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How to Create, Buy, and Sell Custom Embroidered Beanies

How to Create, Buy, and Sell Custom Embroidered Beanies

Taran Dobbins
9 minute read

Beanies are probably one of the most stylish winter accessories you can wear. Popular among all ages, creating your own custom embroidered beanies can add a personal touch to your wardrobe. Regardless of whether it’s for yourself, for freebies or corporate merchandise. 


While it may seem challenging for amateurs, making use of custom embroidery on beanies when designed well can look sophisticated and classy with most outfits. That said, there are several different styles of custom embroidered beanies to look at when designing your own custom merchandise.

So regardless of whether you’re looking to create some hip merchandise or gift your friends something warm for the winter, creating your own custom embroidered beanies is a unique way to add your own look and feel to a clothing item. Besides making an excellent gift for the holiday season, beanies, much like coats, are kept for years.



What Are Custom Embroidered Beanies?

Beanies, or knit caps, are headgear worn to provide warmth in cold weather. The brimless head-hugging caps are typically created from a variety of materials, like wool, cotton, silk, or felt. 

When it comes to custom embroidered beanies, they gained traction with various retail stores and brands selling their own merchandise. While there may be several different types of beanies out there, having your own custom embroidered design can help when adding a unique touch to an accessory that would otherwise be a little bland.

5 Types of Custom Embroidered Beanies

  1. The Cuffless Beanie

Probably the most common type of beanie out there, this beanie is one you’ll find in most retail stores. This type of beanie has finished ends and isn’t folded. Cuffless beanies, like the Carhartt Acrylic Knit Hat above, are a practical solution to keeping you feeling warm from cold weather. 


While there may be several materials out there, some options worth considering to keep you warm are made from wool, cotton, or even acrylic fabric. These days, several companies make use of recycled material for more sustainable options that are environmentally conscious.

  1. The Cuffed Beanie

Created a little bit longer than the cuffless beanies, cuffed beanies are cuffed at the bottom. Usually created from wool or acrylic fabric, this beanie is a great accessory to have during winter. Cuffed hats, like this Carhartt Watch Cap 2.0, are intended to be comfortable and soft, keeping your ears warm and snug.


While there may be several different types of beanies out there, cuffed beanies are one of the oldest styles, originally used by blue-collar workers. So, if you’re looking for a simple, practical solution to staying warm during winter, this type of beanie is a great option. 

  1. The Slouch Beanie

The slouch beanie, like this Atlantis Recy Sustainable Beanie, is known to slouch slightly when worn. Considered chic by the large majority, this type of beanie works with a variety of styles and outfits, making it a non-restrictive winter wear option.


Perfect to wear with sweaters, t-shirts, or even jackets, this versatile beanie works with almost all casual styles. These days, several of the more environmentally conscious companies make use of recycled material in their apparel. When it comes to creating custom embroidered beanies that look stylish and sleek, slouch beanies are a great option to opt for.

  1. The Pom Pom Beanie


If you’re looking for the cutest fashion statement this winter, pom pom beanies, like this Richardson Chunk Twist Knit Beanie, are a great option to consider. This chunky beanie has a pom pom on the end that’s a fluffy top, which is where it gets its name. 


This cozy accessory looks adorable with uggs and gives you a look that’s perfect for fall and the holidays. Typically made from wool or acrylic yarn, there are several variations of pom pom beanies, some of which are even hand-knitted. 


  1. The Cable Knit Beanie


When it comes to beanies that have a knitted look to them, cable knit beanies, like this Richardson Cable Knit Beanie, are a great option to choose from. Regardless of whether it's for a gift, a freebie, or to celebrate the season, this warm accessory keeps you warm and snug. 


While there are several different beanies to choose from, cable knit beanies are an option that looks classy, while allowing you to embrace the seasons of fall and winter.


7 Tips for Creating, Buying, and Selling Custom Embroidered Beanies

  1. Pick the Right Material

Depending on what weather and budget you’re working with, making a point to pick the right blend or fabric for your beanie is fundamental. While there are several different options available wool, cotton, silk, and acrylic are the most commonly used materials. 


While wool tends to be the warmest it can also feel a bit heavy. For weather that’s not too cold, cotton-wool or cotton-acrylic blend can be a better option to wear.


  1. Look for Manufacturers and Dealers That Have Embroidery Facilities

When it comes to creating custom embroidered beanies with good quality, making sure to source the manufacturer of your merchandise with the right dealer is crucial. While it may seem affordable to opt for overseas options both logistics and quality control issues can make your job a lot more difficult.

Looking at manufacturers that have embroidery machines that facilitate the production of good-quality embroidery is an absolute must. In cases where only a limited number of merchandise is to be produced, opting for domestic manufacturers and websites that facilitate custom embroidery is a smart move. Underground Printing provides users with a wide selection of merchandise that can be customized as required.


  1. Pick the Right Type of Beanie and Color Scheme

When creating your beanie, deciding on the right type of beanie and color scheme relevant to your brand, or theme, is important. As mentioned above, there are several different types of beanies to choose from for different looks or aesthetics.


When it comes to the color scheme, it depends entirely on your design objective. Generally speaking, going for neutral colors like black, beige, gray, and white are safe choices for any outfit and skin tone. 


That said, getting more stark and festive colors, provided they are in line with your brand, or theme, definitely keeps things interesting. For anyone having a tough time getting started, looking at color palettes and images on Pinterest is a great place to start.


  1. Design a Mock-up of Your Beanie

When creating your own custom beanie, it's important to create a mock-up of your design to get a better idea of how it would look. Designing your mock-up is an excellent opportunity to see which color scheme works best and if your design looks appealing. While this can often entail you hiring your own designer, the cost is usually worth the trouble. 


For individuals looking to take the most affordable route; however, websites, like Underground Printing, come with their own free mockup software. Available online, several websites allow users to select merchandise to visualize how their logo or design would ultimately look. 


  1. Make Use of Vector Designs for Embroidery 

In the process of creating your custom embroidered designs, it’s vital that you stick to vector-based designs and graphics. What does that mean? Well, while most images and designs tend to be raster (made up of pixels), vector-based graphics tend to look smooth around the edges, and make good use of solid colors.


 While this may seem insignificant, when it comes to embroidery designs, making use of vector graphics can save you both time and energy.  


  1. Make Use of the Right Retail Platforms

When it comes to selling custom embroidered beanies, your sales platform depends entirely on your budget and demographic. While it may seem outdated, selling merchandise at fairs, carnivals, and in stores can be wise, provided you know there will be customers interested in your merchandise.

That said, if you’re looking to create a profitable business online, trying a site like Amazon can be beneficial, especially with the affordable cost of Amazon Ads. That said, if you’re looking to establish a long-standing brand, creating your own website is a better option. In doing this, you can either create your custom embroidered beanies in batches or dropship the ecommerce model.


  1. Run Strategic Advertising Campaigns 

Although it can seem intimidating, running advertisements for your store, event, or website where you plan on selling your custom embroidered beanies can bring in significant ROI. In doing this, making sure that you target specific geo locations that are susceptible to cold weather can help you stay profitable. Besides this, making sure to increase your ad spending during colder months and target areas susceptible to heavy snow and low temperatures can also ensure you have consistent revenue. 


Besides this, having a digital presence on social media channels through visual ads, where you target the right set of keywords on the Google results page can improve both your visibility and sales. 



While it may seem daunting for anyone new to merchandising, creating, buying, and selling custom embroidered hats doesn’t need to be complicated. With the various websites and manufacturers available, the challenges have significantly reduced over the years.


When it comes to quality issues, make sure you read reviews or opt for a domestic-based organization and save you both time and money in product quality. If a limited number is required, websites like Underground Printing offer users affordable production with quality assurance measures in place. That said, we hope you found this article helpful! Do you agree with us? Let us know in the comment section below. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the most common materials used for creating custom embroidered beanies?

Wool, cotton, silk, acrylic and felt are some of the most common materials, or fabrics, used in the manufacturing of embroidered beanies. Besides this, there are several different blends that offer both comfort and practicality based on your budget and weather conditions. 

Is selling custom embroidered beanies difficult?

Not necessarily! Provided you have the right budget and sales platform, selling embroidered beanies can be profitable. That said, it also relies heavily on the effort and investment you put toward promotion. In cases where individuals have a limited budget, trying solutions, like drop shipping, can help you save significantly on down costs.

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