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Fillmore from Cars Tank Top

DIY McQueen Costume (3) (478x640)UPDATE as of Jan 2015:  This item has proven to be our most popular post and item!  After more interest then I anticipated a DIY version of 4 Cars shirts is now available ONLY in the weeks leading up to Halloween in our online shop.  Please sign up for e-mails on the right or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to be alerted as soon as this item becomes available.

Beginning with something as simple as an e-mail for a Lightning McQueen tank top, quickly snowballed into an adventurous, speeding, race…

I designed and converted six of the most beloved, warmhearted, and memorable residents of Radiator Springs into T-Shirts and tank tops for the 2013 runDisney Half Marathon in DisneyLand, California for Danielle of Live, Run Grow, her husband, and their friends.

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Fillmore 3400 (150x129)This tank top is inspired by Radiator Spring’s resident “hippie,” a 1950’s Volkswagon Macro Bus, named Fillmore.  Beginning with Fillmore’s droopy eyes I moved down to his nose, a perfectly placed VW logo.  Positioned directly below Fillmore’s mouth, resembling a soul patch is his license plate:  51237 (referencing George Carlin’s birthday, George is Fillmore’s voice in the Cars films).

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Being sure to capture the true Jimi Hendrix fan in Fillmore, encircling his right headlight are brightly colored “hippie” flowers.  These “hippie” flowers continue to trail along the side and to the back of the tank top followed by a curvy and winding road and the word “Peace.”  Along the other side of Fillmore, and this tank top, is a brightly colored rainbow, peace sign, and the word “Love.”

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Bringing all 6 of the racers together as one, Danielle requested a quote from each of the characters be added to the back of each shirt…  Fillmore’s Quote:  “How about some organic fuel?”

UPDATE as of Jan 2015:  This item has proven to be our most popular post and item!  After more interest then I anticipated a DIY version of 4 Cars shirts is now available ONLY in the weeks leading up to Halloween in our online shop.  Please sign up for e-mails on the right or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to be alerted as soon as this item becomes available.  

A Mini Side Note:  After multiple washings, and the wear and tear of a Runner (or 3 year old for that matter), the bright colors from the original printer fabric will begin to fade.  As well, since the printer fabric is NOT stitched onto the t-shirt, the corners can begin to peel.  In the case of the peeling edges, just hit it with the iron again, or fabric glue and you will be all set.  Regarding the fading, I’m not too sure how to fix that, but in that time maybe you Cars’ fan will have grown a size up and you can create a Planes t-shirt for them..

If you L-I-K-E this Cars t-shirt, you will L-O-V-E our other Cars inspired itemsprojects, and party

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Author: Lily and Frog

Owner and creator of Lily and Frog, small business of handcrafted baby and toddler accessories.

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