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Thread By Thread, Stitch By Stitch: Best Embroidery Products To Sell

Thread By Thread, Stitch By Stitch: Best Embroidery Products To Sell
Pauls Smiltiņš

By Pauls Smiltiņš

9 min read

Are you interested in expanding your merchandise with something more unique than just a regular print? Or perhaps you want to start a new business from scratch?

Either way, consider starting an embroidery business.

Embroidery isn’t just an art, it’s a business strategy that adds an original touch to your custom merchandise. Whether you’re a part of a company looking to brand your products, a sports team seeking distinctive gear, or a brand striving for individuality, the right kind of embroidery can make you stand out from the competition. The key lies in selecting the best embroidery products that showcase your creativity and resonate with your audience.

Today we’ll look at some of the best embroidery products to sell, starting with the basics and leading our way down to some lesser-known items.

Are you ready? Let’s dive in.

1. Polo shirts

How to keep it simple but still look elegant? Well, it’s easy—go for polo shirts.

This clothing item has stood the test of time. Whether you’re aiming for a formal and polished look or a casual yet sophisticated outfit, polos emerge as the go-to choice for both men and women. Simplicity is the key, but embroidery helps bring out a distinctive flavor to these wardrobe staples.

Every local business, school, or organization can benefit from the versatility and timeless charm these garments exude. No wonder this item often appears in the Trending products section.

One practical aspect that boosts the appeal of polo shirts for embroidery is their affordability, opening up a world of possibilities for businesses looking to create a cohesive and branded appearance without breaking the bank. So, whether you’re outfitting your team, promoting your brand, or creating a unified look for your business, the enduring charm of embroidered polo shirts makes them an excellent choice.

Check out these polo shirts from our catalog:

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2. T-shirts

Although at first, it may seem like a bland choice, there’s a reason why this basic fashion item is chosen over and over again. It’s safe to say that tees are the most versatile item on this list.

It’s not just a piece of clothing; it’s a canvas waiting to be customized with embroidery designs, turning a simple tee into a stylish garment. A classic tee allows for comfort without giving in on the fashion front, making it a perfect choice for various occasions and a wide range of audiences. For those who are new to the world of custom embroidery, t-shirts are a great starting point.

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Whether you’re envisioning a line of custom t-shirts for everyday wear or aiming for a niche market with unique designs, the t-shirt proves to be a versatile and timeless canvas for your embroidery endeavors. Plus, it’s extremely affordable. With a range of choices from basic to more luxurious, there’s something for every budget.

Here are out most popular t-shirts for embroidery:

3. Sweatshirts, hoodies, and jackets

T-shirts and polos are appreciated for their versatility, but when it comes to embroidery, jackets, hoodies, and sweatshirts are the ones that steal the show.

Custom embroidery is one of the most favored design methods for jackets. This technique can put some spark into an otherwise plain garment, introducing a burst of texture and color. When going with a jacket, denim proves to be a suitable companion for embroidery due to its durability and resistance to wrinkles.

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As the popularity of loungewear and streetwear fashion continues to grow, hoodies and sweatshirts have emerged as excellent choices for embroidery. Adding a distinctive logo on these casual wear items increases the likelihood of setting your brand apart from the competition.

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If you’re looking for a hoodie that will work wonders with an embroidery design, check out one of our bestsellers—the Unisex Premium Hoodie. When using Printful, you can try out the large center chest embroidery placement to make your product stand out even more.

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4. Totes

Beyond being a practical carry-all for essentials, tote bags are a fashion statement that effortlessly complements different styles.

What sets tote bags apart is not just their fashion appeal but their eco-friendly nature. Crafted from recycled fabrics, tote bags embody sustainability, making them ideal companions for shopping, picnics, and leisurely strolls. The versatility of tote bags ensures that you can seamlessly bring them into any aspect of your life, anytime and anywhere.

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While totes are already considered everyday essentials, adding an embroidery design takes them to a whole new level of style, making them stand out as unique and fashionable accessories. The combination of functionality and fashion makes embroidered totes a timeless choice.

Creating personalized totes might seem daunting and complex at first, but the reality is quite the opposite—it’s a straightforward and accessible process. So, whether you’re a seasoned embroiderer or a first-timer looking to try your hand at this technique, embroidered tote bags promise a blend of style, sustainability, and profitability.

Get started with these tote bags:

5. Headwear

Throughout the years, headwear has consistently been a beloved style choice for many. Whether classic or trendy, hats have always held a special place in the fashion industry. In recent times, the trend has evolved even further with a growing preference for personalized headwear.

Caps

Caps, the favored headwear of athletes like golf and baseball players, have extended their appeal to a diverse audience, becoming a wardrobe staple. Beyond their aesthetic charm, caps serve the practical purpose of shielding your face from the sun.

The demand for personalized caps is on the rise, with sports teams often seeking monogrammed designs featuring their team name and logo.

Commercial embroiderers frequently shy away from caps due to their perceived complexity. Some caps, particularly baseball caps, may require embroidery before assembly, which can be challenging. 

However, with Printful, embroidering caps is as easy as it gets. Printful can embroider already assembled caps and seamlessly handle all the intricacies of cap customization.

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Check out these top-selling caps from our catalog:

Bucket hats

The bucket hat is a prominent streetwear choice, showcasing its distinct style on catwalks globally.

Custom embroidery on the trendy bucket hats adds a layer of style to these already bold pieces. The freedom to experiment with wild and creative designs enhances the headwear’s appeal, making it a standout choice for those looking to make a statement.

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Beanies

What better way to stand out and keep warm than a custom embroidered beanie?

Beanies have become an everyday must-have, especially for the colder months of the year. Nowadays, beanies are considered very stylish, so combining them with a fresh embroidery design makes it almost a secret “fashion weapon.” Although often used in streetwear, beanies can be extremely versatile, complementing other styles if necessary.

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Try out some of our bestselling beanies:

6. Aprons

Aprons, often associated with cafes, coffee shops, and culinary endeavors, are essential for those in the customer service industry. The demand for embroidered aprons is particularly strong in businesses aiming to create a touch of identity and professionalism in their staff attire.

Whether for a barista, chef, or service personnel, aprons serve both functional and aesthetic purposes, making them an indispensable element in culinary fashion. These simple garments with a custom embroidery design can also be the perfect gift for someone who enjoys spending their time in and around the kitchen.

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7. Towels

As an everyday essential, towels are in high demand in businesses such as hotels, bed and breakfasts, and resorts. Towels come in many forms, from bath towels and hand towels to specialty variations like rally towels, pool towels, and golf towels.

Despite being relatively easy to produce, their resale value is remarkable. The combination of utility, personalization, and the potential for high profits makes towel embroidery a lucrative venture for businesses. Not to mention that embroidery gives towels that premium look and feel that’s often hard to find.

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Create your own custom embroidered towel:

Embroidery made easy with Printful

Now that you know some of the best embroidered items to sell, you might be thinking about starting a full-time business. Starting it all from scratch can be stressful, even for small businesses. That’s where Printful comes in.

When working with Printful, you get an in-house team of experts who will ensure your product meets the highest standards. All you have to do is create and showcase your designs while we take care of the rest. Printful offers a print-on-demand solution that eliminates the need for upfront investment in materials, tools, and equipment, making your journey hassle-free.

Speaking of embroidery, we’ve introduced a new technique—unlimited color embroidery. Regular embroidery limits you to 15 thread colors, and you can only choose six at a time. But with this technology, we’re working with a single white thread that gets dyed in the process, giving you unlimited color options.

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In case you’re stuck on embroidery ideas and don’t know how to make embroidery designs, Printful’s Design Maker offers hundreds of templates you can choose from. It will not only strike new inspiration but also allow you to adjust the necessary details to match your brand’s style.

Sounds good? Take a look at our two must-have items you can customize with unlimited color embroidery—the Unisex Staple T-Shirt and the Classic Dad Hat.

That’s a wrap

Whether you’re an organization or a brand looking to diversify your custom clothing line, no doubt introducing embroidery designs will raise your company’s swag to a new level.

If the idea of starting from scratch seems daunting, remember that Printful is here for you every step of the way. With an in-house team of experts and a print-on-demand solution, we’ll streamline the whole journey, making it stress-free and enjoyable.

With its timeless appeal, personal touch, and profitability potential, embroidery has much to offer. Your journey in the embroidery business is not just about crafting custom apparel. It’s about creating a story that resonates with your audience. So, thread by thread, stitch by stitch, let your embroidery business set you apart in the world of custom merchandise.

Time to create your own! Are you ready?

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By Pauls Smiltiņš on Feb 15, 2024

Pauls Smiltiņš

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Pauls is a content writer with a background in the radio. He has a degree in communication sciences, and in his free time, Pauls loves to entertain crowds by playing live music on stage.

Pauls is a content writer with a background in the radio. He has a degree in communication sciences, and in his free time, Pauls loves to entertain crowds by playing live music on stage.