Duvet covers are a wonderful idea for bedding since they can add a decorative touch and can be changed for a new look in a flash.
What is a Duvet
The duvet is the insert inside a duvet cover. It is a flat pillow style bag filled with down, feathers, cotton, or synthetic fibers. Pictured below is a polyester duvet insert.
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What is a Duvet Cover
Duvet covers are the protective covering for a duvet usually constructed out of cotton, but it can also be made from a variety of fibers. The ease of changing the cover for different seasons, thus making it my top choice for bedding. The duvet cover in the photo below I constructed out of a set of king size sheets. So easy, fast and budget friendly to DIY.
Note: At the end of this post learn how easy it is make a duvet cover from sheets . I am sharing each project as I makeover my daughter bedroom into a Romantic Boho Chic retreat. Please join me and be swept away into a Bohemian DIY romance click HERE to follow along.
Ready made duvet cover set
I found this ready made duvet set that is a nice set at a bargain price checkout my source HERE, however, I will show you how to make one in a snap.
The duvet insert I use for bedding is light weight since we live in Florida, but there are many choices in weights. See my source for this one HERE.
How to make Duvet Covers with sheets
You will need a set of king size sheets to make a twin duvet cover. I like to wash and dry the sheets before constructing the duvet cover, thus preventing shrinking.
After washing and drying the sheets I cut off the elastic and then I cut open the corner seams of the fitted sheet. Iron the fitted sheet so it is easier to measure and sew.
Duvet Cover Cut Plan
I start every project with a written cut plan. When I teach sewing classes I encourage all my students to always have a cut plan. The cut plan is written in a spiral notebook in my workroom. Simple and inexpensive.
First thing to write down in your spiral notebook (cut plan) are the measurements of the duvet (insert).
Now decide what type of closure you would like. I love the invisible zipper as the closure, so that is what I used. I used the zipper on the roll so I could make a really long zipper. I cut the zipper 11 inches shorter than the width of the duvet.
Next, add an 1/2″ seam allowance to your measurements for all four sides.
Thant’s it your set!
Using a water soluble fabric marker draw out your cut lines on the sheets. Note: include the seam allowances.
Cutting Duvet covers
After you have both rectangles cut out then serge all cut edges to prevent raveling. If you don’t have a serger than you can zigzag stitch the cut edges.
Cut your zipper 11 inches shorter than the top of the duvet cover.
The top edge (arrow points to the top edge) is one of the short sides and is the area where I sew in the invisible zipper. I marked in 7″ on both sides of the top edge to sew in the zipper. Checkout how to sew in an invisible zipper HERE!
The top edge (arrow points to the top edge) is one of the shorter sides and is the area where I sew in the invisible zipper. To show me where I needed to stop and start the zipper I marked a line 7″ from the outside edges on both sides of the top edge to sew in the zipper.
After the zipper is sewn in continue sewing the other 3 sides together with right sides facing.
The duvet usually comes with some snap tabs already stitched on it, but what I have found is that the duvet really shifts around inside the cover. For this reason I add some ties. I make them with bias tape and attach them to the cover and then I cut 3″ long cotton twill tape pieces and attach them on the duvet (folding under the cut edges) to tie the cover to it. This method will make a neater look and more comfortable slumber. Before turning the duvet cover with the duvet right side out snap and tie the cover t the duvet.
Viola! That was so sew easy. Now you have a cozy washable duvet cover.
I hope you enjoyed making duvet covers too. Also, I hope you join me as I continue to DIY on this bedroom makeover signup HERE so you don’t miss a thing,
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Sunday 24th of January 2021
Great article regarding the duvet covers. Surely this is very trendy bedding elements in 2020 and 2021. I was so lucky to have me into your elegant stuff and much pleased to see that you explained so brilliantly on what is duvet, duvet covers and the cutting plan and marking procedures. Surely this was incredibly helpful for any bedding lovers. BTW can you please explain what's the difference between boho duvet covers and a simple one?
Friday 2nd of August 2019
Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.
Tuesday 30th of July 2019
Thank you for sharing on the Classy Flamingos Blog Party. http://poinsettiadr.com
Tuesday 30th of July 2019
What an excellent tutorial! You could have duvet covers for every season with little expense. Well done! Thank for linking up with Creative Compulsions!
April J Harris
Monday 29th of July 2019
Kippi this is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing the step by step instructions for making your own duvet cover with sheets. Duvet covers can be so expensive, and not only does this allow you to customise your covers, it's frugal too. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.