How to Make a Patchwork Duvet Cover

comments (9) October 3rd, 2008     

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A patchwork duvet cover protects a comforter and gives any bedroom a lift.
Add a 5- to 6-inch extension at the top. Turn in 1/2 inch along the upper edge.
Leave openings at the bottom corners and finish by hemming the seam allowances.
A patchwork duvet cover protects a comforter and gives any bedroom a lift.

A patchwork duvet cover protects a comforter and gives any bedroom a lift.

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Fold the extension down again and topstitch along the fold.


Fold the top extension again and topstitch along the fold.

9. Sew buttons in place.


Sew buttons to the top edge of the back.

10. Sew a buttonhole and button to each bottom corner opening.


On each corner opening, sew a button and buttonhole.

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Comments (9)

Quiltladycreations writes: I am getting ready to make this duvet. Question I have is in #1 you indicate to add 1/2 inches for seam allowances. Then #3 you say to sew 2" from the bottom and sides. Is this a typo or are the seam allowances needed for the sides larges (2") rather than half inch.
Love the idea if putting opening at the bottom to pull the comforter down.
Posted: 1:27 am on October 30th
Stile writes: I may give this a try, using suggested ideas of curtains, tablecloth motifs. thanks for the tutorial.
Posted: 2:25 pm on January 17th
jolily writes: hi MaryRay,
can i use curtain or heavy fabrics for the duvet cover cos i've got stash of them that i inherited from a friend and don't know what to do with them or any other ideas i could use them for except to make curtains cos i'm not excited about making curtains at all.
thanks
Posted: 7:44 am on June 9th
msdbeach writes: I made a quilt top out of vintage hawaiian shirts, list past summer and that was as far as I got. Thanks for inspiring me to do something with it, besides cutting it up.
Posted: 12:45 pm on January 6th
Therapy4Me writes: What a great idea! I have so many decorator swatches and had no clue what to do with them. NOW I do!! Thanks for the instructions...but, since I have a real aversion to button holes, I am going to use the flexible sew-on Velcro strips cut in 2 or 3 inch pieces. I figure if I place them about as far apart as the buttons are, I will get the same effect. One more project to add to my repetroire of UFO's!
Posted: 11:16 pm on November 15th
clematislover writes: I've made a couple duvets and have gotten around the problem of the comforter moving inside the duvet by adding loops and ties inside. Add small elastic loops at each corner and several along each side of the comforter. Topstitch close to the edge, turning under the ends of the elastic. On the inside of the duvet sew in 12" long ties (folded in half) in the same locations. The ties can be made from non - ravel ribbon or hem tape. Turn the duvet inside out, lay on the bed with the comforter on top. Tie the ribbons thru the loops in a double bow or square knot. Turn comforter right side out, close with buttons or Velcro and viola! You can shake the comforter vigorously to fluff it and it will still stay attached to it's cover.
I'm going to make a pieced two sided duvet this winter. The current duvet is wearing thin. I can't find printed cotton sheets anymore, that's what I've used in the past to make the cover.
Posted: 9:10 am on October 31st
MaryRay writes: Judy,
Sorry. I guess I didn't explain well at Step 4 about why you leave the opening at the bottom. However, in the opening paragraph I mention that the cover has openings at the bottom corners so you can put your hand in and pull the comforter to the bottom. I always find that "filling" the cover with the comforter is the hardest part!
Posted: 8:11 pm on October 6th
lorchick writes: hmm, you know, working in a fabric store, there are quilters all around me, all the time, and I'm a little jealous of the art but not sure I'm willing to commit to it. However, I think this would be a quick and easy (ish) way to try out something along those lines and see how i feel about the idea! (and/or a great excuse to try some of those beautiful Feels Like Silk Quilters Collection quilting cottons I've been feeling/eyeing up at work!)
Posted: 10:13 pm on October 3rd
Judy_H writes: Question: instruction no. 4 - leave a 5" opening at the bottom - WHY? I get the top part but not the bottom.
Thank you for the instructions.
Posted: 11:22 am on October 3rd
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