How to Wash Your Slub Knit Fabric T-Shirt
Generally, for a regular slub knit cotton t-shirt, you’ll want to wash it with a delicate detergent in lukewarm or cold water on a gentle cycle. Washing your garments with care will help them stay vibrant longer.
How to Dry Your Slub Garment
It’s important to know that your slub knit fabric garment can shrink in the dryer, if it’s made from 100% cotton. Any 100% cotton garment that’s not preshrunk will often shrink if you dry it on high heat. If your slub fabric is blended with polyester or another human-made fiber, it’s less likely to shrink. That’s why we recommend that you always check the fabric label carefully to learn the right temperature to dry your new t-shirt or sweatshirt.
Some experts say the best (and safest from shrinking) way to dry your slub knit garment is to air dry it, so the fabric lasts longer and holds its stretch. However, you don’t need to dry slub garments wet from the washer. You can put your slub t-shirts in a quick tumble-dry session on low heat in your dryer, and then hang them to air dry while they’re slightly damp.
Pro Tip: If you tumble dry slub knit fabric frequently, it might stretch out or degrade faster and rip. The good news? If you accidently shrink a slub garment, you can wet it and then stretch it back to its original size and shape.
How to Iron Your Slub Knit Fabric
Since slub knit fabric doesn’t wrinkle easily, you probably won’t need to iron it too often. Plus, ironing this delicate fabric could flatten and ruin the slubbed texture. If you do need to iron a slub t-shirt, use a press cloth and an iron on low heat. To keep your garment unwrinkled, fold and store it in a dresser or plastic bin.
Can You Screen Print On Slub Fabric?
If you’re a screen printer, you can absolutely decorate garments made of slub fabric, including 100% cotton, cotton/polyester blends and triblends. You can use both plastisol and water-based inks to screen print on slub fabrics. Some experts recommend mixing a soft-hand additive into your plastisol inks to maintain a lightweight, soft-hand feel on the t-shirt.
To skillfully work with (and not against) the slub fabric, screen print designs with thinner lines vs. large inked elements. The simpler the design, the better. Aim for thinner fonts and elements that you outline, rather than fill in with ink. That way, you’ll allow for the unique fabric texture to enhance and add dimension to your screen-printed design. Plus, you’ll retain the airiness and unique feel of the shirt.
Pro Tip: You can work with a tonal effect by using a screen-printing ink that’s a shade darker or lighter than the fabric color. You’ll get a subtle, yet cool vintage look and feel.
You can also use heat transfer vinyl or dye-sublimation to decorate your slub knit t-shirts. Sublimation will result in a vintage or retro look, since you’d normally dye-sub on a 100% polyester garment. For example, you can sublimate a slub triblend, which has polyester in its blend.
The Skinny on Slub
The reason why so many people love slub is because you can wear this soft, airy, comfortable fabric all year round. Get t-shirts and tanks in slub knit fabrics for the warmer months. Then, layer your slub sweatshirt, sweatpants or lounge shorts over your favorite slub shirts for maximum comfort in the colder seasons. Plus, when you decorate your slub t-shirts, you’ll create a unique, vintage look on an already one-of-a-kind shirt.