Design your own Bandanas: Screen printing vs All over printing

If you ever wanted to design your own bandanas, maybe you don’t know what printing technique is the best for you. That’s why in Teefactory we have prepared a little guide on how to design your own neck tubes using screen printing or all over printing.

Design your own Bandanas

Design your own bandanas: how to start?

Before we start talking about printing techniques and types of bandanas, the first thing before design your own bandanas is to have an artwork ready to print. It’s essential to know what we want to print onto the bandanas, since it’s not the same to print a picture than a single-colour text.

The artwork it’s the first step before asking a quote, choose a bandana model and proceed to the printing.

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Triangular bandanas or tubular necks warmers?

In our online catalogue we offer a wide range of bandanas and neck tubes, but our best-sellers are with no doubt the classic triangular bandanas and the neck warmers. But you can also choose between fleece neck warmers, square headbands and even pirate bandana, but today we are going to focus on our best-selling items.

The triangle bandanas are perfect for town parties, heg do, NGOs and associations. They are usually worn tied to the neck or head, and if they are maxi size they can be worn tied to the waist. You can choose from different sizes and materials, including cotton, polyester or polycotton fabric.

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Instead, the neck tubes are made of 100% polyester with a soft cotton touch, and they come in a standard size. They can be used in multifunctionals ways and are usually seen as a complement for bikers, events, sports teams, promotional gifts and hiking clubs.

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Screen printing vs All Over Print

As a general matter, the design determinate which printing technique is the right one to use, unless we look for a particular finish for our bandanas.

Screen printing is very cheap but in bandanas and neck tubes we can only use a few flat colours, without gradients or complicated details. A single colour text or a simple logo are perfect to make screen printed bandanas.

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The full print has no colour limit and can be used on the entire surface of the tubular tube neck or bandana, getting high resolution results. The printing budget is higher, but it’s very worthwhile if you want to reproduce all kinds of pictures or patterns.

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But in case of doubt our expert sales team will advise you on every step of your bandanas purchase so you achieve a perfect result at the best value!

38 years of Phoenix Teefactory

One more year, we got together to celebrate the 38 years of Phoenix Teefactory! On this day we gather all together to take some pictures and to talk about future projects. 🙂

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The main novelty this year is the opening of our new custom tees showroom, which many of us had not been able to visit yet.

So we spent a good time fooling around and snooping on every corner of the showroom, while they took some unexpected pictures. Not even sorry, guys! 📸

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Many of our clients have been working with us for years, and a few of them personally know some of our great sales team. They are responsible for solving doubts and provide advice on each step of the order of your personalised garments. Here they are:

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Our printing workshop has been expanding step by step, and now we achieved a large, luminous and well conditioned space in which each team can feel comfortable to work.

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Here you have the screen printing team, screen printing laboratory team and digital printing team.

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Between Photoshop and Pantone colours, we can find our graphic design team, always ready to adjust and prepare your designs to get the better printing results. 👨‍🎨

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Behind our website there is a lot of work (and also a lot of love, why deny it) of our I.T. team. Programming, layouts and tapping lot of code is what they do so that you can navigate in a simple and intuitive way through our website. 👩‍💻

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From the content team we manage social media, blogs, product descriptions and many other things. So, we never stop creating brand new stuff.

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And as you can see, neither web nor content teams are really into taking sunbathes. 🧛‍♀️

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The accounting team manages all accounts faultlessly. And they might have a great time doing it, because from their office we always hear them laugh out loud. Surely it’s because they handle the money… 💰

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We have new future projects in which to continue working, both in our printing workshop and in our websites, but we will tell you that in another post. See you on the next anniversary!

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If you’re looking to personalise clothing, don’t hesitate to look through our catalogue and prices on our personalised t-shirts website tshirts-uk.com or call us on: 0203 695 2122

37 years for Phoenix Teefactory

We reached 37 years of Phoenix Teefactory, so we can call ourselves full experts on printing garments.

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As we do every year, we take a day off to visit our textile workshop and spend the day doing some team building. We’ve grown a bit since our last anniversary!

If you are already our client, probably you know our great sales staff. Our office it’s a Babel tower: you can hear people talking in german, english, spanish, portuguese, catalan, french, dutch, italian… These cool people are who helps our clients to solve doubts with no hesitation to be sure that you get your personalised garments just in the way you wanted to. 🙂

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The’re different areas in our textile workshop, but all of them work tirelessly so that everything goes perfectly and on time: from preparing the inks for the screen printing process to the warehouse organisation, everyone contributes to success and we assure you that they are true experts in their respective area.

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Our brand-new graphic design team is responsible for modifying, arranging and give some advices on the designs to achieve the best result during the printing process. You will find them always working on Photoshop and fighting (friendly) for the pantone guide set. 😀

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The IT and web content team take care to the millimetre that all the webs work perfectly, so that you will find what you looking for in an easy simple way. Social media team are also very busy updating this humble blog. You will distinguish all of them by their little exposure to sunlight! 😛

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And last but not least, the accounting department manages accounts and all the numbers so everything fits at the end of the month. At the moment we don’t know about any embezzlements or secret accounts in Switzerland. 😮

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Shortly we will tell you a few news about our textile workshop: we have been doing a extreme makeover and we just cannot wait to show you the result. See you on the next post!

If you’re looking to personalise clothing, don’t hesitate to look through our catalogue and prices on our personalised t-shirts website tshirts-uk.com or call us on: 0203 695 2122

Custom Screen-printed Labels

Custom screen-printed labels are all the rage at the moment! Excellent for designers and fashion shops selling their own brand! Slowly but surely people are choosing to take out the classic polyamide label that manufacturers put in and print their own screen-printed personalised labels, for a much more comfortable choice!

Custom screen-printed labels

From the two services for customised labels that we offer, the majority of our clients strongly prefer the screen-printed option not only for comfort but also for the fantastic quality offered. The process includes removing the manufacturer’s white polyamide label and re-sewing the collar. Then the client’s design is printed on to the area at a maximum of 9x9cm (approx. 3.5″).

One thing to consider, when choosing the T-shirt from our online catalogue that you wish to use, is that if you are planning on using a lightweight, white or light-coloured T-shirt, a dark-coloured ink can show through to the other side of the T-shirt and ruin the professional style, as you can see here in this example:

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We recommend a grey colour for your screen-printed labels which usually stands out both on light and dark-coloured clothing allowing for the perfect final touch to your customised T-shirts.

We can add all of the information you wish as well as your own design or logo. Some clients choose only to print their design with the size of each T-shirt below; others decide to add the washing instructions or the composition of the T-shirt for a more complete label.

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Remember: We must charge a technical cost for each size and due to this, there is a minimum of 10 items per size with this technique.

Personalised labels are the perfect way to compliment your custom tees, especially ideal for t-shirts for designers. This little detail goes a long way!

If you’re looking to personalise clothing, don’t hesitate to look through our catalogue and prices on our personalised t-shirts website tshirts-uk.com or call us on: 0203 695 2122

35 years for Phoenix Teefactory

This week we were very happy to celebrate 35 years for Phoenix Teefactory, the company behind tshirts-uk.com and various international webs. We’ve been dominating the textile personalisation sector within Europe since 1981!

All the staff were delighted to meet up in our textile personalisation workshop, to spend the morning learning about the various techniques and methods our team uses. We always take advantage of any opportunities to improve and grow as a company, asking our collegues questions and explaining how we work, getting to know one-another and generally getting the gist of how your personalised clothing orders are created step by step. Which is exactly what this day allowed us to do! 😉

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So, throughout the morning, our sales team, graphic designers, IT guys, social media and content gals, accountants and general admin team were asking our collegues in the workshop questions and explaining how we work, getting to know one-another and generally getting the gist of how your personalised clothing orders are created step by step. 😉

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We learnt about each step of the process with the experts themselves:

As it’s our star technique we began with screen-printing: learning the tricks of the trade from Phoenix’s experts: how each screen and film is fitted together, which screens are used for which types of designs and garments, how every small detail is crucial when mounting the designs on the screens to avoid mistakes when printing and the cleaning and recycling process.

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Step 2 in the process took us to our expert in textile inks who gave us a master class on colours, qualities, mixes and Pantone. The reality of the matter is that our team was able to see how much of a real traditional, artisanal process screen-printing remains to this day, despite the help of new technology in some areas.

The most impressive area of the workshop is undoubtedly our screen-printing “octopus” machines, duly named for the 8 arms of the beast which allows our collegues to work rapidly whilst maintaining high quality standards and allows us to offer you a quick turnaround time for your custom T-shirts.

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We were also fortunate enough to see the new Kornit Avalanche machine up and running: the very latest in Direct To Garment digital printing. Not to mention seeing in action our collegues creating fantastic personalised garments using the other techniques we offer: sublimation, digital transfer, CAD-cut vinyl etc.

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Lastly but certainly not least, we learnt about the importance of a well-stocked, well-organised warehouse by our resident Phoenix professional, Alex, who taught us how your custom clothing orders get processed once we’ve sent them through to our factory, from receiving the merchandise to the organisation and finally the handing-off to the delivery companies. It’s crucial that the running of the warehouse is managed smoothly in order to allow for fast and quality work.

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And finally, after our training, it was time for a break to give our bosses, the founders of Phoenix Teefactory: Ángel Fernandez and Baltasar Collado, a little, well-earned surprise: personalised T-shirts for each as a momentum of their successful 35 years in the business, conmemorative printed mugs and the icing on the cake, or in this case cookies, personalised T-shirt-shaped biscuits with the names of all the team.

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Personalised t-shirt shaped biscuits

So, all in all, it was a great day spent getting to know one another better, team building, improving our work ethic and of course celebrating! Just taking a look at the photos you can see how much our team enjoyed the day and just how much we all like to pose! 😛

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Here’s to celebrating many more anniversaries!

If you’re looking to personalise clothing, don’t hesitate to look through our catalogue and prices on our personalised t-shirts website tshirts-uk.com or call us on: 0203 695 2122

Renovations in our Madrid and our workshop!

Not long ago last year we wrote about our fantastic showroom make-over in Barcelona and now we’ve been hard at work to start this new year with 2 new renovations in our Madrid showroom and our workshop.

After updating our Barcelona showroom, we felt bad leaving the Madrid team stuck in the 80s, so off we went to create a new modern store for our Madrid clients.

Take a look at the before and after photos, where it’s obvious to see why we’re so happy with the result:

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Before…

The arduous progress and our graphic designer working very hard. :P
The arduous progress and our graphic designer working very hard. 😛

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The fantastic final results.

Spacial redistribution, lively and well-lit decor with new graphics… but the same friendly and professional service we always offer.

As if this task wasn’t epic enough, we then decided to renew our textile printing workshop in Argentona, Barcelona.

A while back we got round to a little feng-shui in the workshop, moving some of the machines around to create more space, optimising work areas and improving employee comfort so those same employees are happy and focused when it comes to printing your personalised T-shirts.

But we didn’t feel that that was enough… so our design department produced some fantastic wall decorations to brighten up the workshop.

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Nothing like starting the new year with a fresh look!

If you’re looking to personalise clothing, don’t hesitate to look through our catalogue and prices on our personalised t-shirts website tshirts-uk.com or call us on: 0203 695 2122

Environmentally-Friendly T-shirts

This week we’ve decided to bring to you a little more information on how we work and our practises when creating your environmentally-friendly personalised t-shirts.

Our Spanish sister site camisetas.info was featured on the spanish channel RTVE’s programme “Aquí hay trabajo” (There’s work here) due to our workshop’s sustainable working methods.

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Ecofriendly inks

In this documentary-style interview, we had the opportunity to talk about our different efforts regarding our recycling program and our various eco-friendly schemes:

  • Filtering all liquids, later to be collected and treated by the British company Safety Kleen Europe
  • Recycling all our screens
  • Using Phthalate-free paints
  • Taking advantage of the Catalan ‘Foment del Reciclatge’ plan and recycling all our plastic and cardboard materials
  • Finally, we have an agreement with a German company who collect and recycle our used cleaning rags

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Recycled rags

Respecting the Environment

Each year we dedicate 12.000€ to our correct wastage programme. A great sacrifice bearing in mind the current precarious financial situation in Europe and in comparison with our competition.

We’re very proud of our ethical attitude towards the environment and our various ways of contributing to a sustainable sector so that you can always get the best product at the best price and keep a clean conscience due to all our eco-friendly efforts.

If you’re looking to personalise clothing, don’t hesitate to look through our catalogue and prices on our personalised t-shirts website tshirts-uk.com or call us on: 0203 695 2122