Weather too horrible to shop……..then make it! Cosy single duvet cover

Donna King

Don’t know about where you are but the weather here in Bradford is awful, all rain and blustery wind. This morning I had one last Christmas task to complete- to purchase a single duvet cover for my step-son’s visit. 2014-12-22 10.36.03BUT I wasn’t looking to forward to going out in this or fighting the last minute shoppers……….but whilst drinking my morning coffee I remembered some shirting fabric I had in my stash and as luck would have it there was over 4m- More than enough to make one me thought! Here’s what I did….. 2014-12-22 08.52.15 You will need: 4m of fabric 150cm wide- If you get 5m you should have enough for a pillow case. Thread Press studs/velcro/buttons Pins Tape measure Single duvet. Electrical tape/masking tape.   STEP 1 Measure the length of the duvet, double it and add 4inches. Cut you fabric to this length. STEP 2 At each raw edge (top and bottom) fold, pin and iron over to the wrong side of the fabric by 1 inch. Then fold over another 1 inch, iron and pin.

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First fold

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Second fold

Using a 2cm seam allowance sew down each edge. 2014-12-22 09.18.07 STEP 3 Hold the width of your fabric up to the width of your duvet and measure the excess. Halve this measurement and use as you new seam allowance. This is a bit of a cheat as it means that I don’t need to finish the raw edges but it is Christmas!!

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12cm of excess fabric

STEP 4 It’s likely that the new seam allowance is higher than what is shown on your machine. So we need to add a guide to your machine using the electrical tape. Line up your tape with the needle on your machine and place the tape at the correct seam allowance- For mine the excess was 12cm so the allowance needed to be 6cm.

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This is a great tip for large seam allowances

STEP 5 Using this seam allowance guide sew up each side of the cover with the right sides of the fabric facing. 2014-12-22 09.29.08 STEP 6 This step creates the corners at the bottom of the cover. Take  look at the picture- You will be sewing where the pins are ( in a L shape along the stitch line already there and the turning 90 degrees and sewing to the edge). The red pin is around 12cm from the seam you have just sewn.

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Sew from the side seam along the already stitches line. At the red pin turn 90 degrees and sew to the edge.

STEP 7 Add velcro, press studs or buttons the right sides of the openings and put onto your duvet!!! 2014-12-22 10.04.05   2014-12-22 10.03.27

I love that this is a very grown up cover for a very grown up 22 year old but you could really go mad with this! Even better it took me under 1.5 hours (with all the thinking lol) which is less than a trip to the shops. Let me know how your’s turns out Donna xxx


  1. dana131071
    January 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Loved this idea, inspired me to re-cycle my quilt covers to curtains, will send you pics when they are completed.
    I love that my imagination takes me through materials I have, that normally I would have thrown away or took to the charity shop, now being transformed to up-cycled projects. No more waste!and more so. Made by me. Fantastic.
    Thank you for inspiring me to create. I should have done it years ago……..

    • Donna King
      January 28, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      It’s great to make something that’s unique to you straight from your own imagination Dana. It’s my pleasure to inspire you to do so and to sew lol 😉

      Keep it up and i’d love to see your finished projects xxxx

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