DIY Duvet Cover Tutorial

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I don’t know about you, but I never cease to be shocked at the price of duvet covers especially for those that are 100% cotton. And nothing sets off my “I could make that myself so much cheaper and better” instincts like duvet covers. It’s just a big flat case of fabric, it takes to make your own is a bunch of fabric, a few straight seams, and a spare afternoon. Not only will going DIY with your duvet cover save you some cash, it’ll also allow you to custom-make exactly what you are looking for.

Making a duvet cover is a simple beginner sewing project.

How to Sew a Duvet Cover

1. First determine your measurements. There aren’t strict standards for bedding sizes (comforter sizes tend to vary among manufacturers), so I recommend measuring the comforter you plan to cover and using those numbers to plan your duvet cover.

Since fabric generally isn’t sold in widths wide enough for a full duvet, you’ll need to seam a few more  of fabric together to make the front and back, as I had to do. I found out a scrap matching to the fabric I wanted to sew the cover.

*Remember that you need a front and a back, so plan all your measurements and double them to calculate the total amount of fabric you’ll need.

Before you cut your fabric, its recommended that you  pre-wash, iron, and then cut your fabric to size.

To begin, you’ll sew each side panel to its corresponding center panel, to make the front and back of the cover.

Place two pieces of fabric right sides together. Once you are done adding side panels its time to join the front and back together.  Take your two duvet pieces and pin them together right sides facing, with the folded edges on the same side, so the fabric snaps face up.Sew the two sides together with 1/2″ seam allowance, sewing all the way around.  Clip the corners and finish your unfinished edges by sewing with a zig zag stitch, or cutting with pinking shears. Turn your duvet cover right side out and iron.

You have many options for closing up the bottom of the duvet I placed ribbons as its easier to install  (at least for me that is ^__^). I suggest tucking 10” lengths of ribbon or tape under the folds of the hem before sewing it. Don't forget to seal edges of the ribbon by a lighter or so to prevent it from fraying.

That’s all there is to it! Don’t you feel so wonderfully nice and cozy with your new handmade duvet cover?!

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