I Need Your Input!

As you know, my mom and I have our online Etsy shop where we make pillows, bags, and more. Well, we’re looking to expand and create something for runners which I think is cool. But I need to gauge if I’m the only one who thinks it’s cool/useful – so I need your input on this idea we are working on.

We want to make lightweight, square pieces (made from Dri-Fit material) that you can customize with your name or quote.

You know how before a marathon you write your name on your shirt? Or something on the back? I love doing that because then everyone yells my name and it gives me a boost. But there are 2 main issues here:

  • If you write on your shirt or use iron on letters, you can’t wear that shirt again. Unless you rip the letters off, but don’t you want to save your marathon shirt? :)
  • If you use tape, it looks fine…but it could look way cooler if you used actual letters.

That’s where our idea came from. What if we created something you pin on your shirt. You can customize it however you want (letters, background, letter cut-outs, images), and it won’t ruin your shirt. Then, you can also re-use them on shirts for future races as well.

Another great thing about being able to customize it is that if you’re running a race for someone or a cause, you can add in an image (such as a family photo or the charity logo) and add in whatever text you want. We have a special process we will be using that makes this possible, and have already teamed up with a manufacturer.

Along with being able to customize, we’ll also have pre-made options in case you don’t know what to make ;)

Here are a few examples I came up with that I may use for the Philly Half coming up:





I loved wearing a quote on my back for both my NYC Marathons…I got lots of comments! My first shirt I wrote “Is this the way to Central Park?” and the second was “Why is everybody following me?” Gotta love the corniness of race shirts and signs ;)

Anyway, if you could please leave me feedback in the comments I would really appreciate it!! Could you answer these 2 questions:

Would you pin something on your shirt as opposed to writing it on?

Do you like the idea of customizing something to wear on your shirt for races, whether it’s 5K, half, marathon, triathlon etc.

Thank you!!


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  1. I like the 2nd one and the last 1. I do like the half crazy one, but because is misspelled if you use that one (unless it’s supposed to be because you’re crazy for doing a half LOL)
    Heather (Where’s the Beach) recently posted…First 20-Mile RunMy Profile

  2. I have definitely wanted to put my name on a shirt, but never wanted to ruin a shirt so to me this is a great idea. I am not always the best at visualizing, so seeing you in a shirt with it would help when I was ready to buy.

    Would it stay on with double sided fabric tape? Or come off when we sweat? That would be a cool option.
    Amanda – RunToThefinish recently posted…How to get kids interested in runningMy Profile

    • Thanks for your feedback Amanda! We are making some for ourselves for Philly to see how the final product – so I will be posting pictures once the order comes in.

  3. That quote is my running mantra! I would love to have more personalized shirts for races. I am a visual person. So unless I see it I can’t picture it. It sounds great though…I think I would just hate if it ruined a shirt.
    Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner recently posted…Two Year Wedding Anniversary!My Profile

    • I am making some for my mom and I for our Philly half, so I will definitely post pictures so you can see what they look like!

  4. I’d definitely have to see what it looked like on a shirt. I think its a good idea but if it just looks like a piece of cloth pinned to a shirt I’m not sure I would spend the money.

  5. Interesting idea! I bought Waashi tape to form my name, but was afraid I would ruin my singlet. Looking fwd to seeing your prototype when you run Philly.
    Jennifer recently posted…NYC Marathon-Numbers and Lessons LearnedMy Profile


  1. […] us for probably a minute total Oh and here are the shirts we wore. I had talked about these in a previous post, and some of you wanted to see what the final product would look like. We used double sided velcro […]

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