Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Duvet Cover

Today (and yesterday) I made this duvet cover.  It's not really a two day project, but I tend to sew in spurts with many long intervals of doing other things.

Because the duvet cover is for a fairly small blanket (59" x 65"), I was able to make it from one old bed sheet (yay!).  The large piece is 60" x 88", the smaller pieces are 30.5" x 44" and the long piece that has the ruffles attached is about 3" wide (without the ruffles) and 88" long.  The plan is to stitch the two smaller pieces together side by side to get a piece about 60" x 44".  I would put this piece on top of the large one and then fold the top of the large piece down by 22", so that the final size is 60" x 66".  Once you take away 1/2" of seam allowance from each side, it'll be just the right size for the blanket.

The only problem is, that I'll need a little bit of extra fabric so that I can make some nice hems where I'm attaching the snaps.  I'm going to use the 3" wide piece and some long white bedsheet scraps (from another duvet cover I made) to reinforce the hems.

The first thing I did was stitch the two 30.5" x 44" pieces together, with a half inch seam allowance.  Then I added a piece of the white fabric on the top.

I pressed the seam closed with the white fabric on top and then folded the white fabric in half and pressed again.  Then I folded the whole thing down again and pressed again.


I "stitched in the ditch" to hold the fold down. Then, I checked how it would look with my whole duvet cover assembled and I found that this white part is a bit too wide so I folded it again and then stitched it down.

I used pins to mark the places where I wanted to put the snaps and used a zig zag stitch and a zipper foot to stitch the snaps on.  The snaps come in strips, which can be sewn as-is, but these snaps are about an inch apart, which means that I'd use almost 60 snaps for the length of the opening.  That's a bit much.  So, I cut them apart and used 7 sets of snaps, about 8" apart.

I put the matching set of snaps an attached them to the long narrow strip of pink (that was attached to the ruffles), after I had reinforced it with white fabric.  Then, I stitched this strip onto the large piece of fabric, which will form the back of the duvet cover and the flap that goes over the front.

Then, I assembled the duvet cover inside out, pinned the edges and stitched them.

I finished the edges with zig zag stitch.

I turned it right side out and put the little blanket inside and I was done! It's really a simple project -- basically a giant pouch with snaps.  The part that takes the longest is the measuring and cutting and placing and stitching the snaps.  The sewing part is really a breeze.


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