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The Low-Down On Inside Tag Printing + Free Tag Templates

By Julia Gifford on January 27th, 2014 - Reading time: 3 minutes

Inside Label Printing

What is Inside Label Printing?

Inside Label Printing is when your garment – instead of having the typical fabric tag that at the back of the collar – has a printed label on the inside of the t-shirt, where the tag would usually be.

You can create your own custom labels through Printful that will be printed onto your garments. One printed label costs $2.50 per shirt, and you have a 3×3 inch plane to work with (that means your design shouldn’t be larger than 3×3″, but it can be smaller). Studies show that North Americans are 22% more likely to buy a product if the product is brand labelled.

We’ve also included 3 free inside tag templates that you can use to customize that you’ll find at the bottom of this blog post.

You can find the Inside Label Printing option in Printful by going to your “Submit Order” section of the profile. When you select a t-shirt with the tear-away tag option, then you will also see a “Label Print” option. That’s where you’ll go to select your file.

Inside label

The benefits of inside label printing

  • Customize your t-shirts to stand out The bonus of customization is not only the obvious – by customizing your label, you’re working another angle of creating your brand, which is another way you’ll stand out among the rest.
  • The quality is in the details This will make your garments seem more professional, more qualitative. You’re not stuck with a mass-produced label that any blank t-shirt comes with. It will make your consumer know that you’ve taken the time, thought about the little things that make up the shirt.
  • The practical benefits – no more tag! And of course what would a list of benefits be if we didn’t mention the end-user main benefit? No more tag! That means goodbye to itchy t-shirt tags, and goodbye to the awkward peek-a-boo tag.
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Tear away tags available on Printful 

If you want to include your own custom printed tag on your garments through Printful, then there are a few things you should know.

Besides the technical specifications (as mentioned above – the 3×3″ size availability), you should know that these labels look best when they’ve been applied onto a shirt that has a “tear-away label” option. We suggest these models that we currently stock:

From the “Alternative Apparel” Brand

Alternative 1070 Shirt Sleeve Men T-Shirt with Tear Away Label
Alternative 1072 Shirt Sleeve Women T-Shirt with Tear Away Label

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Alternative 1070

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Alternative 1072

From the “Anvil” Brand

Anvil 980 Lightweight Fashion Shirt Sleeve T-Shirt with TearAway™ Label
Anvil 982 Lightweight Fashion V-neck T-Shirt with TearAway™ Label
Anvil 420 Organic Cotton T-Shirt with TearAway™ Label
Anvil 949 Lightweight Fashion Long Sleeve T-Shirt with TearAway™ Label
Anvil 986 Lightweight Fashion Tank with TearAway™ Label
Anvil 882L Ladies Missy Fit Ringspun Tank Top with TearAway™ Label
Anvil 391 Ladies Sheer Scoopneck T-Shirt with TearAway™ Label
Anvil 880 Ladies Ringspun Fashion Fit T-Shirt with TearAway™ Label

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Anvil 980

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Anvil 982

Anvil 401

Anvil 401

Anvil 494

Anvil 494

Anvil 986

Anvil 986

Anvil 882L

Anvil 882L

Anvil 391

Anvil 391

Anvil 880

Anvil 880

From the LAT brand

LAT 6901 Fine Jersey T-Shirt

LAT 6901

LAT 6901

From American Apparel

American Apparel 2001 Fine Jersey Short Sleeve T-Shirt with Tear Away Label

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From the Next Level brand

Next Level 3600 Premium Fitted Shirt Sleeve Crew with TearAway Label
Next Level 3601 Premium Fitted Long Sleeve Crew with TearAway Label

Next Level 360

Next Level 3601

Next Level 3600

Next Level 3600

From Bella+Canvas

Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Short Sleeve T-Shirt with Tearaway Label
Bella+Canvas 3413 Triblend Unisex Short Sleeve T-Shirt with Tearaway Label
Bella+Canvas 8413 Ladies’ Triblend Short Sleeve T-Shirt with Tearaway Label
Bella+Canvas 3480 Unisex Jersey Tank Top

Things you should put in your label

You can take a creative approach to what you put on your tag, but there are a few things you have to indicate on your tag by law. Those include:

  • size of the garment
  • origin of the garment – where it was made
  • information about the material of the garment.

All in all, this is something you should have fun with. An amazingly designed label will be appreciated and remembered by those who wear your clothes. It will take your branding to the next level, and create a more cohesive, and well thought-out look for your brand.

To make things easier, we’ve put together inside label templates that you can use. We’ve already done the research in regard to the origin of the product – just choose the brand you’re using for the shirt. For more info on preparing your inside label, check out our inside label guidelines.

insidetagfreetemplate

This is one of three templates we’ve created that you can use for free. They’re in .psd format, so simply open them in Photoshop, add your logo, and make any changes.

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  1. Remus

    Hi Printful,
    I have a few questions about inside label printing and tear away tags.

    1) If we select Inside label printing for blanks other than Anvil and Alternative Apparel), do you remove the tags? (American Apparel, Next Level, etc.)

    2) If I send business cards/stickers to your address, are you able to include them together with the clothes shipped to customers?

    Thanks,
    Remus

    1. Julia Gifford Post author

      Hi Remus,
      1) Tag removal can only be done for apparel that specifically say that they have tearaway labels. Brands that we carry with tearaway labels include Alternative Apparel, Anvil, and one t-shirt under Next Level.
      2) No, we currently don’t offer that. It will certainly be considered!
      Best,
      Julia

      1. That guy

        Whats a t-short? 😀

        “You’re not stuck with a mass-produced label that any blank t-short comes with.”

        Whatever it is I want one !!

  2. Emre

    Hi Julia,

    I’m currently researching how to best get my products produced and shipped and printful is looking more and more like its the ultimate option.

    I’ve got some more detailed questions about the production and labelling process. Could you provide an email so I can send through the questions?

    Good vibes.

    🙂

    Emre

  3. Damiani

    When i choose Alternative 1070, 1071, and 1072, it lets me select Front Print, Back Print, and Mockup (optional). It does not give me an option to Print Label (+ $3). Yes i checked Tear off labels. What i am doing wrong? Thanks.

    1. Julia Gifford Post author

      Hi Damiani, you’re not shown the the Print Label option because you’re in the “screen printing” submit order view. Print Labels are only available for the standard DTG orders. So to make that happen, simply go to your dashboard, and click “submit order”. Then that should help.

  4. Willem

    I already have my shirts made from my distributor and in my possession. If I send them to you, will you still do the tag removal and tag printing, even though I didn’t buy the shirts from you?

  5. Zhen

    Does the ink seep through to the other side with these DTG tag prints? Have had them done previously by a local shop and I could see through to the other side both on white and coloured garments.

    1. Julia Gifford Post author

      Hi Zhen, thanks for your question! No, the ink won’t seep through. These shirts are made specifically with the intention of printing inside labels, so the t-shirts are particularly durable. Not to mention, DTG printing shouldn’t penetrate the fabric as much as other printing methods, like sublimation printing.

      1. Ian

        Julia,
        I actually did this through the Anvil ring spun shirt and it was see through really bad when you used a white shirt and blank ink. However,hopefully a lighter color might work.

  6. Pat

    Hey Julia,

    I’m a little bit lost here. According to the Textile and wool act a t-shirt must have the manufacturing country on the neck label. Let’s say I buy an Anvil t-shirt andtear away the neck label awy. Then just print whatever or put a new neck label without the manufacturing country on the label, will I be breaking a law selling it?

    What if I just tear the label away and leave no label or anything then no one can know where the t-shirt has been made or materials it’s been made out off.

    I would be very glad if you could enlighten me with your wisdom 🙂

    1. Julia Gifford Post author

      Hi Pat, you’re right! You would be breaking the law by not including the manufacturing country on the label (in fact, we won’t even print the garment if it doesn’t meet these standards – we’re just not allowed to).

      Once you receive your shirts, what you do with the label is up to you. But we won’t tear it off if there isn’t a properly prepared label to put in its place.

      Hope this clears things up!

  7. Jessica

    Hi Julia,

    Is the option for inside tag printing available for your print fulfilment services? I ask because I was trying to make a product for my Storenvy store but couldn’t find the option to upload the inside label or any additional tag printing (like the ones seen to the bottom of branded apparel).

    Also, since you can’t print the apparel without manufacturing info, is it listed on the site anywhere? I want to make sure I have all the necessary info added to the label I’m designing.

      1. Josh

        I see the American Apparel “2001 Fine Jersey Short Sleeve Men T-Shirt with Tear Away Label” has the removable tag option/tear-away tag. However, in Shopify there is not an option to upload an art file for the “inside tag printing.”

        Can you please tell me why and also identify what terminology I should be looking for when trying to find shirts I can print inside tags on, and sell on Shopify, if any? Thanks!

        1. Nora Inveiss

          Hey Josh,

          You don’t have to add an inside label file through Shopify. Instead, you would upload it through Printful when you’re syncing a product. If you want to add an image on your Shopify store for your customers to see, then simply upload a mockup of your label.

          Hope that answers your question!

  8. Nate

    Hello,

    Excited to begin using your service. I have a similar question. We are using Shopify to fulfill orders. I am not seeing the option to include custom label printing on shirts when I click “add product” to product sync to my online store. Is it only possible to add custom label printing when placing a order manually or can I add custom labels to products that have been synced to my store? … or 3rd option…. am I missing something? 🙂

    1. Julia Gifford Post author

      Hey Nate,

      If you’re going through the “add” button of the “stores” section, then you won’t be able to add the inside labeling. You’ll have to create the product first in your Shopify store, then go to Printful and sync each product. At that point you’ll be able to upload the inside tag printfile.

      Hope this helps!

      1. Nate

        Ok that worked but my follow questions is…. Do I need to go through every size and color variation individually to add the custom shirt label? That is the only way I am seeing to do it.

  9. Joy

    Hi Julia,

    I’m still new to this and getting my head around it. So most shirts can do inside/outside label printing and certain shirts can do tear-away labels. All these cost about $3 extra – am I correct so far?

    Also, do the all-over prints have label options? I haven’t been able to find any way to place my branding on them.

    I’m using Printful as a fulfilment service for my shop. Thanks!

    1. Krista Krumina

      Hey Joy,

      For all shirts, for $3 extra per shirt we can print either an inside or outside label, but not both. Inside labels can be printed on shirts with a removable “tearaway” tag, and outside labels can be printed on all other shirts.

      We can’t print a custom inside label for all-over shirts, so any branding has to be included in your design.

      Hope you find an option that works for you!

  10. Justin

    I have a couple of questions about labels in the shirts.
    If I buy an American Apparel shirt (one without tear-away labels), does it have an American Apparel brand label inside?
    Is the only way to not have a label/tag inside to print on tear-away labels?

    Basically I don’t want any labels in my shirts if possible, but I’ve heard lots of good things about American Apparel being very comfortable and well-made, so I was keen to use the brand… I just don’t want it showing up on my printed shirts and confusing my customers.

    1. Krista Krumina

      Hi Justin,

      Unfortunately shirts will always have a manufacturer’s tag unless you print a custom inside label. When we do that, we remove the original tag and print in its place.

      So if you use an AA shirt that can print an inside label, there won’t be any AA branding in it – only your custom label.

      Hope this helps.

  11. Janos

    Hello,

    Can I use “Made in U.S.A. of imported fabric” instead of “Made in Honduras” indicating the origin on my custom inside label? I use Anvil 980 with tear away label.

    On the website of the Federal Trade Commission I found the following statements regarding labeling requirements of textile and wool products:

    In case the product made in the U.S.A. with imported materials, ‘the label may identify the country of origin of the imported materials, but it doesn’t have to. It can say, “Made in U.S.A. of imported fabric”…’
    See:
    https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/threading-your-way-through-labeling-requirements-under-textile#usaimport

    I think it is legal. What do you think? Will you print an inside label with the “Made in U.S.A. of imported fabric” statement?

    Thank you for your answer in advance.

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Sorry about the delayed reply – this completely missed our radar.

      I recommend talking to a professional about this. But I think that law applies to clothing that’s actually made in the USA, which I’m not sure the Anvil 980 is.

  12. Eric

    I’m using Printful from shopify and when I upload my inside label the same one is uploaded for all sizes of the shirt which makes it impossible to put the size on the tag

  13. jash

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I want to use the 2001 Fine Jersey Short Sleeve Men T-Shirt with Tear Away Label
    for my store but there’s a problem. I have downloaded the inside label templates and there isn’t one for American Apparel? Help would be greatly appreciated

  14. Karem Nader

    Hello Do you offer Hang Tag Application service For branding,
    I mean If I send you send you Hang Tags with my brand, Can you add them to the product before shipped to the final client?
    Thanks

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hey Karem,

      We don’t offer this at the moment, although hang tags are a feature we’re interested in developing down the line. Feel free to submit your request here!

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hi Trinity!

      Do you mean a template for American Apparel inside labels? If you go to the American Apparel 2001 with tear away page and scroll to the bottom, you’ll see this “inside label” tab: http://prntscr.com/d5yocv. You’ll find the templates there!

  15. Thomas

    I think inside printing is amazing so products are properly branded, but it’s not offered on nearly enough items. Also for the ones where it is offered, there aren’t near enough colors or styles, which prevents a business like mine from having a full inventory of diverse branded products. I think also adding to the shirt builder tool, a feature that has a template in it for the inside label on shirts (w/ black or white label options). Someone can just upload their (black/white) logo to the inside of it, so someone doesn’t have to create a tag via photoshop for 7+ sizes, and then manually go in and enter the different tags for over 70+ variances of one product. There has to be a better way.

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hey Thomas,

      Thanks for your feedback – we appreciate it. We are working on adding new products, but I’m not sure whether more tearaway options are on the roadmap just yet.

      If you like, you can add your suggestions for the generator to this page: .

    1. Nora Inveiss

      All Anvil shirts are made in Honduras, Nicaragua, or Central America. You can add either of these countries to your inside labels. For more info, download the inside label guidelines here.

  16. Wendy

    Regarding the inside label printing, under “Products & Pricing”, “inside label”, Alternative styles 1072 and 1070, it says after “information which must be included by law”: “Do not require this surplus information, because they come with an inside tag on the left side of the bottom of the shirt that outlines this information. But we suggest that you include sizing information.”
    So…do I just need the size info and my company name because there is a side seam inside label already there with the required info? I checked my samples and they do have all the information on the inside side seam labels. Thanks!

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hi Wendy,

      Yes that’s correct! We still recommend adding origin and fabric, but it’s not mandatory since it’s in that side tag. You’ll be fine with just the size and company name.

  17. Gene

    Hi, I would like to learn a little more for the label. It’s a little confusing. Is there an option where it’s just printed on tear away label and not printed on the item. Also in terms of colors, what do I choose for color? is label b/w? so for a dark item I would choose white label? is it same for tear away label?

    it would be really nice if you allowed option where we only upload the logo and the rest of the info is being filled automatically. This personalized label is great, but creating one for each color and size is very cumbersome.
    How do I find out more details how to create tear away labels that are not printed on the item, what format, colors, etc. I can choose from.

    Also if you have some examples that would be really helpful.
    Also are there examples of your regular labels, I might consider just sticking the your regular labels if they’re not too intrusive.
    Thank you.

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hey Gene!

      The only custom label option we currently offer is to print it directly on the garment. You can print it in any color you wish; the max size is 3×3. You can find examples of inside labels here. Regular tags look like what you’d find on a standard shirt.

  18. Juan

    Hello, how do I create custom labels from shopify? Or if it is not possible, How do I sync an order from your website with custom inside labels to shopify? Thanks

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hi Juan! You’ll want to add a product that offers tearaway labels. Then after it’s been added and synced, go back to edit and upload your inside label.

  19. Alan

    Hi,

    I have chosen the below t-shirt. How do I know what country it originated from?

    3001 Unisex Short Sleeve Jersey T-Shirt with Tear Away Label

    Thanks

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hi Alan! You’ll find this info if you download the inside label guide on this page. The country of origin for this model is Bangladesh, Nicaragua, or Honduras. You can choose either country.

  20. Vladimir Kreml

    Hellous!

    Do you ship products to the Russia?
    We want to buy this American Apparel. Is good in Russia.
    Is made by real amricans? Is good!

  21. Edison

    Hi there,

    Just wanted clarification that although the inside labels are tear-away the brand of the t-shirt manufacturer remains inside the shirt? If there isn’t a custom inside label printed?

    If so…why isn’t there an option to just remove it on your side. The person is already using a DTG printer saving you on time and printing cost, he or she is still fulfilling the shirt for shipping – It takes seconds to remove the front tag as they are literally “tear-away” and incredibly thin. It’ll take you more time and effort to sneeze twice than to remove the label! This would be some great marketing on your side in assuring printful customers no manufacturing logo would be Included. Customers are smarter now and can research the brand of t-shirt and wonder why they paid $28-$30 dollars for a DTG printed shirt when the blank costs $4-$6

    There are usually TWO labels on the inside of the neck. The front label has the original company name and or logo (anvil, next level, bella+canvas) and the second one that is usually underneath has the country of origin, size and care instructions – all the details needed.

    If you already remove the logo tag, awesome ! If you don’t you should really make it clear that you don’t and won’t unless there’s a custom tag printed as there’s “tear away” advertised for no reason other than printing which is a standard procedure in screen printing wether is tear-away or not. They will print a neck tag if you want it and the cost is on average is half of the $3 your charging.

    Hope this helps anyone reading!

    Edison

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hey Edison! Thanks for commenting.

      The manufacturer’s tag is removed for our tear-away shirts, and you’re responsible for adding the fabric material, origin, and size in your custom label. We can only remove tags for select t-shirt models that are made with easily tearable tags. We’re not able to remove tags qualitatively for each shirt, because the tags simply don’t allow for it. Hope this answers your question!

  22. Hamiz K

    Hey, I have a question! How can I send the Tag PNG or PSD file? Do I upload it somewhere? I’m confused! Please get back to me!

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hi Hamiz! When you’re placing your order, you upload the file for the tag in the same step that you upload your print files here. If you’re adding the product to your store, then add and edit it in your Printful dashboard. It should look something like this.

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Thanks for pointing that out! This post was published before Bella + Canvas had removable labels. We’ll update!

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