I’m going to show you today how to make a simple duvet cover, even if your fabric isn’t wide enough, cause being able to use this amazing fabric really made this room pop!
I know I’ve been promising the end result to the room for the grandkids that I’ve been working on over at my mom’s, and I’m happy to say that… it’s done! You can see the finished grandkids room here. I’ve got some great projects that went into the room that saved us some moo-la, including this duvet cover DIY that was super easy to add a fun pop of color to the grandkids room.
How to DIY a Duvet Cover
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Doesn’t my little lady look cozy in this DIY duvet cover? She’s fake sleeping pretty well don’t you think?
Ok. So the hardest part will be finding a place to lay out a giant piece of fabric. I promise.
Let’s get to it!
For my easy duvet cover, I used fabric for the top layer and a white flat sheet for the bottom layer. I did this to save money.
Sewing a Duvet Cover: What You’ll Need
This is for a twin sized duvet cover. You’ll need to adjust the amount of fabric you need according to the size duvet cover you’ll be making.
- 5 yards of 42 inch fabric (I bought this fabric online at Spoonflower. It is called “New Teal Twostep” by Cest la viv)
- one queen flat sheet
- hook and loop (velcro)
- This is my go to sewing machine for home decor projects. It is inexpensive, uncomplicated, and can sew through thick fabrics or multiple layers with no problem.
Your supply list may differ if you’re using a different width of fabric or if you’re making a different size duvet cover. Here’s the rundown of how I figured out how much fabric I needed:
First I took measurements of my duvet cover insert and added 4 inches to both the width and the length to allow for 1 inch seams all the way around and be able to fold over the edge that the velcro is on.
Because my fabric was only 42 inches wide I had to get extra to put panels on either edge to make it wide enough –you’ll see what I mean in the next step.
For the back side (where I used a flat sheet,) I added another 6 inches to the length to allow for the pocket along the velcro edge –that’ll make more sense to you in a minute too.
Example: My insert measures 63 x 86 inches. So for my top layer I created a 67 x 90 inch piece, and for my bottom layer I cut a 67 x 96 inch piece.
Because my fabric was 42 inches wide I added panels on each side to make it 67 inches. I cut out two 13 1/2 inch wide panels –trying my best to keep the pattern aligned.
Then I laid each panel onto my 42 inch wide piece, print side to print side, and sewed down the edge with a 1 inch seam. Now I have one big 67 inch wide top layer.
Now decide which end you want to go at the bottom of the bed and fold that edge over 1 inch, then again 1 inch, pin in place and sew. (This will be the part that opens to put your insert in, so you want it to be a clean edge.)
Now you need to prepare your bottom layer.
Cut a piece from your flat sheet that’s the same width as your top layer but 6 inches longer than the original top layer before you folded in for the seam. Mine is 96 inches long.
Now fold the extra 6 inches over to make a pocket and make sure it’s smooth.
Lay your top layer (print side down) onto the bottom layer and pin all the way around on the 3 sides, not pinning on the side with the hem and pocket.
Then sew it together with a 1 inch seam.
Serge the edges so that it won’t come apart in the wash.
**If you don’t have a serger, simply run it through the machine again with the zig-zag stitch making sure that it catches the fabric on one side and the needle lands just outside the fabric on the outer edge.
To keep the bottom portion of the duvet cover closed I added small pieces of hook and loop about every 10 inches.
With my duvet cover still inside out, I simply cut about a 1 inch piece and then pinned one side (the hook) to one layer and the other side (the loop) to the other layer directly under it. Then I ran it through my sewing machine to keep it in place.
Now it’s time to turn that sucker right side out and add your insert making sure that you tuck it into the pocket you created (by folding those extra 6 inches over) on your bottom layer and press the velcro together.
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And that’s it! Now your possibilities for bedding are endless!