DIY Duvet Cover

Monday, August 19, 2013
For me, registering for my wedding was kind of a whirl wind. I had no clue what I needed, and since we didn't have a house yet, I had no clue what colors and decor I would be going with. With an antsy pantsy fiance following me around saying "that's fine" or "I don't care" to every question I asked, I was getting frazzled. With anxiety levels high I just began to scan things hoping I would like them a few years down the road! Well my styles have changed and I became quite discontent with my bedroom decor. I didn't want to get rid of the bedspread I had, partially because it had only been 2 1/2 years since I got it, but mostly because my Grandma gave it to us. So I decided to make a duvet cover for it! I get to keep it but also change it up a little. I saw this fun bedspread from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and decided I could make it!



I bought 3 flat twin sheets and one king flat sheet. On the twin sheets I cut off the top 3 inches and the hems leaving just fabric. My queen comforter was 92"x92" so that is what I based all my measurements off of. If you have a different sized comforter, you may have to adjust the measurements a little. I ironed the first twin sheet and laid it out. I cut it to measure 93" tall by 62" wide. Then with a fabric marker (one that will come out when washed) I marked 3 vertical lines from top to bottom all 15 1/2" apart. Like this:


Then with the next sheet I measured out and cut a piece of fabric to measure 93"tall by 31" wide. I then marked a vertical line down the middle. Then sew these two pieces right sides together, leaving you a piece of fabric that is 93"x93". Lay aside the extra fabric from the second sheet and get the third sheet out. Cut a piece that is 66" tall by 93" wide. Match up the 93" wide sheet you just cut with the bottom of the original piece. Then sew right sides together. Once these are sewn together, continue the vertical line all the way down the newly added section. Making sure the lines are 15 1/2" apart. Now it is time to gather/ruffle the fabric. If you have a ruffler foot, I did the middle setting. If you don't, just baste stitch on the lines you drew earlier, all the way down and then gather your fabric up until in measures 93". 


After you have all your fabric gathered, it is time to make the ruffles. From the fabric left over from the 2 twin sheets, cut strips measuring 4" wide by 155" long. You will have to sew some pieces together to get it that long, but in the end you need 5 strips of 4"x155". After they are cut, iron in half and sew shut. Leave one end open, sewing the other shut. 


Then turn inside out. The easiest way I have found to do this is to place the sewn end on a dowel rod and then gather the fabric until it is turned right side out.

After it is right side out, iron the fabric so the seam is on the bottom. Then ruffle the fabric using the same method as above. Once it is ruffled, lay it on the vertical lines you drew and sew in place. 


Now you have the top piece done. Next you need to make the back. Take the king sheet and cut two pieces. Cut the first piece to measure 93" wide by 32" tall. Then cut the next piece to measure 93" wide by 62 1/2" tall. For mine I cut it so that the hemmed part of the sheet would be the opening of the duvet cover. (That way it saved me from hemming.) If you would rather hem the opening yourself, add 1" onto the length. When you are done line up the 93" hemmed pieces right sides together. The 93" wide by 32" tall piece needs to be 1 1/2" down from the top of the 93"x62 1/2" piece. Then sew 10 inches in on each side. You can then choose to add button closures, I just left mine open. Then lay the top part and the bottom part right sides together and sew all the way around the four sides. Turn right side out and insert your comforter! Enjoy!!








33 comments:

  1. Oh my it is absolutely gorgeous - love it... found you at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop.

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  2. Super cute, Darc! You even threw a little chevron in there, so you ;)

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  3. WOW...this is so beautiful! I love everything! Love the cover, pillows and lamp. Great job on the duvet cover. I seriously need to learn how to sew. Thanks for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

    Katie @ http://www.thecasualcraftlete.com/

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  4. How lovely! Thanks for sharing at CAL link party :)

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  5. This is beautiful! I guess I need to find some inexpensive sheets! :)

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    1. Thanks! I just got my sheets at Walmart for $4.50 each for the twin sheets!

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  6. So pretty, I love white ruffles. I also love your color combinations; turquoise gets me every time.

    Angela

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  7. This is so cute Darcy! Great job! :)

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  8. This is gorgeous~!
    Thank you for a great, new idea. You done a fabulous job on this.
    Bopped over from "Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen" and glad I did!
    I'm your newest stalker... (=
    Jen @ Lace Crazy

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  9. You did such a great job! I'm hosting a giveaway for $100 in throw pillows at my blog. You should swing by and enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/throw-pillow-giveaway.html

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  10. This is TOO cute! I'd love for you to link it up on my DIY Weekend feature!

    mrandmrswinslett.blogspot.com/2013/08/diy-weekend.html

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  11. You made that look too easy! And its oh so cute! One day Ill try to make one ;)

    I would love for you to share this (and any other post!) at my Life of the Party link up! It just opened! Im going to poke around your blog a little more. :)
    http://thegrantlife.com/life-of-the-party-1/

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  12. It's beautiful! I've been contemplating making my own duvet cover b/c I'm getting ready to update our bedroom, but I feel so intimidated by it. In theory I know it would be simple, it's just so BIG that I'm a little scared to get started. Thanks for sharing yours. It makes me feel like it's something doable.

    If you're interested, I'd love if you shared these at my Show & Tell party going on right now. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/08/show-tell-40.html

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    1. Thanks for linking up. You've been featured! http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/08/show-tell-features_27.html

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  13. This is so beautiful! I love the look of a ruffled duvet, but I'm relatively new to sewing, so I was never sure I could tackle it. But this I think I could manage! Thank you so much for the great tutorial! I'm new a happy follower of your blog :-)

    Cait @ Little Lovey Doves

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  14. Thanks for all the compliments! If anyone makes one, I would love for you to share it with me so I can see it!

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  15. WOW that is amazing! I honestly thought the picture was a store one that you were copying beautiful! You have such a talent.

    Thank you for link up with the I Love My Post Blog Hop

    Sarah
    Life in a Break Down
    xx

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  16. I love this so much! I wish I could sew! LOL I saw you at Mostly Homemade and had to come over and tell you what a great job you did ;)

    Would love for you to stop over to Who Needs a Cape and link up to Super Sunday! http://whoneedsacape.com/2013/08/super-sunday-link-party-12/ We are live right now ;) hope we see you!!!

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  17. So pretty! Sleepover? haha

    hugs & kisses!
    CorinnaAshley.com

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  18. This duvet is absolutely beautiful! I love it!!! This fabulous DIY post is being featured @ Great Idea Thursday's :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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  19. Love this! Pinning! Also I would love for you to link up with us at Give Me The Goods {1 party-5 blogs!} going on NOW!!
    Amber@ Dimples & Pig Tales

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  20. i totally made one of these for my daughter's room and it's definitely not as easy and you made it seem! {at least for me!} it turned out sooo gorgeous:)

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  21. Wow, what an amazing job. I love how it turned out! You make it sound so simple, but I know better. lol! Thanks so much for sharing it with Share Your Cup. I will be featuring you this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  22. Forgot to mention, I would love it if you could put a link back to the party.

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  23. What a great project - I love that touch of color! Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends last week - I hope you'll join us again tomorrow. I look forward to seeing what you've been working on this week! :)

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  24. Beautiful!

    Rita
    http://www.ferrytaleshome.blogspot.com

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  25. I love the look...just beautiful! I featured it today from last weeks Whimsy Wednesday Link Party! http://bit.ly/146ZWOP

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  26. Hi Darcy, I am featuring you on my site tomorrow! Come see the feature & grab your featured button. I am now following you too! Thanks for linking up @DearCreatives & be sure to share any of your posts anytime!

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  27. The duvet cover looks so pretty - great job.

    I would love for you to share at Empty Your Archive - this week we are linking up posts on bed linen of all sorts, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

    http://mumsmakelists.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/empty-your-archive-27.html

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  28. Thanks so much for sharing this at Empty Your Archive - I have pinned it and am featuring it this week Alice @ Mums Make Lists

    http://mumsmakelists.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/empty-your-archive-27-features.html

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  29. I love this! This is exactly what I am looking for. I am looking for an idea to make my own duvet covers, but I juat had a couple of questions. What size is your duvet inner? And what size is the sheet you used for the bottom?

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    1. Thank you! My duvet inner is 92 by 92". The bottom sheet was cut to 66" tall by 93" wide!

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