Duvet covers are one of the essential linen items, as they add comfort to your bedroom. They protect the duvet from dust and dirt. If you make two to three duvet covers, you can change them every weekend, to give a complete new look to the room. On top of that, the covers are simple to make and look attractive as well. In order to make duvet covers, all you require is the knowledge of sewing a straight seam. A new handmade cover can rejuvenate an old comforter and protect a new one. Read on to finds tips for making a duvet cover
How To Sew Duvet Cover
- Dressmaker's Measuring Tapes
- Snap Tapes
- Bed Sheets
- Dressmaker Pins
- Dressmaker Shears
- Fabric-marking Pens
- Ironing Boards
- Sewing Machine
- Sewing Machine Needles
Selecting Cover Fabric
- Take down the measurements i.e. the length and width of the duvet.
- It is very important to pick the right kind of fabric for the duvet. Lightweight washable linens would be the most appropriate choice, especially for the underside, as it would be comfortable against your skin.
- The size of the cloth should be two equal lengths of 54-inch-wide fabric for the front of the duvet cover. Make sure the cloth is 5 inches more than the measurements you have taken.
- The length for the back of the cover should be of two equal lengths. Ensure that the cloth you have taken is 3 inches more than the accurate measurement.
- Choose fabrics that are at least 54 inches wide to cover a duvet, which usually has a width of about 104 inches. However, if your duvet is wider, buy an additional panel of fabric for sides of the cover.
- Make sure that the print and the pattern are in sync when the extra cloth is added. Small prints are handy in such cases as they have a uniform pattern throughout.
- Wash the fabric before you set for stitching.
Sewing the Cover
- Fold one front panel in half, lengthwise, with the wrong sides together. Iron the cloth to make a crease on it and unfold. The same has to be done for one of the back panels.
- With a fabric marking pen and a yardstick, draw a line on the crease of the cloth. Cut along each line with dressmaker shears. This would ensure you sew six panels - three for the front of the cover and three for the back.
- The next step is to pin a narrow front panel, to one side of the uncut front panel. It must be cautiously done, so that the right sides of the fabric are together and all fabric edges line up evenly.
- Sew the fabric edges and press the seam open. The remaining narrow front panel is sewed to the other side of the uncut front panel. A half-inch seam must be done and the seam should be left open.
- Go over the last two steps for the panels that will form the back of your duvet cover. If your duvet is wider than 104 inches and you purchased additional fabric panels, cut these panels in half, just as you had done earlier. Add these extra panels according to the last two steps.
- Take the measurements of the front and back portions of the cover. The width of the duvet should be two inches more than the size of duvet. If it more than 2 inches, you can trim each side.
- The next step is to place both the front and back portions of the cover on top of each other, with the right sides together. The sides should line up evenly and be pinned together. The edges at the bottom of the cover will be uneven and should be left unpinned.
- A half-inch seam should be sewed around the pinned edges and the seams should be left open.
- The raw edges at the bottom of the cover should be turned under one-half inch. Sew them into place. If necessary, pin the edge and press it in place before sewing.
- After turning the cover right side out, attach snap closures to the opening of the cover. The snaps should be placed about 1 inch from the opening, 4 to 5 inches apart.
- Attach the ball portions of the snaps to the wrong side of the longer flap and the socket portions to the right side of the shorter flap. It would thus give a neat look to the duvet.