Sew each side with French seams as described above but skip the top-stitching for the sides. I wish I could have read this two weeks ago when I tried making mine. But its nice to be able to sew your own!
Going to make some quilted shams to match. You totally read my mind! I wish I could have read this two weeks ago when I tried making mine. It looks a little…handmade: Good thing buying flat sheets is cheap!
Thank you so much for these sewing installments. I just registered for a beginners sewing machine for our wedding. I have been bookmarking them all in hopes that I can begin soon! I like this idea. That adds up quickly. The problem I have been having is the size of the duvet covers in the stores.
They are all too short to cover the mattress and box spring. I figure I will need roughly 10 yards and two twin sheets for the bottom. Just last week I mentioned to my husban that maybe I could just make a duvet…this is perfect timing! I have made duvet covers too. My problem is the shifting of whenever I put inside! Apologies if this is a silly question — I am inexperienced at sewing. What great step-by-step instructions with pictures!
Does anyone have any suggestions for good places in the Metro-Chicago area to buy vintage fabric like Brett mentioned?? Used to work for Restoration Hardware—they use 2 quilts to make them fluffy….
Thank you for this series! I love that you show everything step by step and make your instructions really clear! And maybe a cushion cover, oh and of course some curtains…. I am so excited about this post!! Let the sewing begin. I can answer that question Natasha.
I recommend a rotary cutter. I also agree with Maggie up there on the cost issue. Joann does have cute fabric but it wont last as long. If you buy flat sheets and sew together you may find that you are not saving as those flat sheets are most often matched with a Duvet cover in the same fabric. But its nice to be able to sew your own! Thank you, I have wanted to do this for so long! There is simply a 2 foot opening along the bottom seam, and you stuff the comforter in there.
It stays in just fine. Im thinking of buying a cheap cotton fabric and dying it a lovely yellow — exciting!! Has anyone ever tried using some fleece fusible webbing in a situation like this? OR does someone have any other suggestions?
Thank you, thank you! I nearly jumped for joy when I saw this!!! I love duvet covers. I love changing the look of my bedroom constantly and I love that I now have a simple solution with a major customization ability at hands!
I have never heard it pronounced and have only read the word on crafting sites. This is so fantastic. I am redoing my bedroom, and had thought about this several times, now I can see it is a possibility.
Any chance bedskirts will also be in the picture soon, for a how to? Snap tape is basically twill tape with both sides of the snaps already affixed. All you have to do is sew it on. My mother made me an awesome duvet cover for college many years ago out of two Indian bed-spreads.
The snap tape made it so much less labor intensive and the duvet cover was beautiful! Good tutorial…French seams are a lot of work and really work well for lightweight fabrics. Anything heavier than standard quilting weight fabric, and you get some bulky seams. I was just telling my husband earlier today how incredibly frustrated I was with the price and selection of duvets and how I wanted to make my own!
I should have just put the link to the set of pictures, which shows all the details too…. Now I know what to address as soon as I get a moment to sit down and learn! If sewing is your thing then be forewarned the fabric section is addictive! Thank you so much for sharing!
I have been debating on whether or not to make a new duvet cover for our master bedroom. I made one of these using a vintage, thrift store sheet. Thanks for the great tutorial. Also, I highly recommend using sheets; they can be so much cheaper than fabric and no need to piece the panels together. Yes, the straight sewing is easy. I used a sheet for the under side, and I actually cut the underside while serging! So, remember to manage the layers and mass of fabric. In college, my roomate made us duvet covers from sheet sets and I was very impressed with her sewing skills.
Today our website is featuring duvet covers for Dog and Cat beds from Molly Mutt. Thank you so much! Could you do a tutorial for a stitched-through blanket as well?
Thank you for your easy to follow instructions. I just posted this on my blog and linked it back to you. Now, what we need to accompany this is a tutorial on making pillowcases for the bedroom I mean, pillowcases for standard sleeping pillows …pretty please? SO far no sharp accidents!!! Thanks for the tutorial! I would love to see a tutorial on making a tailored bedskirt for a four poster bed. I made a duvet once and it was nice, but would have benefited from the french seams.
It was Flannel on one side, made wit a Flannel sheet. Thank you so much for posting this tutorial. As I type, my sister is finishing a duvet cover for my daughter out of fabric left over from her first birthday party. Your help made this a much easier and prettier-looking DIY. Wow, I really love this Sewing series. I would judge it based on the project and the individual fabrics you are purchasing.
Very skillfully these tips are elaborated and it is really very interesting to learn thews sewing skills. Thank you so much for this detailed post. I just finished the project using two flat sheets, and I think the french seams take it to a whole other level! Sheets are great for the size but those wrinkles are so hard to get rid of! I was hoping to add a ribbon border to the top for a little detail Right now its just white —any suggestions? The pictures make it easy to follow.
With the right fabric and good sewing machine, you can make a high quality duvet cover. More of these please! There are dozens of tutorials for that. I have the fabric I want to use for my duvet and the same idea of how to piece it together. These are wonderful directions. I am getting ready to make a duvet and I was looking at your site for making your own and I had a question the question is If you use a flat sheets would you stillhave to have the side pieces or would you just use the two sheets,.
I found this while trying to come up with something to get for my sons. I need the sturdyness with two boys. Plus i wanted upholstery quality, not quilting…. The supplies cost me CAD…so while certainly not cheaper, it will be closer to what I want. I spent Thanksgiving weekend sewing up a duvet using your directions, more or less I used upholstery-weight fabric for the top, a sheet for the bottom, fiddled around with the back to make an envelope-type closing like you see on pillow shams.
The result is here. Every town seems to have a mill-end store selling home decorating fabrics at a discount — I highly recommend those for a variety of wide-width fabrics at good prices. I am going to try this Duvet. The best instructions I have seen. Also the french seam is something I will try. This is my first time on this site. I will be back freguently. Hi — Thank you so much for the French seam trick — I looooove having the edges all tucked under neatly!
The instructions and pictures are excellent, so clear and easy to follow. A money saving suggestion: If you want to use expensive fabric on the topside, there is usually a selection of wide lightweight quilting muslin at many of the fabric shops — can use the muslin on the back and will save time because not seaming the back.
Thank you for the fabulous tutorial! This is what I came up with: This is such an amazing tutorial! If you could give me some measurements, that would be great! Both carry the muslin, which quilters use for baking, in white and some JoAnn stores carry in a colors.
When using muslin, as well as any fabric, be sure to wash and dry before cutting and sewing — muslin does shrink a little in that first launder. I bought the fabric for it last year after finishing the first one for master bedroom. It turned out so well, I knew the guest bedroom needed one too! Thanks so much for the great directions!
I dont own a sewing machine. How about just large press buttons along all sides or even the ribbon idea? Do you think if I use King sheets to cover a queen comforter would be fine?
Can you teach how to keep comforter from moving inside? On other hand I will use the designing and colors of few of them in my duvet covers.
Martha Stewart has a simple solution for holding the duvet in place. When you attach the snaps at the bottom, will they show through to the top of the comforter. Or do you fold in the hem? Thanks for the tutorial, it has encouraged me to start! This is such a great tutorial! I just made my first duvet using your tute as a springboard. I used King-sized sheets to cover my queen sized duvet, and it just needed a bit of trimming to be perfect: Check it out when you get a chance: Thank you for the easy instructions!
Duvet covers are so expensive! Your tutorial is fantastic — the photos just make it so much easier to visualise. Any advise on adding the ruffle would be appreciated. I once sewed my own, but saw how the comforter slipped around inside the cover. How do you keep it from bunching up to one side, or sliding down from the top edge?
On the topic of securing the duvet in place — as well as having ties on your covers, sew a little loop on each corner of the duvet. The Angry Chicken says some duvet covers have a fold-over closure like a lunch bag. She gives instructions on a tutorial for a snack bag. I am afraid to do that as I might not add enough material on the bottom.
Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! Do you have any tutorials on making Euro Shams or other pillows to go with the bed? One more quick question: Can you give me a picture or suggestion?
Thanks so much for this tutorial. I just finished making my daughter your duvet cover with the Waverly Paris fabric that I bought 2 years ago for her French themed room. It came out gorgeous! I sewed ribbon on all the ends to tie the comforter in as well. What a great idea. Off to make some matching curtains now. I have plenty of cool sheets I plan to use for a duvet! Thanks for making it look easy: I was even able to add on a hand crocheted edge.
You could just line the whole top by pinning to a sheet and top-stitching the top to it along the lines of your patchwork. Best wishes all you sowers! An employee told me that the company made a bid deal of getting coupons out before the last Midnight Madness Sale , but had everything in the store already discounted so the coupons were worthless or dated for a future time. Walmart carries fabric in many of their stores as does Hobby Lobby.
Especially if you are considering upholstery-type fabrics, keep in mind that the two layers of fabric in the duvet cover can add considerable weight to the actual duvet inside. Just a few thoughts. So much easier than making French seams!
Also, many quilt shops sell wide fabric especially made for quilt backs. Definitely use some method to attach your corners of the comforter and duvet cover to each other or the comforter will always be bunched up one way or the other. They were never finished into quilts. I would like to make duvet covers out of them instead of quilts. Would I use a quilt back fabric first before sewing a sheet as a bottom for the duvet? Thank you for a great tutorial! For the safety if the quilt top please back it first.
I would even recommend tacking down at random places through out the quilt then attach your back if the duvet. They will be wonderful heirlooms you can display. This tutorial made a daunting project so much easier and I would never have even considered using the French seams-because I never had before in window treatments, curtains, etc.
I was looking for years for a duvet cover that was what I wanted and finally decided to make the investment in the fabric that met my needs which nothing else ever quite did. While the material was not inexpensive, I consider this a great investment because we will have this for the rest of our lives.
I now have 4 options instead of two that all look professional!! Your simple directions made a significant impact for me!
Thanks so very much!! What am I doing wrong? Any help would be great. Although I used to sew everything I wore and all of my home soft furnishings, I quit sewing over a decade ago. I promised friends 2 duvet covers for their daughters. The hard part of this project is measuring and cutting a large amount of fabric. I was so grateful for the detailed instructions for a perfectly finished duvet. It is so nice to have a wide hem for buttonholes and also for allowing the opening to lay flat.
Thank you very much for taking the time to take pictures for great visuals to go along with your directions. I found both necessary and helpful in order to complete the duvets.
And all the comments are super helpful too. From what other commenters wrote looks like this is a better tutorial on making a duvet cover from sheets than others online, so thank you! Thanks all for the tips about places to find cheap sheets and cheap fabric! Before you go to all the trouble to make a duvet cover, put the duvet on the bed with two layers of the fabric you intend to use. The lighter the fabric the better. Heavier fabrics render the properties of the duvet useless and make the sleeper more uncomfortable because of the weight on their feet and legs.
I made a beautiful one with decorator fabrics. I have had so much trouble finding twin xl bedding for my dorm room that I like. I think that I will just make my own perfect bedding!! Then, stick one end of the tie t through the loops and tie securely. Just wanted to leave a note to thank you for this awesome tutorial. I did the french seams and it came out beautifully! The down comforter stays securely inside! Free standard delivery on all Mainland UK orders.
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