I love all the fun woodland themes Fall brings. One of my favorites is mushrooms. My kids are studying mushrooms in our homeschool science right now I thought a little fungus-friendly shirt would be the perfect project.
- Plain long sleeved t-shirt
- Fleece scraps
- Embroidery Stabilizer
- Ball point needle
- Optional: machine embroidery for lettering*
*I used my Brother SE-400 (which does machine embroidery & regular sewing) for my lettering, but this could also be done with iron-on letters or freezer paper stencils.
I decided on "Fungus Among Us" for my wording and did each word separately since my machine has some limits on size. For machine embroidering I always use stabilizer on the back & pull my fabric nice and taut in the hoop (for more details on how to do machine embroidery, see here).
I also cut a large piece of stabilizer to go behind the entire face of the shirt, covering the entire applique area and pinned it into place. Using stabilizer is a good idea when doing applique on knits - it helps keep the fabric from stretching or pulling. I used tear away on this shirt, but I normally use the softer kind that stays on for items that are worn next to the skin.
I cut out some cap & stalks from my fleece scraps. "U" shaped for the stems and curved triangles for the tops:
I pined them together with the stem slightly underneath:
I appliqued the stalks first with a mid-sized zig-zag stitch (flipping up the bottom edges of the caps), then my mushroom caps and lastly, the text bubble. Using fleece means there's no fraying and is soft & fuzzy so it's ideal for this sort of applique.
I satin stitched (wide, close together zig-zag) some arcs for the big mushrooms eyes and some small spots for the smaller one. I hand stitched a little smile on both and our little fungus friends were all set.
Now we've got some happy mushrooms to make our experience learning about them even more fun!
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