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How to Personalize Blank Hoodies

Few garments are as comfortable and versatile as the humble hoodie. You can throw on one to beat the cold on a chilly morning or evening, wear one while you’re at the gym or curl up in one while you’re lounging around at home. They’re also a great option for businesses, organizations and teams that are in need of customized apparel. They can be worn by employees, team members, coaches or volunteers, or they can be sold in fundraisers. Just about everyone loves hoodies, so the ways in which they can be used are virtually limitless.

The options are pretty much limitless when it comes to personalizing blank hoodies, too. Wholesale hoodies can be customized using a wide range of techniques, including screen printing, vinyl decals, fabric paint, embroidery, etc. You can add names, logos, designs and anything else you can imagine. Hooded sweatshirts can be customized professionally for business purposes or they can be used as the basis for a fun arts and crafts project with the family.

If you are trying to figure out how to personalize blank hoodies, keep reading to discover a few of our favorite techniques!

Have Them Screen Printed

If you want to have hooded sweatshirts customized for a business, team or organization, having them professionally screen printed by a local specialist is likely the best option. During the screen printing process, ink is forced through mesh stencils, known as screens. There are many different types of ink available, so it’s possible to achieve all sorts of looks on printed apparel. The process is relatively fast (once the screen has been designed and cut), and it’s an affordable option when you need to have identical garments customized in bulk.

Screen printing is also something that you can probably have done locally. Shops can be found in towns and cities throughout the United States, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding someone who can turn your blank hoodies into unique creations you’ll be proud to hand out or show off. By ordering your hoodies from ShirtMax and having them screen printed locally, you can get a great deal on clothing while still supporting your local economy.


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Embroidery is another option that works well on hoodies. It is not the best option for large designs (such as the entire back side of a hooded sweatshirt), but it’s perfect for smaller logos, names, slogans, etc. on the chest of a sweatshirt. Embroidery shops can also be found just about everywhere. In fact, many screen printing shops also offer custom embroidery services. You may also be able to find a local seamstress who has a sewing machine that is capable of embroidery.

If you want to really personalize a hooded sweatshirt, consider learning how to do hand embroidery. It’s a lot easier than it looks, and with a bit of patience and practice, you can create one-of-a-kind garments that reflect your personality. You can stitch on your name, a simple design and just about anything else you can think of. This is a fun option for customizing your own garments and for creating unique gifts.

Tie-Dye White Hoodies

If you have white hoodies and want to make them a lot more colorful, tie-dye them! Tie-dyeing is huge right now, and it’s a great way to take any piece of apparel from drab to fab. It’s a fun project for kids of all ages. It’s also a great way to make one-of-a-kind shirts for your business or organization. After they’ve been dyed, you can have your logo screen printed or embroidered on them.

Iron-On Transfers

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When you want to customize a small number of shirts but need a professional appearance, consider iron-on transfers. There are iron-on inkjet transfers that you can purchase at nearly any office supply store or big box retailer. With those, you simply print your design, cut it out and iron it on to your shirt.

If you have access to a vinyl cutter, you can also make your own iron-on vinyl designs. This option results in one of the most professional finishes for do-it-yourselfers, and it’s a great way to add just about any kind of design you can imagine to a hooded sweatshirt.


At ShirtMax, we stock a wide range of wholesale zip-up hoodies and pullover hoodies for men, women and kids. Whether you are shopping for a business, an organization, a team or even your own family, we have options that can be customized for any purpose. Check out the full collection today.