Your complete guide to creating custom printed labels for your t-shirts (Plus 10 Examples!)


Custom printed labels are an awesome way to put your t-shirts one step ahead of the rest. They’re comfortable, stylish, and give your brand a lot of extra authority. When a lot of people are ordering custom t-shirts, they don’t know that a feature of this quality is accessible to them, but it is! 

We’re here to show you that custom printed labels for more than attainable for your next t-shirt order, what information you need to include, and show you 10 beautiful custom tag examples.

Download your free custom inside tag templates and tools before you get started!

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When planning to create your custom t-shirt labels (tags), it’s important to organize all of the content needed first. You’ll want to make sure you have the following:

  • Company or Brand Name
  • T-shirt Size
  • Fabric composition
  • Country of manufacturing origin
  • Wash or care instructions
  • RN Number

Tips to keep in mind

Use an ink that doesn’t show through the back. For your custom tags, 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 matches their tag design.

Remember you’re working with limited space. You’ll want to 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.

Remember the RN number. 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.

Know which t-shirt blanks have tearaway tags. All t-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. Or, ask your account executive ahead of time which shirt blanks have tearaway tags, and which don’t, because tearaway tags can 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.

Custom inside tag examples

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 (very bottom line of the tag below).

3. Let people know how to best take care of their shirt by including care instructions in your tag. And be sure to download our free tag care icons here!


4. Including the fabric composition is a nice way to let people know they are wearing a quality shirt (bottom right corner of the tag below)!


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 for your shirts? Be sure to download these two free sets of custom shirt tag templates to get started.

Custom Tag Template (Set 1)

Custom Tag Templates (Set 2)

If you have any further questions or are ready to start an order, let us know! We’d love to help make your next t-shirt project come to life.

Editor’s Note: This post had been updated for accuracy and freshness. You can find the original version here.


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