Cut a square out of the orange fabric, big enough for you chose pattern and then some. Pin orange fabric on the INSIDE of your shirt, wherever you want your pumpkin to be. We choose the top center, on the chest.
Pin your pumpkin picture onto the FRONT of the shirt, printed mine of the internet. I actually did a Google search for “pumpkin appliqué” and got a lot of great results.
Sew around the outside of your pattern, VERY CAREFULLY! This pumpkin had a bit too many small curves for me, so instead of unpicking my horrible sewing and trying again, I sewed around my pumpkin five or six times, trying to sew close to what I’d already sewed but not right on top of the stitching. In the end, I liked the look this gave.
Be careful not to sew the back of your shirt to the front, or the front to the back. I did not once, but twice! Only sew the front of the shirt, otherwise you won’t be able to fit a little person in there!!
Now you have your pumpkin, but it needs a stem. I wanted my stem to go behind my pumpkin, so this is what I came up with:
Cut a little slit at the top of the pumpkin, but not through the stitches, just above them. To make my stem I used a piece of brown ribbon, cut, folded in half, sewed together the open edge. This will go on the inside of the shirt, so you won’t see it. So I didn’t worry about hiding seams, or as you can see changing my thread color. Insert sewed end of ribbon through the slit so that the sewed end is inside the shirt Pin and sew on top of the ribbon, I tried to blend this in with the stitches I already sewed.
Pumpkin, check. Stem, check. Now for the leaf and vines. Cut out two leaf shapes, place wrong sides together, sew around the edges, turn right side out. Put some of the leaf in that slit you made to make it look like it’s coming from the pumpkin and the stem. To sew my leaf onto the shirt, I used coordinating embroidery thread, sewed up the middle and around the edges. As you can see I did not to a great sewing job with the machine, but I thought it helped the leaf to match a little better so I left it. As a finishing touch I used the same green embroidery thread and stitched on a few swirly vines.
Pretty happy with my finished product, and it even survived the wash. I had fears it would completely come apart, but it made it! My pumpkin was a little bumpy, which added character to a pumpkin, but wouldn’t look so great if it was an initial or something. So my tip would be, chose something with a simple shape that will be easy to sew around. And make sure when you are pinning you get everything nice and flat and tight. Oh, and it was super fast, it took me about an hour from start to finish.
I’m excited to make some different versions using this technique, Wal-Mart has a ton of plain long sleeved shirts for $3 right now!