Get Ready for Summer Fun with Custom Camp Shirts!

Get Ready for Summer Fun with Custom Camp Shirts!
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Get Ready for Summer Fun with Custom Camp Shirts!

By Pete Apo

Summer camp is all about adventure, friendships, and unforgettable memories. What better way to kick off this season than with vibrant and fun custom camp shirts? These shirts aren’t just a way to unify your group; they’re walking billboards of your camp spirit!  We have lots of ideas for your camp promotional items and tips to make your shirt designs the best they can be.

Why Custom Camp Shirts?

Custom camp shirts serve multiple purposes: they enhance team spirit, make every camper feel included, and keep everyone looking sharp in all camp photos! Plus, they’re fantastic souvenirs that campers can wear all year round to remember the fun times they had. Whether you’re by the lake, around the campfire, or under the stars, these shirts are your canvas to express your camp’s unique vibe.

Themes That Make a Splash

1. Nature Calls: Embrace the great outdoors with shirts that feature nature themes—think trees, mountains, wildlife, and starry nights. These designs can reflect the essence of your camp’s location and the spirit of adventure.
2. Retro Camp Style: Vintage designs with a modern twist are all the rage. Think about incorporating classic camp icons like canoes, tents, and campfires into your design, using distressed fonts or faded colors for that nostalgic feel.
3. Bold and Bright: Colorful designs with vivid contrasts and fun patterns, like tie-dye, can make your camp shirts pop. These are especially popular among younger campers and are perfect for a lively summer vibe.
4. Minimalist Magic: Sometimes, less is more. A simple logo with your camp’s name and a minimalistic icon can look classy and timeless. These shirts often appeal to older campers and staff.

Design Tips to Boost Your Camp Shirts

Keep It Inclusive: Make sure your design resonates with everyone. It should be something that campers of all ages would be proud to wear. Avoid overly complex designs that might not appeal universally.
Quality Matters: A great design on poor-quality material won’t do anyone any favors. Choose comfortable, durable fabrics that can withstand the rigors of camp activities and frequent washings. Whether you are looking for a price-sensitive option for your budget or a soft, comfortable fabric you’ll love to wear, we’ve got you covered.
Be Bold with Color: Don’t shy away from using bold colors. They not only attract attention but also evoke feelings of joy and energy. Just make sure the text is readable against the background.
Add a Personal Touch: Personalization can go a long way. Consider adding options like camp year, camper’s names, or cabin numbers to make the shirts extra special.

Custom Camp Shirts as Keepsakes

Remember, custom camp shirts are more than just clothing; they’re keepsakes that campers will cherish long after the summer ends. By choosing a design that captures the spirit of your camp and following these tips, you’ll ensure that your camp apparel is as memorable as the summer itself.
So, let your creativity soar and get ready to make this summer unforgettable with the perfect custom camp shirts! Whether you’re singing by the campfire or paddling down the river, these shirts will keep the spirit alive, all season long.

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Pete Apo

Owner of Impact Northwest

Pete Apo is the owner of Impact Northwest located outside Eugene, Oregon in Creswell.  He has over 17+ years experience in the garment and promotional item printing industry and is founder of the clothing and product line The Rusty Hawaiian. Impact Northwest is a provider of custom screen print, embroidery, dye sublimation and promotional items to Lane County and the surrounding communities.

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Custom Sportswear for Teams, Special Events, and Gifts

Custom Sportswear for Teams, Special Events, and Gifts
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Custom Sportswear for Teams, Special Events, and Gifts

By Pete Apo

Let’s face it: sportswear has become everyday wear for children and adults. From soft, roomy hoodies to performance tees, snuggly sweats, golf shirts, and trendy joggers, sportswear is no longer relegated to sweat-inducing activities. On the contrary, it is perfect for working from home, cheering on your favorite team, running errands, hitting the gym, or lounging on the couch. Since sporty apparel is such a universal crowd-pleaser, it only makes sense to customize it for your favorite team, work outing, life celebration, group travel, or to give as a gift. 

Custom Sportswear is a Party Favor People Will Use Long After the Event

While a custom flask or tiara may be a fun party favor for a bachelor or bachelorette party, or custom medals might be fun to award golf tournament participants, a custom hoodie is likely something your attendees, team participants, or friends and family will love to wear months or years after the event has passed. Hoodies printed or embroidered with a funny slogan, special date, or team name will undoubtedly be worn long after the event, making them a useful gift.  

Custom Apparel for Official Teams

Turn on the television on any given day, and you’ll see custom sportswear virtually everywhere you look. From the Little League World Series to beach volleyball and the NFL, custom team wear is a tradition dating back hundreds of years. Though early photographs of college teams in the U.S. show teams merely wearing similar colors of sports clothing, today, sportswear includes intricate designs, logos, numbers, and more on a huge variety of items, including:

  • Ball caps
  • Golf shirts
  • Baseball shirts
  • Basketball shorts
  • Sweatpants and joggers
  • Warm up jerseys
  • Gloves
  • Gym bags and water bottles. 

Custom Activewear Can Unite Your Unofficial Team

Schools may insist on specific sports jerseys for their players. But friends who get together to play sports such as pickleball, softball, or golf can also create a sense of teamwork with custom activewear.  Likewise, groups who regularly get together for CrossFit, walking, skiing, hiking, climbing, and other outdoor activities can signify their teamwork with custom sportswear, including beanies, scarves, gloves, shorts, fleeces, and more that helps team members to easily identify one another. 

Comfortable Apparel for Group Travel

Taking a field trip with your child’s class can be much more manageable if the students are easy to keep an eye on. As a bonus, sports apparel fits all sizes, so students do not need to feel insecure about form-fitting or tight clothing. Likewise, families who travel together will find that custom active wear makes it easy to spot fellow travelers and wonderfully comfortable for long bus rides, plane rides, and waiting in airports. 

Get a Quote for Your Custom Apparel at Impact Northwest

At Impact Northwest, we customize all types of sports and leisure wear.  Whether you’re looking for a cozy fleece for your running group’s winter season, pullover or zip-up hoodies for holiday travel, or gifts for your incredible employees, Impact Northwest has a huge selection of styles, colors, sizes, and customization methods, including screen printing, heat press, embroidery, and dye sublimation.  To request a quote, send us a message today!

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Owner of Impact Northwest

Pete Apo is the owner of Impact Northwest located outside Eugene, Oregon in Creswell.  He has over 17+ years experience in the garment and promotional item printing industry and is founder of the clothing and product line The Rusty Hawaiian. Impact Northwest is a provider of custom screen print, embroidery, dye sublimation and promotional items to Lane County and the surrounding communities.

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How We Transform Plain Hoodies into the Ultimate Marketing Item

How We Transform Plain Hoodies into the Ultimate Marketing Item
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How We Transform Plain Hoodies into the Ultimate Marketing Item

By Pete Apo

Hoodies are everywhere. Kids, teens, and adults have grown to love the function, comfort, and style that even a plain hoodie offers. Hoodies offer warmth, convenience (thanks pocket!), and coziness thanks to being roomy, soft, and protective.  As the result, they have never been more popular. So, why wouldn’t you want to capitalize on America’s love for hoodies by creating a walking advertising or marketing tool for your brand?  If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the opportunity to market your business, event, nonprofit, or brand by transforming plain hoodies into custom apparel, now is the time.  

Plain Hoodies Quickly Become Incredible Advertising Tools

Whether you want to raise awareness for your animal rescue non-profit, encourage others to join your community’s Turkey Trot 5K, or advertise your service, product, or company, a plain hoodie can quickly become your brand’s best marketing tool when you have it customized.

Options for transforming a plain hoodie into a walking billboard include:

  • Screen Printing
    Screen printing, also known as silk screen printing forces ink through a mesh screen to print your company name, logo, slogan, website, or message onto a plain hooded sweatshirt. Screen printing offers benefits such as affordability, quick turnarounds of your product, and the ability to print bold, bright logos, images, and vibrant images.
  • Embroidery
    Both zippered and unzippered plain hoodies can be customized to your company, event, or organization with embroidery. Embroidery (stitching) offers benefits such as durability, and premium quality. Embroidery is a more expensive way to customize a plain sweatshirt, than screen printing, but the results are incredibly impressive.
  • Heat Press
    Heat press, AKA heat press vinyl, or vinyl heat transfer printing is often the most inexpensive way to customize a tee shirt, hat, sweatshirt, etc. Heat press items can also be turned around very quickly, so you’ll receive your order fast. There are much lower minimum quantities required than for embroidery or other types of apparel pressing. Heat transfer vinyl is not as long-lasting and is more prone to cracking and peeling over time.  

Types of Hoodies that Can Be Customized

All types of plain hoodies can be customized to your liking. These include:

  • Full zip hoodies
  • Half zip hoodies
  • Quarter zip hoodies
  • No zip hoodies
  • Adult size hoodies
  • Child size hoodies

You do not need to provide the sweatshirt to be printed or embroidered. Top-reviewed apparel print companies provide a variety of styles, sizes, colors, and brands of plain hoodies for you. If you prefer a crewneck sweatshirt, snap sweatshirt, or a combination of different styles, you may opt for that route to give your customers, event attendees, volunteers, or employees the opportunity to select the style that best suits them.

Custom Apparel: Print, Embroidery, Heat Press for Advertising Your Event, Organization, or Business

Impact Northwest is a full-service, locally-owned, top-reviewed screen print, embroidery, and promotional products company based in Oregon. To learn more, send us an email, or call 541-95-7718.  

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Owner of Impact Northwest

Pete Apo is the owner of Impact Northwest located outside Eugene, Oregon in Creswell.  He has over 17+ years experience in the garment and promotional item printing industry and is founder of the clothing and product line The Rusty Hawaiian. Impact Northwest is a provider of custom screen print, embroidery, dye sublimation and promotional items to Lane County and the surrounding communities.

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Giving Your Team a Winter Gift? Which is Better a Puffer Jacket or Puffer Vest?

Giving Your Team a Winter Gift? Which is Better a Puffer Jacket or Puffer Vest?
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Giving Your Team a Winter Gift? Which is Better a Puffer Jacket or Puffer Vest?

By Pete Apo

Winter has arrived in full force, and so has the end-of-year and holiday gifting season. If you’re looking for a unique, and practical team gift you may want to think about an embroidered puffer jacket or a puffer vest. Emblazoned with your team logo, a puffer jacket or puffer vest can advertise for you, all while keeping your employees warm during the winter months. Read on to learn why vests and jackets embroidered with your company logo makes a great gift. 

Why Choose a Puffer Jacket or Vest?

Puffer vests and jackets are also known as puffy, down, quilted, or insulated vests and jackets. The unique design that features puffy sections between the stitching is thanks to down (feathers) or synthetic material that is sewn in for added warmth. They have become a winter staple from coast-to-coast pairing well with casual attire, business casual attire, and even professional attire. 

Custom Puffer Vest as Company Gifts

Embroidered vests for your employees can be a great end-of-year gift that your team members can likely wear from fall through spring. Other benefits of giving a puffer vest as a gift include:

  • Less expensive than puffer coats
  • Perfect for layering
  • Easy to pack
  • Warmth for cool days
  • Excellent for employees who love hiking, biking, camping, fishing, and climbing
  • Less bulky for travel
  • Stylish and trendy
  • Protection from rain, snow
  • Available in many colors 
  • Sizes from XS-4XL

Embroidered Puffer Jacket for Employees

A puffer jacket with your company name or logo also makes a great team gift. Although employees may only wear them a few months out of the year, they will be appreciated by your team due to the following benefits:

  • Ideal for employees who spend time outside working
  • Provide excellent warmth 
  • Folds into a very small, packable size
  • Excellent for employees who use public transportation to commute to work
  • Lightweight compared to other winter coats
  • Stylish and trendy
  • Perfect for team members who like snowshoeing, camping, etc.
  • May be available in various lengths
  • Available in different colors
  • Can be layered under a parka in extreme cold
  • Sizes from XS-4XL

Why choose a custom puffer jacket or vest for team gifts?

Customized jackets and vests are useful. Since puffer vests and puffer jackets are so trendy, your employees will likely wear them, at least occasionally. This allows for your brand to be advertised wherever your employees travel. 

A jacket or vest demonstrates that you invested in your employees’ gift. Vests and jackets are more expensive than cloth tote bags, company coffee cups, customized pens, etc. Giving a vest or a coat as an end-of-year gift shows your team that you didn’t look for the easiest, cheapest gift available.

Corporate Jackets, Vests, and More for Employee Gifting

Whether you have a staff of four, or four hundred, Impact Northwest can help you select the perfect holiday gift this season. Impact Northwest provides custom embroidered puffer jackets and puffer vests for companies from coast to coast. We offer many other options for holiday gifting as well, including beanies, shirts, backpacks, hats, workwear, and much more.   Place your order online,  or request a quote. 

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Owner of Impact Northwest

Pete Apo is the owner of Impact Northwest located outside Eugene, Oregon in Creswell.  He has over 17+ years experience in the garment and promotional item printing industry and is founder of the clothing and product line The Rusty Hawaiian. Impact Northwest is a provider of custom screen print, embroidery, dye sublimation and promotional items to Lane County and the surrounding communities.

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Are Custom Beanies Right for your Business?

Are Custom Beanies Right for your Business?
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Are Custom Beanies Right for your Business?

By Pete Apo

Are you looking for a way to stay on your customer’s minds? Custom beanies can do exactly that. They are great options for gift swag, merchandise, and prizes. Capitalize on the timeless accessory to bring eyes to your business. 

Beanie Styles

Beanies come in all shapes, sizes, and usage cases. The classic design choices are:

  • Cuffed
  • Cuffless (skull cap)
  • Slouch
  • Specialized

Selecting A Beanie Style

Deciding which option is best for your business depends on your target demographic. For example, fisherman beanies are currently popular with youth and young adults. A patch with a well-designed graphic would likely encourage that demographic to sport your custom beanie more often. There are even ways to pinpoint your target market further; popular colors, patch size, etc.

Cuffed Beanies

Recognized by most people, the cuffed beanie is a true classic. Depending on design elements and sizing, cuffed beanies can be gender-neutral or masculine and feminine. A fan favorite is the Carhartt cuff beanie. Cuffed custom beanies include sub-styles such as the fisherman beanie, the small cuff, the large cuff, and pom beanies. Cuffed beanies are ideal for larger patches and embroidery.

Cuffless Beanies

Traditionally made with lighter fabrics, cuffless beanies are great for most months of the year. They also sport a tighter directional fit. It is a popular profile for runners and those looking for a snug fit under helmets—a set-it-and-forget-it kind of beanie. A trendy option is the North Face Denali Beanie. Cuffless beanies are best used for smaller printed company names or a full-coverage logo.

Slouch Beanies

Known for its take over in popular culture in the mid-2,000s, the cuffed beanie is still a mainstay. Most retailers offer a slouch beanie option. Slouch beanies provide an excellent surface for embroidered logos. Like the cuffed beanie, slouch beanies are popular with younger demographics.

Specialized Beanies

Visors, earflaps, fire-resistant material, and balaclavas are all examples of beanies with a more focused use. Depending on the service your business is working in, it may be better to find a specialized option. Using branded balaclavas for ski companies is an example of this. Working with a professional to choose the right specialized beanie can save time and money.

Picking The Right Beanie

Ultimately, the right custom beanies for your business comes down to who you want to attract, who you want to leave an impression on, and where your business is located. Places like the PNW have a beanie season of around seven months, making beanies a great option. For areas with a much smaller window, it may be better to choose a custom hat or visor. 

Here is the step-by-step process

  • Decide if you are in a good place for beanies
  • Find your target demographic
  • Research trends
  • Pick your company logo or graphic
  • Contact your local custom printing shop
  • Create your custom beanie
  • Start selling or giving away your new beanie!

Time to find the right beanie for your business.

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Pete Apo is the owner of Impact Northwest located outside Eugene, Oregon in Creswell.  He has over 17+ years experience in the garment and promotional item printing industry and is founder of the clothing and product line The Rusty Hawaiian. Impact Northwest is a provider of custom screen print, embroidery, dye sublimation and promotional items to Lane County and the surrounding communities.

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What Type of Crewneck Sweatshirt To Pick For Custom Printing

What Type of Crewneck Sweatshirt To Pick For Custom Printing
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What Type of Crewneck Sweatshirt To Pick For Custom Printing

By Pete Apo

Sweatshirts are a common form of custom merch. The crewneck sweatshirt is no exception. Made for durability and comfortable fit, they offer simple yet versatile options. When ordering your custom garments, it’s essential to know what fabric will best suit the design while keeping the desired look and feel of the product you’re trying to produce. Here are some tips for choosing the suitable crewneck sweatshirt for your custom printing.

How It All Began

The crewneck sweatshirt was introduced in 1913 and has been an essential piece of clothing ever since. The navy created them as a long sleeve counterpart to the short-sleeved t-shirt that military personnel had been wearing with the purpose of warmth and covering chest hair. Over time they have evolved into what we wear now. In 1920, when new trends began developing across America, this style gained popularity leading to widespread adoption and unique adaptations.

Benefits of the Crewneck Sweatshirt

The crewneck sweatshirt is a well-rounded product that covers many benefits. Some include;

  • Durability: Built for long life and heavy use, crewnecks can come in heavy-weight materials to mitigate damage while working or doing physical activities. The triangle at the neckline is used as a second reinforcement point on the neckline.
  • Comfort: When making custom merch, comfort is a factor to think about heavily. You want your wearer to never want to take off their crewneck.
  • Versatility: Whether worn alone, with a button-up, layered under, or over clothing, it still looks good. This ties back to keeping people wearing the merch all the time.
  • Sizing, fit, and Color options: If you have a dream crewneck, you can most likely find it. The base for custom merch is almost endless. If having a wide selection is important, consider going with a crewneck.

Picking The Right One For Your Project

Now that you’re on the path of knowing everything about crewneck sweatshirts, it’s time for the nitty-gritty part – Picking the right one for your needs. 

  1. Fabric
  2. Weight
  3. Stitching
  4. Brand
  5. Color
  6. Pricepoint

Starting with the fabric choice. Options include polyester, cotton, fleece, and sometimes nylon. While cotton and polyester are the most commonly used fabrics, blends are also available. Nylon can be used to add protection to the elbows and shoulders. In some cases, full nylon crewnecks are made, but more often than not, nylon is used to create a variation of the crewneck called a “wind shirt.”

Weight choices come in options such as lightweight, medium-weight, or heavy-weight. Before choosing what option to choose, consider your demographic and the area’s weather. For example, if you have a sports team in a temperate climate, you need breathability and strength; Medium-weight would be a great fit. Easy to wear at any time and resistant to easy tears.

Stitching places a role in keeping the whole thing together. There are single, double, and triple. Triple stitching is the most durable due to the stitching going forward, backward, and forwards. Sports garments are a prime example of when to use triple stitching.

Brand and color can be lumped together with pricepoint in most cases. Sometimes features may be forfeited for color, pricing, or brand preference. Reliable brands like Carhartt and Gilden are frequently used. Carhartt makes a stellar heavy-weight crewneck sweatshirt but runs at a higher price point with fewer color options. On the other hand, Gilden checks off a wide color range, multiple weights, and a more affordable price point. 

Custom Printing

With your knowledge of the crewneck sweatshirt, it is time to make an informed decision on printing. A quick road map for this process is

Get your graphic assets together
Pick the desired fit and weight
Find a brand that matches your wants and needs
Decide on production number, color options, and size run
Contact your local Custom Print shop and communicate your needs
Pick your shop and wait for the good stuff to happen.

Order Custom Shirts, Uniforms, and Accessories in Minutes

If you’re planning to design your own custom apparel Impact Northwest has everything you need. Impact Northwest provides custom embroidered, screen pressed, or heat pressed shirts for teams of all sizes. Designing your crewneck sweatshirts takes just minutes. Get started now or contact us for more information.

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Pete Apo

Owner of Impact Northwest

Pete Apo is the owner of Impact Northwest located outside Eugene, Oregon in Creswell.  He has over 17+ years experience in the garment and promotional item printing industry and is founder of the clothing and product line The Rusty Hawaiian. Impact Northwest is a provider of custom screen print, embroidery, dye sublimation and promotional items to Lane County and the surrounding communities.

Pete@Impact-NW.com