DIY Made for Speed Cars Lightning McQueen Tee

Welcome to my stop on the Changing up the Tee Blog Tour! If you missed the intro post, check it out here. Today I am sharing a color-blocked Lightning McQueen version of GYCT’s Primary Tee & Dress pattern. Thank you to GYCT Designs for sponsoring this tour! You can get $2 off the pattern by using code SEWBLUE until July 15. Plus, read until the end of the post to enter the $30 giveaway to her shop.

DIY Made for Speed Cars Lightning McQueen Tee by Made for Little Gents

I was made for speed. My home is Radiator Springs. I am Lightning McQueen.

Sometimes I feel like Lightning McQueen. I am speed. I put my all into where I’m going and I don’t want to stop. Yet I find myself in Radiator Springs. This is my home, where my family is. Things run slowly here. I have children who don’t want to be doing what I’m doing. They don’t want to clean and sew and blog. They’d rather play, laugh, and find joy in the world around them. And while I am rushing around trying to escape to where I want to be mentally, my children are waiting for me, wanting to share with me their simple pleasures. They never give up. They know I’ll come to my senses.

DIY Made for Speed Cars Lightning McQueen Tee by Made for Little Gents

And they’re right, you know. Radiator Springs is a good place to be. Life is simpler, happier. I don’t have to be busy to be happy. Who says I need hundreds of items on my to-do list to feel accomplished? I don’t need to be on the go nonstop. When I jump all in with my boys, that is living. That is joy. I can silence out what the rest of the world tells me I need to do and just be.

I know you came here to learn about my t-shirt creation for Mr. A, and not read about life philosophies taught by Cars. But I couldn’t help but share my views as I thought about what to write for this post. I hope you are finding those opportunities to find joy with your family and in simplicity!

DIY Made for Speed Cars Lightning McQueen Tee by Made for Little Gents

Now, are you curious how to remake the Cars t-shirt? Follow the steps below to do it!

  • Pattern used: GYCT’s Primary Tee & Dress pattern
  • Fabric used: heathered grey jersey knit from (I love that it’s only $4.98/yard!), red and black knit fabrics from Jo-Ann
  • Modifications made: cut about 2″ from the bottom of the front and back pattern pieces, add 3/8″ inch on either end for seam allowance, and stitch both parts of the cut pattern pieces together
  • Embellishments added:
    • This Lightning McQueen digital file printed and ironed on using this. I cut it with my Cricut Explore Air 2, but you can cut it out with a craft knife or scissors as well.
    • This quote cut file (included in my free resource library – sign up for the newsletter to get it). I cut out a stencil from shelf liner from the dollar store using my Cricut (I could have used Freezer Paper as well). I used some black 3-D fabric paint leftover from a previous project to paint it.
    • The dashes on the “road” were originally painted on with yellow fabric paint using the stencil method, but these bled through like crazy! So I ended up cutting out HTV and ironing that on over the painted dashes.


Kicking Off The Changing Up The Tee Blog Tour

Thanks for reading! Check out what other bloggers are doing and come up with ideas for changing up the tee by following along with the blog tour below:

Fri. June 29
Made for Little Gents (Intro to Tour)
Mon. July 2
Family of Makers
Tues. July 3
Made for Little Gents
Wed. July 4
Thurs. July 5
Made by Laura!
Fri. July 6
Auschick Sews
Mon. July 9
Kate Will Knit | Sew Cute Couture by Kathy
Tues. July 10
Tenille’s Thread | Mahlica Designs
Wed. July 11
Momma Newey’s Makes | Our Play Place
Thurs. July 12
My Sewing Roots | Elli and Nels
Fri. July 13
Dreams and Stitches | Stylin’ Stacy

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