If you have a shirt featuring custom embroidery, such as a stitched patch, a bit of extra care is required when washing and drying them. Even if they're made out of a high-quality fabric, such as 100 percent cotton, the stitching may be delicate and susceptible to damage. 

You can purchase custom embroidered shirts for almost any special occasion or event. For instance, you may want to have shirts made to commemorate a specific day, such as a family reunion, or to celebrate a special event or holiday. As one idea, have shirts embroidered for your bridal party so that everyone has matching lounge wear as they're getting ready on the big day. Have either a local or online embroidery shop personalize t-shirts with the bridal party members' names, along with the date. 

As another festive idea, you can also have shirts customized for children's birthday parties. Use the celebration theme, such as princesses or zoo animals, as design inspiration. The shirts will make thoughtful party favors that the young guests can use after the party ends. 

When it comes to personalized birthday and holiday gifts, you can't go wrong with customized t-shirts featuring the recipients' first names or monograms. Embroidery ranges in font style and size, as well as color.

To ensure that your embroidered apparel looks it's best for as long as possible, here are some care tips:

1. Prior to washing the shirt, turn the garment inside-out so that the embroidered stitching or patch doesn't get caught on washing machine parts or other items. Try to avoid washing the shirt with any other garments that feature metal hardware, such as grommets or zippers.

2. Wash the shirt in cold water to avoid shrinkage and any bleeding. This is especially important if the embroidery stitching features any bright colors that may run during the washing process. Avoid washing any light-colored customized shirts with dark ones.

3. Set your washing machine on it's "gentle" cycles and use a mild detergent. Don't use any bleach in the load, as it can damage the stitching. If you use a stain remover product, avoid getting it on the embroidered portion.

4. When it comes to drying the stitched garment, use your dryer's lowest heat setting, or allow the shirt to air-dry. Avoid drying the shirt in high heat, which can cause the embroidery or patch to pucker. If this happens, you'll have to use an iron or steamer to make the area lie flat again.