trail State Park Plaza, 121 East Third Street, Farmville, VA 23901. The route is wide and level, with a surface of finely crushed, well-packed limestone. Cross the historic High Bridge twice, it is nearly a half mile long and towers 125 feet above the Appomattox River.

The Registration Fee:

Water stations and music provided.

The Cause:

Since 1984, the Ability Center of Virginia has worked to support the needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy. Currently, it provides assistance to more than 520 families across the state.

The Course:

Begins at Mt. Trashmore, 310 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. A popular and highly-recommended 5k location! As you may have noticed, this is the third in our list of Best 5k Races to be run here.

The Registration Fee:

Not specified.

The Cause:

Founded in 1889, the Portsmouth Humane Society is the oldest continuously-operating animal welfare organization in Virginia. It provides shelter for abandoned pets and works to place them into happy, permanent “forever” homes.

The Course:

Begins at Festival Park outside the Pavilion, 16 Crawford Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23704. A beautiful run through downtown Portsmouth. Enjoy the spring weather and foliage.

The Registration Fee:

$25-$35 (depending on deadlines)

Other Information:

Pets, of course, are very welcome.

Let Blue Ridge Graphics Create Your Team Tees

Why not create custom screen printed T-shirts to show unity with your race team>

Or create your own signature running shirt through Blue Ridge Graphics’ Design my own Tee” service. Bring your own design or let our graphics team help create a memorable T-shirt design for you.

Contact us today to get started.

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Custom Apparel: What is Screen Printing? Fri, 28 Sep 2018 15:26:42 +0000 Screen printing is a versatile process for creating custom apparel. Learn more from Blue Ridge Graphics about what screen printing is and how it's done!

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There are essentially two types of printing for t-shirts:

  1. digital printing
  2. custom screen printing.

Digital printing uses a computer to create and download an image to print directly onto your product, not unlike when you’re using a printer for paper. But what is screen printing?

What is Screen Printing?

Screen printing is the traditional way of imprinting an image onto a product, like a t-shirt.

Trained printers create what is called a “screen,” that is used essentially a mesh stencil made from a synthetic polymer such as nylon stretched onto a frame. In order to work correctly, the mesh must have tension, offered by the frame.

How is Screen Printing Done?


Transfer your design.

Step 1

The first step of any screen printing project is to transfer the logo or design onto the silk screen which is stretched in a frame.


Test your screen.

Step 2

To prepare for screen printing, the custom-made screens must be carefully measured, or “registered” and printed onto test sheets to ensure that they line up correctly. Once this is confirmed, the printers move on to printing on the final product.


Apply the ink.

Step 3

In a simple explanation of “what is screen printing?” the stencil is placed over the product and layers of ink are applied, one color at a time, until the final look is achieved. If multiple colors are used, multiple custom screens are created, one for each ink color.

When screen printing a t-shirt, for example, the shirt is attached smoothly onto a plate, with the surface to be imprinted (the substrate) facing upwards. One screen at a time is fitted onto the printing platform, and its corresponding color is pushed through the screen onto the shirt using a squeegee-type tool. One pass of the tool fills the mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse pass of the tool pushes the ink through the mesh into the final product.


Let it dry.

Step 4

Fabrics using multiple colors often use a “wet on wet” technique where its colors are dried on the press. When screen printing onto other items, the items are allowed to dry between colors and a new color is added when the product is re-aligned on the press.

Origins of Screen Printing

6th Century China

Screen printing is sometimes called silkscreen printing because traditionally, silk was used in the process when it first originated during the Chinese Song Dynasty (960-1279 A.D.). Stencils for screen printing may have been invented in Asia as early as the 6th-Century A.D.

This process became a highly developed art form in Japan and China by the 16th century and gradually spread in popularity over the next centuries.  

»Related: Screen printing vs. Digital printing

The Benefits of Screen Printing

Screen printing is versatile.

Screen printing allows for more vivid colors, which are especially needed when printing onto a dark t-shirt. And since the ink applied is thicker than digitally-applied ink, the colors appear richer and brighter.

Screen printing can be done on a wide variety of items, including apparel, bags, totes, banner, mousepads, flags and signs. It can be done on a range of materials as well, including,

  • cotton
  • polyester
  • canvas
  • silk
  • and synthetic blends.

According to 2018 industry statistics,

“Screen printing on garments, apparel accessories, and other fabric articles, excluding labels accounted for the highest share (49% in 2016) of U.S. commercial screen printing manufacturing…”

Custom Screen Printing at Blue Ridge Graphics

We’re a one-stop shop for all your screen printing needs.

When you need custom screen printing, or just wonder “what is screen printing?” contact us here at Blue Ridge Graphics.


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Marathon T-Shirt Ideas Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:36:03 +0000 Are you getting ready to run a marathon? Then you’ll want to take a look at some of the great marathon t-shirt ideas we can offer here at Blue Ridge Graphics.

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Are you getting ready to run a marathon?

Then you’ll want to take a look at some of the great marathon t-shirt ideas we can offer here at Blue Ridge Graphics.

Team Marathon T-Shirt Ideas

Create team unity. Support a cause.

If you’re participating in a team marathon, why not create a shirt that highlights your business, club or organization and demonstrates a unified front for a cause? Consider it free advertising while your team runs to the finish line.

We can take any logo and imprint it onto one of our quality t-shirts. Or if you don’t have your own design, we can have one of our talented artists create a team shirt design for you.

Funny Marathon T-Shirt Ideas

Get a laugh. Boost the mood.

Marathons can be grueling on both body and mind, so why not lighten the mood with a funny t-shirt. Think up a creative slogan or imprint a hilarious picture that will keep everyone around you amused as well as lift your own spirits. Or feature a picture of your favorite pet or the family that cheers you on. You’ll look forward to sporting your funny marathon t-shirt long after the race is completed.

RelatedFunny running quotes seen on t-shirts 

Statement Marathon T-Shirt Ideas

Raise awareness. Encourage others.

With the number of people who both attend and run in a marathon, you might want to make a statement with your marathon t-shirt or post a phrase of inspiration to help rouse motivation. Inspire support for a political or environmental cause, or channel your inner Rocky Balboa and give people a reason to push themselves to greatness. What’s your favorite running slogan or quote? We’ll put that on a shirt.

Related: Marathon t-shirt ideas

Accomplishment Marathon T-Shirt Ideas

Recall your accomplishments. Inspire others.

Completing a marathon is a big deal, and not everybody can do it. So why not list the names of marathon races you’ve previously conquered on the back of a marathon t-shirt? It will both encourage you to complete this challenge, as well as inspire others to recognize their own accomplishments. Highlight the current marathon on the front of your t-shirt and list all the notable marathons you’ve finished on the back.

Don’t forget all the supporters in your group too. They’ll want t-shirts to help support the run, even if they’re not running in the marathon themselves. This is a great way to thank your supporters and volunteers for their work on race day.

Put our top talent to work for you.

Let Blue Ridge Graphics Create Your Perfect Marathon T-Shirt

At Blue Ridge Graphics, just about anything you can think up we can custom screen print onto a t-shirt.

Be creative. Have some fun. Support a serious cause.

We offer a wide variety of t-shirt styles, fabrics and colors to suit the occasion. We even offer a broad range of eco-friendly t-shirts made of materials like organic cotton, hemp or bamboo, and “made-in-America” products. Feel free to look through our catalog for ideas.

We work with large, small and custom orders, and with businesses, clubs, organizations and individuals. Give Blue Ridge Graphics a call and see how we can help you create a custom marathon t-shirt.

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Interview with Save the Chimps Fri, 31 Aug 2018 02:35:33 +0000 After delivering on several t-shirt orders for the Save the Chimps organization, we decided to catch up with Monica Naranjo, the Manager of Volunteers & Outreach at Save the Chimps, to learn more about the organization and cause.

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After delivering on several t-shirt orders for the Save the Chimps organization, we decided to catch up with Monica Naranjo, the Manager of Volunteers & Outreach at Save the Chimps, to learn more about the organization and cause.

Save the Chimps is dedicated to providing sanctuary and exemplary care to chimpanzees in need.

Save the Chimps is the world’s largest privately funded sanctuary for chimpanzees.

Its founder, Dr. Carole Noon, performed one of the largest rescues of chimpanzees in history (read more here) . In honor of her contributions, the GFAS Carole Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence is given annually to an individual who embodies and puts into practice the GFAS philosophy of vision, dedication, and excellence in animal care at sanctuaries.  The award was created in 2009 to honor outstanding contributions to the animal sanctuary field and also to memorialize Carole Noon, Ph.D., a courageous and innovative sanctuary pioneer and champion of chimpanzees.

While many are not aware, there are a number of problems chimpanzees have faced, including:

  • Lack of Freedom – chimps rarely possess true freedom and usually spend most of their as entertainers or inappropriate household pets.
  • Test & Research Subjects – chimps have been used as research & test subjects for science. Testing, for the most part, has been outlawed.
  • Endangerment  – In the 1970s there was an estimated 1 million chimpanzees…and NOW recent estimates put the number of chimps between approximately 175K – 350K.
  • Human Encroachment – the human population has encroached on the chimps’ territory in Africa.

Not only did Monica Naranjo outline the specific problems chimpanzees have faced, but she also outlined what will happen if the problems aren’t fixed. To put it simply, if we don’t help chimpanzees, we are going to lose on of our closest relatives, matching us 96% in terms of DNA.

Monica also pointed out that many who are aware of these problems have tried to get involved, mainly by educating themselves through the Internet (perhaps even visit the Save the Chimps website) and by writing to State Representatives, pharmaceutical companies, and advertising agencies.

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Aided by the interest and efforts of those supporting the cause, Save the Chimps seeks to achieve a couple of goals related to the preservation and right-treatment of chimpanzees.

First, enabled by a large, dedicated team of experts. Save the Chimps provides state-of-the-art veterinary and behavioral care, letting the chimpanzees live in an expansive, natural habitat setting on individual islands in small groups. Freed from exploitative and isolating condition, our resident chimps are living out the lives in safety and comfort.

Second, Save the Chimps aims to continue to bring chimpanzees to Sanctuary, where they will be able to live out their lives in peace and dignity and where they are able to express their natural behaviors within a chimpanzee family group.

To learn more about Save the Chimps or get involved, visit them online at

What was your experience like in working with Blue Ridge Graphics?

They were AWESOME.

Darin was awesome. He was very patient as we changed our mind about color scheme and other details. He gave us a timeline, and delivered on time, with clarity. It was really great to work with him and our supervisor was happy that we were able to deliver on getting products for our project on time and affordably.

Monica Naranjo, Manager of Volunteer and Outreach at Save the Chimps.

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Custom T-Shirts Mon, 06 Aug 2018 20:08:44 +0000 Want a custom t-shirt? Learn why you need them, what kinds there are, how to design them, and where to get them. Read more about custom t-shirts from Blue Ridge Graphics.

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Why you need them, what kinds there are, how to design them, and where to get them.

You’re here to learn about custom t-shirts.

We’re here to tell you exactly what you need to know about them, in a little over 5000 words.

And let’s be clear: this is NOT an encyclopedia entry. If you want to know about the history of t-shirts, try Wikipedia.

But if you want a straightforward guide that will save you time, money, and effort, stay here.

By Basile Morin [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

Content in this Article

If you’re completely new to the t-shirt buying process, we recommend reading this guide all the way through. It’s not that long, and it beats googling a ton of different questions and sorting through the search results until you find individual good answers.

On the other hand, if you just need an answer to a specific question or help with a particular step, skim through our table of contents to jump straight to the relevant section.

1. Purpose: Do You Need Custom T-Shirts?

Most people choose custom t-shirts either for people outside their group – fans, customers, 5k participants – or for members of their group: employees in a company, members of a sports team, event staff, you name it. The benefits of custom t-shirts will depend on what you use them for, so let’s take a quick look at the two main options.

Why Use Promotional T-Shirts?

Using t-shirts for marketing is an intuitive way to get your message out – after all, everyone wears t-shirts. But how effective is it actually?

T-shirt marketing statistics are extraordinarily difficult to find, largely because the success of a t-shirt marketing campaign is going to depend on your organization and how you distribute your t-shirts.

But suppose someone ONLY did marketing through t-shirts – and generated $500K in revenue doing it?

That would be great evidence that t-shirt advertising works really, really well. And in fact, Sujan Patel did just that in 2013. (Since then he’s made a lot more and sold his company).

T-shirt marketing worked great for Sujan, because it let him project his brand out to tons of potential customers. That engenders trust – people are much more likely to be interested in a brand that they’ve seen around.

That may have worked well for Sujan, but what about for the average company or organization?

Let’s do some math.

You sell or give a t-shirt to someone – we’ll call him your customer. Say your customer wears your t-shirt on 5 days out of a year. That’s a conservative estimate – I know I have t-shirts I wear more often than that.

So on average, how many people will see your customer on those days? Let’s say 100 – it’s obviously going to be less than that if your customer spends all his time in a cabin in Colorado, but for customers who live in urban areas – like 81% of people in North America – many more than 100 people will see your customer every day.

That’s at least 500 impressions a year – for one t-shirt.

If you give out fifty, then you’re seeing 25,000 impressions a year. Not bad! But t-shirts last for many years – so your ad keeps on advertising, and five years down the road your t-shirt marketing strategy has generated around 125,000 impressions.

For a small business or organization, that’s huge!

And what’s more, it’s not that complicated or expensive. You could have some crazy idea, struggle to explain it, talk to a custom t-shirt company and have all the t-shirts you want sitting on your doorstep in 24 hours.

The Importance of Uniforms in an Organization

What about using t-shirts for your own employees or group members? Conventional wisdom holds that uniforms can affect the mindset of your group’s members.

We’ve all felt this to some degree or another before – wearing similar clothes marks us out as one of a group, translating to greater loyalty to that group.

And what’s more, everyone else will immediately be able to recognize your members or employees – convenient for many organizations and businesses, but absolutely crucial for event staff or summer camp counselors.

(And if you expect to be outside in the summer often, t-shirts are much more comfortable than other uniforms. Just saying.)


There’s one point, though, that both the previous sections are assuming:

People like to wear your t-shirt.

After all, who wants to wear a t-shirt which has weird colors, cliched messaging, or off-target design?

So for your custom t-shirt endeavor to be a success, you’ll need a clear grasp of custom t-shirt design.

2. Find the Perfect Custom T-Shirt Design

When it comes to custom t-shirt design, you’re not even limited by the bounds of your imagination! After all, you can always take advantage of someone else’s imagination. Whether you’re designing the t-shirt yourself or getting someone else to do it, there are several t-shirt design layout tips to consider during EVERY design process.

Start with the End

Imagine someone comes up to you and says, “I need you to make a t-shirt design – it’s either going to be for a heavy metal band, or for a kindergarten easter egg hunt. I haven’t decided yet.”

That would be ridiculous, right? (Unless the kindergarteners ARE the heavy metal band. Actually, that would still be pretty ridiculous).

And it would be ridiculous because every t-shirt ought to be made with its end user in mind. This may seem intuitive, but one of the common pitfalls of t-shirt design is someone deciding “I want custom t-shirts” without a clear idea of who exactly the t-shirts are for.

You have to ask yourself,

who do I want to wear this t-shirt?

My customers? Do they tend to be male or female? In their 20s or their 50s? What other interests are they likely to have? What kind of shirt would they like to wear?

Once you have a good idea of your end user, the design process will be much easier.

And the metalheads won’t get fluffy yellow duckling shirts.

Imagine Someone Wearing the T-Shirt

This is a big one.

Way too often, designers create their t-shirt art on a two dimensional surface, whether a computer screen or a sheet of paper, without considering that it will end up being displayed on a three dimensional surface: someone’s chest and torso.

This can have unplanned results, such as the design drawing attention to weird parts of the torso, or text being cut off when viewed from certain angles.

Typically you’ll want the weight of the design to be focused around the top or center of the torso, as that tends to be more flattering.

Also, make sure that you know what the background color of the t-shirt will be – this will drastically affect the look of the finished shirt, and a design that matches well with one hue won’t look good with another.

It doesn’t take much effort to sit back for a moment and imagine your shirt as it will be worn – you can make sure important parts of your design won’t be obscured!

Composition before Detail

For professional artists, this is second-nature.

But for those of us who have an idea for a t-shirt and don’t want to hire a professional artist, jumping into the details of the design without thinking about its composition first is a common pitfall.

And if you’re thinking, “Well, that’s great, but what is composition and how do I think about it?” then this is the video for you:

And while we’re talking about detail, don’t use too much. You want people to be able to “get” your design quickly!

Detail, of course, isn’t just about shape. It’s also about color, which is why you should take a good look at the next tip.

Best Practice for T-Shirt Colors

Colors can make or break the design.

If you need a refresher on how to match colors in general, use this handy infographic:

Remember, the more colors you use, the more expensive your shirt will be to print – which is why it’s often recommended that you avoid using more than 3 hues. You certainly can use more colors, but just bear in mind that it will make the printing process more and more complicate.

Your Essential Grab Bag of Technical Tips

Outside of general design advice, there are a few important words of wisdom for t-shirt designers to keep in mind.

You should typically convert your design’s colors to a PMS color profile before sending it off to be printed.

If you don’t know what that means, then here’s an explanation from Col Gray (and you should really watch the video, because he has an amazing Scottish accent):

Quick version: using a PMS color profile will ensure that your design is printed in exactly the same colors you want – no variations.

Photoshop and Illustrator have their own ways of doing this, but if you’re not using them, this free and simple online tool can tell you the PMS codes for each hue.

It’s also a good idea to make your artwork actual size. This will help you to visualize exactly how it will look on the shirt (as we mentioned above), but it will also avoid issues that might be caused by shrinking or expanding your design to fit on the shirt.

Though not absolutely necessary, it’s considered best practice to submit files for printing as vector images rather than raster images.


Because vector images are stored as lines and shapes, making them much easier to edit and resize than raster images, which are stored as pixels.

Some print shops may even require you to submit your artwork in vector form, for ease of editing.

T-Shirt Design Inspiration

Maybe you’re a designer who needs new ideas every day.

Or maybe you’re not a designer and have no idea where to start.

Either way, you find yourself in need of inspiration for your t-shirt. And Robert Loyale can help you with that:

But if you need even more ideas, take a look at this list of incredible t-shirt design resources:

5 Design & Inspiration Websites:

Best T-Shirt Design Tools

When it comes to t-shirt design tools, you have several options.

First, t-shirt printing websites often have design tools located in their site, giving you the ability to design your shirt right in your browser. If you’re a casual designer or only looking to design one t-shirt, this might be your best bet – and we’ll cover these sites more fully in Section 5, below.

For those who want to go more in depth into design, it may seem that there are a lot of t-shirt design tools out there – but we’d recommend against trying out any t-shirt design software offered for free.

As in so many things in life, you get what you pay for.

Instead, we’d suggest investing in either Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW Graphics Suite.

But which one is better? It depends.

Both are extremely capable tools that can handle even the most advanced and complicated designs. Corel, at around $200 a year, is a bit cheaper than Illustrator’s $240. Corel, however, is not supported on Macs. Both products can have steep learning curves, so if you’re already familiar with one it probably makes sense to double down on it.

If you’re familiar with neither, fear not: since these programs are so popular, there are plenty of tutorials out there to help supercharge your learning. Start with the official tutorials for CorelDRAW and Illustrator!

A Final Note

For many of you, design is either not your thing, or you don’t have time to do it properly. If this is the case, you might want to take advantage of in-house artists working for many t-shirt printing companies. Skip down to the section on choosing a printing company for more information!

What’s Next?

You figured out your design. Congratulations! It’s not easy.

But now you have more questions, like “What kind of shirt should I buy?” “How many should I buy?” and “What sizes should I buy?”

Fortunately, we can help you with that…

…in the next section.

3. Ordering: Picking the Right Options for Your T-Shirt Order

So many choices.

What kinds of t-shirts are there? And how many should I get? And what sizes?

In this section, we’ll provide answers to all your questions.

T-Shirt Fabric Types: Staying Cool

If you’re not a professional t-shirt salesman, you may not be very familiar with the wide variety of different materials available for a shirt, nor what kind of shirt they’d be best for.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. If you’re in a hurry, this 2 minute video covers the main t-shirt fabrics:

In the following sections, we’ll take a look at each of the main types of t-shirt fabrics in more detail – as well as cover a few that aren’t in the video.

Choose wisely.

The Advantages of Cotton Clothes (and some disadvantages!)

Cotton is one of the most popular t-shirt fabric choices, and it’s easy to see why. It’s soft and smooth on your skin, and depending on the weave and thickness, it can be quite breathable, letting airflow cool you down.

Depending on the type of cotton (more on that later) it’s also quite sturdy and very difficult to tear – always an advantage!

Cotton is easy and forgiving to wash – though it can shrink considerably, depending on its quality.

And finally, cotton is very easy to print on – an essential point for custom t-shirts!

On the other hand, cotton is uniquely absorbent – it can collect up to 25 times its own weight of water – and dries slowly. This means that on a hot day it can cause you to quickly appear very sweaty, while if you’re exerting yourself on a cold day it can trap clammy moisture next to you.

When t-shirt shopping, it’s also helpful to know the different types of cotton, as this can drastically affect the quality of the shirt:

  1. Slub Cotton – Made by deliberately twisting the cotton strands, leading to a unique, textured fabric. It tends to be lower quality due to a slightly rougher feel and lower strength, but the textured, naturalistic look can be appealing.
  2. Combed Cotton – during fiber processing, fine brushes comb the cotton to remove short strands and straighten long ones, making for a stronger and smoother fabric. This technique may or may not be combined with ring-spinning:
  3. Ring-Spun Cotton – During the spinning process, cotton strands are twisted and thinned into stronger and more durable fibers – making for a stronger (though more expensive) fabric.
  4. Organic Cotton – more expensive than regular cotton, but grown with great care to minimize environmental footprint.
  5. Pima / Supima Cotton – considered the highest quality cotton, due to its extraordinarily long strands making it the strongest and softest cotton out there.


Coming in just behind cotton for popularity, polyester is the yang to cotton’s yin.

A synthetic fiber, polyester is very strong. Unlike cotton, it’s quite wrinkle resistant and dries quickly, making it a frequent choice for durable workwear or athletic clothes – though it’s not enormously breathable.

It also tends to be less expensive than high-end cotton, which is a bit of a double-edged sword – less of a pain to your wallet, but in some circles it can mark you as cheap.

When it comes to printing, there are still plenty of printing methods (see below) that work for polyester, but not as many as for cotton: some methods involve high levels of heat, which will scorch the polyester.

Fortunately, you don’t always have to choose between polyester and cotton…


Fabric manufacturers quickly realized that they could combine polyester and cotton to split the difference between their advantages and disadvantages – many different blends are available, but the most common are 65% cotton to 35% polyester, or 50% each.


Another natural fiber, linen is made with fibers from the flax plant. Compared to cotton, it’s lightweight, twice as strong, dries quickly, and is very breathable.

So why is cotton more popular? For one thing, linen’s superior breathability means that it won’t keep you warm.

For another, it wrinkles very easily.

This combination of advantages and disadvantages means that linen is typically best used as outside summer wear, particularly in hot climates.


A combination of natural fibers, rayon is soft, inexpensive, breathable, and quickly transfers moisture away from the body to be evaporated, making it a frequent choice for athletic clothing.

It also drapes very well over the body, benefiting the comfort level and overall appearance.

On the downside, it will wrinkle and tends to wear out quicker than other fabrics, particularly if frequently rubbed or abraded. In fact, it’s typically recommended that rayon not be tumble-dried, since this speeds the degeneration of the fabric.


Doing poly-cotton one better, triblends add a third fabric to the mix. The most common third fabric is rayon, typically in a 50% cotton, 25% polyester, 25% rayon blend.

Triblends are designed to balance the different qualities of their components, mixing the perfect combination of strength, durability, and comfort.

As might be expected, this can make them a more expensive option – but depending on your priorities, they can definitely be worth it.

Best Fabric for T-Shirt Printing: A Final Tip

So with all the options to choose from, what’s the best fabric to make shirts?

It does depend on what kind of temperature and moisture level you expect shirt-wearers to experience. But when it comes to custom printed t-shirts, there is one final point you need to know:

Synthetic fibers, such as polyester and rayon, are harder to dye than natural ones, such as cotton.

This difference can have a noticeable effect on the final look of your t-shirt! What’s more, fabrics that are a blend of natural and synthetic fibers will often give your design a “heathered” look, as the natural fibers accept the dye and the synthetic fibers largely resist it.

Consequently, t-shirt designs are most commonly printed on 100% cotton or blends with a high concentration of natural fibers – but it is definitely possible to print on other fabrics!

T-Shirt Sizes: Keeping it Simple

When trying to decide what t-shirt sizes to order, you have several options.

If you know all the people that you’re ordering for – for example, the members of a club, or students on a trip – then you can simply ask them to send you their sizes. There will always be a few that don’t get the memo, but for a small group you can usually guess their sizes pretty accurately.

What if you can’t contact the people who are going to wear your shirt? This will be the case for very large groups, for events, or for t-shirts you plan to sell to your customers.

The best advice here is to use your common sense.

To return to an earlier example, kindergarteners and metalheads will not need the same size t-shirts.

Think about your target audience – the average man will be larger than the average woman, jocks tend to be larger than nerds, etc. Are these t-shirts intended for adults only, for children only, or for both?

If you really have no idea, or are aiming your t-shirt at a very general audience, then the following breakdown of the most commonly sold t-shirt sizes may be helpful:

Infographic from

For an order of 100 shirts, you might get 2 XS, 20 S, 29 M, 28 L, 16 XL, and 5 2XL – or skew the numbers a bit based on your target audience.

(For groups outside the United States, check out these statistics compiled by DizzyJam).

Also, be aware that not all t-shirts come in all sizes – some manufacturers skip XS t-shirts since they’re so uncommon, while others go all the way out to 4XL or 5XL.

Custom T-Shirt Styles: A Guide to a Complex World

What’s the best style of t-shirt to feature your design?

It’s a question you’ll have to ask yourself eventually as you progress toward your custom t-shirt goal.

There are an incredible number of t-shirt styles out there, and it can be quite a chore sorting through them all for the perfect fit (see what we did there?).

To help you find the right style for your custom t-shirt quickly and easily, in the following graphics we’ve broken down the main styles according to three main areas: necks, sleeves, and fits.

Crewneck T-Shirt

V-Neck T-Shirt

6 Main Types of T-Shirt Necks:

  1. Round / Crewneck
  2. V-neck
  3. Henley / Y-neck
  4. U Neck / Scoop Neck
  5. Polo
  6. Hooded

Different Types of T-Shirt Sleeves for Custom T-Shirts:

  1. Sleeveless
  2. Cap Sleeve
  3. Short Sleeve
  4. ¾ Sleeve
  5. Long Sleeve
  6. Raglan or Baseball Sleeve

Types of T-Shirt Fits:

  1. Slim
  2. Regular
  3. Baggy/Boxy
  4. Muscle
Now what?

You’re ready to order. You’ve got your design, you’ve picked out a shirt for it, and you know how many you want.

Now you just need to get them printed.

And the next section will help you understand how that process works.

4. Printing: Know Your T-Shirt Printing Options

Understanding the different t-shirt printing methods is more important than you might think.

There are a variety of different options, each with their own pros and cons. They may be more or less expensive, do better or worse on different shirt materials, or fit well with some designs but not with others.

Having even a basic knowledge of these methods will go a long way toward helping you choose your best option – but if you want to go even more in depth, you can watch this video:

Not interested in all the details? Then read the following section for the basic overview.

Different Types of T-Shirt Printing Methods

The main t-shirt printing options are:

Printing T-Shirts with the Transfer Paper Method

In our opinion, this is the best method of printing t-shirts.

The design is printed digitally onto sheets of transfer paper, which are then printed onto the individual shirts using a heat press.

This is a clean, efficient, and straightforward process, unlike some of the other options on this list. It also supports a full range of colors without becoming excessively complicated, making it an excellent pick for intricate designs with a wide range of color.

One disadvantage it has, though, is that it only works on materials than aren’t sensitive to high heat – 100% polyester, for example, might start to scorch or burn in the heat press.

Screen Printing T-Shirts

Screen printing is considered the most common t-shirt printing method, at least in terms of the number of shirts made by it.

In screen printing, the design is split into stencils, or “screens”, one for each color that the design uses. Ink is then applied to the shirt using the stencil, printing all of one color into the design. Subsequent ink and screen combinations fill in the other colors.

Since each screen can be used practically infinitely, this makes screen printing ideal for larger quantities of t-shirts.

Only one screen is required, rather than hundreds of sheets of transfer paper.

On the other hand, screen printing is considerably less cost-effective it it’s only intended for a few shirts – it’s not worthwhile to go through the trouble of making a special stencil for only five shirts.

Furthermore, each color that a screen-printed design uses will require yet another screen – which means that complicated, multi-color designs are not a great fit for screen printing.

Screen Printing Inks

It should also be noted that not all screen printing inks work the same way.

Most will set on the surface of the shirt, but water-based inks soak into the shirt – and discharge inks not only soak into the shirt, but remove whatever dye is already present, making them a great choice for printing on dark fabrics.

Direct to Garment (DTG) Printing

Skipping over screens and transfer paper sheets completely, direct to garment printing uses inkjet technology to print directly onto the fabric – no extra steps.

This allows for very high-quality, complex, and multi-colored designs to be easily printed.

If you see a t-shirt with a photographic quality of design, it was probably printed through the direct to garment method.

Unlike screen printing, it can also easily run small orders – though for large orders of simple designs, screen printing will most likely be quicker.

Finally, DTG printing has several other limitations. It’s easier to apply to lighter fabrics than to darker ones, and it also is designed for natural materials like cotton, rather than synthetic fabrics like polyester.

The Sublimation Printing Process

At first glance, it can be hard to tell the difference between heat transfer and sublimation printing.

They both involve printing your design onto special paper, and then heat pressing it into the shirt.

Sublimation, however, uses ink that will turn to gas when heated, and then embed itself on any polyester-coated surface. When printing on t-shirts, this results in the most durable print job possible – sublimation inks, if applied properly, will barely fade at all.

So why doesn’t everyone use sublimation? Because it only works on 100% polyester (and it’s usually more expensive, since the equipment and inks are fairly pricey).

Vinyl T-Shirt Printing

Yet another printing method requiring a heat press, vinyl printing doesn’t use ink at all.

Instead, precision tools cut the design into sheets of colored vinyl, which are then pressed onto the shirt. The excess vinyl is then picked off, leaving the design.

*disclaimer: this has nothing to do with vinyl printing on t-shirts

Multiple different sheets can be used to create a multi-colored design, but it’s important not to use too much or the shirt will become progressively heavier and less flexible.

Vinyl’s great advantages, however, are that it won’t fade or crack over time, making it a great choice for smaller designs on higher-end t-shirts.

Now what?

By now, you should have a much clearer understanding of your t-shirt printing options, and the pros and cons of each.

It’s time for the final step: choosing a printer.

5. Company: Choose the T-Shirt Company You’ll Love

Excellent! You’ve designed your t-shirt to fit your goals, chosen the right material and style, calculated how many of each size you’ll need, and learned about the best printing options for your project.

All this information will extraordinarily helpful as you choose which printer is the right fit for you.

However, there are a few more questions that you need to answer for yourself.

  1. How fast do I need my shirts?
  2. How much complexity am I willing to tolerate in the ordering process?
  3. How much customer support do I need/want?
  4. Do you want to see a test shirt before you order the full run?
  5. Do you want a company with a robust refund policy?
  6. And last but not least, what’s your budget?

Not all companies are created equal when it comes to quality, speed, simplicity, and customer support.

Where to Buy Custom T-Shirts

We get it; you don’t have tons of time to pour into researching the best company to order your t-shirts from.

That said, it’s worth taking a few extra steps to make sure you get the quality you’re paying for.

1. Do a quick google search for custom t-shirts, and list both national brands that catch your eye and local printing companies in your area. This will quickly give you a grasp of all your potential options.

2. Find reviews for these companies. For national brands, sites like or can give you a good grasp of how well a company performs. For local companies, Google, Facebook, and Yelp reviews should tell you all you need to know – and if there aren’t many reviews, it signals that a company isn’t well established.

Call us biased, but we really think local companies offer a lot of advantages over giant corporations, particularly if you want personal support.

Since local printers also have less orders to fill, it’s harder for your project to get lost in the shuffle – and the printers have more motivation to treat you well, since your opinion of their work will determine whether you recommend your friends to them.

3. Once the reviews have narrowed your options down further, check the company’s websites for further information, staying alert for any danger signals. It’s probably worth your while get quotes from several different companies as well, since the price for your project may vary from printer to printer.

And if you’re wondering how much your project should cost you, the next section will give you a hand.

What do Custom T-Shirts Cost? aka: Keeping your Wallet Happy!

So how much are custom t-shirts, anyway?

As with so many things… it depends.

Specifically, custom t-shirts can cost anywhere from under $5 to over $20 per shirt, depending on five main factors:

  1. Type of Shirt. Good quality polos will cost more than low-quality basic cotton t-shirts.
  2. Quantity of Shirts. Most printing companies will discount prices for larger orders.
  3. Shirt Color. Darker shirts take more ink to make, and so are often more costly.
  4. Design Colors. In some methods, each color has to be printed separately, so more colors make the printing process more time-consuming.
  5. Image Placement. Larger Designs or multiple printing locations take more time and effort for the printer.

Make sure to read over different company’s pricing information carefully. One printer might seem much cheaper until you realize that they don’t offer free shipping. Others might have hidden fees of one kind or another.

Once again, it’s always a good idea to shop around and see how different printers compare to each other for your specific order.


We hope you found this guide helpful! It took some work to put together.

That said, we’re eager to make it even better and more useful to you all.

What information was most helpful to you? Did anything leave you confused or wanting to know more? Did we leave out something you find super important?

Let us know by writing a quick comment! We’ll read it and take it seriously.

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25 Fraternity Fundraiser Ideas Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:39:12 +0000 Need inspiration to fundraise money for your fraternity? Get started with this list of our top 25 fraternity fundraiser ideas.

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Fraternity fundraiser ideas are important for any Greek organization.

From raising money for charities, events, and other philanthropic endeavors, there are a lot of resources out there for fraternity fundraising.

Fraternities around the country do a lot of amazing work and need funds to help them reach their goals. They also need money for their operating budget, housing, and other expenses to maintain their organization.

It can be hard to know where to start, so we’ve compiled a list of 25 Fraternity Fundraiser Ideas to help. Don’t be afraid to try new things, put in the hard work, and start fundraising today!


1. Crowdfunding Campaign

Utilize communication streams and social media to reach out to family, friends, and the college community to crowdfund.

Don’t just ask for a dollar amount; share your story or convey your goals in a clear and passionate way to show others why it’s important for them to donate to your fraternity or your causes. Learn what crowdfunding service is best for you and don’t leave any social media and online resource-stone unturned!

2. Selling Custom Shirts and Merchandise

Create custom merchandising for your fraternity to sell at events you host or sponsor or maybe at a campus store.

You can not only strengthen your fraternity’s brand identity this way, but you can also raise money for your causes, maybe pledging to donate to charity for every item sold for example. Order some custom fraternity t-shirts with a stylish design and start selling!

3. Giving Day

Set a specific monetary goal and focus your efforts on raising that money on a certain day.

By reaching out to friends, family, business, and alumni and the college community, having a giving day can help motivate and inspire people to donate now. Giving days require proper preparation to raise awareness and build hype for the actual day, so make sure to put in the work beforehand. You can also pair the giving day with other fundraising events and activities to grow interest and excitement.

4. Shoe Drive

Yes, shoe drives are a thing.

Getting people to donate their shoes in a shoe drive is a great fraternity fundraising idea when working with organizations such as Funds2orgs, which supports your shoe drive, provides your monetary compensation for items donated, then turns around and helps entrepreneurs working in developing nations. Seems like a win-win to us!

5. Auction

At auctions, silent or otherwise, you can bring people together and sell some really cool items.

Auctions are a great way to get crowd participation in your fundraising campaign while having an event that’s both fun and productive. If you have a frat member that can already talk fast then you’re halfway there!

6. Throw an Alumni Event

From cocktail hours to a simple networking social, reach out to your school’s alumni and Greek members and have an event catered from them.

With an upfront-goal about fundraising or charitable donations, having face-to-face interactions with potential alumni donors is a great way to make these connections. You can even have ticket sales or an overhead fee to fund raise even more.

7. 50/50 Raffle

Having a 50/50 raffle can raise money simultaneously for your fraternity and for the prizewinner.

You can build up these funds through ticket sales alone or get further donations to increase the steaks and reach a higher goal.

8. Make Food for Students

Having a pancake breakfast or selling snacks on campus is an effective way to get students interested in your fundraising.

If you offer them food, they will come to your even. Especially if you host events like these during midterms or finals, you’re sure to get a great turnout!

9. Peer Fundraising

Asking fellow students and friends for money can be hard, but you’ll never make any money if you don’t at least try.

While some of your peers may not be in a place to financially support you, there are many you might be willing to give a little bit to support their friends by supporting their fraternity.

10. Host a Kids Camp or Skills Clinic

Offering services and events for kids is a great way to drive up community involvement.

Spending a Saturday teaching kids a sports skill or having other interactive activities is a great way to give back to your local community while still raising some money through registrations fees. Not only will their kids love it, but their parent’s (potential donors) might too!

11. Text-to-give

Why not utilize technology in your fundraising efforts?

Text-t–give donations are a quick and easy way to have people donate wherever they are just by typing a few digits or a keyword into their phones. Learn more about text-to-give campaigns and get started!

12. Host a Charity Walk-A-Thon or Race

Hosting a walk-a-thon or some other sort of race such as a 5k can be a great way to raise money, encourage physical fitness, and create a positive event for your local community.

It also helps to get others involved in your fundraising efforts from having volunteers working the event having runners reach out and find their own sponsors to donate to your cause in return for their participation.

13. Have a Dance-A-Thon

No, dance-a-thons are not just a thing they did in the movie Grease.

Dance-a-thons are a fun way to appeal to people of all ages while trying to reach your fundraising goal through a single, focused event. You can even spice things up with a dance theme, costume element, or other twists to get participants more excited about being involved!

14. Bake Sale

Maybe this event may seem like something more for sororities, but a good bake sale is good fundraising for everyone.

You can think outside the campus-box as well and set up shop at other local locations likely to buy your pastries and desserts, like working with local schools, businesses, or churches.

15. Restaurant Partnership

Reach out to a local restaurant about a partnership deal to fund raise.

Have a night at a local restaurant dedicated to your fraternity where a percentage of the proceeds go to your organization. This is not only a great way to raise money with friends and good food, but it also drives traffic and more business to the restaurant.

16. Host a Carnival Day

While these events take more work and expenses to get off the ground, a carnival day is a fun way to make money and provide entertainment to your fellow students or local community.

Not only can you fund raise through ticket sales, you can offer food services, raffles, games, and other fundraising events to make the event both enjoyable and productive for whatever cause you are supporting.

17. Apply for Grants

Your organization could be eligible for grants.

These can help shoulder the financial burden of membership dues and other fees required for sustaining your fraternity. Look into local or collegiate opportunities to apply for grants you and your organization may be eligible for.

18. Be a Designated Driver

Help keep students save while fundraising.

Yes, there are apps like Uber that can do this for you, but providing driving services on and near campus for students that have maybe had a bit too much to drink after a night out is a considered and helpful way to also raise some money. There is always a need on campus for these kinds of driving services and there is a great market for people to participate in this kind of fundraising. Help out your fellow students and be a designated driver for hire for a weekend or even a month out of the year.

19. Car Wash

Car washes seem like a no-brainer, but there’s a reason everyone keeps doing them.

Besides buying a few cleaning supplies and advertising your event, car washes are a great way to make a lot of money at low operating costs. All you need is a good work ethic and nice weather!

20. Host a Date-Night Bidding Contest

A fun way for fraternities to fund raise is by auctioning off dates with their members.

If your college has an upcoming event or even a dance or you bid on dates like dinner or a movie night, there are lots of creative ways to peak student’s interest in your philanthropic endeavors and give back to your organization through bidding on a date.

21. Provide Tutoring for Students

Raise a bit of money and support your school’s academic programs by providing tutoring services on campus. Put up flyers in the library, dorms, and student hubs on campus. Helping other students study is a simple way to help your fraternity raise some money.

22. Host a Yard Sale/Clothing Drive

You would be surprised how many people are willing to give away their old clothing and other household items for other people to sell.

Advertise your sale on social media, in campus publications and the local paper. You can even have frat members go house-to-house to pick up the donated items, giving people more incentive to participate and give items for you to resell.

23. Send a Newsletter to Alumni

Alumni, especially those who participated in Greek life, are a great resource when fundraising.

They want to know what your up to, and raising awareness for your frat and your causes through a newsletter is a great way to raise money and get participation in your fundraising.

24. Ask for Matching Gifts

When in a fundraising campaign, as other business and organizations to match donations to help you reach your goal faster.

Seek out donors who support your cause and who are financially affluent and willing to match other donations given. It’s a great way to motivate others to give even more as well!

25. Write Letters to Donors

For more serious fundraising, traditional letter writing is still an effective way to raise money.

Writing personalize letters from your fraternity or individual house members can be a great way to connect with potential donors, business, alumni, and others. It can be a daunting task to be straightforward and ask for donations, but there is no fundraising potential if you won’t even ask. Also be sure to write thank you letters to those who donate!

We hope these 25 Fraternity Fundraiser Ideas help get you started!

There are a lot of ways to fundraise for your fraternity.

Check out other online resources and ideas, such as Fundly and, to help get you started in your campaign.

If you’re in the market for custom fraternity t-shirts and other clothing merchandise, contact our team at Blue Ridge Graphics. We love working with fraternities and Greek organizations and are ready to start designing your project.

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Best Greek Shirt Designs Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:11:52 +0000 Looking for the best Greek shirt design? Need a little inspiration to create an amazing shirt for your fraternity or sorority? Blue Ridge Graphics is here to help.

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Creating the best Greek shirt design is a great way to support your organization.

House identity is a big part of Greek life.

Shirts and other merchandising are important to building up the brand of a fraternity or sorority and making the college community excited about and aware of their organization and the work that they do.

Check out these different areas of design to explore what kind of Greek shirt design is best for you!

Funny Greek Shirt Designs

Who doesn’t love to laugh?

Incorporating puns and levity into your Greek shirt design is a fun way to create a shirt that people will actually enjoy wearing. These types of funny Greek shirts are particularly good for wearing in public and having at the more casual, Greek-sponsored events to show the community (and prospective pledges) that your fraternity or sorority is enjoyable and has a good sense of humor.

Brand-Driven Greek Shirt Designs

Greek houses are all about their identity and their brand. Their custom shirts and merchandising should clearly and stylistically reflect that.

This could include something as simple as embroidered Greek letters on your shirts and other clothing merchandise. If your fraternity or sorority has a logo, house colors, or even a motto, you can use any one of those to reflect your brand in your brand-driven shirt design.

Having a visual presence through branded merchandise and shirts for your sorority or fraternity is a great way to build support and awareness for your house and Greek life. Whether you’re making shirts for your house members or other items to give away at an event, brand-driven Greek shirts are a must!

Custom Greek Shirt Designs

Aside from having brand specific shirts for your Greek house, there are also lots of opportunities to get other custom shirt designs. Are you sponsoring an event? Hosting a party? Volunteering at a charity or an activity? Having customized shirts for events like these are a great way to build community spirit, get your frat or sorority members more excited about the event, and show your house spirit to others in the college community.

You can easily make shirts to sell or give away to people who attend your event or students rushing your organization. There are so many outlets for creative custom Greek shirt designs, so don’t miss an opportunity; check out your event calendar and start planning your designs!

Consider funny, brand-driven, and custom Greek shirt designs when making merchandise for your fraternity or sorority.

Need help creating the best Greek shirt design and making your merchandise? Contact us at Blue Ridge Graphics. Our team has 38 years of screen printing experience and love to work with colleges and Greek organizations.

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Best Fraternity Shirt Designs Fri, 02 Feb 2018 20:47:00 +0000 Looking for the best fraternity shirt designs? Take a look at our list of the best designs and find inspiration for your own fraternity!

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What makes a fraternity shirt design be the best?

For college frats, having the best fraternity shirt design is a great way to show your spirit, spruce up a campus event, or just have fun with your merchandise for you and your brothers.

There are a lot of hilarious and creative custom frat shirts out there and we wanted to share some tips and some of our favorites!



Funny Fraternity Shirt Designs

Who doesn’t love a funny frat shirt?


Your shirt can be as much fun as you are having. Don’t be afraid to get cheesy and use puns, which are a favorite for funny t-shirt fans. Be clever in your concept and don’t just use the same jokes about beer and partying that so many frats have used in their designs ad nauseum over the years.

You can go with humorous text on your shirt or a funny graphics or some combination of both. Any way you spin it, make a funny fraternity shirt design that you and your housemates all enjoy and want to wear.

Creative Fraternity Shirt Designs

Don’t be afraid to get colorful and creative with your shirt designs for fraternities. There are a lot of ways to think outside the box when it comes to new shirts and new designs; the possibilities are limitless.

Integrate imagery of iconic people and places relating to campus or your event. make a design that draws from vintage designs for shirts and posters. Find new and fresh ways to promote your fraternity or set the tone for your even with a creative shirt design.

There are literally so many ways you can make creative fraternity shirts. Whether it’s for the house itself, for a fraternity run or sponsored event, or just a general t-shirt, take a look a few of these creative fraternity shirts for inspiration!

Custom Fraternity Shirt Designs

Fraternities are a lot more than just brotherhood and community. They each of a specific personality and identity that can be manifested through branding and custom shirt design.

Having custom shirts for fraternities is a way for members to show their support for their house, a way to have a memorable memento of an event they hosted, and a way for others to get excited about their organization and the activities they do. It’s always a great idea to sell or give out shirts at any events you host or sponsor to promote your organization and get others excited about your frat and the activities you participate in both on and off campus.

A custom frat shirt can be simple and classic, focusing on Greek letter or some house logo or motto. Custom fraternity shirts can set the tone or the image that the brothers want to portray to others on campus. Having a shirt that is custom to a specific fraternity is a great tool to visually building up the community and creating something that people can wear and enjoy.

There are so many ways to go right when creating some of the best fraternity shirt designs.

Remember to put your own spin on it, try something new, and look to other designs for inspiration and motivation.

Need help designing or printing shirts for your fraternity? Contact us at Blue Ridge Graphics to get started. Our team has 38 years of screen printing and custom shirt production experience and would love to help you create awesome products.

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Funny Half Marathon Shirts Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:51:00 +0000 Looking for a funny half marathon shirt that captures your sense of humor? Blue Ridge Graphics want to help. Check out these tips and start designing today!

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Using humor on half marathon shirts?

Yeah, we’re running with it.

Funny half marathon shirts are a great idea in our opinion. Not only is laughter the best medicine, but using humor, either through puns or funny images, is a great way to boost morale and get participants even more excited to be involved in the race.

Utilize more than just your running skills this next half marathon. Get creative with funny half marathon shirt ideas by using puns, pop culture references, or ironic images to spruce up your next design.

Half Marathons Are No Laughing Matter

Just because they aren’t as many miles as a full marathon doesn’t mean half marathons are any less serious.

They take dedication and hard work, just like any athletic activity.

Since they’re not quite as demanding in duration as full marathons, half marathons have grown in popularity since the mid-20th Century till today since more people are able and willing to participate. This rise in half marathon involvement coincides with the cultural trend of recreational running which began to gain more popularity in the 1950s.


Runners Need a Little Humor

It’s okay for runners to laugh too. They can use more than just the muscles in their legs.

Funny t-shirts can help add needed levity to an already tough and physically strenuous event. Here are some funny half marathon shirts that made us laugh and will hopefully help give you some inspiration to start your design!

1. (Insane in the Brain)

Whether you’re running a 10k or just a 13.1 mile half marathon, all serious runners are a little insane in the membrane, right? This shirt shows confidence and is not afraid to poke fun at half marathons and stereotypes about crazy runners. And as long as you cross the finish line, does it really matter how crazy you are?

2. On a Scale of 1 to 10…

Isn’t it great when the mileage you’re running is the same as your beauty scale rating? If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Just kidding, though this shirt is great for its confidence boost and yet again makes clever use of the length of half marathons. Whether you finish the race first or look good trying, we’re all winner here.

3. Fast Pass to the Finish

This shirt is perfect for runner of the Disney Princess Half Marathon, or for amusement park or Disney aficionados in general. Let’s be honest, though most of us have been stuck in sweaty lines at amusement parks giving fast pass users our best death glare, we all secretly want to fast pass. And it doesn’t count as cutting in line if you paid for it, right?

4. Chris Pratt Is Your Trainer

Whether you’re a fan of the muscled-up star of Guardians and Jurassic World fame or have been a devout fan since the Parks and Rec and even Everwood days, it’s clear that Chris Pratt can inspire you to get in shape and cross that finish line. Warning: may not be as motivational for straight men.

5. Yeah, Don’t Put Me Down for Cardio

How cute is this cartoon avocado? This funny half marathon shirt is great for hipsters and vegetarians and wins the award for the best pun. Not only is the wordplay clever, but there is accompanying design to make the joke stand. And the color choices on the dark background really help the design to pop!

6. Spell It Out

This shirt shows the ability of a single adjective to simultaneously express your frustrations about running, convey the length of the half marathon, and put a smile on your face. Simple, versatile, and effective. Pick a good font and good colors and you’re set!

7. Stronger Than Yesterday

If you’re a Britney fan or were aware of any pop culture in the year 2007, you understand the motivation behind this shirt. Not only does it inspire runners to overcome hardship and adversity, but also advises them against unflattering haircuts and rash decision making. You wanna gold medal? You better work.


Make your own funny half marathon shirt!

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Get in touch and get started with your own half marathon t-shirt design!

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