Steps Involved In T-Shirt Manufacturing Process:

The following are the basic steps involved in the T-Shirt manufacturing process.

  1. Yarn Purchase
  2. Yarn Programming
  3. Fabric knitting
  4. Dyeing
  5. Washing
  6. Pattern Making
  7. Fabric Cutting
  8. Screen Development
  9. Printing
  10. Stitching
  11. Checking
  12. Ironing
  13. Packing

Yarn Purchase:

The first step involved in the t-shirt manufacturing process is Yarn purchasing. The yarn should be purchased very carefully. Semi-combed yarns usually produce holes in fabrics. Usually, yarn will be available in the required basic colors itself. If you purchase yarn in the same color, then you do not need to go for dying after knitting. The required yarn should be calculated and then purchased. Calculate the required yarn to be purchased.

Fabric Knitting:

After Yarn purchasing, it should go for fabric knitting. The yarns will be knitted to form the final clothing fabric. One may purchase the yarn and then knit it based on his/her requirement or purchase the knitted fabrics directly. Usually, most people go for direct fabric purchasing.


If the yarn is not dyed before, then the knitted fabric should be dyed for the client requirement. More than a hundred colors are available for dyeing. If you are looking to manufacture bulk quantity t-shirts for your clients, then you should opt for professionals. If you are a newbie and just wanna try dyeing, then look at this Wikihow Dye Cotton Yarn article.


Garment washing is done for the following primary reasons.

  1. To remove Pilings
  2. Softness
  3. Dimensional stability
  4. To create faded, tinted, old colors
  5. Dirt removal

Many types of garment washings are available. Some of them are:

  1. Normal Wash
  2. Bio-Wash
  3. Silicon wash
  4. Enzyme wash
  5. Stone/Heavy enzyme wash
  6. Rubber ball wash
  7. Hot wash
  8. Acid wash
  9. Pigment Dye
  10. Cold Dye
  11. Tie Dye
  12. Deep Dye

Pattern Making:

Pattern making is one of the important steps involved in the t-shirt manufacturing process. Before cutting the fabrics, the pattern should be developed for the requirement. The required sizes are:

  1. Chest Width
  2. Waist width
  3. Hip width (Bottom)
  4. HPS to bottom
  5. Sleeve length
  6. Sleeve open
  7. Sleeve Armhole
  8. Upper arm length
  9. Lower arm length
  10. Neck width
  11. Neck drop
  12. Back neck drop (Default: 2 cm)
  13. Shoulder drop (Default: 4 cm)
  14. Front Width 20 cm below HSP
  15. Back Width 20 cm below HSP
  16. Shoulder width

Fabric Cutting:

Once the pattern development is done, you can cut the fabrics using the pattern. A minimum allowance should be added to the pattern so that cloth shrinkage and the stitching can be managed later.

Screen Development/Printing:

If you have any prints to be developed on the t-shirts, then you should go for screen development. Once the screen film is ready, then printing can be done. There are a lot of different printing methods are available for t-shirt printing. Screen printing and digital printing are the basic ones.


Once the print is ready, then the fabric can go for stitching. The t-shirt beauty lies in the stitching hands. The lines and stitches should be made perfectly. The stitched clothes should be viewed under the inspection section and the further processes like ironing and packing can be done.

I think, this article gave you a brief idea of t-shirt manufacturing steps. If you are looking to start a t-shirt showroom in India or abroad, then you shall communicate with our expert teams. They will guide you through the entire process.

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