DIY Duvet Cover Tutorial


If you bought a crib set you probably have an unused comforter lolling about in a closet somewhere.  Now that Scarlet is in her toddler bed I deem the comforter safe for her, so I sewed a sweet duvet cover using this beloved fabric: Alexander Henry Bird Seed in Yellow that I picked up at favorite fabric resource Fabricworm.

Making a duvet cover is a simple beginner sewing project with an added bonus: when your child moves into a big-girl bed you can re-use the fabric for some other cuteness.  If you want to sew a duvet for a twin, full, queen, or king size bed, this same method applies and I’ll share the measurements with you and the full DIY Duvet Cover Tutorial after the jump…

How to Sew a Duvet Cover

1.  First determine your measurements.  I’ve detailed them for each size below, but if you want to understand how I came to them, I’ll describe:  You’ll need a top and bottom for your duvet each with 1″ added to the width for a 1/2″ seam allowance on both sides. Then you’ll need to add 1.5″ to the length for seam allowance, plus 6″ for our closure area. For sizes larger than a toddler bed duvet you will need to sew yardage together along the length to get a piece of fabric wide enough to meet these measurements (or use a sheet).  These are standard measurements, but bedding tends to vary so just measure yours first to be sure it will fit!
Toddler Bed Final Dimensions 33″ X 42″ (two pieces 34″X49.5″)
Twin Final Dimensions 72″ by 90″ (two pieces 73″X97.5″)
Full  Final Dimensions 84″ by 96″ (two pieces 85″X103.5″)
Queen  Final Dimensions 90″ by 102″ (two pieces 91″X109.5″)
King  Final Dimensions 102″ by 108″ (two pieces 103″X115.5″)

2.  Pre-wash, iron, and cut your fabric to size.

3.  Let’s start by creating our snap closure.  You can sew on snaps, but why, when it’s so easy just to hammer them in place with an inexpensive snap kit.  Fold one of the width sides in 1/2″ (to the wrong side) and iron, then sew in place.  Then fold again 3.5″ to the wrong side and iron in place.

Measure 1/4 of the way in on each side and mark (on my toddler duvet cover, that’s 8.5″):

Measure 2″ down from the fold and draw a line between your two marks.  Measure in 3″ and 6″ from each side on the line and mark an X (for bigger duvet covers you’ll obviously need to add more marks and more snaps):

Using your snap kit, attach snap backings to the right side of the fabric at those marks.  Don’t attach them through both layers!  Just the folded bit!

Repeat the entire process on the other side of your duvet (Make sure your patterns are pointing the direction you want before you start!), this time attaching snap fronts:

4.  Take your two duvet pieces and pin them together right sides facing, with the folded edges on the same side, so the fabric snaps face up:  

Starting at your mark (1/4 of the way in on the snap side), sew the two sides together with 1/2″ seam allowance, sewing all the way around and back to your other mark.  Clip the corners and finish your unfinished edges by serging, sewing with a zig zag stitch, or cutting with pinking shears. Turn your duvet cover right side out and iron.  Stuff with comforter.  The snap side goes on the bottom, FYI, not up by your face:

You’re done:

Time for snuggling!

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73 Comments

Kelsey

Ok seriously you could not have read my mind more! I've been wanting to make a new duvet for my king size bed and KNEW it was gonna be easy but just hadn't gotten around to it. You rock!! Now I will be making one of these ASAP! Thanks so much!

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Amy

Love love love this project – thankyou so much – Ruby could really do with a toddler cover – she's only got plain covers at the moment – I hated the selections so I went for plain white – this blog is so inspiring –

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Jacinda

What can I say… this is beautiful. One of my all-time favorite fabrics. I have a stash of the teal.

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Grace

Ha! I just made one of these for my 18month olds toddler bed but I made it from a thrifted single bed cover and I made a matching pillow case with the left over fabric, I will post a photo on the flickr group.

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Chelsea Strong

Oh my god, I was already in love with this fabric, and now I'm absolutely head over heels. You Prudent Mamas seem to post tutorials just as I need them!

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amy

this is a great tutorial thank you for sharing. what is the name of the fabric. it is really lovely.

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besquirrely.com

Thanks, this is fantastic. I'm inspired and I LOVE the fabric you chose. I usually don't like yellow much, but that is simply delicious.

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Marisa

I like the snaps! I usually do button holes and fabric ties. Oh, and BIG TIP: Use two flat sheets in the size you want. Way easier than trying to find and/or piece fabric yardage.

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kim

Hey! You read my mind – I have a little project to repurpose a Queen size to two toddler size covers this weekend. Your tips couldn't be more appropriate! Beautiful photos by the way! (I hope you don't mind, I've linked to this post on my blog). (via ohdeedoh)

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h.

Great tutorial! Thanks.

I used snap tape… cheating I know, but so quick and so easy!
I also backed mine with flannelette for extra warmth because miss 4 seems to always lose her sheets down the end of the bed at some point, and because their duvets almost always end up in the lounge room each morning for early morning cuddles/tv.

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Lianne

Wonderful tutorial! The husband and I are getting ready to move and I would love to "refresh" our bedding for the new place. Thank you for sharing.

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Regina

Great project! I did one modification to my store bought cover that I love – and plan to incorporate into a cover I am working on right now – I added fabric ribbon ties in the inner corners and on the center of each side, and a ribbon loop to the corresponding spots on the cover. When I slip mine in, I tie those spots in place, and the cover does not shift and twist (my little guy tosses and turns a lot)

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Ann Marie | white house, black shutters

Wow, gorgeous fabric and what a cute daughter you have!

I've been facing a dilemma as my 1 yo daughter and soon-to-be-here son will be sharing a room. I want something that matches, but don't want to purchase a whole new set (since I'm only using the comforter). Here I've been looking for a matching one at a gargage sale, I NEVER thought to make a duvet cover!

Thanks so much for the great tutorial, this made my night. Bookmarking this post and following you.
-Ann Marie

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Jennifer

I have been dying to do this for my son since we never did a nursery theme or anything. Now that he is older, I snagged a bunch of Alexander Henry's 2D Zoo in chocolate and I started looking for a comforter at consignment stores but never could find one. So I bought some flannel and pre-cut batting in "crib size" – however, it is almost twice as big as your measurements for the toddler size. I have no idea why this is but I didn't notice until I just measure my finished homemade (shoddily I should add) duvet so I could start on the cover. I'm hoping it will just mean more use before he outgrows it! It started out at 45×60 and in reality was a little bigger than it claimed on the package. Finished product is 44x 58. Wish I knew why…

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Marshall K

Great idea, I can't wait to do this. But I do have a question. Most fabrics are 44" to 54" top to bottom. What do you suggest the best way to do a duvet cover for something larger than a toddler size cover? Will I just need to piece more than one cut of fabric together somehow? If so, what's the best way to do that? Thanks!

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v

I am in love with this fabric, but cant find it anywhere! I want to make this for my little girl,(3yrs) with the same print, she loves birds! Where else can i find it? Thank you guys!

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Jaime

hi V! I love that fabric too, but it's sold out pretty much everywhere. you might try ebay or etsy, or email fabricworm, they will know if alexander henry will be making more, and if so, they will carry it.

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Scott

Thanks soo much for the tutorial. I bought a feather comforter for my daughter and want to make a cover for it. The dimensions are 36×50. The fabric I have is 108 inches and according to your measurements I would need 115 inches of fabric. Can I still make it work for the closure flaps with what I have? I hope so. If you could help me I would be really grateful!!!!
my email is desipoopoo@hotmail.com

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Ashley

Hi, Jamie, thank you so much for this tutorial! I have a question about the length measurements. You say you start with 34" by 49.5" and end with 33" x 42". I get the width cuz it has 1" total side seams. But the length is 49.5" -.5" for 1st fold – 3.5" for 2nd fold -1" seams when top and bottom are sewn together. That is 5" total seam allowance. Can you please help me understand why you have a 7.5" difference in length between start and finish? I have a brain cramp, please help 🙂

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Jaime

ashley you are not crazy, it's just space for the poufiness of the duvet insert! i could have left more space widthwise too but i like when they are fluffy at the edges. but if it was just 5" (instead of 7.5" your duvet would want to squueze out the bottom all the time.

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The Trimms

Love this tutorial, just wish there was a place to buy good extra wide fabric so I didn't have to sew together two panels for a Queen size duvet.

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Ellie

Thank you so much 🙂 I decided to do my little boy’s room in a space theme and found the most ideal curtains but could not find a cover to match. I’m going to buy an extra pair of curtains and try my hand at making one!

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Debbie

Just finished redecorating a very small guestroom and needed a serious update to a comforter set I was given since it did not match the room. I was so glad to find your very easy duvet cover pattern. Thanks so much! And also a big thanks for giving the measurements for the different size bedding. You made my day!

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Nicky

I love this!! We have two King XL duvets that I cannot find affordable covers for, and leaving the white duvet on our bed with two big dogs have proven to be not the best decision, I really need to go to the laundry mat! With some tweaking this is so perfect! Thank you!

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Dinah

I’ve been thinking I might use cheater quilt fabric for a king or queen duvet. It comes in wider widths.

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Cheryl@ Sew Can Do

I’ve wanted to make bedding for a long time, but the issue is the width. Unless it’s crib or toddler sized, there’s not much by the yard wide enough for a bed. Did you have tips or suggestions for matching up pieces or seam placement? I’ve just learned about doing this on drapes where the folds can hide it, but the fact remains there’s an obvious seam sitting on top of bedding. It seems IMPOSSIBLE to find washable fabric that is wider than 54-58″.

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Susan

What great pictures….she looks so happy with that beautiful bedding! Thanks so much for telling us how….I just sewed a bunch of crib sheets and changing pad covers and was surprised at how easy it was!

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Kate

So I made one of these this weekend and your tutorial was great – my one question is in regard to the bottom where the snaps are. When I look at my finished product the portion of the bottom that has the snaps hangs a bit lower than on either sides where I stiched in a 1/2 inch seam up to my markings. Did I do something wrong there?

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Charity

Hey, LOVE this tutorial!

My question is what size duvet did you make this cover for? I have a toddler duvet the is 37″by43″ Do I need to adjust the starting measurement much? Your finished product is 4″ less width and 1″ less length than my duvet, so I assume I need to add those inches back into my measurement?
Thanks for the help!

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Sara

I feel really stupid trying to figure this out lol! How do you keep the comforter from sliding around inside the cover? Is it really as simple as sewing the two pieces together and adding snaps? Does the comforter slide into that pocket behind the snaps? Brand new sewer here.. got my machine about two months ago and there are so many things I want to do but havent yet learned all the sewing lingo! Thanks!

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