One artistically rewarding task new bands face is designing T-shirts. But with all of the options online and the abundance of printing companies in many cities, picking a printer can be a stressful decision. A simple place to start is estimating your audience's willingness to buy and wear your shirts. For example, if you're in a metal or hardcore band, and you often peer from stage at a sea of band shirts, then you have potential consumers. An indie, garage, or folk group with an audience filled with cowboy shirts and flannel might face a harder sell outside of their core audience. Having shirts made would be no less rewarding for the latter, but perhaps those groups should consider ordering or making just a few shirts, freeing up money for recording or transportation. Once you've assessed your needs and double-checked how much you can spend, consider these three cost-effective routes for adding new threads to your merch repertoire.