I am wanting to get a design printed on cotton laminate. Is it possible to get non-pantone colours printed? Everyone I've spoken to so far says yes but then says maybe not. I can't get a straight answer. You help would be much appreciated!
If you choose another colour system
You'll have to speak to your printer about which colours they accept. They may even match to a physical object, paint sample or something else. It's worth noting that in a situation like that, they're probably just going to pull out a Pantone book and match as closely as they can to your sample.
If you choose to use a Pantone colour
Most screen printers will match as closely as possible to a Pantone spot colour if you give them a PMS number. Your printer will be able to give you the best advice though. Please also note that there's quite a few different Pantone colour sets with different uses and intentions.
One of the most common Pantone systems is Pantone Solid Coated & Solid Uncoated systems.
Please also note that different printing methods yield different results. You really will have to talk to whoever's handling the print job for you. If you have a PMS swatch or book with the tear-off blocks, it can be a great idea to show the printer, just to make absolutely sure they match things as well as possible.
Printers can print in any color they want. Pantone is merely one particular (and nearly universal) standard for picking said colors. If you pick a PMS color, every printer on the planet will know which color you are talking about.
But they can certainly print in any color you want--but the catch will be how are they going to match the color you want? For a small-ish print job, your best bet would be to show up for a press check. Have them mix the inks with you so you can adjust as desired.