A duvet is a type of bedding that works like an upper sheet or blanket, but it features a soft, flat bag/comforter filled with down feathers or synthetic fiber. This originated in rural Europe where down feathers of the eider duck were traditionally used for its insulation characteristics.
Since buying a duvet can be quite expensive in department and linen stores, making a homemade, modern-style one can be a practical craft project that lets you save money, while also creating a more personalized bedding for you or your loved one.
Things to Use for the Project
Threads (your preferred colors)
Needles and pins
Pair of scissors
2 pieces of cotton fabric sheets (your preferred colors)
3 feet of ribbon or yarn (your preferred colors)
1-inch diameter buttons
Pre-wash the two pieces of fabric sheets prior to making the duvet. Ideally, these two equally-sized sheets measure 1 inch wider and 4 inches longer than the single comforter to be used for the duvet. The extra inches are meant as hem and seam allowances.
Place the two pieces of cotton fabric sheets, right sides together, then sew around a perimeter with ½-inch seam allowance. Leave one short end open.
Turn the duvet cover right side out. Cut four pieces of ribbon or yarn, each about 6 inches long. Get one side of the cover and sew each piece of ribbon or yarn onto it. Make sure each one is spaced evenly along the edge.
Sew each of the four pieces of the 1-inch diameter buttons onto the edge of the sheet opposite the ribbons or yarns by using a suitable color of thread and a needle. Make sure you line up the buttons with the sewed ribbons or yarns.
Put your comforter into the duvet’s open side, then tie the ribbons or yarns onto the buttons to close your duvet cover.
Instead of using ribbons/yarns and buttons, you may also fasten the cover using twill-tape ties, buttons and buttonholes, or even a hook-and-loop or Velcro tape placed on the inside edges of the duvet cover’s opening.
Make sure your color scheme and design selection for the fabric sheets, threads, buttons, and ribbons or any other crafting styles used to fasten the duvet match accordingly.
“Homemade Duvet Cover,” Martha Stewart.
“Duvet Covers,” All Free Crafts.
“Duvet Cover,” Crafty Chic.
“History of Featherbeds and Duvets,” Old and Interesting.
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