Step Up Your Game with Custom Embroidered Products

Step Up Your Game with Custom Embroidered Products

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. What is Print on Demand?
  3. Benefits of Embroidered Designs
  4. Getting Started with Printful
  5. Creating a Product Template
  6. Designing for Embroidery
  7. Uploading and Editing Designs
  8. Selecting Colors and Thread Options
  9. Finalizing Your Embroidered Product
  10. Adding the Product to Your Online Store
  11. Selling Embroidered Designs with Printful
  12. Conclusion


Are you tired of offering the same old standard ink printed designs for your print on demand products? If so, it's time to step up your game and start offering custom embroidered products. Embroidery can add a unique touch to your designs and give your products a premium look. In this tutorial, we will show you how to easily create embroidered designs for t-shirts, jackets, hats, and other print on demand products using Printful. Whether you sell on Shopify, Etsy, eBay, or other ecommerce platforms, Printful makes it easy to integrate and start selling your custom embroidered products. So, let's get started and learn how you can add embroidered products to your online store.

What is Print on Demand?


Print on demand is a business model where you partner with a fulfillment company to create and sell custom products. Instead of stocking inventory, you simply connect your online store to the fulfillment company's platform. When a customer places an order, the fulfillment company receives the order, prints the design on the selected product, and ships it directly to the customer. This eliminates the need for you to invest in inventory or worry about fulfillment and shipping logistics. Print on demand allows you to focus on designing and marketing your products while leaving the production and logistics to the experts.

Benefits of Embroidered Designs


Embroidered designs offer several advantages over traditional ink printed designs. Here are some key benefits:

  1. Premium Look: Embroidery adds a sophisticated and high-quality touch to your products, making them stand out from the competition.

  2. Durability: Embroidered designs are highly durable and can withstand regular wear and washing without fading or cracking.

  3. Textured Finish: The raised threads of embroidery give your designs a unique texture that cannot be achieved with traditional printing methods.

  4. Multicolored Designs: Embroidery allows you to create intricate multicolored designs with ease, offering more versatility and creativity.

  5. Perceived Value: Customers often associate embroidered products with higher value, making them willing to pay a premium price.

By incorporating embroidery into your print on demand products, you can attract new customers, increase sales, and differentiate yourself from other sellers in the market.

Getting Started with Printful


Before you can create embroidered products with Printful, you need to create a free account and integrate it with your online store. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Go to the Printful website and sign up for a free account.
  2. Once you've signed up, log in to your Printful account.
  3. Connect Printful to your preferred ecommerce platform, such as Shopify, Etsy, or eBay.
  4. Set up your online store and add Printful as your fulfillment partner.

Once you have successfully integrated Printful with your online store, you can start creating embroidered products and adding them to your product listings.

Creating a Product Template


To create an embroidered product with Printful, you need to start by creating a product template. Product templates allow you to easily add your designs to multiple stores and marketplaces without having to recreate them for each listing. Follow these steps to create a product template:

  1. Log in to your Printful account and go to the dashboard.
  2. From the left-hand menu, click on the "Product Templates" tab.
  3. Click on the "Create More Product Templates" button to open a new window.
  4. Explore the various product categories and select the product type you want to create. Printful offers a wide range of options, including clothing, accessories, home decor, and more.
  5. Choose the specific product style and variant you want to create, such as a women's t-shirt or a men's hoodie.
  6. Customize the product by selecting available colors, sizes, and other options.
  7. Add a title and save the product template.

Once your product template is created, you can easily add it to your online store and start selling your embroidered products.

Designing for Embroidery


Designing for embroidery requires some specific considerations compared to traditional ink printing methods. Follow these tips to create designs that work well with embroidery:

  1. Use Large Text and Lines: Embroidered text and lines should be large enough to be easily readable. Avoid using small and intricate details that may not be clearly visible after embroidery.

  2. Use Thick Lines: Thin lines may not translate well into embroidery. Opt for thicker lines to ensure they are properly stitched.

  3. Avoid Distressed or Textured Graphics: Embroidery works best with clean and solid graphics. Avoid using distressed or textured designs, as they may lose details during the embroidery process.

  4. Fill Negative Spaces: Negative spaces in your design can cause issues with embroidery. Fill them in with another color to avoid any problems.

  5. Avoid Gradients: Gradients are not suitable for embroidery, as they require transitioning between different thread colors. Use solid colors instead.

  6. Transparent Backgrounds: Instead of using solid background colors, use transparent backgrounds to optimize stitch count and avoid exceeding the limit.

  7. Avoid Using Photographic Images: Embroidery cannot replicate photographic images realistically. If you want to use photographic elements, recreate them using solid colors and shapes.

  8. Consider Special Embroidery Options: Printful offers various embroidery types, such as 3D puff. Make sure your designs meet the requirements for these options.

By following these guidelines, you can create designs that are optimized for embroidery and ensure the best possible outcome for your embroidered products.

Uploading and Editing Designs


Once you have your design ready, it's time to upload it to your product template. Follow these steps to upload and edit your designs on Printful:

  1. Go to the product template you created earlier.
  2. Click on the "Choose File" button under the "Next Step" section to upload your design file from your computer.
  3. Alternatively, you can click directly on the print area in the template to open your store's file library and choose a design from there.
  4. If you're uploading a new design, click on the "Upload" button in the file library and select the desired design file.
  5. Once your design is uploaded, it will appear in the recently used file section. Hover over the image and click on the "Select" button to add it to your product template.

After uploading your design, you can proceed to the embroidery edit page, where you can further customize the embroidery type, thread colors, size, and orientation of your design.

Selecting Colors and Thread Options


When designing an embroidered product, selecting the right colors and thread options is crucial. Printful offers a range of thread colors and embroidery types to choose from. Follow these steps to select your colors and thread options:

  1. On the embroidery edit page, select your desired embroidery type from the available options. The available types depend on the product you are creating.
  2. Choose the thread colors for your design. You can select a maximum of six colors. If a specific color is not available, Printful will automatically switch it to the closest available option.
  3. If needed, adjust the size, orientation, and position of your design using the tabs provided. Ensure that your design fits within the constraints of the embroidery area.

By carefully selecting the right thread colors and embroidery type, you can bring your design to life and create a visually appealing embroidered product.

Finalizing Your Embroidered Product


After editing your design and selecting the desired colors and thread options, it's time to finalize your embroidered product. Follow these steps to complete the process:

  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the template mock-up to see how your design looks on each color of the product. Remove any colors that don't complement your design.
  2. Click on the "Continue" button at the bottom left to proceed.
  3. Enter a title for your product and specify the available sizes.
  4. Save the product template by clicking on the "Save Product Template" button.

Once your product template is saved, you can add it to your online store and start selling your custom embroidered products.

Adding the Product to Your Online Store


Integrating your product template with your online store is easy. Follow these steps to add your embroidered product to your store:

  1. Go to your product template in Printful.
  2. Click on the "Add to Store" button.
  3. Select the store you want to add your product to from the available options.
  4. Follow the provided steps to complete the process.

If you have multiple stores connected to Printful, you can add the same product to each store using the same method. Make sure to follow the instructions provided to ensure a smooth integration.

Selling Embroidered Designs with Printful


Once your embroidered product is added to your online store, customers can visit your product listing page and make a purchase. By offering unique and custom embroidered products, you can attract new customers and set yourself apart from the competition. Printful takes care of the production, fulfillment, and shipping processes, allowing you to focus on marketing your products and growing your business.

With over 80 embroidered products to choose from, Printful offers a wide range of options to stock up your ecommerce store. From custom shirts and beanies to jackets and more, you can create a diverse product selection that appeals to your target audience.

So why wait? Start selling your custom embroidered designs with Printful and take your print on demand business to the next level.


Embroidery presents a fantastic opportunity to add a unique touch to your print on demand products. By partnering with Printful, you can easily create and sell custom embroidered designs on various ecommerce platforms. The step-by-step process outlined in this tutorial will guide you through creating product templates, designing for embroidery, uploading your designs, selecting colors and thread options, and adding the products to your online store.

Embrace the benefits of embroidered products and elevate the look and feel of your print on demand business. Stand out from the competition, offer something different to your customers, and watch your sales soar. Start creating your embroidered products with Printful today.