I know I have been promising the end result to the room for the Grandkids
that I’ve been working on over at my moms, but the holidays threw me off. The good news… it is done!
The other good news…I have some great projects that went into the room that saved us some green. So without further delay, today I’m going to share with you how to make a duvet cover.
Doesn’t my little lady look cozy? She is fake sleeping pretty well don’t you think?
Before we get into the how to’s of this project, let me preface this by saying these few things.
#1 I’m not a master seamstress.
#2 I’m a self taught, figure it out as I go kinda sewer.
#3 If you can sew in a straight line, you can do this project.
(And if you aren’t there yet, but want to be, click here
to check out these online sewing classes at Craftsy
. They are awesome!)
The hardest part will be finding a place to lay out a giant piece of fabric. I promise.
Now let’s get to it!
For my duvet cover, I used fabric for the top layer and a white flat sheet for the bottom layer.
I did this to save money.
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My supplies list:
- 5 yards of 42 inch fabric (I bought this fabric online at Spoonflower.
- It is called New Teal Twostep by C'EST LA VIV
- one queen flat sheet
- hook and loop (velcro)
Your supply list may differ if you are using a different width of fabric or if you are making a different size duvet cover. Here is the rundown of how I figured out how much fabric I needed.
First I took measurements of my insert and added 4 inches
to both the width and the length to allow for 1 inch seams all the way around and be able to fold over the edge that you will have the velcro on.
Because my fabric was only 42 inches wide I had to get extra to put panels on either edge to make it wide enough. (You will see what I mean in the next step.)
(The duvet cover I made in the tutorial was for a twin sized duvet insert. You can modify it to make a queen size easily. Measure your insert and then add 4 inches to both the length and width to allow for your seams. For the bottom layer add an extra 6-8 inches to the length so that you can create the pocket for the insert to fit into on the end with the velcro.)
For the back side (where I used a flat sheet), I added another 6 inches to the length to allow for the pocket along the velcro edge. (That will make more sense to you in a minute too.)
My example. My insert measures 63 x 86 inches. So for my top layer I created a 67 x 90 inch piece, and for my bottom layer I cut a 67 x 96 inch piece.
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Because my fabric choice
was 42 inches wide I added panels on each side to make it 67 inches. I cut out two 13 1/2 inch wide panels (trying my best to keep the pattern aligned.)
Then I laid each panel onto my 42 inch wide piece, print side to print side, and sewed down the edge with a 1 inch seam. Now I have one big 67 inch wide top layer.
Now decide which end you want to go at the bottom of the bed and fold that edge over 1 inch, then again 1 inch, pin in place and sew. (This will be the part that opens to put your insert in, so you want it to be a clean edge.)
Now you need to prepare your bottom layer.
Cut a piece from you flat sheet that is the same width as your top layer but 6 inches longer than the original top layer before you folded in for the seam. Mine is 96 inches long.
Now fold the extra 6 inches over to make a pocket and make sure it is smooth.
Lay your top layer (print side down) onto the bottom layer and pin all the way around on the 3 sides, not pinning on the side with the hem and pocket.
Then sew it together with a 1 inch seam
Serge the edges so that it won’t come apart in the wash. If you don’t have a serger, simply run it through the machine again with the zig-zag stitch making sure that it catches the fabric on one side and the needle lands just outside the fabric on the outer edge.
To keep the bottom portion of the duvet cover closed I added small pieces of hook and loop about every 10 inches.
With my duvet cover still inside out, I simply cut about a 1 inch piece and then pinned one side (the hook) to one layer and the other side (the loop) to the other layer directly under it. Then I ran it through my sewing machine to keep it in place.
Now it is time to turn that sucker right side out and add your insert making sure that you tuck it into the pocket you created (by folding those extra 6 inches over) on your bottom layer and press the velcro together.
And that is it! Now your possibilities for bedding are endless! vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv See TWO STEP ZIG ZAG Duvet Reveal here!