Designing My Own T-Shirts With BlueCotton


Remember that one-off “John Chow’s Blogging This” T-shirt that Market Leverage made for me. I thought that was really cool because I used to be in the printing industry and know how expensive it is to make just one T-shirt – you might as well order 100 because the cost is the same. At least that was how it was in the old day. However, thanks to new technologies and a website call BlueCotton (the subject of this review), anyone can design an one-off (or as many as you want) custom T-shirt without breaking the bank.

BlueCotton has put together a really sophisticated online design studio that gives you Photoshop-like control over the look and feel of the T-shirt. The online app, which took over six months to create, has been awarded the Adobe Site of The Day Award.

Choose from T-shirts, sweats, hats or other garments, and then go to work and unleash the creative designer in you. The interface of the online studio totally rocks. Even if you’re not buying a T-shirt, it’s fun just to play around with. Using my non-existent design skills, I was able to create the above T-shirt for John Chow dot Com in less than a minute. OK, the only thing I did was import a logo but the app gave me really good control over it.

BlueCotton used to have a minimum order of six T-shirts or one embroidered item. However, they’ve since removed the minimum order on the T-shirts. You can just order one if you want. Keep in mind that the more items you order, the lower the unit price. A single one-off custom T-shirt starts at around $20 and includes free shipping.

I’m going to fool around with BlueCotton some more and see if I can come up with a really cool T-shirt that I can make and give away to you guys. If you want, you can help me design a T-shirt for this blog and if I like it, I’ll order some and you’ll be known as the designer of the John Chow dot Com T-shirt and your design will also show up on BlueCotton’s Twitter stream. You’ll also get a free shirt of course.

BlueCotton Custom T-shirts

41 thoughts on “Designing My Own T-Shirts With BlueCotton”

  1. Gabriel Lai says:

    This is a cool tool.. John Chow logo is so striking !

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    1. Yes I agree let me see how i look on bluecotton

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  2. Shawn Knight says:

    Good find, I will have to check into it when I make my next batch. I went with Hacker Threads for the last batch (the ones I sent you guys). Not sure if I was 100% happy with the logo quality on the back though. Would be curious to see the quality of BlueCotton.

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    1. In these reviews it would be nice to get a comparison of the competitors products.

      Or is that a problem because it is a paid review?

      1. Cam Birch says:

        I agree. It would be nice to see competitive products listed in some of these promotional pieces.

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        1. if its a paid review, I doubt a person would want to pay to have GM reviewed and then have informatino on competitive companies to distract the readers (who mainly skim it seems)

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  3. Customink is another company like this. You can upload your art and print just one shirt. These types of places are awesome when you want a custom shirt for yourself 🙂

  4. Mohan says:

    Its really nice

  5. Tony says:

    Just so you know, you spelled Adobe wrong. I will make a design and see if I can win!

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  6. This is a great resource! I don’t think I’ll ever be creating T-shirts under my brand, but it’s good to have it in the bookmarks for other uses. Thanks!

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  7. wow… what a cool information john…

    i my self will try this and maybe help u to design one t shirt… 🙂

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  8. EARNINGSTEP says:

    wow john , i don’t know you ” Know ” how to design too…

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  9. EARNINGSTEP says:

    wow john , i don’t know you ” Know ” how to design too

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  10. Melody says:

    What kind of t-shirt design are you looking for? Something graphic, abstract, business-y, etc….?

    I see your logo hasn’t changed, so are you sticking with this one?

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    1. Cam Birch says:

      That was my question too. Whatever happened with the logo change? Is it going to change and its taking a while or what?

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    2. John Chow says:

      I don’t like any of the new designs. And the contest is not over yet so I’ll wait and see.

      1. Yeah, I think a lot of those designs were…crap.

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  11. Twitter Tips says:

    Wow that’s really cool!! I’m going for it right now. Thanks for sharing it john!

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  12. Andrew says:

    John you timing is awesome. I’ve been looking around for something like this for a project I am working on. I’ve found several sites that offer similar services but as far as ease of use goes I think I’ve found a winner. This is definitely one for bookmarking.

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  13. Interesting. I have loads of designs sitting, waiting to be printed. I’ve come across others that do similar jobs, but I’ll check this one out as well.

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  14. The interface at Blue Cotton looks really good. I have used Vista Prints before and liked the result so I am not sure which one is the best.

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    1. BlueCotton. Once you try it out, you’ll know. There’s no comparison. There is nothing else like anywhere.

      1. Well, that’s not true. There are other companies out there that do the same thing, if not more.

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  15. fas says:

    Another contest, what happened to the earlier contest when results were supposed to be out on 6th??

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  16. Cool interface at Blue Cotton. What a great deal to nake just a few shirts.

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  17. Ben Pei says:

    This is nice. Be sure to start a giveaway contest John!

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  18. That’s pretty cool. I wonder what the quality of the shirts and design looks like. I can’t stand those cheap t-shirts that you can see through. I’d rather pay a few dollars extra and get a nice, thick t-shirt that will last a few washes.

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  19. Diabetis says:

    I believe that you could also the same thing with cafepress.

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    1. Their printing method is awful & they don’t stay on the shirts for long.

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  20. Pheak Tol says:

    What a cool tool – I’m going to try and design something this time see if i can get some luck

  21. MLDina says:

    I’d better be getting one of the first t-shirts in the mail! Did you get the ‘I’m Selling This’ one I sent yet?

  22. ben says:

    i have some great ideas for t-shirt. is there anything similar for stickers too? i need some new ones for my car 😀

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  23. Debo Hobo says:

    Sounds cool! 🙂

    How does this differ from CafePress? CafePress is the current reigning online t-shirt maker. Why should I start using this product?

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  24. Dino says:

    I am so in, going to give it a shot! 🙂

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  25. ed says:

    nice shirt man. what size are you john chow

  26. titan says:

    hoho. that was nice!

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  27. James Hartje says:

    Like it I am bout to get some made for my site

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  28. Technogati says:

    Really good if you give in the contest.

  29. gurtey says:

    wow…this is amazingly new to me…ive never thought that youi could design your own T-shirts…increadible!

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