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How To Create Custom Printed Labels For Your Shirts (Plus 10 Examples!)
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How To Create Custom Printed Labels For Your Shirts (Plus 10 Examples!)

Learn how to create custom t-shirt labels and tags here at Real Thread.

The first step in creating custom t-shirt labels and tags is organizing it's content. This should include the following: 

- It's important to use an ink that doesn't show through the backside of the shirt, especially light colored shirts. We recommended going with our SuperSoft Ink line and choosing from one of the free stock ink colors: black, medium grey or white. However, if you want a custom color, that's great too! A lot of people go this route, so their shirt design is fluid with their tag design. 

- Keep in mind the size of anything in your custom t-shirt labels. The max image size allowed for custom printed tags is 4" wide x 4” tall, so while it's spacious, there can be a lot to fit in those dimensions. The smallest type size is 6 points. Designs of custom t-shirt labels that are smaller than that can be hard to read. 

- We get a lot of questions about the RN number. As far as that goes, Real Thread strongly recommends following the legal guidelines for relabeling your garment’s tags if you remove the manufacturer’s label. It's important for you to read and understand the Federal Trade Commission's regulations on labeling and including a registered identification number before designing your custom printed tags.

- All shirts come with manufacture tags. Some can easily be torn out, while the others have to be removed by our in-house seamstress. You can learn more about removing manufacture tags here. [Bonus: One tag type will save you money!] 

Here are 10 examples of companies that organized their content and design perfectly to create the best custom design tags! We've included pointers about each to help guide you in making your best custom t-shirt labels yet.  

1. Use a light ink color on a dark shirt so your tag is easily readable. 

2. Always include the RN number in your tag if it's necessary for your company. 

3. Let people know how to best take care of their shirt by including care instructions in your tag. 

4. Including the fabric composition is a nice way to let people know they are wearing a quality shirt. 

5. Make sure people can easily find and read the shirt size in your tag. 

6. Add an icon, that represents your brand well, to your tag design. 

7. Make a statement by using your logo in the tag. 

8. Call out where and how the shirt was made in the tag. 

9. Remind your audience about the impact they made by buying and wearing your shirt in the tag. 

10. Include a collaboration or partnership with another company in the tag. 

Ready to create custom t-shirt labels and tags for your shirts? Here are two sets of custom printed tag templates you can use and adjust to your liking!

Custom Tag Template (Set 1) 
Custom Tag Templates
(Set 2)

Start designing now!