When unpacking a new shirt or hoodie with a direct-to-garment (DTG) print, you might notice a vinegar-like smell or an off-white residue. Don't worry, that's not unusual - it's from a fixation agent applied during the printing process and it's not permanent. Fixation agent (sometimes known as pre-treatment) is used for all DTG prints across the industry. It helps the ink bond with the fabric, and without it, the ink would flake off the garment. The solution is simply to wash the garment! Neither the residue nor the smell is permanent and both should go away after one wash.

Product care instruction:

1. Printed apparel (direct-to-garment)

Our manufacturers uses the latest direct-to-garment (DTG) printing technology to offer a wide variety of printable garments and design color options. They use high-quality inks that won't fade for a long time if taken care of properly. It is suggested to follow the care instructions on this page to learn how to take care of your printed garments properly.

Printed apparel can be machine-washed cold, inside-out on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent and like colors. Cropped hoodies especially must be machine washed warm, and preferably hung dry due to the raw hem. Use non-chlorine bleach only when necessary. You shouldn't use any fabric softeners or dry-clean the items.

DTG-printed apparel can be tumble-dried on a low cycle, but hang-dry works best. When it comes to ironing, use cool iron inside-out. Don't iron the print.

Follow these instructions carefully to avoid fading and cracking of the print, and shrinking the garment that can occur if you wash or dry it on a high setting.


2. Embroidered apparel

After washing, don't leave the clothing to soak or lie in a pile while wet. Don't wring out the embroidered items, but if you want to tumble-dry them, use a cool air setting (excluding denim t's and cropped hoodies). We highly suggest air drying to help the quality last longer.

If you notice any color residue in water, rinse the garment in lukewarm water and then in cold several times, but try not to rub any stained embroidery. Embroidered clothing can also be dry-cleaned.

If the garment needs ironing, do it inside-out, preferably between two pieces of cloth. You shouldn't wet embroidery before ironing or use a steam iron.

a. Gildan Sweatshirts & Hoodies & Bella+Canvas T-shirts

The Gildan sweatshirts and hoodies embroidered apparel can be machine-washed cold, inside-out on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent and like colors. You can use a small amount of chlorine bleach, but non-chlorine is the safer option.

b. Denim Shirts

The Denim shirts are made of combed cotton. Combed cotton is an extremely soft cotton because the cotton fibers are specially treated before they are spun into yarn. Combed cotton will shrink if it is exposed to heat. This means it should never be washed in hot water or dried in a hot dryer. Do not bleach or tumble dry, they must be air dried. Hand washing with delicate detergent is recommended in order to best prevent tearing of the combed cotton.

c. Cropped hoodies

Embroidered cropped hoodies must be machine washed warm, and preferably hung dry due to the raw hem.

d. Embroidered hats

Embroidered hats can be wiped clean with a damp cloth in the spots where it’s needed. If necessary, hats can be hand-washed cold. Don’t use brushes.

Hats can’t be machine-washed, bleached, tumble-dried, ironed, or dry-cleaned. Read the manufacturer label carefully for any other instructions.


3. Stainless Steel Water Bottle & Glass Mugs

Hand-wash only (dishwasher not recommended due to vacuum seal).


4. Ceramic Mugs

Dishwasher + Microwave Safe

Meet the TTInventory team

Our Mission

At Threads & Thistles Inventory, we are dedicated to revolutionizing the gaming community by fostering inclusivity and empowerment for those who don't often feel seen and heard in the world of gaming. As people who have encountered discrimination in gaming, we are committed to creating a space where every gamer feels valued and respected. Through our diverse range of products and unique designs, we aim to challenge stereotypes and redefine what it means to be a gamer.

Meet the owner

Alyssa Dykstra

Hi, I'm Alyssa, the founder and face of Threads & Thistles Inventory! My journey started when I began sharing my "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" designs years ago, and that passion has now turned into a full time job in content creation and owning this small business. I love blending cozy and chaotic elements, both in games and in life, which inspired me to create a store that celebrates all types of gamers. My mission is to help people both in and out of gaming feel seen and valued, encouraging everyone to embrace their unique gaming journey with confidence and style.

Meet the designer

Jimena Fernández

Jimena is my go-to designer whenever I need more of my complicated ideas to come to life, and she was one of my initial designers to help me with the first shop designs before I got my Ipad, like the "Leah's Feelings" design you see her wearing in the photo! She primarily does illustration and concept art, and she says she most enjoys character drawing for games. Jimena describes herself as a huge D&D nerd, and she even creates full designs for her D&D characters!

Meet the Designer


Diana is another designer and friend of mine I love working with- and I particularly love working with her for patterned designs! I call her the queen of patterns. She helped me with the Korok designs from the Zelda collection, which have now become some of the most popular designs in the store. Make sure to check out her portfolio and read more about Diana below!

Meet the Copywriter

Emily Stroup

Emily is the witty mastermind behind all of the product descriptions in Threads & Thistles Inventory. She says, "Since I've always loved playing video games, writing about them in a casual, accessible way has been incredibly fun and fulfilling!" Like the rest of the TTI team, she is a strong feminist and an avid gamer, as well as one of my closest friends. Her two favorite games are the Dragon Age games and Detroit Become Human. She's also the reason Skyrim is now one of my all time favorite games! Emily would describe her aesthetic as "grandma academia", which is expressed both in her fashion style and social media- even on her Animal Crossing island!

Meet the photographer

Meeses Gaming

Emily contributes significantly to both our store's accessories collection, and to the world of gaming as a whole through her content! She aims to sheds light on women's experiences in gaming. Plus, she's hilarious. Be sure to check out her page!

Meet the finance b*tch


Roli is my best friend who helps Thomas with back-end work! Roli is very interested in math and has been extremely helpful when it comes to handling finances, helping me test products, and occasionally being my lil' model 😉