How to fold a T-Shirt in 2 seconds.

If you ask people what the most boring part of their clothes washing and ironing routine is, you’ll probably hear the word “folding” crop up quite a few times. After all, if you want to leave the house in the morning wearing clothes that aren’t creased all over then you need to make sure that your clothes are folded to perfection.

The problem with this? It takes time. When you iron clothing, if you’re like me, you tend to fold your clothes straight after they’ve been ironed which makes the simple task of ironing, folding and putting away your clothing into an activity which can take hours to complete – especially if you have a large family.

But, what if there was a way of simplifying the process and ensuring that folding a T-Shirt took you no longer than 2 seconds?

well, it would definitely be quicker and it would give you some free time to either complete other chores or have a sit in the garden and enjoy the summer ‘sun’.

Well, luckily there a way and in this quick, handy, 10 step guide I’m going to show you how to quickly and effortlessly fold a T-Shirt in 2 seconds!

STEP 1:

Lay your T-Shirt flat on a surface (such as a clean table) and spread the T-Shirt (or other short sleeved shirt) out with the front of the T-Shirt visible. Then, stand so that the neck of the T-Shirt is to your right and the bottom of the T-Shirt is to your left.

STEP 2:

Draw an imaginary line that runs from between the neck and sleeve and runs all the way down until it hits the bottom of the T-Shirt.

STEP 3:

On your imaginary line, find a point which divides the T-Shirt into two equal sections. One on your right that includes the neck and the sleeve and one on the left which includes the bottom of the T-Shirt.

Now, using your left hand, reach over to this point and pinch the fabric between your finger and thumb tightly, ensuring that you’ve pinched both the front and the back of the T-Shirt.

STEP 4:

Once you’ve got your left hand pinching the T-Shirt, you then need to use your right hand to pinch at the end of the line at the shoulder. Make sure you keep your left hand in place as you do this. As the shoulder of your T-Shirt is on the right, your arms shouldn’t be crossed when you do this.

Remember, your imaginary line runs between the sleeve and the neck. Again, make sure that you pinch both the front and the back of the fabric.

STEP 5:

Move your right hand over your left hand to the bottom of the T-Shirt. Keep your left hand and the pinch in place and lift your right hand, while still pinching the shoulder, over your left hand and move it straight down to the bottom of the T-Shirts.

Your arms should be crossed with your right arm over your left.

STEP 6:

Using the hand which is currently pinching the shoulder, pinch the fabric at the bottom of the T-Shirt. Again, make sure that you are pinching both the front and the back of the T-Shirt at the same time.

STEP 7:

Keep a firm grip on both of your pinches and uncross your hands while lifting the shirt off the surface at the same time. You must move your left hand through the two folds of the  shirt hanging from your right hand during the uncrossing motion.

Be warned, though, if you simply rotate the shirt to uncross your arms, you will end up with a mess that which will result in you having to start again from step 1.

STEP 8:

If you managed to get the motion correctly in step 7, you should now have a folded shirt rectangle hanging down from your hands with a loose sleeve dangling at the bottom. Now, all you need to do is simply lower the shirt back down onto the flat surface ensuring that the loose sleeve comes into contact with the table first.

Once the loose sleeve is resting on the table, lay the rest of the shirt over the loose sleeve so it’s not visible from the front.

STEP 9:

The best way to perfect anything is by practice. The time you manage to do this, it’ll probably take you longer than the promise 2 seconds but don’t worry, once you perfect the uncrossing motion and you’re able to draw an imaginary line without drawing it out with your hands, it’ll get easier and quicker.

STEP 10:

Now it’s time to start folding more T-Shirts. A good idea could be to fold your ironing the same way that you usually do and time yourself to see how long it actually takes.

Next time, use this new method and time yourself to seer how long it takes using this 2-second technique and let me know how much time you save in the comments below.

I would like to thank WikiHow for providing the videos in this article.

How to Organize an Event For Your Business?

Business events are the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your products, gain new clients and generally help to create a positive image and buzz for your brand. No matter what the size of your business, events are a great tool if they are used properly. So, how can you ensure that you have properly prepared for your event?

Audiences & end goals

Before all else, you will need to consider your target market and the end goal that you want to achieve from the event. It’s important not to get too caught up over the silly added extras that you think might look good. Finishing touches are nice and will add personalisation to an event but if it’s all frills and not much else, you might end up losing money, rather than gaining clients and expanding your customer base.

When considering your target audience, you want to keep in mind that the event needs to be mutually beneficial. Ask yourself: What are my guests expecting to gain from this event? What kind of audience will help me to expand my business? How can I turn skeptical guests into new clients?

From the speeches you make to the way you layout the tables, everything you do should be tailored to ensure your visitors have a memorable experience. Careful consideration of your target audience will ensure that you not only enhance the number of potential follow ups, but that your actions make a lasting impact on your clients as well.

Money, money, money

Another important thing to consider when planning an event is a strong, solid budget. Most people will pull together some kind of budget for their event, but it needs to be precise and carefully thought out to minimize the risk of overspending.

Try not to just randomly pick an overall figure for the event. If you consider each element, such as lighting, refreshments and finishing touches separately, you’re much less likely to throw money away on unnecessary things. It’s also advisable to factor a small amount of ‘spare’ money into your budget, just in case there are any unexpected costs that you may not have considered. That way, if a problem arises you can easily cover it with no stress. Alternatively, if nothing goes wrong you’ll have saved yourself some money.

…and relax?

Once your event is over, you can breathe a little sigh of relief – but don’t get too comfortable too soon. The absolute best thing you can do after an event has taken place is assess how it went. Whether this is directly after, or a few months down the line when attendees have made a decision on your products, assessing the outcome is crucial.

Look at what went right, what went wrong and discuss ways that you and your colleagues might be able to adapt and evolve the event next time round. Finally, tie up all those loose ends. Chase up any potential leads and be sure to say thank you to everyone who attended, a friendly business is a memorable one.

If you would like any promotional materials for your new business or event,visit Garment Printing. 

5 Ways to Keep Your Employees Happy

When employees are loyal and engaged in the company, profits are higher making people feel more valued and motivated.

Research also reveals staff will miss less work leading to improved productivity. They will also perform better, and are more supportive of and positive about company targets.

Here are 5 ways to keep your employees happy in the workplace:

Allow them to personalise their workspace

You don’t have to spend lots of money on revamping the office you can keep you employees happy and content by  encouraging them to bring in pot plants, photos of their families and friends or other personal items for example stress squeezers to decorate and personalise their desks.  Giving employees the freedom to change their workspace has been shown to help create a more attractive and stress-reducing environment.  Opening  blinds or curtains can also help your employees because they will bring in more daylight and can positively affect staff productivity.

Flexi hours

Recently flexible working opportunities have become a popular option for many companies as everyone can benefit including employers, employees and their families. Most employers now recognise that it makes good business sense to provide flexible working opportunities for their staff. This decision is popular with many parents with younger children and older adults who have other commitments and have health issues limiting them to the number of hours they can work.

Common types of flexible working include:

  • Part-time: working less than 40 hours per week
  • Flexi-time: choosing when to work
  • Compressed hours: working your agreed hours over fewer days
  • Staggered hours: different starting, break and finishing times for employees in the same workplace
  • Job sharing: Designed for one person alongside someone else for when you aren’t working
  • Working from home

Team lunches or outings

Many companies are treating their employees to lunches once a month or work outings or parties. Complimentary lunches can help increase staff moral and staff are at their most productive when they are happy.

Businesses can also benefit by encouraging staff to interact with each other as providing lunch on a Friday afternoon or once a month can encourage employees from different departments to sit down in together forming  stronger, more positive connections with each other. Mealtime conversations can often lead to connections between colleagues who otherwise wouldn’t interact.

Training and development

Offering training and learning development opportunities can help keep employees and keep them feeling motivated.These do not have to be expensive events as you can using  existing staff to help train staff in other areas or you can send them on local events as many are free or inexpensive. Make effective use of your internal resources encouraging your best staff to coach or mentor others is motivating for both parties.

Identify key skills required for each career path, and create a personal development plan for each employee to map out their route along this path.

Provide company uniforms

Many employees feel much happier when they are provided with company t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces or polo shirts featuring the company logo.

If you want to know how to keep your employees happy why not consider some of the above tips into your business plan if you aren’t already doing this. Garment Printing can help you choose promotional wear for your company call 0844 588 9808 to speak to a member of the team or to order today.

5 Tips to Provide Exceptional Customer Service

Great customer service will ultimately create a great small business. There are several ways you can improve your service to ensure that your customers stay happy and loyal, as your business develops and grows. From long-term perks to a friendly ear, check out our 5 tips to provide exceptional customer service throughout your small business.

  1. Listen

One of the most important things you can do when you run a small business is to listen to your customers. By listening to your customers praise, concerns and worries about the way your company is run and the products it provides can help you to create an important bond between you and the person buying your goods.

Whether it’s through social media, telephone or email, interacting with your customers makes a real difference. You only have to look at some of the top brands social media pages to see the type of effect it can have on your company’s image.

  1. Be Trustworthy

A good company is always trustworthy. Ensure that you are transparent with your customers and always be upfront about the services you are offering. Hidden fees and extra costs may seem like a good way to make extra money for your business but it the long term, it will drive customers away. This will lead people to believe that you and your business cannot be trusted to sell good and honest products.

Alongside transparency, building up a solid company brand can help you to appear more professional and in turn, more trustworthy. Be sure to brand subtly but frequently, with branded clothing, stationary and accessories. The little things may not seem important at first but when your customers see your company name on a regular basis, they’ll be more likely to have faith in your brand.

  1. Know your products

You know about your products, right? You know how many you sell each year, whether the materials are child friendly and what kind of allergens they might contain.

Not so sure now?

Simply knowing what your products do, what the prices are and how well they work sometimes isn’t enough. Some customers want to know the ins and outs of your product before they make their first purchase, especially if it a costly item. Make sure you are ready for all eventualities by considering even the most obscure customer questions.

  1. Get Feedback

Feedback, feedback, feedback!

You’ll never know how important it is until you have it. Some customers are willing to give feedback if they are exceptionally happy or unimpressed with a product, but that isn’t always a good way to gauge how your product or business is doing as a whole. There is no harm in asking for individual feedback from every customer and by making it easy for them to leave comments, you’ll be more likely to receive suggestions from a wider audience.

  1. Reward Your Customers

Customer loyalty often goes unrewarded these days So many businesses, large and small, are too focused on promotional offer for first time customers and can often neglect those who have been with them for many years. Even small things such as tote bags, t-shirts and other simple merchandise can be a great way to say thanks to your customers, old and new.

The best thing about company merchandise as a thank you gift? It’s a great way market your brand at the same time too. Happy customers and better exposure, what more could you want for your small business?

Choosing a Printing Technique that Suits You

If you are a business, sports team or club looking for new uniforms it’s important to decide which printing techniques will look better for longer.

When choosing your uniforms one of the most important factors is to know the quantity of garments and the number of colours in your design because this will dictate the best method of producing your garments.

Here are some printing techniques you can choose from when purchasing clothing from Garment Printing:

Screen Printing

Garment Printing uses Screen Printing when printing onto light and dark coloured t shirts, clothing and textile materials. When printing onto dark coloured garments they always use an extra white layer, so make an extra screen, to enhance the quality of the finished print. Standard screens printed up to 35cm x 40cm (slightly bigger than A3). Jumbo screens can print up to A2 sized prints. If you need something bespoke, all you have to do is speak to one of the team.

Prices can start from as low as 15p per print for orders in excess of 10000 prints, but this depends on the quantities and sizes of the printed designs.

Digital Printing (DTG – ‘Direct To Garment’)

Unlike screen printing which has more expensive setup fees, Direct to Garment Printing is perfect for producing low volumes of personalised full-colour prints onto a wide range of clothing.

Garment Printing’s Direct to Garment Printing services can produce printed t-shirts within just a few hours of receiving your order, so you don’t have to wait weeks for them to arrive. Direct to Garment T-shirt Printing is perfect for fashion clothing, promotional clothing, stag nights, hen nights and sports teams. Prices start from as little as £2.99 per printed t-shirt.

Cad Cut Vinyl Cut Printing

Cad Cut Vinyl Printing is very similar to Transfer Printing, except it is only suitable for designs of 1 or 2 colours. The process involves cutting out your designs, logos, shapes, names or numbers from special vinyl material using specialist-cutting machines.

Cad Cut printing provides the ideal solution for those who want to produce individual names and numbers on their clothing. The process cuts out letters or numbers and then they are heat applied to the garment; simple logos can be produced. It enables 1 or 2 colour designs and logos to be printed very quickly and is a great option for names and numbers on promotional clothing and printed sports clothing.

Dye sublimation all over printing

Dye Sublimation allows for full colour, all-over apparel prints. Your chosen artwork is printed onto a sheet of high-release paper and transferred onto your apparel using heat and pressure. Heat converts the solid dye particles into a gas which is known as sublimation and bonds them to the polyester fibres.

Transfer Printing

The image is printed using a colour copier onto special paper and then heat applied to the garment. This option is Ideal for one off photographs and is also a great option for promotional clothing.

Whatever Printing techniques suit you, Garment Printing offers options to suit all tastes and requirements call 0844 588 9808 to order your new summer wear.