My sister visited this weekend and we decided to make her a shirt for Valentine's Day based on the LOVE statue in Philadelphia. If you need more instruction, I'll do a more detailed tutorial on how to make an applique later this week so this one will be a bit more brief.
First I ironed Wonder-Under (specifically Pellon 725 Heavy-Duty Wonder-Under Transfer Web) to the back of the fabric we chose. Then I traced the letters onto the fabric using a stencil we had created of each letter. You can download the PDF of the letters for personal use here. Then we cut out each letter, peeled off the Wonder-Under backing, positioned the letters onto the shirt then ironed them down. Then I did a zig zag stitch around each letter and project complete! We found the plain long-sleeved gray shirt at Target in the men's section. They had a variety of colors and they had a few in the boys section if you need a smaller size.
Here's a close up of the letters. We chose a navy quilting cotton for the L, V, and E. For the O we used a fabric with tiny forks, spoons and knives. My sister is loves to bake (she's fabulous by the way) and she's single so this shirt is subtly dedicated to food love.