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The Lowdown on Screen Printed Tea Towels

Mar 09, 2018

Move over tote bag, screen printed tea towels are the latest trend in custom textile merchandising. A custom screen printed tea towel is a statement piece that can be both functional in the kitchen and looks great pinned up like a work of art! Brands, artists, schools and everyone in between are turning to this kitchen staple as a unique opportunity to extend their brand or product line.

What are they made of?

We use 100% cotton tea towels, available in Bleached (White) and Unbleached (Natural).

The 720mm by 510mm tea towels have a maximum print area 600mm x 400mm, perfect for drying the dishes and plenty of space for your custom artwork. We print using water-based inks to maintain the cotton's soft absorbent finish.


Tea Towels For Spongedrop Cakery, Mount Maunganui. 

Do Tea towels suit my business or charity?

The rise in popularity of custom screen printed tea towels isn't surprising. With the large printable area, the design can be shown off by being pegged to a line or suspended on a wall similar to a canvas. Most New Zealand design brands are well on the dish-drying trend, selling tea towels for up to $40. 


Would you like to grow your brand exposure or just increase sales? Custom tea towels are an easy gift idea and it only takes drying up some dishes at a dinner party for someone to notice your eye-catching design. These towels are flying out the door at galleries and homeware stores because of the opportunity to buy a printed design for a lot less than an art print. Light and hard wearing, this product is a staple for any home.

Fundraising for schools and charities:

Screen printed tea towels are perfect for an affordable fundraiser. A popular idea for schools is to get each pupil to draw a self-portrait, which is then collated into a screen printable design for a tea towel. These are well sought after by friends and family as a special object that serves its use in the home. 

Marketing and promotion:

Are you launching a new promotion? Printing a custom tea towel can support your marketing strategy by being used as a quality giveaway that your customers will love. A custom tea towel can also be a way of saying thank you to loyal clients and customers by giving them a quality product that they will use. 

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How much will it cost?

For a minimum of run 50 units prices start at $5.90 for a one colour print or $7.90 for a two colour print + $60 per colour setup. Discounts available for bigger orders. All prices exclude GST. Typically it takes 10-15 working days from the receipt to the final artwork.


I'm interested, what now?

Email us at hello@theprint_room.co.nz or phone 03 425 9694 and we will help you get started either printing your own design or we can help you create a new custom design.


What other products do you supply?

The Print Room is New Zealand's most loved screen printers and source and print apparel and textiles for business all around New Zealand. We offer a full range of high-quality screen printing options, from using the best plastisol inks for long-lasting vibrant colours, custom digital prints, embroidery, vinyl transfers and soft to touch water-based inks.



Written by Jon Thom
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