On Design*Sponge, Brett Bara offers a thorough, well illustrated how-to for sewing a custom duvet cover with fabric yardage. Never to be outdone, Martha Stewart has very straight-forward instructions for making one with sheets.
A third option combines the two ideas: I created a duvet cover with a top made of pieced-together striped fabric and an underside that's a plain, flat sheet from Target. Materials for my custom duvet cover set me back less than $25. (That's over $250 cheaper than the one I'd been eying from Dwell Studio.)
While sewing can seem daunting, even a beginner can complete this project in an afternoon. I had finished only about three or four smaller projects before I made my duvet cover.
From the experience, here are my tips:
• Stick with cotton fabric
• Always wash and dry your fabric before sewing
• Sewing is largely about patience, ironing, and a little math
• Make the cover slightly bigger than your comforter to give it breathing room, but you don't have to be too precise
• Prepare a large clean space — a bed or floor — to lay things out and pin the sides
• Keep your comforter in place by pinning it to the inside corners of the duvet cover
Check out the full posts mentioned above:
Design*Sponge | Sewing 101: Making a Duvet Cover
Martha Stewart | Coordinating Comforter
Image: Brett Bara for Design*Sponge