I’ve been wanting to make my own t-shirt designs for a long time. Now that Spawn is here, I really want to make some for her, too.
I dug around to see which websites offered this type of service. Many have the same features, and I’m hardpressed to find the “right one” to start with.
- You can design and sell your wares or just make them for yourself.
- Each site will let you make a commission off your sales; you mark it up. OR there is flat %. (Read the fine print.)
- You can either throw your design up on their main website or create your own storefront.
- Quality of the t-shirts depends on what brand they are using – many use American Apparel which is good because it’s a known quality and you know sizing is going to be the same across the board. It’s also a bad thing because I don’t believe American Apparel goes up to plus-size.
Five Design Your Own / Custom T-Shirt Services
In no particular order…
5. Cafepress – This is one of the oldest custom design sites I’ve known. You set the retail price of your product and throw it up on your custom storefront. They sell t-shirts, onesies, totes, mugs, buttons and even cutting boards.
4. Spreadshirt – Another site that offers a ton of different products like hoodies, iPhone cases, flip flops and even a sportsbra. (Eh. It’s an American Apparel sportsbra – ’nuff said.) Like the others, they do sell in bulk. So if you need 50+ t-shirts, you get a bulk discount. (This could be a good option for those who volunteer/work with school groups and nonprofits.)
3. Zazzle – There are three ways to make money on Zazzle: designer, maker or affiliate. To do your regular selling, it’s the “designer” mode. Zazzle and Cafepress seem to be very popular, what with all the variety of vendors and small businesses using them. They boast big brands are using them like Disney, Hallmark, Marvel and Grumpy Cat.
2. Print Aura – Now this is a white label app that you can integrate with an app like Shopify for your website. It’s a new one to me and I’m currently checking out how everything works. Currently it looks like they only sell t-shirts. (The others all sell other products.)
1. Printful – This looks like a new-ish startup like Print Aura. It does not sell a lot of products like the first three, and I assume it is because they’re a young company. I did notice that they offer embroidery! Bonus – this is a local company based in SoCal!
So help me out, readers. Which company should I futz with my t-shirt designs for Spawn and me? Which site have you ordered from?
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