Custom hoodie manufacturer’s advice
Your choice of ideal fabrics and fabric knit structure will depend on what purpose your hoodies will serve. Exercise-oriented and lounge-oriented pieces will have different demands. Read through and find out what we think is the best choice.
Best hoodie fabrics for exercise
This type of clothing works best when you make it from synthetic materials, namely polyester. It’s not an entirely sustainable option, but at least you can request your manufacturers to use recycled polyester fabrics.
Because mobility is critical for exercise clothing, four-way stretch material with elastane is a perfect choice. We manufacture fabrics like that at our knitting mill. It’s a heavy (320 gsm*) 92% polyester 8% elastane blend.
*GSM is an abbreviation for gram per square meter and it is an industry standard for weighing fabrics.
And for those allergic to polyester, the dual fabric is the answer. With it, a thin layer of cotton is added to the contact surface, while the outer one is still polyester.
To improve the sustainability of your polyester hoodies, you can avoid dyed and/or bleached fabrics entirely. Instead, we can dye-sublimate the material for your hoodies. That is a much more sustainable process than bleaching and dyeing. Learn more about it on the sublimation clothing page.
Additionally, companies like PlanetCare can help you and your customers keep microplastics away from our precious waters. PlanetCare makes microplastic filters that you place between your washing machine and the drain pipe. It prevents 90% of microplastics from exiting your washer.
Best casual wear hoodie fabrics
The good thing about casual wear and streetwear is that their sustainability and garment design are more important than their performance.
That’s why we strongly advise you to go for 100% organic cotton.
As for the knit structure, some additional comfort would come with double knit and interlock. Interlock is especially interesting because it is more resistant to post-washing shrinkage.
Benefits of FUSH˚ as your custom hoodie manufacturers
We invest heavily in sustainable technologies and modern machinery. This spring/summer, we’ll become 100% energy independent because we’ll switch to solar. Also, we use a wastewater treatment plant to ensure the water that leaves our factory is harmless to nature.
We always look to buy the best possible machines. The two we would like to highlight here are Spanish Canmartex circular knitting machines and Orox iCut, the newest automatic fabric-cutting machine from this Italian giant. Because of these machines, we can make and cut a lot of different fabrics.
Full customization of hoodies
You can get anything from customized patterns, a wide variety of stitches to an extensive choice of printing and embroidering options:
- Screen printing (water-based, discharge, high density, silicone emboss)
- Heat transfer (regular and reflective transfer)
- Foil stamping (with or without glitter)
- Digital printing
- 3D (also known as raised or puffed)
- Rising thread
Sustainable hoodies made by sustainable manufacturers
We’re both environment-focused and employee-focused when it comes to sustainability. This means that:
- We will make your hoodies from recycled or organic materials using as little water as possible.
- People making your clothes earn more than the national minimum wage and don’t have to work overtime to achieve that salary. Also, whenever they do work overtime, they’re paid premium rates.
- Both of our factories are in Serbia so the distribution of your orders will have significantly lower CO2 emissions if you’re from Europe.
Learn more on the topic: FUSH˚ sustainability
To take an in-depth view of our factory in Oraovica, go on this virtual tour.
Also, from our recent experience, many established and growing brands that contacted us, often asked for custom t-shirts in addition to custom hoodies, so feel free to follow suit.
Serbia has a free-trade agreement with the EU and UK
That means importing goods from Serbia will cost as much as importing them from the EU. The only fee you would pay is the fixed customs clearance fee, which’s always around 100€, regardless of the volume of your order.
And if you’re from the UK, you’ll be happy to learn that the situation has become the same as in the EU since 20 May 2021.
With all this info behind you, there’s nothing left to do but to send us an enquiry about our potential cooperation.
How expensive is it to make a hoodie?
How much your clothing manufacturer will charge you for the production of hoodies depends on:
- The quantity you order
- Fabric composition
- The weight of the fabric
- Whether you require embroidery
- Whether you’ll need printing
Find the FUSH˚ pricing in the table below (relevant in February 2024):
|70% cotton, 30% polyester
|Small embroidery or screen print (maximum two colours)
|100% organic cotton
|Small embroidery or screen print (maximum two colours)
What is the best way to print on hoodies?
Your choice of fabric will determine the best way to print on hoodies.
If you decide to use cotton, even in a poly-cotton blend, where you’d have less than 50% of the natural fibre, you’d have to use screen printing or direct-to-fabric printing (DTF). This is because screen printing and DTF are the only printing methods that ensure that the print will withstand multiple washes.
If you decide to use polyester, then the best way to print on hoodies would be dye sublimation. This is because polyester fibres absorb dye sublimation ink on a molecular level and only long periods of time in direct sunlight may result in faded colours. Also, it’s about the only sustainable thing you can do when you’ve already decided to use the worst fibre on the planet – a synthetic one.
What is the best quality material for hoodies?
The best quality material for hoodies would depend on your preference.
Most commonly, it’s heavy organic cotton polar fleece (380 grams per square meter or more). If you want an even more sustainable version, you could go for organic linen or Tencel. These materials would also work for you if you’re not a big fan of fleece because they usually come as french terry knits.
FUSH˚ still only provides organic cotton material for hoodies.