How to Shrink a Screen Printed Shirt?

There’s nothing worse than finding an awesome  Screen Printed Shirt only to discover it’s three sizes too big. Or you ordered a new custom t-shirt in the mail and you noticed you ordered a size too big.

If this is not a personalize or custom t-shirt they may let you exchange it for a different size. If this is a custom screen printed shirt then you will either need to gain some weight or shrink your shirt.

How to Shrink a Screen Printed Shirt?

We did some research and found a few sources online that recommend placing the shirt in boiling hot water, letting it sit for 5 minutes, wringing it out, and voila: your shirt one size smaller. Well, we did this at home. We boiled a shirt, not for 5 minutes, but for hours.

The result: no change in size. That’s because, these days, most shirts come pre-shrunk. If you do want to shrink down a shirt, it’s going to be a lot harder than you think, especially if it’s cotton.

You can try this:

You shouldn’t get your hopes up too high, I’m afraid. Although it’s possible that you’ll shrink your t-shirt by an inch or so, don’t expect an extra-large to shrink into a small.

  1. Turn Your T-shirt INSIDE OUT
  2. Wash your t-shirt with COLD water. DO NOT USE HOT WATER
  3. Turn your Dryer settings to HOT or HIGH
  4. Dry your shirts for the Longest setting. Usually 60 Minutes
  5. Repeat steps 2-4
  6. You are Done Your shirt should now be Shrunk

If all else fails, simply purchase a new screen-printed shirt! We have two ways you can purchase our custom designed T-shirts: Online or In-store: