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Make your own shirt
Seen every t-shirt on the market but can't find what you like? It's time to make your own shirt. Or a line of shirts to sell online. Focus on your design, and we'll take care of the rest – order fulfillment, packaging, and dropshipping right to your or your customers' door.Start designingHow it works?
How to make your own shirt in 3 easy steps
In our ever-expanding catalog, you’ll find over 300 customizable blanks, including a ton of different custom shirts: classic tees, v-necks, tank tops, long sleeves, sweatshirts, kids apparel, and more.
Before you make your own shirt and start selling, explore your options – compare the custom t-shirts by price, location, and print quality (we’ll tell you a bit more about this in a minute), etc.
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Create your own custom t-shirt for free!
Bonus step – sampling
Remember, in Step 1, we mentioned checking the print quality? Before you get to selling, we always encourage our merchants to order product samples to make sure they match or exceed your expectations. Product sampling is basically ordering one of each product you’re about to sell in your store, for example, your brand new t-shirt design. The sample t-shirt cost is the same as the end product cost, but you can save some money on this. How? Become a Printify Premium member, where for $29/month, you can save up to 20% on each item from our catalog, AND these twenty-nine dollars get deposited to your Printify account, so you can use this one-time subscription bonus to order samples!
Start selling your own shirts
Now that you’ve successfully finished with your mission: make your own shirt, you can start selling it on some of the most popular online marketplaces in the world. WooCommerce, eBay, Wix, Etsy, Shopify.
But wait a second.
What is print on demand?
Make your own shirts with print on demand
Print on Demand (POD) is a business model for producing custom products on demand: the production starts only after the customer makes a purchase. Virtually everyone can make merch online. With POD, a client can buy custom t-shirts, phone cases, mugs, bags, home decor, and other goods, receiving unique items for competitive prices.
Besides, with POD, the order goes directly to a print provider, thus freeing merchants from the need to hold a massive stock of products. This allows avoiding piles of unsold items – it’s wallet-friendly and oh so very sustainable.
Also, with POD, there is no order minimum because digital printing is equally affordable when you’re just starting out, as well as if you’re a seasoned merchant. So, you can design and order just one t-shirt or order dozens of them – there’s no minimum.
Make a shirt - DTG vs. AOP
When we’re speaking of custom printing for Print on Demand, we’re usually talking about Direct to Garment printing, or as it’s known in the industry, DTG. The blank shirt or other blank product gets inserted into the printer, and the artwork is then transferred directly onto the product.
With DTG printing, you can get a detailed, vivid print. But it always depends on the fabric or material: on cotton, the colors will not be as bright as, say, on PU leather because of its properties.
The other type of printing is called All Over Print, or AOP, or sublimation. With this process, the blank product is covered seam to seam with a continuous pattern. With AOP, the fabric is first printed and only then cut and sewn to achieve the all-over result.
After your brand new custom shirt has been published to your store, you don’t need to do much more. The whole process from this moment is fully automatic.
You don’t need to put your money upfront until your customer makes a purchase. The first monetary transaction occurs when purchase from your store is made – you keep the markup and only pay the amount you see in the catalog. So, when a purchase is made, the fully automated printing process, packaging, and shipping take place. And that’s the beauty of print on demand – it saves you time and effort so you can focus on what you do best.
Print-on-demand dropshipping business model lets you save time and money: there’s no need for substantial upfront investments, no need for storage space or inventory. Furthermore, you only pay after you sell, you can never go out of stock, and you never have any unsold products (the kind that usually ends up as Christmas stocking stuffers).
Why choose Printify
With Printify’s cutting-edge technology, you can make your own shirt online and get stunning product photos for your store and social media using our mockup generator; plus, the creation process is fast, fun, and straightforward.
You also have access to a fully automated POD order fulfillment and shipping, which means that you have a lot more time on your hands to focus on your designs and growth.
With Printify, you’ll never go out of stock – even if one of our print providers runs out of a type of shirt your customers need, our order routing feature will step in and redirect your order to another print provider within our network.
With Printify’s POD dropshipping model, you can create custom products with your design and instantly publish them to your store, thus starting selling right away. We manage automated order production and shipping directly to your customers.
We have prepared valuable resources for getting your first t-shirt sale:
Frequently Asked Questions
It depends on the brand and other factors. There are over 90 print providers in our network. Most of our printing partners are located in the United States. However, we have locations all over the world, including Canada, Europe, UK, and Asia.
When you make your own shirt, you can expect for it to be fulfilled anywhere from 2 to up to 5 business days, depending on the chosen print provider. If there’s a major public holiday, the production time can be a bit longer. You can follow the status of your orders in your Printify account, helping you stay on top of customer questions and requests.
With Printify, t-shirts start from just $5 and, depending on the printing facility, t-shirt brand and other factors can go up to $20. Remember, if you’ve subscribed to Printify Premium for just $29/mo, you automatically get up to 20% off of all items in the catalog.
With Printify you can order as many products as you want, there is no minimum. Be it just one awesome t-shirt or a line of streetwear. And you only place your order with us when you get a sale. No more old products, no more leftover stock, and more importantly, no wasted money – no minimum is a winner for everyone.
It’s best if you did. All our products can be ordered as samples with your design. We always encourage you to sample your products before you start shipping them out to customers. As with any custom product, you should always check that your custom design t-shirt matches (or exceeds) your expectations. Here is more info on ordering samples.
In our catalog, you will find such global favorites as Gildan, Bella+Canvas, Anvil, Champion, Next Level, and so much more. You can filter the shirts by brand, print type, location, color, and even print provider.
Now this question is not easy to answer. Direct to garment vs. sublimation (or all-over-print, AOP) – the choice is yours. Each of these types has its pros and cons. Not all t-shirts can be sublimated. That’s why we have a separate section for AOP clothing. If you want a continuous pattern that covers the entire garment, AOP is your friend. If, however, you only wish to adorn a portion of the garment, DTG is what you want.