Janie and Jack-o-lantern: DIY T-shirt Applique

Janie and Jack is a lovely Children’s clothing store. I always love to go in and browse when I visit Orlando. Of course, like everything else I like, it is very expensive.  Sometimes you can find a good sale, but I often want what is in season now. This year they have the cutest Halloween collection. I really loved this little t-shirt ($28).

Appliqued felt pumpkins with the caption “cutest in the patch” embroidered beneath. So cute! So the other day as I was organizing Char’s closet, I stumbled across a plain white t-shirt, and I was inspired.

The one I made is girly, like the original, but I think with a few minor adjustments it could be made for a little boy too. If you’d like to make one for your little one – here’s the tutorial!

You’ll need:

  • a long-sleeved white t-shirt
  • orange felt
  • green felt
  • black embroidery floss
  • needle
  • water-soluble fabric pen
  • paper and pencil
  • Step 1:  Draw a sketch of the pumpkins, or print mine out here.
  • Step 2:  Cut out your paper patterns and trace them onto the correct colors of felt.
  • Step 3:  Cut out the felt pumpkins.
  • Step 4:  Thread a needle with 3 strands of black embroidery floss.  You are going to embroider the “inside” detailing of the pumpkins – the lines and the jack-o-lantern face.
  • Step 5:  Pin the pumpkins to the t-shirt.  I focused on centering the jack-o-lantern and then arranged the other two around it.
  • Step 6:  Embroider around the pumpkins and stems/leaves.  Don’t forget to add the curly vines.  It WILL look handmade – but that’s okay.  The Janie and Jack one was made in a factory somewhere – yours is unique and made with loving hands 🙂
  • Step 7:  Write the caption under the pumpkins with a fabric pen.
  • Step 8:  Thread your needle with 2 strands of black embroidery floss and follow your letters, embroidering the phrase.
  • Step 9:  Rinse the fabric pen off and Ta-Da!! You’re all set!

Put it on your little pumpkin and enjoy the fall weather!  Have a great weekend!


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