Wherever you may be in the world, there is always a duvet that fits your bed. Unlike a comforter which is mostly often used during cold weather, duvet caters for all seasons. Thus, this makes duvet a ubiquitous piece of fabric to any bed. But despite its practicality, a naked duvet requires serious effort to getting cleaned. Save yourself the money of buying for an expensive insulation and just make your own DIY duvet cover.
I do not know about most people, but I’ve always been appalled at how ridiculous bed fabrics are priced. Sure, they might be a large piece of fabric that takes a while to make. Yet, for something that anyone can do at their spare time, a 3-digit price tag just doesn’t seem worth it.
Upsides of DIY Duvet Cover
Call me frugal—not stingy—but I had always preferred to just make my own duvet covers for my bed, even if it means starting it from scratch. Why not? With just an ample amount of spare fabrics on the side and a few straight seams, a duvet cover is just a simple project.
If you are like me, then you’d know that going for a DIY is a major advantage in saving from unwanted expenses. You wouldn’t believe how much you would be saving should you DIY instead of buying readymade from a nearby store. But, perhaps, another benefit of doing it your way is the ability to exercise your creativity and having the eventual pleasure derived from it.
As cool as that sounds like, trust me, the experience is better when you’ve accomplished in making your first DIY duvet cover.
Let us get started.
Prepping the Materials
This particular DIY duvet cover is not necessarily a stray from the common product of its kind. It means that there’s no need for extra embellishments that will make it stand out from the rest.
For this particular design, you would need the following:
- 10 yards or bigger fabrics
- Measuring tool
- Pair of scissors
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Ironing board
Choosing the Right Fabric
There are plenty of fabrics you could choose from to make a duvet cover. But as each fabric is different from one another, I personally suggest going for cotton-linen mixture or machine-washable cotton. Luckily, finding this critical piece of material is as easy as heading to a nearby quilting shop.
Having came across your desired fabric, do not forget to wash, dry, and iron it before proceeding to the preshrinking method.
Set for Cutting
While duvet covers were originally designed with the duvet in mind, people in the US tend to defy the notion. In the Land of the Free, even comforters tend to find their way in duvet covers, thanks to the convenience of this particular piece of fabric.
Intuitively, you must be from Europe if you see consider the difference between a comforter and the duvet based on certain criteria. Duvets are relatively smaller than a comforter and aren’t as easily laundered at home. Hence, most duvet covers do not necessarily fit a comforter inside them but are sought after by duvet users for their convenience.
But if you are keen at fitting your comforter inside a duvet cover for versatility in style changes and cleaning, you would need a larger fabric. To give you an idea, most comforters tend to be larger than the bed they’re covering for. As such, the size of the fabric you’d need had to be bigger than the bed itself as well. For allowances, make sure to set aside some needed fabric space of about 2 ½ inches for the hem and the seam.
The problem, however, is that most fabrics that are sold in stores aren’t necessarily wide enough to make a full duvet cover. To circumvent this problem, having to seam multiple panels together makes for a critical step in the process.
Sewing a la French Seams
Start the sewing procedure by keeping in mind the back and front of the cover. This means having to sew each side of the panel in accordance to the center panel.
Although you may already be comfortable with your sewing tool, I’d personally suggest familiarizing with French seams to be used with this procedure. What makes this particular method great is that its seams are done from both inside and the outside. This results to a professional-grade output which conceals the raw edges of the fabric.
Proceed with the French seams by placing two pieces of fabrics at the incorrect sides together. Essentially, this is just going for the opposite of sewing two fabrics at the right sides unitedly.
When sewing, make sure to make way for a quarter inches allowance.
Paying in mind to the stitches, cut away half of the seam allowance you have just made.
From there, begin ironing the seam to one side. Proceed on the next step by folding at the seam which will make the right sides of the fabric face together. Close the seam by ironing.
Prevent the fabric from shifting by pinning the seam closed. Proceed into the process by sewing with a quarter inches allowance. Iron the seam to one side to complete the French seam.
As a finishing touch, make a top stitch so as to tack down the flappy part. Particularly, top stich around the right side of the duvet just beside the French seam.
Once done with the top stitching, iron the seams once more to smoothen and relax that part of the fabric.
Repeat the process for the rest of the panels to have a complete front and back.
Making Front and Back Meet
With the wrong sides facing each other, place the back and the front together. Using the French seams method, sew on each side. Continue sewing by shifting to the top.
The insides of the duvet should already be complete at this point.
Continue with the procedure by making a hem at the lower part of the duvet. To do so, fold an inch of the fabric towards the inside and press. Make another 1-inch folding and press again. Use your pins to keep the folding properly in place.
Stich the hem on both the interior and exterior fold line.
Your duvet cover will not be complete without a kind of closure for an otherwise open-only build. Typically, the kind of closure should vary according to your own preference.
Buttonholes and buttons
If you liked the idea of putting significant effort in opening up and closing your duvet cover’s opening, buttonholes and buttons make for a good option. But as far as the ease of incorporating them to the duvet, most sewing machines are versed with buttonhole attachments.
Snaps don’t necessarily require a machine to be sewn and is thus something that can be done by hand manually. One major advantage of snaps over other type of closure is that they’re relatively easy to snap and unsnap as needed.
Snap fastener kit
This particular closure does not require sewing to become an essential part of your duvet cover. Instead, it takes a pair of a hammer and a special tool for this snap to be attached to your fabric.
If you want an easy-to-install but a sturdy tie to closing the garment, the twill tape makes for an easy choice.
Zippers make for another good option for having a closure that is both easy to open and closed. Due to its popularity there are many retail stores online where you can source these amazing sewing tool.
Twin-sized Duvet Cover
Was the previous method of making a DIY duvet cover too small for your bedroom needs? Try this twin-sized duvet cover procedure instead.
Do note, however, that how big the fabric you will need to make your DIY duvet cover should be dependent on the size of the bed. With that problem aside, let us delve on the constants. As such, you will be needing the following for this procedure:
- Queen-sized flat sheet
- Velcro fastener
The How-To Guide
Whatever is the dimension of the fabric you decide will be using for this project, add 4 inches to it on both length and width. This will pave way for a 1-inch seam which will also hold the Velcro.
If the fabric you have came out short in the needed dimensions, do not be afraid to improvise by adding some panels to it. The point here is to get the right measure of the fabric by incrementing some layers to the main fabric for the intended output.
Decide which part of the fabric you want for the bottom of the bed. When decided, fold on that end by an inch twice. Pin the folding in place and then sew.
Bearing the same width as the top layer but longer by 6 inches from the original before folding a seam, cut out from the flat sheet. Make a pocket by folding 6 inches over while ensuring it’s smooth.
In a print side down position, place the top layer on the bottom layer. Pin on 3 sides, leaving the pocket and the hem side unpinned.
With an inch of allowance for the seam, sew both layers together.
Make sure to serge on the edge to assure tightness during wash.
With the focus on the closure of the bottom part of the duvet cover, guarantee proper closing by adding tiny pieces of Velcro at every 10 inches. Ultimately, finish the project by fastening the Velcro as snugly as possible.
Voila! You already have a twin-sized DIY duvet cover to add to your bed for added convenience and comfort during sleep.