Leavers hoodies are the must have item in the last weeks of school. Thousands are ordered every year by students up and down the country, and are cherished possessions, marking the end of school and the beginning of the next chapter. Arranging school leavers hoodies for your class or school year can be a daunting prospect, but if you follow this advice it will go much more smoothly. It comes down to a combination of good organisation, and picking an excellent personalised garment printing company. This article will give advice on both. |
Step 1: Make sure you have all the information you need.
In order to get the best deal for your printed leavers hoodies, you need to get as many people to order them as possible, as bulk orders lower the price of each printed hoodie. That means you need to spread the word and get as many people on board as possible. The final design will also (most probably) require a list of people in your year, which will come in useful for the organisation stage too. Obtain a copy of your year group / class from the school's admin office, as that will be comprehensive and all of the names are guaranteed to be spelt correctly.
Step 2: Set a deadline for ordering your batch of leavers hoodies
You'll want the hoodies to arrive just before the end of term, so you need to identify your supplier (there is help on choosing a good leavers hoodie supplier later in this article) and ask them how long it takes to fulfil an order. Allow time for you to come up with a design and get logos and information to the hoodie printing company, people to make a decision about whether they want one and time for it all to be delivered. It's best to contact the printing company at an early stage as they will be able to help you decide when the last order deadline will be if you tell them the day that you want the order to arrive.
Step 3: Spread the word
Make an announcement in assembly, or ask a teacher to do so for you, letting everyone know that you're organising a school leavers hoodie for your year. Put notes in the registers for form tutors to read out, and make it clear that buying in bulk brings the price down, so as many people as possible need to commit. Give the deadline for ordering and then ask for reminders to be read out five days, three days and one day before it. If you can, put posters up in the hallways students walk down on the way out of school, to remind them on the way home. You could always use Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks to remind people too.
Four key design elements of the best leaver's hoodies
Whatever the design, having the chance to have your own name, or nickname, in pride of place on your leavers hoodie is always popular. It works well when the design is the same across all the hoodies, with a space (usually across the back shoulders like football shirts) for the owner's name to make it distinctly theirs.
2. School name
There's no point in marking the end of your school career without a nod to where it all happened. The school logo or badge on the front as a top right or top left breast feature is a popular choice.
3. The year
As time goes by, it will amaze you that you left school in this year! Emblazon it in pride of place on your leavers hoodie to make a bold and meaningful design.
4. Names of those in your year
It doesn't matter who of them you have liked or hated, known well or been oblivious to for all these years; having all of the names in the design is cool. It makes it special to your year or class, and ensures that no-one else in the world has the same design as your group.
What to look for in a leaver's hoodie printing company
Choosing the best clothing printers for your school leavers hoodie can go a long way to reduce the stress involved. Nowadays, this can all be arranged online, so look for these qualities when researching companies and their websites.
The ability to see and adapt leavers hoodie designs easily
Good customised hoodie supplier websites provide easy to use design tools to make it a simple task to find a design you like and adapt it for your school and year group. Look for idea templates that you can use as a base design, see if the website allows you to zoom in on the designs so you can make sure everything lines up properly and enables you to see both the front and back. Uploading pictures and names should be easy too, as long as you have your school logo in the correct format - such as .jpeg or .gif. Ask the school office for a high resolution version that they will use on correspondence and newsletters.
The ability to create your own 'shop'
In the past, gathering hoodie orders and the money for each one was a massive hassle, but the ideal school leavers hoodie supplier has a website that enables you to set up the design for your group and then share it with your friends. Each person can then pay independently, straight to the supplier, whilst their order still counts towards the bulk order.
Check that each person can enter their name if the design has a space for the owner's name, at the point of ordering. Then you don't have to worry about getting the spelling right for each student. It should also be easy for each person to specify the size of their hoodie, and even the base colour, whilst keeping the group design. Then everyone gets exactly what they want, and you don't get stressed out.
Taking responsibility for organising your year's school leavers hoodies can be hard work, but if you're well organised and pick an excellent leavers hoodie supplier, the process can be smooth and everyone will thank you for it. And, of course, you get a great leavers hoodie too!
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