4 Ways to Number Uniforms

The spring sport season is coming up fast and it’s a perfect time for you to break into the sports market. You don’t need to be a seasoned pro to decorate team uniforms! Heat printing provides the ultimate quick and easy solution to number uniforms, whether you’re tackling 10 or 10,000.

Advantages of Heat Press Numbers

Screen printing numbers can be a lot of work. You have to burn individual screens for each number, and even if you’re doing a huge number of uniforms, it’s still a complicated process. A high level of technical expertise is required to successfully screen print numbers—even with equipment designed specifically for athletic numbering. The beauty of heat press transfer numbers is that you can create a single jersey, with a single number, in just seconds. This makes heat printing ideal for last minute orders or replacement jerseys.

Top 4 Ways to Number Uniforms

Teams are usually made up of about 15 players, who each need individual player numbers. Here are the top four most popular heat transfer number solutions:


You can buy a wide selection of pre-cut heat press transfer numbers and heat press transfer letters in packs, convenient kits, or team sets for a lower cost, which allows you to lay out the names and numbers yourself. Adding names and numbers is easy – just arrange on your garment and heat apply. Layout guides and templates are available for proper alignment. Numbers are available in the most popular styles and sizes, in both one and two-color styles.

🔥Pro Tip: Thermo-FILM® is the world’s most popular athletic numbering material, offering excellent opacity, washability, and durability. When applied properly, this HTV won’t peel, chip, or flake off—ever!


Pre-spaced numbers allow you to number uniforms easily, without having to align each individual digit! Plus, you can use pre-spaced text to add player names to uniforms or use Player Perfect transfers to add names and numbers at the same time!


If you have a vinyl cutter and a heat press, you can use cuttable heat transfer vinyl designed for use on garments. Cutting your own player names is very cost effective and can be done for around .30 cents per name, depending on the size of the lettering. To save time and money, you may choose to combine cutting player names with pre-cut numbers.

🔥Pro Tip: If decorating sublimated jerseys, use CAD-CUT® Silicone Dye Block to prevent dye migration.


For a look that is indistinguishable from direct screen printing, try screen printed transfer numbers. They are available in the most popular athletic styles, sizes, and colors. A huge advantage transfer numbers have over pre-cuts is the ease of two-color application.

Learn All About Decorating Uniforms

Register for our upcoming webinar on March 19th at 2pm ETSpring Sports Inspiration!

In this webinar, you’ll learn: 

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What to Use When—choose the best product for uniforms and spirit wear
  • Count Me In-All about numbers including style and size choices
  • Take a look at the new Team Builder​​​​​​​
  • ​​​​​​​Embroidery looks without the work 

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