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What Exactly IS Ringspun Cotton?

That is a great question and one that I actually had to research when looking into which t-shirts were best for our customers before offering them here at CREATETEES.  High quality and a soft feel have always been at the forefront of what we believe are the beginnings of a great graphic t-shirt!  So we did some digging into the difference between regular cotton and ringspun cotton; so before you select which shirt type is best for you or your group be sure to read up on all of the facts!

Below is an article I found on breaking down the key differences:


Many people wonder what the difference is between regular and ring-spun cotton. In a nutshell, ring-spun cotton is nicer and feels softer. But why is that?

The processes for creating regular cotton and ring-spun cotton are totally different. Regular cotton is made from soft vegetable fibers that are twisted together to make yarn, which is then woven to make material. Most of the industry standard t-shirts, such as Gildan, Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, and other major mills, provide regular cotton t-shirts. Regular cotton is less expensive to make, which means it’s a big seller.

Ring-spun cotton, on the other hand, is completely different. Ring-spun yarn is made by twisting and thinning the cotton strands to make a very fine, strong, soft rope of cotton fibers. Ring-spun cotton t-shirts are more durable and last longer than their regular counterparts, but will also be more expensive, too.

If you’re curious, though, you can probably tell the difference between the two by picking them up. Ring spun cotton feels heavier to the touch than regular cotton, even though it isn’t.

So which is better: ring spun or regular cotton? It’s hard to say. For a softer, more durable t-shirt, go with ring-spun. For cheaper t-shirts that you can wear over and over again regular cotton may be best for you. 

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