Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Making A Basic Duvet Cover...Cutting Is The Hardest Part!


Making a duvet is really not that hard. The most difficult part is simply getting the fabric cut correctly and handling the large amount of fabric while sewing!

Begin by determining the required finished dimensions for the duvet. Here it needed to measure 98 inches wide by 88 inches long, so four equal lengths of fabric were cut, each measuring 93 1/2 inches long by 52 inches wide.


Afterwards two of these lengths were cut in half, length wise, creating four pieces measuring 93 1/2 inches long by 26 inches wide.


Next, one 26 inch wide length was placed on each side of the 52 inch wide length, right sides together, and stitched in place using a one inch seam allowance. Note: The same or a contrasting fabric can be used for the underneath layer of the duvet.



Before sewing the two panels together, a finished edge was created along the bottom edge of each panel by turning up the fabric 1/2 inch and stitching in place.



The two panels were then pinned and sewn, right sides together. The top and side seams were sewn with one inch seam allowances and the bottom edge with a four inch seam allowance, leaving an approximately three foot opening at the center bottom edge.


Ribbon lengths were pinned and sewn into place at each corner, creating ties to secure the comforter in place.


It is no picnic handling this vast amount of fabric while sewing...but luckily there isn't much sewing required!


After stitching the two panels together, the seams were pressed open and the fabric turned right side out. To create a closure at the bottom opening, four buttonholes were sewn on one side of the four inch seam allowance and buttons sewn on the opposite seam allowance. Finally the comforter was inserted and secured in place by slipping the ribbon through the loops found on the comforter corners.



The duvet turned out great, but once it was placed on the bed it looked a bit plain! I had opted for a simple duvet design as the fabric on the headboard wall provides all the pattern the room really needs, and I didn't want the bedding to compete with it. Still, the duvet needed something.


To remedy the situation I added a strip of ivory trim along the top edge, on the underside of the duvet. Placing it on this side allows the trim to show when the top duvet edge is turned back. Ideally I would have figured this design solution out prior to getting so far along in the project! While it was a complete pain, backtracking to add the trim was definitely worth the effort.


Next, I'll show how the throw layered over the duvet at the foot of the bed was made. Here's a tiny sneak peek of the blanket in the photo above...I just love the sparkle and bit of texture it adds to the mix of bedding!

51 comments :

  1. I am so glad you posted this! I have been wanting to make a new duvet for the longest time! Thanks! Ohh I used your lined drape tutorial to make some new drapes for my bedroom! Thanks again!

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  2. This looks great Janell! I don't think I'm ready to make a duvet, yet. I think I'm going to start with your pillows. Then MAYBE I can move on to making the drapes!

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  3. Gorgeous Janell! Is there anything you can't do? ;-)

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  4. It looks fabulous!! I imagine that was a lot of fabric to work with, but it turned out great.

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  5. I think that's the hardest part of "simple" projects like that - TOO much fabric! You did a great job on it though. Love how the room is coming together.

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  6. If I ever get up the nerve, this wonderful tutorial will be my guide. Love the trim detail. Wow!

    -Rene

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  7. Janell - You make it look so easy! Will you teach me how to sew?!? I have a sewing machine and even took a class but always end up with a huge wad of string underneath.
    I'd love to tackle something like this... just don't know that I have the skills!

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  8. I've made many a duvet cover in my day, and this is a great tutorial for how it's done. You're so right about the difficulty being in handeling that much fabric...especially for a king bed! You did a wonderful job, and the result is polished and sophisticated. I like that you used a low loft comforter...cleaner, newer look.
    Great job, Janelle!

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  9. It turned out beautifully! The trim "makes it." Your sewing skills are amazing. I am a little too impatient and just want it done quickly - not a good trait when sewing!
    -Trish

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  10. Good Job! I love the look! You should be so proud- that bed is officially tailored to perfection! Thanks for sharing... these tips are priceless :)

    abodelove.blogspot.com

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  11. Impressive as always - well done. Can't wait to see the finished project! liz @ designing domesticity

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  12. You are a one woman show!! I have to learn how to be more patient when sewing if I want my projects to be nearly as beautiful as yours.

    The added trim did just the trick!

    BTW, love your little pup. So adorable.

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  13. I've made all our duvets - and it's kind of like sewing a giant pillowcase! I love the addition if the trim!

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  14. I've made a duvet before. And you are right....sooo much fabric to deal with. But the hardest part of the whole process is inserting the comforter. I could use a tutorial on a simple way of getting it in the duvet without working up a sweat. The other problem I have is making the duvet sized to fit the length, width, height of the bed (I have a tall bed)but then the comforter is too small for the duvet to be tied at the corners. And then the next size larger comforter is too big.

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  15. Mary, you are right, finding the right size comforter for your bed can be a real challenge! I found ours a few years ago at the Company Store and luckily fits just right!
    Janell

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  16. You are so talented. It looks great, and thanks for the tutorial.

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  17. It looks great ! Stuffing it is a two person job for sure and the best place I've found for super sized comforters is The Company Store.

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  18. Just the sketch overwhelmed me!! Don't think I am ready for duvet covers yet!

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  19. Hi lovely Janell,

    I'm admiring your new 'drawings' in your tutorial. Very professional looking!

    I think you were so right to put the stripe in. I hate backtracking with projects but I'm always glad I did afterwards when I'm thrilled with the end product.

    Sarahx

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  20. Looks fabulous Janell - you never cease to amaze me! Now all I need to do is learn to use my sewing machine...

    Chelsea

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  21. It is gorgeous, Janell! Classic, tailored and sophisticated! Cute little helper you had there! I see Abby K wants you to teach her to sew....See I am not the only one! Maybe you could squeeze in a little sewing class in your busy, busy schedule. I'm kidding of course, but I would love to learn from you. I love the peek of the blanket and the sparkle and texture it adds to your bed. Beautiful!

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  22. Very tailored looking. Finishes the bed nicely. Great job!

    Kelly

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  23. Do your talents never end? Seriously. Can't wait to see the finished room!!!

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  24. You so make me want to learn to sew! Can't wait to see the rest of the room.

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  25. So beautiful, I am jealous you were able to make this yourself. Great job :)

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  26. SO impressive! It seems very daunting to work with such a large amount of fabric at once, but your instructions make it seem easy. Lovely results!

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  27. such a big job making a duvet!! So much fabric involved - Love how it looks

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  28. Janell, thanks for stopping by my mantel!

    you are so brave to tackle a large duvet like that. I can imagine what mine would look like, but your sewing projects always look so professional. That bedroom is looking SO gorgeous. You just keep upping the WOW factor.

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  29. I have had sewing lessons on my "to-do" list for some time now...finally it is time to take them! I have lots of ideas for things to make, but I have to pay someone to sew my basic lines!!

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  30. Great tutorial! I made a duvet cover a few years back and agree, the masses of fabric can be more than a handful to handle. I had to spread everything out on the floor and of course our dog couldn't resist finding a nice comfy spot everytime I tried to smooth it out. ah, good times! :)

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  31. You certainly make it look easy! ;) I'd love to sew a duvet someday. Thanks for sharing! Master bedroom redesign is looking beautiful.

    Roeshel

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  32. Love this!
    I bought a super cute duvet cover from the Company store during a summer sale, but had to get a king sized comforter because they were out of full sized ones. I planned on hemming it to make it fit properly, but three months later it is still safety pinned smaller.
    What kind of stitch did you use?

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  33. I would love to sew one day... yoiu make everything appear so easy. I can't wait to see it the reveal!!!

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  34. Wow! That is beautifully made ~~ every detail!

    xoxo

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  35. Another fabulous project. It looks like it would be a challenge to work with that much fabric.

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  36. that is one smart looking bed!!!! you are so talented, lady!

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  37. It is gorgeous Janell! I see what you mean about it being difficult to work with lots of fabric. Thanks for the turtorial.

    xo,
    cristin

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  38. That turned out great!. I too just made my own cover as all the duvets in the store are not so great.

    I wanted something clean and simple so I found a set of flat linen bed sheets in full which are the perfect size for a queen blanket sewed them together slide the blanket in and perfect just like the Shabby Chic cover I wanted but half the price.

    Thanks again for sharing your ideas are always very clean and elegant looking.

    Heather

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  39. Heather,
    WOW, that is a brilliant idea! I'll remember this! Janell

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  40. It looks great, I love the detail ribbon you put at the top- it totally makes it look custom and beautiful!

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  41. Great tips! I love what you've done, as always! It's coming together beautifully!

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  42. This is soo helpful! I just bought a new duvet cover but I contemplated making my own. But now that I have your great tutorial I will definitely try making my own next time!

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  43. What a great tutorial, as usual, Janell! I am getting the hang of sewing again and am longing to try each of your projects!

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  44. Great tutorial! I linked this to my project: bedding post too, it's really good!

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  45. Amazing! After searching high and low for a new duvet for our room without success...you've inspired me to make my own. I know the amount of fabric I need will be based on the duvet insert I have...but I'm wondering how many yards you needed to purchase so I can start ballparking #s as I peruse fabric. Thank you!

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  46. What stitch pattern was used with your sewing machine for this project?

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  47. Just a basic straight stitch, but used good quality thread...
    Thanks for asking, Janell

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  48. i love this post . thanks for sharing

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  49. Waooow!! Nice blog, this will be greatly helpful.
    Flannel Duvet Cover

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