Finding the perfect duvet cover can end up being a very long, expensive endeavor, especially when you throw sustainability into the mix. My own search spanned more than a year until I finally gave up and found something neutral and on sale. This tutorial from Design* Sponge can save you from having to settle for something you don't really want, while also saving you money.
Brett Bara, Design Sponge's resident sewing expert, takes you through a step-by-step tutorial on how-to create your very own custom duvet cover.
She notes that US bedding doesn't adhere to any set standard (much like clothing, as I'm sure we can all attest to), so it's recommended that you measure the duvet or comforter that you are planning to cover.
Since fabric generally isn't sold in widths wide enough for a full duvet, you'll need to seam a few panels of fabric together to make the front and back. She suggests placing one full panel down the center of the duvet with two smaller panels to each side of it; this is generally nicer-looking than making one seam down the middle of the duvet. One cheat is to use two flat sheets instead of buying yardage, or split the difference and use a contrasting flat sheet for the bottom side of the duvet.
Continue to the full tutorial at Design*Sponge .
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