Thursday, June 9, 2011

Full-size Duvet Cover

Today I’m going to give you a sneak peek at my guest bedroom. It's not quite done yet, but you guys have been telling me you want to see some of it. So here's the duvet cover.
Sorry about the weird shadow on the right side of the photo.
Some of you may be thinking, “Hmmm…that looks kind of familiar.” Probably because it’s inspired by one of my favorite rooms EVER done by one of my very best friends, Mandi of Vintage Revivals.
Yup, I copied the striped walls and the basic style of the duvet cover. However, I sewed mine differently so I’ll go ahead and give you my tutorial. That way you have options for whatever sewing style YOU have.

First off, I have to apologize if this tutorial is a little rusty. I made this almost two months ago and am just now typing it up – oops! The good news is the room is so close to being done, I can almost taste it and am SOOO excited to reveal it! I hope you guys like it as much as I do.

Second, mine is for a full-size bed so if you are doing a different size, you will have to adjust accordingly.

Supplies Needed:
  • 2 3/4 yd yellow fabric
  • 3/4 yd chiffon (gray ruffles)
  • 1 3/4 yd gray fabric
  • 1 3/4 yd black & white fabric
  • 1 3/4 yd white fabric
  • 1 pkg 12/32” cotton cording (6 yds)
  • Flat sheet (back of duvet)
  • 6 buttons
  • Thread
Step 1: Cut yellow fabric – 7” x 58”, 33” x 58”, (2) 33” x 11”, (2) 7” x 11”, (2) 2 1/4” x 22”
Cut gray chiffon – (4) 5” strips (My fabric was 60” wide)
Cut gray fabric – 11” x 58”, (2) 11” x 11”, (2) 2 1/4” x 23”
Cut black & white fabric – 7” x 58”, (2) 7” x 11”, (2) 2 1/4” x 33”
Cut white – 16” x 58”, (2) 16” x 11”
Step 2: Fold top yellow strip (7” x 58” and (2) 7” x 11”) in half lengthwise and press.
Step 3: Sew RST (right sides together) those three yellow pieces to the corresponding white pieces (58” pieces together, 11” pieces together), making sure the folded side of the yellow fabric is on the top and raw edges are being sewn together. Finish seam with either a serger or zig-zag stitch. Press the seam up (towards the yellow fabric).
Topstitch seam down.
Step 4: Let’s make our piping. Pin cording in each of the 2 1/4” pieces (gray, yellow, black & white), by folding each piece in half lengthwise over the cording. Trim your cording according to each of the pieces of piping fabric.
Using your zipper foot. Stitch the piping in place, removing pins as you go.
Step 5: Pin piping to the 58” yellow/white piece on both the left and right sides, letting just a little hang off the top.
Stitch to the 58” piece still using the zipper foot.
Pin the 11” pieces to the right and left sides, RST, still letting the piping hang out a little. Stitch with the zipper foot. Finish seam. If you didn’t use a serger, clip the extra piping now. It should now look like this:
Step 6: Repeat steps 3-5 for black & white/gray section and steps 4-5 for the bottom yellow section, but don’t worry about letting the piping hang out, you can go ahead and line it up with the edges for these pieces.

Step 7: Switch back to regular sewing machine foot and let’s make the ruffles. Sew two strips of the chiffon together along the short end. Repeat with the other two chiffon strips.

Step 8: While holding the top thread, sew a gathering stich along both the long sides of both chiffon strips. (Holding the top thread causes the fabric to ruffle on its own).
Gather more if desired/necessary and pin RST to the bottom of the black & white/gray piece.
Be sure to change your settings back to a regular stitchlength and stitch ruffle in place. Finish seam. Repeat by sewing the other side of the ruffle to the bottom yellow piece. Repeat with your other ruffle piece by sewing to the yellow/white piece and the black & white/gray piece. Press seams away from the chiffon and topstitch those seams down. Press the entire thing.

Step 9: Now we’ve got to tackle buttonholes. Starting with the left piping, measure 8” across and 1” down and make a mark.
Repeat by making a mark every 8” until you have 6 marks between your piping on the left and ride sides. Follow your machine’s procedure for sewing buttonholes at each of those marks.
(My machine doesn’t sew buttonholes so I had to borrow a neighbor’s machine – actually it was her daughter’s. THANK YOU CHAR AND MACY!)
Using a seam ripper, we need to tear the fabric inside the sewn part. I like to start at the edge and rip until about the center, then switch to the other edge and rip towards the center. This way I don’t accidentally rip through my stitching.
Step 10: Lay the entire thing on top of a flat sheet RST. Pin in place.
Start at the piping on the top of the duvet cover and sew around until you get to the other piping (leaving the section where your buttonholes are open). Clip your corners and turn right side out.

Step 11: If you already have buttons that you like, grab those. I chose to use fabric-covered ones, which I made using my i-Top. To see how I did that, click here.
Sew the buttons to the flat sheet where they line up with the buttonholes.
So when it’s buttoned you have this look.
Stuff your down comforter inside your duvet cover, throw on you bed, and admire your new masterpiece!
So pretty!
Phew! I hope that wasn’t too crazy for you guys. PLEASE let me know if you have any questions!!!

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  1. I absolutely LOVE that duvet cover!!!Great job!!!

  2. I love this - but I have told you that a million times! I stumbled it because I love it just that much!

  3. Oh I love this so much! I need a duvet for my king sized bed and never knew how to do it, because I can't find fabric big enough! I love love how you put different pieces together! Love it!

  4. Looks fabulous! the one tip I gleaned from "dissecting" a store bought cover was to add ties on the inside in the corners to tie the corners of your comforter in place so it is less likely to bunch. Maybe not so critical in a guest room - but on my king sized bed where there is a constant tug-o-war it is a must.

  5. very pretty duvet! Love the colors you used, gray and yellow are such a great Summer color combo!

  6. I love duvet covers, it is time for me to change into summer colors. Thank you for the tutorial.

  7. I love yellow and gray together! Such a pretty duvet. Thanks for the tutorial. I would love to tackle this project someday!

  8. I love your color combo. Great directions. I may have to try an update my bedroom. We'll see, LOL. Visiting from Sugar Bee Crafts.
    ~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 

  9. So gorgeous! You did an amazing job! The colors are just beautiful together

  10. very pretty. I love the colors. I've been working on a king size duvet cover for quite some time now. It's quite the project!! And you did a great job.

  11. Love it! I've been looking for a great duvet cover tutorial and I think I've found it! I'm hoping to use Joel Dewberry Aviary 2 fabric :D

  12. Hi there- found you through 30 handmade days's hop and am a new follower. I have always wanted to sew a cover/quilt for my bed. Here in Cape Town, they use duvets almost exclusively. I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by

    Have a great weekend!

  13. I've been looking for a good duvet tutorial. Thank you so much! This is perfect!

  14. Absolutely love it! I have to make one of these.

  15. I love it! Our master bedroom walls are gray and I want to add some yellow accents. I love the piping detail! Where did you get the yellow flower fabric??

  16. i love the colours! :) what a great job! :)

  17. ok, so this is beautiful! like, stunning!

    i have been wanting to redo my bedding in the master bedroom, but cannot find the right bedding...

    are you for hire?

  18. Thanks for sharing! I had to do my own version.

  19. Thanks regina for the tip on tying the comforter into the duvet cover. I have held off doing this because I was worried the comforter would just get all bunched up in the duvet cover. I will have to give the tie thing some thought on where and how to place.


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