Athletic Jerseys

softball jerseys

The sporting season never ends here at Alpha. Because we do primarily fun and adult sporting leagues we find ourselves designing jerseys year round. Our process is meant to be quite client friendly. Oftentimes new clients tell me they never saw the finished product until it was in their hands. Here at Alpha we work a bit differently.

In this particular case for example the client called and wanted originally a button front jersey but had a limited budget. We gave three different options for pricepoint and included three art renderings including the split front. Upon review they decided this option met their needs and their budget. Result-happy client!

Dye Sublimated Jerseys

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This is one of my favorite decoration methods.  You can go high buck and have the material printed and then sewn into a jersey which is a great option for a totally custom look.  This option is quicker, less expensive and carries most of the impact the other does!  The process is pretty simple, a design is made and approved, shirts are ordered and printed and all of that in under 3 weeks!  This option is great for volleyball teams, softball and baseball, landscaping and lawn care companies.

These are super affordable and the shirts are uv 30 and moisture wicking!



Glitter T Shirts

Each season I am always amazed at how responsive the apparel and promotions industry is.  Whatever is hot and trending they will pick up on it and come up with something new!  Just got a new catalog from one of my wholesale vendors so thought I would feature some of the items I thought were cool from it. First up is Glitter T Shirts! They are a blend and the glitter is knit throughout the fabric.  They are a ladies fit vs a junior fit and come in grey, maui blue, black and a wildberry!

  • 3.2 oz., 95/5 cotton/lurex
  • Glitter knit throughout fabric
  • 1×1 rib collar

I can see these would be great for fun ladies wear, dance teams and any organization that wants to sparkle!

Church Promotional Products

Working with churches is one of my greatest joys as a Faith based business.  Oftentimes they are working on a budget and that is why promotional products are a perfect fit for them to spread the good news!

Pens are a great way to share a brand for a church.  They are convenient in the pews and a good affordable giveaway for special events or to kick off fall bible classes and small groups.  My favorite pen company offers many pens, plastic, metal and all usa made..

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Another good giveaway for small groups, awana and childs bible studies are water bottles.  There are many styles to choose from at many different price points and can be customized with your logo and message.





Of course print products like flyers, door hangers, business cards and posters are instrumental in sharing upcoming events.

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Custom T Shirts for ministry are also a great promotional product and can unify small groups, kids activities and annual festivals.

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Last but not least are book or supply bags, perfect for all bible studies and kids groups.

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Vendor Spotlight-Apparel Decoration

Oftentimes I am asked when meeting a client for the first time, what makes me different. While that is a loaded question here is the short answer on the apparel front.  Because I started in the business actually decorating garments (I still do some) I understand what looks good and what works.  We have all seen a decorated garment when it doesn’t look good and my goal is to always provide the best garment for the best price.  To that end I am pleased to partner with my wholesale decorator who also happens to be a local business, Shop Local!

What makes my partner different is they completely research the technology and invest in the right equipment and then train their staff properly to turn out some of the hottest garments in the industry!  A great example of their commitment to this is the digital printing technology.  As a small business I can buy basically a table top version to do this.  Their version however is bigger than my car and puts out a near perfect print every time.  There really is no comparison between the two in quality and life expectancy.

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From standard screenprinting to laser etching or dye sublimation, this partner makes it easy for me to fulfill every need.

Back to School Supplies

The School year is approaching fast, are you ready?  Now is a great time to stock up on items those kiddos need.  Sweatshirts for cooler weather, new t shirts to replace those summer well worn ones and of course backpacks and lunch bags.  We offer a nice selection of bags and apparel at If you have your own and just want them decorated with the child name, we can do that too!

What about mom and dad for fall?  An athletic sweatshirt or jacket that touts your child’s sport might be just the ticket!

Do you have on off to college?  We also do apparel for sororities, fraternities, dance clubs and much more!

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Volleyball Shirts

It’s that time of year when outdoor sports are prevelant.  Have you noticed many bar and grills now have volleyball courts, bocce ball and if you live in Minnesota bean bag throws.  That is all super fun but what really makes a team bond is decorated shirts 🙂

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Say Happy Fourth of July with Custom Printed Shirts!

Some cities do the fourth up right!  Hillman, MN happens to be one of them!  From a full parade to craft shows and local street vendors, this is as home town as it gets! DSCN1457   We went through several ideas for designs and landed on this one..Pretty fun fireworks and a nice vintage look!  These were a screenprinted shirt due to the quantity ordered but we could have done smaller quantities with a digital print.  Both super affordable to show your colors!



Extreme Sports Shirts!

I am having the pleasure of working with Rice Bull Riding.  They are for sure an extreme sport being a bull riding production company who operate many of the bull riding events in the state of mn!  I am looking forward to becoming a bull riding fan this summer!  What has been fun is their total commitment to brand their business.  From wristbands to can koozies, signs and banners to custom all over dye sublimated shirts, they are branded!  (forgive the pun!)

bracelets  Bracelet Art

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I have posted before on dye sub shirts but wanted to give you some visuals of how this process looked for Rice. We started with a shirt they had from a previous vendor that they liked in terms of fit and breathability.  They knew they wanted their logo of course and flames.  From there we doctored it up and gave them a few visuals to select from:


From there a sample shirt was run, some tweaks were made and viola!  The finished jersey

2013-06-07 12.56.142013-06-07 12.56.07 These are a spectacularly graphic way to express your brand and overall very low in cost for the return on investment.  Because they are a wicking poly they will last a long time.

Check them out on or on facebook.  Had to include one of the shirts in action, kudos to the photographer!

Photo: I want to thank Rice Bull Riding Co. and MT Bucking Bulls for their hospitality and congrats to all for a fun, standing room only event!!!
Hoping to have the rest of the photos on line tonight...I will post a link when they are ready.