Embroidery style guide: selling hats

In Insights by Kate Shoaf November 19, 2018
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Spring offers several high-quality embroidered hats for creators; trucker hats, snapback hats, dad hats, and beanies. We offer two types of embroidery style: regular and puff. Each hat is made to order.

 Here’s what we’ll cover in this guide. Ensure you read each section carefully before submitting your design file to reduce the risk of your submission being rejected.

  • Thread colors
  • File formatting
  • Design tips—do’s and don’ts
  • Digitizing files
  • Puff embroidery 

Please note: Not all creators have access to embroidered hats—they are a specialty product and access is granted daily on a case by case basis. When you’ve gained access to these products, they will become visible within the launcher. Increase your chances of gaining access to embroidered hats by acquiring sales. 

Thread colors

Choose from up to six colors below. Simple, bold designs work best for embroidery. Avoid small details, thin lines or complicated artwork effects (e.g. distressing or drop shadows). These will not embroider well. 

Please note: the colors in your design must match exactly the thread colors in the chart above. If you use a different color, your design will be rejected.

File formatting 

You will need to create your own hat designs using software like Adobe Illustrator (vectorized .eps or .PNG with a transparent background). Designs submitted that do not meet design file requirements will be rejected. 

Download the hat design templates to ensure your design is formatted correctly and features available thread color options. Find the embroidery guide and learn about each type of hat below.

Design tips

Hat designs are more complex than other garments in the launcher. This is because designs are stitched (not printed). It’s important to understand what designs do and don’t work to avoid your design being rejected. See requirements below.

  • Please submit vectorized EPS files, or high quality PNG files (300 PPI).

  • Design dimensions should be to scale as it will appear on the product

  • No gradients or photographic elements

  • No transparencies or effects such as glow or drop shadows

  • Use no more than 6 colors 
  • Dimensions (above image)

See below minimum sizing requirements for your embroidery designs:

  • Letters: no smaller than 18 pts/ 6.35mm 
  • Line thickness: no thinner than 4 pts / 1.411mm
  • Design elements: no smaller than 9 pts / 3.175mm
  • Spacing between elements of your design: no smaller than 14.175 pts / 5mm

Here’s a few examples of do’s and don’ts for your embroidered hat designs.

Why do files need to be digitized?

Embroidery digitizing means converting a design file into a stitch file. Once digitized, an embroidery machine is able to sew the design. To sell hats, you only need to digitize your design file once. This one-time, $5 digitizing fee is deducted from your account. 

Please note, beanies require a separate $5 digitizing fee because they are formatted differently to be embroidered onto knitted fabric.

Puff embroidery 

So what is puff embroidery? Puff embroidery creates a three dimensional effect that raises your design off the garment. You can have a mix of regular and puff embroidery, but you may only use only one thread color as the puff element of your design. (You can still choose up to 6 colors total for design, but identify 1 of those colors as a puff element).

Let us know the puff element thread color in the ‘Puff embroidery preferences’ section of the embroidery request form. Example: “Puff embroidery preferences: The puff element of my design is the yellow logo”

  • Please submit vectorized EPS files, or high quality PNG files (300 PPI).

  • Design dimensions should be to scale as it will appear on the product

  • No gradients or photographic elements

  • No transparencies or effects such as glow or drop shadows

  • Maximum line thickness should be no larger than 12.7mm / 36 points 
  • Dad hats are not available in puff embroidery