With all the interest in home decorating, a lot of people want to learn how to sew a duvet cover. A duvet is a quilt and a duvet cover is a cover made to protect the duvet—like a pillowcase protects a pillow. Comforters are often expensive and difficult to clean, so a cover will protect it and keep it clean. The nice thing about sewing your own duvet cover is that you can change the whole look of your bedroom depending on the fabric you use and you can even make the duvet cover reversible.
This is a simple sewing project because the duvet is made of two large rectangles of fabric sewn together on three sides. The easiest fabric to use to sew a duvet cover is a bed sheet because the fabric is already big enough without having to be pieced. This article will show you how to sew a duvet cover from sheets with ribbon ties at each corner. The ties will help to anchor the comforter in the cover so it doesn’t shift around.
- Two flat sheets sized for your comforter
- Sewing machine
- Tape measure
- Matching thread
- Sew-on hook and loop tape
- Eight feet of one half inch ribbon in any color
- Measure your comforter. Your duvet should have an attached tag that will tell you what size it is. If the tag is missing, lay your comforter out on a clean, flat surface and measure it.
- Prepare your sheets. When buying your sheets, check the measurements on the package to make sure they are at least an inch bigger on all sides than your comforter. You will need two flat sheets, but other than size, they don’t have to match. Wash and dry the sheets to take care of any shrinkage before you sew the cover.
- Pin and measure the sheets. The tops of the sheets—the edges with the large hem—will be the open edges of your cover and will not be sewn shut. Pin the two flat sheets with hems and right sides together and spread out smoothly on your work surface. Add four inches to your comforter measurements and cut the sheets to match. For example, a queen-sized comforter measures 86 by 90, so a queen-sizec sheet that measures 90 by 102 will only need to be cut on the bottom to remove eight inches. Don’t cut the hemmed edges of the sheets—only cut at the bottoms. Prepare the ribbon by cutting it into one foot pieces. Four will be attached to the inside of the duvet cover and four will be attached to the corners of your comforter.
- Start sewing. Sew around the three edges of the pinned together sheets with a half inch seam. Remember, do not sew the “hem” edges of the sheets together. These will form the opening in your duvet cover. Be sure to “lock” the thread at the beginning and the end of your sewing so the stitches don’t unravel later. You’ll end up with a large cloth case, sewn on three sides and open on the hemmed edge.
- Add ribbons. Fold each piece of ribbon in half and sew one into each of the bottom two corners of the cover on the inside. Then sew a piece of ribbon to the inside of the two top corners, one half inch in from the edge. You now have a ribbon on the inside of each corner of the cover.
- Sew on closure. Hook and loop tape makes a neat and easy closure for the cover. Cut one hook piece and one loop piece to match the width of your comforter, minus two inches. On the inside, sew one piece of tape across the top of each open edge of the cover, locking your stitches so they don’t unravel. The duvet cover is finished.
- Attach ribbons to comforter. Sew the remaining four pieces of ribbon to the four corners of your comforter and insert the comforter into the cover, tying the ribbons to hold the comforter in place.