Master the Art of Print on Demand with Printful for Etsy

Master the Art of Print on Demand with Printful for Etsy

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. What is Print on Demand?
  3. Types of Etsy Shops
  4. Qualifying for Print on Demand
  5. Introduction to Printful
  6. Getting Started with Printful and Etsy
  7. Connecting Printful and Etsy
  8. Creating and Uploading Designs
  9. Checking Mock-ups and Choosing Styles
  10. Pricing and Costs
  11. Submitting Products to Etsy
  12. Tips for Long-Term Business Success
  13. Additional Resources and Videos
  14. Conclusion


Welcome to this guide on using Printful with your Etsy shop for print on demand products. In this article, we will walk you through the process of setting up a print on demand shop, connecting Printful to your Etsy store, creating and uploading designs, and submitting products to Etsy. We will also provide tips for long-term business success and share additional resources and videos that can help you along the way.

What is Print on Demand?

Print on demand is a business model where products are only created and printed once an order is placed. This eliminates the need for inventory and allows for greater flexibility in offering a wide range of designs and products. With Printful, a leading print on demand partner, you can easily create and sell customized products without having to worry about production and fulfillment.

Types of Etsy Shops

Etsy is a popular online marketplace known for handmade, vintage, and craft supply products. While these are the primary types of shops found on Etsy, there is also room for print on demand shops. As long as you design the products and own the rights to your designs, you can qualify as a print on demand shop on Etsy. However, it's important to note that using licensed designs, such as Disney characters, is not allowed.

Qualifying for Print on Demand

To qualify for print on demand on Etsy, you need to ensure that you are the designer of the products and that you own the rights to the designs. This means that the items must be made and/or designed by you, the seller. As long as you meet these requirements and avoid using licensed designs, you can offer print on demand products in your Etsy shop.

Introduction to Printful

Printful is a leading print on demand provider that offers a wide range of customizable products and seamless integration with Etsy. You can use Printful to create and sell products such as apparel, accessories, home decor, and more. Printful handles the production, printing, and shipping of the products, allowing you to focus on designing and marketing your creations.

Getting Started with Printful and Etsy

To get started with Printful and Etsy, there are a few steps you need to follow. First, sign up for a Printful account on their website. This will give you access to their catalog of products and design tools. Next, create an Etsy shop if you don't already have one. You can use the link in the description to open an Etsy shop and get 40 free listings. Once you have both accounts set up, you can proceed to connect Printful to your Etsy store.

Connecting Printful and Etsy

To connect Printful and Etsy, sign in to your Printful account and click on "Stores" in the dashboard. Choose the platform "Etsy" and follow the steps to connect your Etsy shop. Make sure you are signed in to your Etsy account during this process. Once the connection is established, you can start adding products to your Printful account.

Creating and Uploading Designs

Designing your products is an important aspect of running a print on demand shop. In a separate video, we will guide you through the process of creating designs using tools like Photoshop. We will also show you how to use Power Automate Desktop to automate the process of creating different file sizes for various products. This way, you can easily upload your designs to Printful and ensure they fit perfectly on each item.

Checking Mock-ups and Choosing Styles

Before finalizing your products, it's essential to check the mock-ups provided by Printful. These mock-ups show how your design will look on the selected product. You can make sure the design is positioned correctly and adjust any elements if needed. Additionally, you can choose different mock-up styles, such as girls with sneaker mock-ups or flat mock-ups, to showcase your products on your Etsy product page.

Pricing and Costs

When setting the prices for your print on demand products, it's important to consider various factors. You need to account for the base price of the product, Printful's fees, Etsy's fees, shipping costs, and any applicable taxes. Additionally, you should consider your desired profit margin. We recommend checking Printful's pricing and fee information and being mindful of the impact of fees on your overall pricing structure.

Submitting Products to Etsy

Once you have completed the design and pricing details for your products in Printful, it's time to submit them to Etsy. Printful allows you to push your products to Etsy as drafts, where you can further refine the listings on the Etsy side. This allows you to optimize your product titles, descriptions, and tags for better visibility and searchability on Etsy's marketplace.

Tips for Long-Term Business Success

While print on demand offers many opportunities, it's essential to approach your business with a long-term perspective. In this section, we will share valuable tips for building a successful print on demand shop on Etsy. We will cover topics such as customer service, managing feedback and reviews, optimizing your listings, promoting your products, and building your brand.

Additional Resources and Videos

To help you navigate the world of print on demand and Etsy, we have created a series of videos that delve deeper into different aspects of running a successful print on demand shop. These videos cover topics such as designing for print on demand, automating the creation of design files, and expanding your presence to other marketplaces like Cafe Press and Zazzle. Make sure to subscribe to our channel and hit the notification bell to stay updated on upcoming videos.


In conclusion, Printful and Etsy provide a powerful combination for entrepreneurs looking to start a print on demand shop. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can connect Printful to your Etsy store, create and upload custom designs, set prices for your products, and submit them to Etsy. Remember to consider long-term business strategies and leverage additional resources to maximize your success in the print on demand industry.

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