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Embroidery style guide: selling hats on demand with Teespring

Teespring offers several high-quality hat product options for sellers including trucker hats, snapback hats, dad hats, and beanies. Hat designs are embroidered and each item is made to order. You can customize your hat selection with unique designs featuring up to six colors. 

Once you’ve unlocked hats you’ll see them in the Teespring Launcher. Learn more about how to unlock our specialty products here. Please note there are no upfront inventory costs, however, hats do incur a one-time, $5 digitizing fee per design. Each hat design must be digitized before a listing is created. The digitizing fee is only charged once and is deducted from a seller’s account when the new hat listing is created. Please note beanies require a separate $5 digitizing fee because they require a different design file than the caps. 

Keep in mind you will need to create your own hat designs using software like Adobe Illustrator (vectorized .eps file format). Designs submitted that do not meet design file requirements will be rejected. Download the hat design template to ensure your design is formatted correctly and features available thread color options. 


Why do files need to be digitized?

Embroidery digitizing is the process of converting a design file into a stitch file. Once digitized an embroidery machine is able to sew the design onto a hat. To sell hats with Teespring you only need to digitize your design file once. This one-time, $5 digitizing fee is deducted from a seller’s account when a new hat or beanie listing is created. Please note beanies require a separate $5 digitizing fee because beanie designs must be formatted differently to be embroidered onto knitted fabric.


Hat design do’s and don’ts

Hat designs are bit more complex than other garments; this is because designs are stitched (not printed). For this reason, it’s important to understand what designs work and don’t work. 


Design line thickness can’t be smaller than 4pt; any fonts/texts used should be at least 18pts. Please make sure all the elements in your design are no smaller than 1/8″.



Go for simple designs, avoid using too much design detail.



Negative space between elements needs to be at least 5mm.



Avoid using gradient design effects.



Avoid using uneven prints.



Avoid including thin/small design elements.


48 responses to “Embroidery style guide: selling hats on demand with Teespring

  1. Igor Drofenik says:


  2. Vincent says:

    This will be great

  3. Mamun ahmed dipu says:

    Wow i love this

  4. Gareth Wiper says:

    I would love to design hats but it don’t come up In my suggested but it’s all good

    1. Erica Bickel says:

      Hey Gareth, thanks for being patient! We’re granting access to users little by little for this product.

      1. William says:

        Great product, for the content that I produce in my Youtube Channel would be perfect. I am waiting for the release of this item to my account. Thanks Team teespring

  5. achraf ouzzaouit says:

    i want this work

  6. Raul says:

    hello, I would like to sell hats but the item doesn´t appear, could you help me

    1. Erica Bickel says:

      Hey Raul, if hats are still locked on your Teespring Launcher, you can’t sell them yet. Try increasing sales to unlock this product!

  7. Andrew Brooks says:

    Any chance of seeing fitted hats again?

    1. Erica Bickel says:

      Hey Andrew, when you say fitted hats, do you mean beanies? Beanies are currently available in the Teespring launcher.

  8. Jan says:

    I still dont understand how to create these designs? How do I do this?

    1. Erica Bickel says:

      Hey Jan, you create the design yourself using our template provided.

      1. Chito Pono says:

        I can’t access or download the template. Nothing happens when I click on it.

        1. Luiza Jordan says:

          Hey Chito, try downloading the template using a different browser!

  9. Brian says:


  10. Anubis says:

    I hope the instructions for this are easier to understand than for the all over print shirt and hoodie

  11. Ubhis Kasibe says:

    I am very interested

  12. Rust says:

    please give me the opportunity to design on a hat and shirts

  13. Patrick says:

    Couldn’t wait until you made hats available ????????????, I’m all over it????????

  14. Xola Blaq says:

    Ssssooooo how many shirts do I have to sale before I unlock the hats?

    1. Erica Bickel says:

      Hey Xola, there isn’t a specific number for this.

  15. Andrew says:

    I submitted a design request, how long do they take to complete, as I haven’t had any kind of notification that you received anything other that the Submitted notification on the screen?


    1. Erica Bickel says:

      Hey Andrew, we aim to process all requests within 48 hours. However, if you did not receive a confirmation email, we may not have received your request!

  16. Asad uzzaman says:


  17. JJ says:

    Signed up to be added for hats when you first announced and it’s still not an option for us. People are requesting hats from us. Any idea what the wait time will be until we’re added? I know teespring isn’t our only option for POD products, particularly hats, but we’ve had a good experience here and would like to keep using its features.

    1. Erica Bickel says:

      Hey there, is the email associated with your Teespring account the same one you used to comment? If so, I can confirm that you do not have access to hats yet because of low sales. We release these specialty products based on a combination of a user’s prior sales and trust score.

  18. Andy B says:

    I would love to make hats but I don’t see the option to do so

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Hey Andy, hats are a speciality product right now, which means we’re granting access on a case by case basis. Increase your sales and build up your trust score to unlock hats in the launcher

  19. Sara Mate says:

    Hi, if you haven’t sold anything you can’t add the teespring launcher?

  20. Jarrod says:

    i had a hat created and it is in my listings but i cannot figure out how to get it into my store front? can anyone help?

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hey, sorry you’ve had trouble with this! Here’s a useful link: make sure you follow all the steps and make sure your product is set to “public” on visibility settings.

  21. Jay says:

    Why is the hat I created not showing up in my storefront? I got the email that said it was up but it’s not in my storefront

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hey, are you still experiencing this issue?

        1. Luiza Jordan says:

          Please could you contact [email protected] and make them aware of your issue and we can assist you further there.

  22. Brandon Fields says:

    hello did something happen to the hats it will not let me design a hat at all? is it a premium function or something?

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Hi Brandon, hats are currently a specialty product which you can learn more about unlocking HERE. We are planning on releasing more products to everyone soon though, so watch this space!

  23. Earl Crawford says:

    I just signed up with Teesspring to make hats and am puzzled why there is no option to make a hat. Were they discontinued?

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hey! Hats are a speciality product. You need to build up your sales history and earn a trust score to access specialty products. Thousands of new users gain access every day! Learn more:

      1. Josh Montefusco says:

        This is disheartening, I have several followers that are really looking forward to hats. Probably at least 15. How many sales do I need to make in order to make hats? I love the site and its integration abilities but if I have to go through another site to produce hats I may not open this store.


        1. Luiza Jordan says:

          Hey, we do not have a hard deadline on when each of these products will be fully integrated + available to all users. As we expand production capacity and grow, more and more of these products will be released into the Teespring Launcher for everyone to use. Now that you’ve got unit sales you’ll be assigned a trust score. Reach out to us on social media or email us at [email protected] and we’ll check your eligibility 🙂

  24. Nicole Stroud says:

    I have tried 40 times and THIS IS CONFUSING! Everyone wants hats! No info on WHERE to make this “templet” HOW to even USE it..and THEN WHAT??

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hats are a speciality product right now. You need to build up your sales history and earn a trust score to access specialty products. Thousands of new users gain access every day! Learn more:

  25. shanice says:

    Are these the only thread colors that are allowed to be used?

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hey! That is correct 🙂

  26. Sydney says:

    I need help with my design

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hey, check out the design section of the training center and you’ll find some useful tips and formatting advice 🙂

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