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Heavy Rain Pillowcases DIY

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For those of you who know me know that I LOVE video games so why not do a video game DIY right?

I made these bad boys 2 years ago but they were at my mother in law’s place but she thought I might like to take them home so we could have them here.

Boy did I forget how creative I could be!

For those of you who haven’t played Heavy Rain here’s a little background info:

Basically there is a murderer committing a string of unsolved murders to which you must play different characters in order to figure out who is the culprit. And the key evidence that was left at each murder scene was a piece of origami.

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While walking through Ikea I came across this fabric and I instantly KNEW what I was going to do with them.

My boyfriend (now husband) and I were geographically separated due to work and school so I wanted to make pillowcases for him.

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I bought the black and white fabric from downtown LA. The white fabric I bought is normally used for baby products and is very soft because of it.

So here are the materials that you need for this fun DIY project:
(Measurements are for 2 pillowcases, divide for single pillowcase).

1.75 yards of fabric for the Main Body fabric
(You can always just round up to 2 yards if you are afraid of mistakes or are worried about the fabric shrinking or fitting larger pillows).

2/3 yard for the Band fabric

1/4 yard for the Trim fabric

Cutting Measurements :

2 panels of 27″ x 42″ for the Main Body fabric
(The seams will be about 1/2 inch so if you need to change the length or width of the cut due to pillow size remember to take that into account).

For the Band and Trim fabric you can adjust depending on how you want the finished pillowcase to look .

The length will have to be 42″ to match that of the Main Body fabric but the width can be varied on preference.

For my band I cut 1 ½” x 42″ while for the trim I did about 4″ x 42″.

Don’t pick fabrics that shrink (unless you prewash), are hard to sew or are hard to maintain unless it is for purely decorative purposes.

Sewing Guidelines :

All seams are 1/2″.

First, take your band fabric and your trim fabric and fold them lengthwise so that the pattern that you want is facing the inside of the fold (wrong side). Take an iron and press both pieces of fabric.

The right side is the pretty side which is seen when the project is done.
The wrong side is the back of the right side, it usually is not as bright or pretty.

Next, baste the folded trim strip to the band 1⁄8″ from the raw edges along the length of the strips.

Basting is long easily removable stitches, sewn by machine or by hand. Basting stitches are sewn to temporarily hold fabric together. 

Next, pin the band with the trim positioned in the middle by aligning the raw edges together. Sew all three pieces together.

Now it’s time to fold the pillowcase with the right sides together. Make sure to align and match the band, seamline and lower edges. Sew all the raw or open areas together.

Trim any excess fabric there may be and then turn the pillowcase inside out and iron it one more time and PRESTO! You’ve got yourself a homemade pillowcase!

You may double stitch, zig zag or finish the seams if you are worried that they are going to come lose or fall apart.

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Goodwill Lakers Shirt DIY x 2

So awhile ago we went to Goodwill and I ended up getting 3 shirts. One Obey shirt to send to my sugar baby, one Lakers shirt and one Call of Duty Elite shirt. For those of you who know me KNOW that I wouldn’t pass up a chance to get anything Lakers or Call of Duty related. Seriously.

So what’s different about this DIY is that I took the purple Lakers shirt and I revamped it and after I had put it together I had realized that it wasn’t exactly what I wanted so I took it apart and made something completely different and I’m very happy with the results.

But before I go any further here is the picture of the shirt that I used:

It was a Men’s XL so it was a lot of material to work with which helped in the DIY experimentation.

I’ve always just cut and sewed using my common sense reasoning skills as well as my fashion school experience but this time I decided to give those Youtube tutorials a go to see what I could come up with.

I tried out the rope tie halter idea as well as cutting up the sides and tying them together. I’m pretty sure I’ve been tying together sides for a while now so that wasn’t from the videos…or was it?

Anyways here is the video I took the tips from:

But I ended up being pretty disappointed because it didn’t sit quite right on my body.

I don’t know. Maybe it will work for you.

So I let it hang in my closet for a while till I felt inspired again to take it out and see if I can do something different with it.

And I’m happy to be able to say that I finally finished what I started today!

I ended up getting rid of the straps all together and instead turning it into a tube top dress with a heart neckline. I also put some darts in the bust line so it would better shape to my body which helped a lot since this men’s shirt was never meant to be form fitting. For the gold lining on top I ended up carefully stripping it off of another Goodwill dress that I had bought even earlier and sewing it on top of this one since it seemed to go so well seeing as how it WAS a Lakers color.

For the back I ended up using the back side of the second Call of Duty shirt that I had also gotten at Goodwill. I thought the Black would go well with the Purple and Yellow. It helps the dress look less like a Circus act and more like a fashion forward fan. All my sewing is done by hand because I enjoy taking the time to really make something come to life.

Now…what to make next. That ALWAYS seems to be the question…

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