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How to Create a Custom Hoodie

Do you ever struggle to find unique gifts? Holidays and happy occasions are lovely. But sometimes they give us so much headache after hours spent searching for presents. Finding meaningful gifts is not easy. The best way to show how much you care about a person is by giving a thoughtful personalized gift.  

Teenage Girls wearing hoodies

As the cold season approaches, warm and cozy clothes become a must-have. And who doesn’t like a comfy and thoughtfully customized hoodie or a sweatshirt? Also, one can never have too many of them.

If you’re planning for family holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas, or just searching for a birthday gift,  giving a custom hoodie can be a great game plan.

It would allow you to prepare time ahead and come up with beautiful ideas for everyone. Imagine how much fun it would be to unwrap gifts that have special meaning to everyone. It can stir lots of laughter and memories. If you think this is a good idea but do not know where to begin, our guide will give you a head start. 

Showcasing your art on a hoodie can be done either via printing or embroidery. The printing looks fantastic and can resonate more with a younger generation. However, embroidery may convey more value and look more chick.

Indeed both methods – printing and embroidery, will demonstrate your thoughtful intentions. Whichever way you choose is up to your personal preference. Let’s review some of the pros and cons of both methods.

Black Hoodie for Custom Emboidery

If printing is calling your name, there are tons of companies offering custom printed hoodies. Some of them have no minimum orders and some only work with bulk orders. One of the go-to companies we recommend for custom printing is Printify. Other established print-on-demand companies are Printiful, CustomizedGirl, and many others you can search online for yourself.

To use Printify, you need to be 18 years or older to create your account. If you have your design ready, you can choose from a wide range of products ready for you to be customized. You will need to upload your design, preview a mockup, and send it to production. It’s pretty simple, except if you don’t know how design, that might be a bit of a stretch. If you don’t know Photoshop or Illustrator, you may seek a graphic designer’s help to create an image suitable for printing. To do that, you may want to visit a Freelancer.com to get a free quote from millions of graphic designers waiting to work with you.

Dog Wearing Hoodie and Glasses

If you don’t want to go through the hurdle of looking for a graphic designer, custom embroidered hoodie can be easier. Before an actual embroidery is made, your design has to be digitized.

Digitizing means an embroidery specialist needs to convert your image into an embroidery format. The good news is that you don’t need to do it yourself. All you have to do is to find a suitable image for your design and submit it to a professional.

Besides this advantage, embroidered hoodie will look more luxurious and will be perceived as more valuable. If we got you all excited and ready to unveil your creative streak, it’s time to decide on the actual design. If you know what exactly that is, kudos to you. But if you find it tricky, we can help you to brainstorm. 

Creative process

Let’s say you decided to create a custom hoodie for your friend Mike. The first step is to think about Mike’s interests. Is Mike a sports enthusiast?  There are many sports he might like – baseball, football, tennis, etc. But think of one sport he is especially fond of. The hint – it is the one he can talk about for hours after a beer or two. If you know it, you hit the jackpot!  

There are so many ways you can please a sports lover. For example, Mike might love a hoodie with his favorite player’s name or number, a name of a sports team, or a sports team logo.

How about a player sketch portrait or famous coach quote? Also, you can search for sports-related expressions and jokes. This list is endless.

Sports Logos

What about his wife, Anna? If sports is Mike’s thing, Anna, on the other hand, might be a nature lover. Does she love hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities? 

Wanderlust Embroidered Hoodie, mountains and flowers, wilderness, unique gift

If the answer is yes, it’s a sign that she would be thrilled with pictures of various landscapes, sunsets or sunrises, ocean or forest, meadows or mountains printed or embroidered on her hoodie. Just search for images of butterflies and flowers she might like. Did you know that frog hoodies are trending? What a surprise!

Or better yet, does Anna have a particular destination she loves, like maybe Grand Canyon or Zermatt’s picks? Re-creating her favorite scenery will move your friends’ heart. 

Once again, search for quotes and expressions geared towards the beauty of nature, adventures, and wanderlust. 

And what about your nephew George? Is he fitness and healthy lifestyle fan? There are many ways to please him. You can search online for fitness slogans, funny sayings, or timeless expressions. If George has a good sense of humor, call him a made-up name like a Future Ninja Warrior or Fitness Freak. 

Check out this article that explores this subject in depth Gym Quotes for Instagram – 95 Funny Fitness Captions & Motivation Posts (wellnesscreatives.com)

Sports Quotes

What about your cousin Julia? Maybe you could create a custom hoodie related to her profession? Is she a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer, or maybe a teacher? Whatever her occupation is, you can explore this subject in many ways. 

For example, if you have an insider joke related to her profession, it’s an excellent time to show that you remember it. Suppose Julia is the best at what she does; praise her. Everyone enjoys a bit of ego-stroking.


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Whoever else is on your list, recollect their hobbies. Is it arts, books, music, science, gaming, chess, traveling, astrology, fishing, or else? That means there might be a pioneer in one of these fields, a famous singer, actor, author, or a favorite show one of them admires. A nine years old boy might love Cobra Kai or Among Us hoodie.  Finally, craft a witty phrase related to it, or google relevant words for some helpful insights. 

Don’t forget about inspirational quotes words of wisdom. Check this site for something special for your friend – 170 Words of Wisdom (wisdomquotes.com). Finally, don’t discount the power of pet love. Personalized pet related gift are one of the most popular items. It’s very likely if your friend has a pet, anything that celebrates its cuteness will be greatly appreciated.

Stock of Colorful Hoodies

Hopefully, by now, we got you super stoked about the upcoming holidays and pumping with ideas. As you can see, the sky is the only limit!

Now, as you are familiar with the steps, let’s make a custom hoodie for everyone on your list!

If custom embroidery is your choice, feel free to reach out to discuss your ideas with us.

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