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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, $10 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 $10 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 embroidery template below 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, $10 digitizing fee is deducted from a seller’s account when a new hat or beanie listing is created. Please note beanies require a separate $10 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.


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

  1. Avatar Igor Drofenik says:


  2. Avatar Vincent says:

    This will be great

  3. Avatar Mamun ahmed dipu says:

    Wow i love this

  4. Avatar Gareth Wiper says:

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

    1. Avatar Erica Bickel says:

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

      1. Avatar 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. Avatar achraf ouzzaouit says:

    i want this work

  6. Avatar Raul says:

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

    1. Avatar 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. Avatar Andrew Brooks says:

    Any chance of seeing fitted hats again?

    1. Avatar Erica Bickel says:

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

  8. Avatar Jan says:

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

    1. Avatar Erica Bickel says:

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

  9. Avatar Anubis says:

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

  10. Avatar Ubhis Kasibe says:

    I am very interested

  11. Avatar Rust says:

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

  12. Avatar Patrick says:

    Couldn’t wait until you made hats available 😮👍🏾, I’m all over it👍🏾

  13. Avatar Xola Blaq says:

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

    1. Avatar Erica Bickel says:

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

  14. Avatar 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. Avatar 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!

  15. Avatar Asad uzzaman says:


  16. Avatar 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. Avatar 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.

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