How to make custom hoodies

How to make custom hoodies

Time to up your game? If you’ve been following our guides, you know that the #1 selling item in the merch world is the front-facing graphic tee. Even if you’re killing it with tees, or you’re just ready to branch out and diversify a bit, you could use some help with hoodies because you’ve got questions. Is there anything different with how to make custom hoodies, or how can you be the most successful at selling them?

Don’t worry, here’s how to make custom hoodies: we’ve got all the ins, outs and zips for the custom hoodie. 

Custom hoodies vs Tees

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What can we tell you? Hoodies are obviously a bit different from tees, they’re a different garment altogether and have a different use case and price point. The main difference is obvious – hoodies are warmer and long-sleeved. However, it doesn’t mean that they’re cold weather only garments, and you’ll see they come in a variety of thicknesses and uses. However, like all print on demand products, custom hoodies have no minimum for orders. 

Even so, they’re not carried by all of the stores in our amazing network of store owners. What do the numbers tell us?

By the numbers

Let’s take a look at the tale of the numbers. We’re sure you’re going to want to know – first and foremost – what kind of hoodies sell. Then we’ll dive into graphics placement and types of graphics, and finally how to generate them.

Graphics placement

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 We analyzed our most successful merch stores, and here’s what we found:

  • 19% of these stores sell hoodies
  • Over 50% of designs are logos or quotes
  • Black and white are about 55% of the colors used

If you’re looking for success with your designs – it doesn’t have to be fancy. Only 14% of the analyzed stores had printed sleeves for their hoodies, for example. Another interesting fact – only 5% of those we looked at have design placements on the back – and only 23% have graphics on the side of the pocket. 

This should give you a good idea of what type of garments are selling well:
  • Simple, front-facing graphics
  • Solid color backgrounds
  • Quotes
  • Cartoons and simple designs

Types of graphics

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Quotes are in at 37% of all graphics, while number two is logos, at 20%. Names (similar to a brand name or logo) come in at 18%, and custom designs and faces both edges over 10%. What does this tell us? Again, simplicity is the way to go. You don’t need a graphics designer to design quotes for custom hoodies – just use our handy Printify Mockup Generator.

Designs, designed 

Firstly, ask yourself what type of design you’ll need. Chances are, if it falls within the guidelines above, you may be able to make it yourself of your very own custom hoodies. Even if you only have rudimentary photoshop skills, it’s possible to make the type of simple designs that sell.

What to do if you don’t have any skills? First, check out our awesome free designs. Next: time to farm it out. Sites like Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer.com and designcrowd.com are just a few of the many sites you can take a look at to get some great designs. Remember – you’re not in this alone! There are a lot of talented people out there that can help you fill in the missing pieces to your shop!

Inexpensive custom heavy pull-over hoodies

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Let’s start with the basics. Our best selling custom hoodie is the Gildan Heavy Blend Hooded Sweatshirt. It is a 50% cotton and 50% polyester blend – that makes it extremely durable and long-lasting. It’s also good for warmth and everyday use. That’s why this custom hoodie is so popular with our store owners, it’s versatility and it’s durability. We offer it in 26 color variants, so it can accommodate almost any design or graphic that you’re hoping to use. 

This is a good place to start – it’s not a complex item, and there are many printers to choose from so you’ll be able to find a great price. It’s also going to make your customers very happy – a comfy and warm heavy blended hoodie – exactly what most of them are looking for when they think of hoodies! Additionally, it’s an easy one to use for designs and graphics – because of its wide range of colors. If you’re looking for custom hoodies cheap – then this is your best bet, as it’s the least expensive in our catalog. For our store owners, it’s proven to be an unbeatable combination of price, quality, and variety. 

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Inexpensive custom heavy zip hoodies

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Our hot selling zip hoodie is the brother garment of our pullover hoodie! Also super durable and a heavy blend of cotton and polyester at 50% each – this is another example of a versatile and inexpensive garment. If you’re looking for an item to round out your offerings – then this might be a good fit for your store.

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Zip ups, while not as popular as regular pullover hoodies, are still popular – particularly among the sports segments. Zip ups are often worn by athletes, let’s not forget, so they can easily take off their jackets after warm-up or to stay warm between plays. If your site is geared towards the athletic or fitness markets, this is definitely an item to add! Again, simplicity seems to do better here, maybe because a complex design – when unzipped – can look a bit unattractive on this garment. Keep that in mind when you’re looking for a design or graphic for these zip-ups, and maybe even incorporate it! They’re a garment that lends itself to some fun!

Start selling custom fleece pullovers

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Warm Hoodie Champs

This Delta 99200 heavyweight fleece is made of 80% cotton and 20% polyester and is a comfy and warm option for outdoors in the early autumn, spring and late summer nights. Great for wintery days indoors curled up on the couch, you and your customers will love the versatility this garment offers. It also runs a bit larger than usual, which is good for layering with other warmer clothes underneath. Comes in seven basic colors on our network, and ranges from S – 3XL, this is a great item for seasonal sales or as a year-round complement to your other products!

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Sponge fleece pullover

Bella+Canvas 3719 is a great fitting, cotton-polyester blend, running about 50/50 in terms of composition. The label is sewn in and it has a medium fabric. This is a high-quality garment that runs true to size. It’s a good light jacket for outdoors or around the house, ultra-comfy and soft loungewear. If you’re looking for something a bit more on the soft and light side, this fleece pullover fits the bill to a T!

Custom fleece zip hoodies

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The Delta 99300 is a medium / heavy cousin of the 99200 – and comes in the zip-up variant. It’s 80% cotton and 20% polyester and has a tear-away label. Great for outdoors and tough fabric, this is a good choice for wandering the streets on cool autumn nights and running from the house to the car in those chilly temperatures. Take a look at the seven different color options available on these custom fleece zip hoodies and 

Custom terry zip and pullover hoodies

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These French terry hoodies come in both zip and pullover variants and are made from 55% cotton and 45% polyester. These are super soft, medium fabric terries that feel great to your touch. They come in 11 colors and are priced very well for a mid-range offering. 

Custom lightweight hoodies

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With 80% soft cotton and 20% polyester, this silky lightweight hoodie from Independent Trading Company comes in both zip and pullover variants. It is the perfect option for a quick run, warming up a bit in the evening, and bumming around. The sewn-in label is a great, comfort the first feature that allows a lighter touch on the skin if worn by itself. It runs true to size and could be another fabulous addition to your arsenal of custom hoodies! 

Custom premium hoodies

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Premium, luxurious feeling, and medium fabric, this hoodie also comes in both zip and pullover variants, as well as six base colors that will fit most of your designs. This is a nice option for our European shops, as it is available in England at the moment only. Regular fit and with a durable hood, you’ll love the way your customers look in this – and so will they!

Custom embroidered zip hoodie

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Are you looking for something a bit higher in quality, more luxurious and longer-lasting? Take a look at this embroidered option. Embroideries are a bit more difficult to get off the ground, so definitely check out our Embroidery Guide before you give it a go. Once you’ve got your design finalized, your customers will appreciate the premium product you’re able to put out for them. This zip-up is 50% cotton and 50% polyester and is a medium-heavy fabric with a sewn-in label, so you’ve got all the specs to have a great embroidered product in your shop in no time!

Get moving selling custom hoodies!

That’s it! You’ve got all the:

  • sales stats
  • best places to get designs
  • best hoodies to sell

Get started today on your store’s hoodie section, and build out a masterpiece!

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