If you’re a duvet lover, you know how easy they make making the bed. Unlike comforters, these bed coverings are typically used without a top sheet or additional blankets. Therefore, a duvet cover is a must for keeping your bedding clean and fresh. Duvets are lightweight, and they help keep you at just the right temperature for deep, restful sleep, no matter the temperature. For many people, duvets are a must for achieving chic, yet livable modern home decor. In fact, duvet covers are so great, you probably want more than one.
Benefits of having multiple duvet covers
If you’re going to use a duvet cover, and you should to protect your down bedding, it’s wise to have several. This allows you great flexibility in changing colors and patterns according to the season or your mood. Multiple duvet covers also make it easier to do laundry and keep your home healthy. Their style, convenience and sense of luxury are unmatched by other types of bedding. Pre-made covers for your duvet are available in a variety of styles, colors and fabrics. But if you’re on the slightly crafty side, making your own duvet covers can be a simple, fun project that lets you experience multiple looks. Here is how you can make your own duvet:
1. Keep it simple with sheets
Martha Stewart recommends making duvet covers out of sheets for a stylish look that’s easy to stitch together at home. You’ll need two flat sheets along with a sewing machine (or needle and thread), scissors, Velcro tape and pins.
2. Or, choose inexpensive fabric
Instead of sheets, you also can use bargain fabric that can be purchased for $2-$6/yard. You should need about 12 yards of fabric, depending on its width, for a king-size duvet.
3. Measure and cut your fabric correctly
If you’re using sheets, select two that are about the same size as your duvet; queen for a queen-size duvet, etc. Cut your sheets/fabric equal to the width of your duvet, and add 2 inches for seams. For the length, add 3 inches. In some cases, it may not be necessary to cut your sheets before you begin the sewing phase. Flip fabric so the wrong side is facing up and pin together fabric on seam line for easy sewing.
4. Sew your duvet cover
Sew around three edges, about an inch from the fabric/sheet’s edge. Don’t stitch one of the shorter sides. Once sewn, iron. Turn the cover right-side out and press again.
Sew each corner on the open side, leave enough room to squeeze your duvet through, typically about 45 inches. Press your seams again, divide the open area into three parts, mark with pins and sew Velcro closures inside the opening.
5. Add your duvet, and enjoy!
Once you’ve finished your easy sewing project, add your duvet and seal with the Velcro flaps. Enjoy the comfort, beauty, style, and flexibility of your new duvet cover!
DIY Duvets for Any Style
Duvets are some of the easiest bedding around to use and enjoy. Unlike a comforter that usually must be dry-cleaned, you simply slip off your duvet cover and toss it in the wash. Duvets also are unmatched for their comfort and temperature control, and their style easily fits either traditional or contemporary modern home decor. Making your own duvet cover is a fun project that provides you with flexibility and value. Too busy to make one? see our collection of duvet covers on sale.