Where to get t-shirts made?

question mark t-shirtLeigh asks via Twitter:

A friend has a digital picture he wants to have professionally applied to a t-shirt. He may need more than 1 but it won't be a huge order. What's the best place in Albany to have it done?

We'll expand Leigh's question a bit to include custom t-shirts in general, not just ones with photos applied to them.

Got a suggestion for Leigh? Please share!

blank t-shirt image from Flickr user Erika Hall


Depending on how professional it really needs to look, I have had good results with the special paper that allows you to print out your photo and then iron it onto fabric. This is available at craft stores, and I think is the best option for small-batch tee shirt designs.

For larger orders I will be interested in hear other people's suggestions - I haven't found a place that has good prices, always creates exactly what you asked for, and is consistently on time. Most of my past experience is with Screen-It in Troy.

Looks Great. They do a lot of work for local bands and from my experience are good to deal with. http://looksgreatpromo.com/

Dittos on Looks Great in Cohoes. The Winchester brothers are awesome folks! Very friendly & accommodating.

I believe The Furnace in Albany has their own silk screening equipment, contact them, cost may be cheaper esp for small order.

its not albany, but kodakgallery has reasonable prices


design it together on river street, troy might be able to do it.

Check out MerchNOW


Love them!

Downtown Custom Printwear in Schenectady:

Design it Together in Troy is awesome!

You are better off throwing your money in the toilet than giving it to Screen-it in troy.

I've used Souders on Central in Albany for several big and small jobs and been very pleased.


Albany Clothing & Promotions, next to Playdium Bowling Alley in Albany on Ontario St. They can do whatever you need.

I've used Awards by Walsh's in Cohoes for a number of large orders my company has done as well as for small orders my friends and I have places for races and events. They're also super friendly, very easy to work with, and reasonably priced.
Ask for Bob. He's the best. :)


If you only plan on wearing it a few times, then t-shirt iron-ons are fine. Use the ones for dark t-shirts (colors show up much richer) and be sure to print it in mirror image. Keep your design to a full color shape (no white space) so it's easy to cut out before you iron on. Use the iron directly on the back of sheet - the towel that they recommend keeps it from adhering properly. Just be careful!
If you have a digital image that's already at a hi-res (200), you can upload it to a print-on-demand service like Cafepress. There's no setup fees or minimums. (Full disclosure - I am shopkeeper with CP.)

I'll second the guys at Design It Together in Troy. They do great stuff.

I know a few people who have used Blue Wasp Graphics

I will second Blue Wasp Graphics

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