If you are on the board of directors for an athletics program in your area, chances are you have a race to prepare for in the near future. Creating custom t-shirts for each racing participant is a fun way to show community spirit. Each racer would enjoy a personalized look as well. Here are some instructions you can use to create your own custom t-shirts for race day.
Designate Racing Numbers
Create a list of all racing participants so you are aware of how many people will be involved in the race. If there is a great rate of participation, you may need to have more than one race so there is ample room along the racing track for all people to race with enough room.
Give each person on the list a unique number. This can be added to the back of their t-shirt so their friends and family can easily find them on the track when it is their turn to show their speed. Make sure to ask each participant for their shirt size so you can make them a shirt that fits on the day of the race.
Create A Fun Logo
Host a contest between all participants in the days before the race. Have them come up with a slogan or logo to represent the event. Participants can email their ideas to you so you can select your favorite. This can be incorporated onto the shirts, Wait until the day of the race to reveal the winning entry, allowing the winner the surprise of seeing their masterpiece in print when they receive their shirt.
Print Out Iron-On Transfers
Use iron-on transfer paper made for a printer to make your shirts. Print out the winning logo or slogan on each transfer. Iron the transfer to the fronts of t-shirts. If you wish to make each shirt a bit more colorful, dye it before adding the transfer. Another idea is to use fabric paint to color in some areas of the logo. Consider changing which colors you use on each shirt so each one has its own individualized look.
Create The Back Information
Use black fabric paint to add the corresponding number to each person’s shirt. A stencil can be used to make an outline of the number. Afterwards, use another colored fabric paint to fill in the number. If desired, add the person’s last name underneath the number. This will make the shirt one they can keep as a remembrance of the race. They will enjoy wearing the shirt often as it will have their personal information displayed for all to see. If you have too many names and not enough time, enlisting the help of a shirt printing company like Apple Shirt Screen Printing could help.