There's nothing quite like a duvet in the wintertime. Soft, filled with down and wonderfully warm, it's one of the best ways to get a great night's sleep on a chilly winter night. More than just a bedspread or comforter, it can almost make you look forward to going to bed in the winter.
One of the best ways to extend the life of your duvet is with a duvet cover. A duvet cover has many benefits, including keeping your duvet clean and protected. It also allows you to change the look of your bedspread and the decor in your bedroom easily and effortlessly; all you have to do is select a cover with a new color and/or pattern.
What exactly is a duvet cover? Essentially, it is like a pillow case for a down comforter (duvet.)
Why use a duvet cover?
- They are easy to wash and dry, as opposed to washing the whole duvet
- They keep your duvet clean and extend its life
- When you're using a duvet, a top sheet is optional
- It's easy to make the bed without a top sheet
While you can certainly buy duvet covers in varying levels of quality and price, it's also possible to make your own, and doing so is easier than you might think. All you need are two flat sheets, a sewing machine and a few supplies. You'll save money while getting the exact look you want.
Start by keeping an eye out for sales on sheets. To save money, focus on discount stores like Ross, Tuesday Morning, Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx, Big Lots, Homegoods, etc. Choose sheets you love. Go for for patterns and colors you love, and the material and thread count you prefer. Make sure the sheets you buy are bigger than your duvet.
What you'll need:
- a duvet
- a sewing machine
- 2 flat sheets larger than your duvet
- fabric scissors
- optional: buttons, snaps, ties or Velcro in a complimentary color
Creating your duvet cover:
- Measure your duvet and add 1″; trim sheets this size while cutting top hem off.
- Put front sides of the sheets together and pin 3 of the edges.
- Sew the three pinned edges.
- Turn the duvet cover correct side out.
- Choose your method of securing the unstitched edge (buttons, snaps, ties or Velcro.) Add 4 to 8 connectors depending upon duvet size.
- Slip your new duvet cover onto your duvet and secure it closed.
Tip: Consider making a cover with two different color/style sheets; then you can change the decor in your bedroom by simply flipping over your duvet.
Why make a duvet cover from sheets?
- Sheets come in a huge variety of styles, patterns and fabrics, including organic
- Sheets are available in higher thread counts than duvet covers, making them very comfortable
- Making your own covers can be less expensive than buying them, especially if you find sales on sheets
- Your custom-made duvet cover is sure to be one of a kind
Have fun with this project, and enjoy your new custom duvet cover! Find more DIY projects here.