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Duvet Cover

The nice thing about duvets is that they are inexpensive to make, easy to make, and can cover any comforter to give it a brand new look. Rather than throw out a nice comforter that no longer matches with new décor, why not make a duvet. Since a duvet is made from just one or two pieces of fabric, anyone can make one. Then using ribbon, appliqués, buttons, cording, or just about anything imaginable, you can embellish the duvet to give it your own personal touch.

To make your own duvet, start by purchasing the following:
  • Poly-cotton sheeting, linen, or canvas
  • Gripper tape (24 inches) and shorter than the duvet cover width
  • Matching thread
To determine the amount of material you need, you want to measure the length of your existing comforter (or a new one if you are going that route). Simply add 2 5/8 inches so you can hem it and then take that number and double it. Next, measure the comforters width, this time adding 1 1/4-inch for the seams, cutting a second piece of fabric.

To get started making the duvet cover, lay the fabric out with the wrong side facing up. Using sewing chalk, mark the lines where you need to cut. Once the fabric is cut, you want to create a double hem that runs across one end of each piece of fabric. To do this, turn one inch over on the wrong side twice. Pin it in place, baste the hem, and then remove the pins. Using your sewing machine, stitch as close to the basting as possible. Once that is done, press it with an iron to give it a nice, clean hem. Now put the two pieces of fabric with the right sides together, aligning the edges to be hemmed. Pin the two pieces of fabric together on the inside edge of the hem so you have a total distance of 12 inches that runs from the side edge going toward the center.

Baste along the line where you have pinned and then remove the pins. Going back with your sewing machine, stitch as close to the basting as you can. Next, using the gripper tape, position it with one long edge very close to the hems edge across the opening. Place the tape so it is centered and then place a snap so it is equal distance from each side of the opening. Now stitch the tape into place with your zipper foot, allowing you to stitch in a straight line past the snaps.

The next step is to fasten the snaps and then stitch through all of the layers. Fold the edge of the fabric to the stitching line of the hem, ensuring the edge of the tape is enclosed. Now you want to stitch a second line that goes close to the first snap and then fasten it securely. Now you can turn the duvet cover over so the right side is up. Pin the side and top together, baste them, and then again remove the pins. Stitch 1/4-inch from the edges and then trim the seam so it is now at 1/8-inch.

Finally, you want to turn the duvet cover so it is inside out. Stitch around the three sides keeping to 1/4-inch from the folded over edges, making sure you enclose the raw edges. Now turn the duvet cover right side out again and carefully press. The fun part now comes with the embellishment. You could attach matching or contrasting buttons that run down the sides about every foot, add beautiful cording along the edges, stencil designs with craft paint adding whatever design you like, and so on.
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