How to shrink a shirt

Posted by needtshirtsnow 01/20/2019 11 Comment(s)

How to shrink a shirt?

 

Learn how to shrink a shirt. The easiest and fastest way without damaging your t-shirt.

 

Either you ordered a shirt too big or you recently lost some weight. Regardless you want to shrink your shirt. 

 

How to shrink a shirt. This is a topic I did not image writing about but now I see there are a lot of people that ask this question. So you ordered a new 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 personalized t-shirt then you will either need to gain some weight or shrink your shirt. Another scenario is that you have been working out and getting into shape. The only thing is your clothing is now too big. So you may need to try and shrink your shirt. 

 

Now we have some good news and some bad news. Which do you want first? The good news is that if you got your shirt from us it most likely is 100% cotton. The bad news is that all our shirts are preshrunk. Don't worry though. We wrote a post on how to wash your dtg printed t-shirts. That is the correct way to wash your shirts with minimum shrinkage and protect the custom print on the shirt also. So guess what you are going to need to do. That's right, wash and dry your shirts incorrectly.

 

For me, this is no biggie because I am always washing my shirts incorrectly. If my shirt shrinks I just print another one. Cool right? Probably not for you because we charged you a million dollars to print the t-shirt. Just kidding our shirts start at $7.99 just in case you have not purchased from us before. Ok, so there are a lot of people on the internet saying that they boil their shirts to get them to shrink. That is definitely not a good idea. Why in the world would you boil your t-shirt? That sounds like they are trying to get you to just go and buy a new shirt. Ok so let's just get to it. 

 

Something else to note is that if your shirt is polyester your shirt is most likely not going to shrink. Well, that is unless you catch it on fire and burn it to ashes. That is the only way to get a polyester shirt to shirk. Now if it is cotton then you definitely have a great chance to make this happen.

 

How to shrink a t-shirt

 

  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

 

The reason why I say don't waste your time trying to shrink polyester it's because it's synthetic. It like a plastic, They say you can use boiling hot water and heat dry on the highest setting but this can damage your shirt. I would not recommend this. You can always save your shirt and protect it's print and later on if you don't return to your size cut it out and have it sewn on to your own t-shirt quilt.

 

How to shrink your shirt Comment from our readers:

 

Questions from commentsThis is the only set of instructions I've read saying use cold water. Cold water prevents shrinkage, so you need to use hot water. If the shirt was printed properly, no writing or designs will come off.

 

The reason that you should not use Hot or warm water to shrink your t-shirt is that Hot and warm water breaks down cotton fibers causing your colors to fade. It may be ok to use hot and warm water if the shirt you are trying to shrink is white but I am uncertain if it will change the brightness of your white. There may be a lot of variables. Are you trying to shrink an old used shirt? Are you trying to shrink a new shirt that you can not return? 

 

Also, Hot water can also cause the inks to fade if you have a graphic design printed on them. You can see this happening with an old shirt that you don't want to let go. Over time inks will break down and the hot and warm water will help it. So if you want longevity for your shirt color and graphic we recommend cold water and Heat high drying for shrinking your shirt.

 

 

 

 

11 Comment(s)

Gladys parker:
12/10/2017, 03:00:26 AM
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When you write a post about enlarging your shirt let me know. lol I have always wondered how to shrink clothes safely. My son, 34, got up to 240 at one time. He felt to big, off kilter and miserable. Well he lost that extra weight, most of it and is at 200. Still wanting to drop 20 more pounds. Anyway his shirts are something he takes pride in. They are mostly gifts or some he has gotten specifically like WWE or skeleton designs. Now they hang there awaiting him to re gain which hopefully he will not do. Thanks for the info.

Rodney Stewart:
01/12/2019, 11:02:10 PM

Too much extra B's before getting to the point WTF

Gladys parker:
12/10/2017, 03:00:30 AM
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When you write a post about enlarging your shirt let me know. lol I have always wondered how to shrink clothes safely. My son, 34, got up to 240 at one time. He felt to big, off kilter and miserable. Well he lost that extra weight, most of it and is at 200. Still wanting to drop 20 more pounds. Anyway his shirts are something he takes pride in. They are mostly gifts or some he has gotten specifically like WWE or skeleton designs. Now they hang there awaiting him to re gain which hopefully he will not do. Thanks for the info.

Victoria Heckstall:
12/10/2017, 04:38:09 PM
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What a brilliant tips! I never thought this! Glad that you shared this. Now I know how to shrink a clothers safely.

AnnMarie John:
12/10/2017, 07:34:11 PM, www.annmariejohn.com
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Impressive! I don't think I've shrunk a shirt before, at least not on purpose. It's good to know that it's possible to shrink it a size smaller if you ever make a mistake.

Jessica Hughes:
12/10/2017, 08:27:16 PM, www.happilyhughes.com
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I'm really surprised that you say to wash in cold water when you want to shrink your t-shirt. It seems counterintuitive to me, I would have thought that you would need hot water. This does make me feel better about having to wash my kids' t-shirts in hot water to get them clean, I'm always worried I will shrink them unintentionally!

Needtshirtsnow:
12/11/2017, 10:11:36 AM

Hey Jessica, If your shirts do not have graphics printed on them then it will be safe to use hot water. If your shirts do have an image printed on them I recommend to never use hot water. Drying them on high heat will also shrink them.

E:
07/27/2018, 07:13:38 AM
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First, i think it's a little annoying to keep plugging the merch. It just makes me not want to buy one. Second, seems like its kind a waste of water especially if you have to pay for it. Just saying... i will try it though, i won't say it was sound advice until i see results.

courtney:
08/26/2018, 03:02:46 PM
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if my shirt has letters on it will they come off if i try this method?

michael:
10/30/2018, 01:28:44 AM
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Hello can you shrink more than1 at time thank you michael

Adnan:
11/21/2018, 06:24:26 AM
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How long in the dryer will it take to shrink a large into a medium approx.?

Wanda:
12/05/2018, 01:50:39 PM
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This is the only set of instructions I've read saying use cold water. Cold water prevents shrinkage, so you need to use hot water. If the shirt was printed properly, no writing or designs will come off.

Need T-shirts Now:
01/20/2019, 01:09:56 PM

I am not sure why others tell you to use hot water. Hot and warm water breaks down fibers causing your colors to fade. The most important part of shrinking the shirt is the drying part. That is why most people hang dry their clothes to prevent shrinking. I personally dry my clothes in the dryer on the air dry setting. No heat to avoid shrinkage but this article is on how to shrink a shirt.

Jessica Rogers:
02/10/2019, 01:56:17 AM, www.milanclothing.com
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Wow! This is amazing. I was planning to design a T-shirt, I will definitely apply these methods! thank you.

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