Favorite Summer T-Shirts to Decorate

Summer brings warmer weather and the need for apparel that is lightweight and comfortable to wear. Luckily for heat printers, there’s plenty of options available for lightweight fabrics that are breathable and also easy to decorate with your heat press.

When looking for summer t-shirts, find lightweight options by reading the description of your t-shirt choices. In the description, you will find keywords that indicate a lightweight fabric. The most common way to determine whether a fabric is lightweight is from the weight of the fabric listed in ounces. Lightweight fabrics will be between 2.5oz and 4.5oz. You will also find words like Microburn, Vintage and Ringspun as indicators of a lightweight, soft fabric.

Here are our Top 5 favorite t-shirt choices for lightweight options from Transfer Express Apparel:

1 – Anvil® 100% Ring Spun Cotton T-Shirt. 980

    1. Soft and lightweight, this 100% cotton option has the breathability needed in the summer heat. Being an inexpensive option, it is on the top of our list of favorite t-shirts to decorate this summer.

Anvil ® 100% Ring Spun Cotton T-Shirt. 980

2.  Hanes® – Nano-T® Cotton T-Shirt. 4980.

The Hanes Nano-T is our next favorite option at a lightweight 4.5oz. Like the previous choice, the Nano-T is lightweight, breathable and an affordable option for your customers this summer.

Hanes Nano-T is a Top 5 Favorite t-shirt to heat print

3. District ® – Juniors Microburn ® Long Sleeve Raglan Tee. DT262

If you’re looking for a lightweight option for this summer, look no further than this super soft, microburn t-shirt. At 2.5oz this is the thinnest fabric for a t-shirt for those warm summer days. When heat printing with screen printed transfers, take caution and thread the fabric over the heat press or place a cover sheet in between each layer of fabric. Being so thin, the ink and adhesive will travel through the fabric and attach to the other side if not taking caution. Opt for a lightweight transfer like Hot Split as the perfect screen printed transfer for this fabric.

District ® - Juniors Microburn ® Long Sleeve Raglan Tee. DT262

4. District ® Vintage Wash Crew Tee. DT4000

Vintage wash t-shirts offer a soft feel making this one of our favorites to decoration on our heat press. Pair with Goof Proof screen printed transfers, this 3.7oz ringspun combed cotton t-shirt will be a hit this summer. The vintage feel from the garment wash treatment gives the fabric a unique and well-loved touch to your apparel collection.

District ® Young Mens Vintage Wash Crew Tee. DT4000

5. District ® – Juniors 60/40 Racerback Tank. DT237  

What’s summer without a favorite tank top? This racerback tank is our favorite at 3.7oz and incredibly comfortable. Being a semi-fitted tank top, it can be worn on it’s own or in layers. This fabric features a cotton/polyester blend with plenty of neon colors that are a favorite this summer. Take care when decorating this fabric and use a low-temp option like Elasti Prints® screen printed transfers.

District ® – Juniors 60/40 Racerback Tank. DT237

What is your go-to or favorite summer t-shirt to decorate on your heat press?

Tell us in the comments below!