This simple Jack-o-Lantern shirt project makes a cute gift or a fun addition to any casual outfit for fall.
You will need a t-shirt or sweatshirt in black, purple, blue or red, a 6-12 inch fabric cut-out of a jack-o-lantern with cut-out features, quilt padding, a similarly-sized oval of glow-in-the-dark fabric or white fabric covered with glow-in-the-dark paint, tracing paper, fabric glue, scissors, chalk, black, green and orange fabric paint, a ruler, orange thread and a needle.
Start by using the ruler to find the left to right center of the front of your shirt, and mark this point, approximately 8-10 inches below the collar of the shirt.
Next, place a piece of tracing paper over the cut-out jack-o-lantern’s face. Trace a circle that covers the face, but extends beyond the facial features by no more than ¼ inch. Cut out the paper circle and then use it as a pattern to cut out the center of the shirt, using your earlier mark as a guide.
Place a thin bead of fabric glue around the outside edge of the front side of the glow-in-the-dark fabric. Glue this on the inside of the shirt, over the hole you just cut.
Use the jack-o-lantern as a pattern to cut out a piece of quilt padding about ½ inch smaller than the pumpkin. Use the tracing paper circle pattern again to cut the center out of the padding cut-out. Glue the padding to the back side of the jack-o-lantern, making sure no quilting shows through the face holes.
Next, align the jack-o-lantern on the front of the shirt, so that the facial features all have glow-in-the-dark fabric behind them. Glue the cut-out in place. Thread the needle. Whip stitch around the outside of the pumpkin. Tie off on the inside of the shirt.
Glue down the edges of each facial feature. Lay a thin bead of the black fabric paint along the edges of each facial feature. Use the orange fabric paint to paint on the segment lines of the pumpkin. You can also paint a line where the top of the pumpkin would have been cut out for a real jack-o-lantern, if desired. Use the green and orange in a striping pattern to color in the stem of the pumpkin.