I have been trying to make as many Christmas presents as I could this year. For my little brother in law I decided to try out applique. Eventually it turned out ok, but getting there was an ordeal. I think my problem was the t-shirt I used was very thin. I ended up putting a large piece of interfacing on the inside of the shirt so I could do the satin stitch on that. It stopped the sewing machine gathering up the t-shirt fabric and I just trimmed it after I finished.
It looks very cute and I hope my mother in law likes it!