If you missed our posts about Home Fabrics and their $1.00 a yard fabric sales, then you may not realize how inexpensive you can make a duvet cover. To make a king size duvet cover, my best guess is that you will need 12 yards of fabric (depending on the width of the fabric). If you fabric cost 5.99 a yard (which is pretty cheap) it would still cost you around $72.00 to make your own duvet cover. But, if you can get your fabric for $1.00 a yard…then that cuts your costs significantly.
I’m not an expert seamstress, but making a duvet was pretty darn easy. We had a queen size comforter (86 inches by 86 inches), and I found several online tutorials. Some of them seemed a little too complicated for my beginner brain. So, my friend Jo and I basically did our own thing, but used some of the advice that we found online.
The first thing that we did was add 2 and 5/8 inches to the bottom (86+2 5/8) = 88 5/8 inches
Then we added 1 1/4 inches to the top (86+1 1/4) =87 1/4
This extra small amount of fabric allows for seams and for the button flap on one side of the top.
Next, we seamed the top together. I used Option 1 below. Since fabric is generally not wide enough, you will need to piece together the fabric to make your panels for both the top and bottom of your duvet. As you can see, fabric in option 1 goes horizontally across the duvet. The reason why I chose this option, is because the fabric we were using was all one color, and we did not have to worry about continuing a pattern. I am going to tackle a duvet here in a few days using the option #2 pattern below. We’ll see how that goes…cross your fingers for me.
Here is Jo pinning the duvet.
Before we sewed the top panel to the bottom panel, I hemmed one side of each panel, to prepare for the buttons. After those sides were hemmed, we laid them on top of each other (ride side in), and began sewing around the edge. We then left the majority of the hemmed edge open for the buttons.
This is what they looked like after we got done. (I shouldn’t tell you this, but I will..we sewed them on the WRONG SIDE the first time….duh…I’m an idiot.)
After we got done, we decided to make some VERA WANG look-a-like pillows. Go to our previous post for instructions on how to make them. I thought they turned out DARLING! The small picture below is Vera’s version…the only picture I can find, sorry it is TINY!
Here is our version…felt is my best friend.
The duvet turned out better than I expected since I had never made one before. I came the conclusion that it was like making a HUGE pillow.
All for right around oh maybe $20.00 (10.00 for the fabric (approx) and 10.00 for the pillow filler)….that is pretty darn THRIFTY!