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Custom Ink’s Custom Gear for Teachers & Faculty Guide

Posted By Kate Degen

Being a teacher isn’t just about lesson plans and grading–it’s about inspiring your students and rallying together to show school pride. What’s a better way to do that than with custom t-shirts and personalized gear? Custom Ink offers so many great products to customize using your school colors, mascot, or very own classroom slogan. Whether you want to unite your classroom or the entire school, customized apparel is sure to do the trick. Below are our top picks and tricks for custom gear for teachers & faculty.

Show your pride in classic t-shirts


Not sure where to begin? A t-shirt, for sure! A t-shirt is a timeless piece of swag that you’ll wear for years to come. It’s also perfect for casual Fridays or to wear to your after school event or sports game. We can see you wearing these while chaperoning prom or a school trip! If you have a school logo or mascot, you can upload it right into our Design Lab and make it just right for your t-shirt design. You can even upload photos to your shirts if you want to show off your classroom or teacher’s group. We’d customize the Champion Premium Fashion Classics T‑shirt. It’s a premium tee with super soft cotton and is a brand you know and love. The fashion classic tee comes in a bunch of colors and in women’s sizes so it’s perfect for your staff of any shape and size.

Customize something the whole school can wear


In charge of creating a look your teachers, staff, and even students and parents can wear? Then keep it simple and customize something that works for everyone! Whether it’s your school name and logo in an understated design on the chest of a tee, or going for a spirited look on a sporty shirt, creating something timeless can work in so many ways. Give away the t-shirts at your pep rally, or start a school fundraiser. For groups, we love the Hanes Nano-T, it’s our 2019 group tee of the year for a reason–it comes in men’s, women’s, plus, and youth sizes, so everyone in your school can get a tee that fits them just right.

Make use of your school colors & mascot


The best way to show your school pride? Your colors and mascot! We have shirts in so many colors it’ll be easy to find one to match yours. If you have two colors, use one as your shirt color and the other as your text and ink color. Just upload your logo or mascot into the lab and you can add text in tons of fonts, your school letters, and more. Don’t have a mascot logo handy? Check out our mascot templates or art in the lab to find one that works for you. We have tons to offer from bobcats to vikings. For spirit wear, we’re really into the Gildan Varsity T-shirt. The contrast stripes on the sleeves give us all the varsity vibes and we could see it stealing the show at your next school event.

Layer with zip ups


Add some depth to your custom apparel with layering pieces. Try a classic quarter zip-up, like the Sport Tek TriBlend Quarter Zip—you’ll look great like these Global Studies teachers! Looking for something super trendy? We’re loving the Charles River Quad Pullover? It screams collegiate style with its rugby stripe, and premium elements like the leather zipper pull make it a step above the rest. Another great option is the Devon & Jones Women’s Full Zip Sweater Fleece Jacket. Sweater fleece is all the rage and your staff will be so stoked to scoop one of these up. Teachers can keep them at their desk for chilly days and they’re also great for bringing outside for recess. These layering pieces would be prime items to customize as a gift for your staff!

Mix fun & function with lanyards


When you think of teacher swag what’s the first thing you think of? Ok, probably coffee–you guys work hard! But after a coffee mug, a lanyard for sure. And if you’re gonna wear a lanyard all day everyday, at least make it spirited! You can customize our Breakaway Lanyard for wearing your employee badge or keys. It breaks away at the back of the neck and has a detachable plastic clip with a metal swivel hook to make it super easy to use. It comes in so many vibrant colors to show off your spirit (we love the lime green!). You can customize the entire length of one side, so there’s plenty of room for your school name, and even adding art to the ends.

Add a pop with hats


An accessory that often gets overlooked is a hat. Sure, most of the time you don’t wear hats during the school day, but they’re perfect for school events, supporting your team, or for field days and outdoor activities. A hat is another great item to sell as a fundraiser or to use as a giveaway, and we’d choose the Adidas Core Relaxed Baseball Hat. Not only is it a trusted brand, but it’s a snazzy backdrop for your school logo. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, we have bucket hats and beanies to choose from! Or, if you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate spirit week, grab your school tees and pair with your funkiest hat!

Polish your look with embroidered polos


Looking for a uniform of sorts? Polos are the way to go. If you want something nice to wear some days, or even want to customize a set of polos in a bunch of different colors for your staff, a polished look is always in style. If you want a classic cotton polo, the Gildan Double Pique Polo is the choice for you. For something with a unique look, check out the Nike Golf Dri‑FIT Women’s Crosshatch Performance Polo. The allover crosshatch print gives it depth and the Dri-FIT fabric makes it breathable and comfy. We love the Nike branding on the sleeve so that it lets your logo on the front shine. Matching polos would be cute for your staff for the first day of school, or as a gift for teacher appreciation week.

Accessorize your classroom


Who doesn’t love back to school shopping for notebooks, pens, and desk accessories? We sure do! But you can make it even more exciting by customizing all of your classroom gear. Customize notebooks for your class or school to give out to new students–you can even make your own pens to go with them! We also have sticker rolls you can personalize for your classrooms to kick off the new year, or to use for grading assignments.

Feeling inspired to customize your own gear for the school year? Head into our Design Lab to get started. Or if you want one of the products from this post, click on the link above, choose your color, and head into the lab to get started. What are you going to create for your school? Tell us all about it in the comments below. We can’t wait to see all the great designs you come up with!


Kate wants her work to impact the little but important moments in people’s lives—like birthdays, anniversaries, and family celebrations. She loves coming up with witty copy that might inspire someone to create an awesome t-shirt!

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