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.
- Turn Your T-shirt INSIDE OUT
- Wash your t-shirt with COLD water. DO NOT USE HOT WATER
- Turn your Dryer settings to HOT or HIGH
- Dry your shirts for the Longest setting. Usually 60 Minutes
- Repeat steps 2-4
- 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: