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My Favorite Printful Products That Aren’t T-Shirts

My Favorite Printful Products (that aren't t-shirts). Background includes peekaboo images of yoga leggings and a pillow with a bumble bee on it.

DTG-printed t-shirts and tank tops are the bread and butter of many print on demand shops, especially beginners. When you’re ready to expand your product offerings beyond shirts, here are some of the best products that Printful has to offer (and completely different from my favorite Printify products that aren’t shirts!) that are not t-shirts, tank tops, or even DTG sweatshirts.

Leggings

Printful’s All-Over Print Yoga Leggings

Everyone loves leggings – women’s, men’s, and even kid’s leggings are some of my best selling products. Customers love how comfortable the leggings are, and I frequently get 5-star reviews that mention the high quality of Printful’s leggings. With the latest addition of leggings with pockets, these are quickly becoming my all-time favorite product to both make and wear myself!

I particularly like being able to design the entire surface area, unlike a DTG printed product where you’re limited to a few boxy print areas. This has the added benefit that copycats can’t just copy and paste your design to steal as no mockups shows the entire print file and is displayed in 3D.

All-over print products are capable of of bright colors, and the print can’t peel or wear off because the dye is sublimated directly into the fibers of the fabric, before being cut and sewn into leggings. This multi-step process does take longer than DTG, but most of my legging orders are shipped out in just a few days.

AOP Hoodies & Joggers

Man wearing a bright, colorful hoodie with a symmetrical design of a flower-like mandala covering the entire sweatshirt with a purple background, even the sleeves and cuffs have design on them. The inside of the hood is yellow.
Printful’s All-Over Print Hoodie Sweatshirt

All-over print hoodies and jogger sweatpants are one of my favorite products for many of the same reasons as the leggings – the sublimation printing allows for bright colors, limitless printing area, and impossible for those lazy IP thieves to copy.

But it’s not just the print that make these one of the best print on demand products, but the inside brushed fleece makes these incredibly soft and cozy. I’m seriously considering getting a matching sweatsuit for each day of the week to spend the winter in.

These all-over print products are especially great for artists and surface pattern designers. What better way to market your art than for people to wear it, rather than hang on their wall?! Check out my video tutorial on aligning the hoodie pocket design for an even more premium product.

Premium Pillows

Bumblebee and mandala art throw pillow in yellow and blue, set on an outdoor metal chair.
Printful’s Premium Pillow

Pillows are a popular product with customers, and they make great gifts because the giver doesn’t need to guess the recipients size like with shirts. As more of use are working from home, there has also been an increased interest in home decor and creating fun, cozy spaces.

While both the basic and premium pillows from Printful are polyester, I prefer the premium version because it has a faux linen texture that commands a higher price than the basic pillows, which have a shinier, satin-like finish. I do occasionally sell the basic pillows, depending on the audience, but Printful’s premium pillows are my go-to.

The boxy print area makes it easy to expand your DTG designs to pillows, but also has the advantages of all-over print, like vibrant colors and custom background colors. I add all sizes of the pillows to my product listings to allow customers to select their preferred size. I’ve also change to only sell pillows and not the covers alone, because they covers rarely sold without the stuffing and it wasn’t worth my time making combined listings with multiple variations on Printful.

Vintage Cap Baseball Hat

Embroidered black baseball hat with worn denim texture to look vintage
Printful’s Vintage Baseball Cap

Embroidered hats are a popular product that appeals to a range of customers, especially the classic baseball hat. One of my favorites from Printful is the Vintage Otto Cap.

This hat currently comes in four colors – black, navy blue, maroon, and charcoal grey – all of which have a distressed dye pattern to look vintage. The bronze-colored metal snap on the back is a nice touch as well, and as someone with a small head, I appreciate being able to adjust the size.

Here are some of the best print on demand products from Printful that will help you stand out from the every other shop selling DTG shirts.
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How to Sync Multiple Designs to a Printful Listing on Etsy

Multiple design variations in one printful listing. Example shows white text on black shirts and black text on white shirts.

Whether you want to offer both light and dark shirts in one Etsy listing, or completely different designs altogether, with a couple extra steps, you can list multiple design variations in one single Etsy listing and sync them all with Printful.

Option 1: Printful Variations

The simplest option for offering multiple design variations, e.g. white text on dark shirts and black text on light shirts, is to use the “Variations” feature in Printful. Note that this method only works on products with multiple variations such as shirt colors (so not all-over-print products) and you can only add each variation once, e.g. you can’t have multiple different designs all on black shirts; to do that, skip to the next option.

  1. Create a product with one version of your design on all the product variations you want for that design. For example, add your white text version on all the shirt you want to have white text.
  2. Click the Edit button next to the product
  3. Click the Add Variants button, located at the top right (if this button is greyed out, go to the next section about adding variants via Etsy)
  4. Uncheck all the variants you already have listed
  5. Check the variants you need to add and edit/replace the design as necessary
  6. Finishing publishing the product as usual

Option 2: Etsy Variations

Some products, such as all-over-print products, require you to add the variations on Etsy first and then sync with Printful. This method also works if you want to offer multiple designs on the same product variation (e.g. matching couple shirts printed on the same shirt model) or multiple product types (e.g. a t-shirt and tank top) in the same listing.

Watch my video on Adding Multiple Color Options for AOP Products for an example of this technique.

  1. In Printful, go to Settings > Stores > Orders and make sure Import existing products is checked. (If you have multiple stores synced with Printful, use the dropdown at the top to change stores and check this setting for each).
  2. Create mockups images of your products (you can use Printful’s standalone Mockup Generator)
  3. In your Etsy shop, create a new listing with all the required information such as title, description, photos, etc.
  4. In the Variations section, add all the product options you want to offer. Since you are only allowed two variations (e.g. color and size) you may have to get creative and combine multiple variations in one. For example, if I were offering family shirts with different sizes and colors, I might have one variation with the design options (mom, dad, sister, etc.) and another that combined the size and shirt color, e.g. “Adult XL Blue”, “Youth M Black”.
Keep in mind that too many options may cause “purchase paralysis” and customers won’t buy your product because they are overwhelmed by options. If offering multiple designs, I recommend sticking with one product color. You can always have multiple listings, which will also increase your odds of being found in search.
  1. Publish the listing (you can also save as a draft if you prefer)
  2. Go to your store in Printful and click the Refresh data link, located at the top right.
  3. When the new listing appears on your product list, click the Edit button next to it.
  4. Next to each product, you will need to click Choose Product and select the product and design for that variation.
  5. If you didn’t publish in step 4, go back to Etsy and publish your listing.

Note, you can also skip syncing all the products and instead sync them as you get orders; after you sync an unsynced order, it will sync all future orders. If you take this approach, make sure that “Import unsynced orders” is checked in your Printful settings.

Video Tutorials

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How to Create a Seamless Hoodie Design

Create a seamless hoodie design by lining up the pocket

All-over print hoodies are a great product for artists to showcase their work and get creative with multiple print areas. One way to level up your all-over print hoodies and make them look professional is to line up the design on the front so that it flows seamlessly across the pocket. Now, because these products are handmade and the print areas differ slightly on each size, it’s not going to be perfect. But, the better print files your provide, the better the outcome.

Here’s how I use smart objects in Adobe Photoshop to line up the hoodie pocket to create a seamless print file:

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