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duvet cover ~ a simple DIY

When I was designing our guest room I knew I wanted to incorporate a down comforter into the bedding. There’s just something about being comforted by a blanket of down feathers. And, even in the warmer months I think it makes a room feel more cozy just being a part of the bedding.

I started the bedding off with fabric I bought at a Mast General store in a small town in North Carolina. I loved the pattern so much I sewed a couple throw pillows and then branched off from there.


Sewing a duvet cover is super simple. The hardest part is choosing the fabric you want to use. You can get fabric from a fabric store or do what I do – which is even easier – and simply sew two flat sheets together.


Here’s what you will need:

  • A sewing machine and thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • 1 down comforter (you can use a quilt, too)
  • 2 flat sheets
  • ribbon
  • fray check

Lay your two flat sheets out with the “good” sides facing each other. Pin around three of the edges so that you can run it around the sewing machine without the sheets separating. Since sheets are quite a bit longer than down comforters you will have some extra at the end you will need to cut off and hem. What I do is create a bit of a pocket with one of the sheets so that the down comforter can tuck inside.


Next, use fabric of your choice to sew 2″ ties. Use fray check on the end to keep them from fraying.


And, wahlah!


For the extra fabric you will have from your “non-pocketed” flat-sheet sew a simple throw pillow (like you see above) to tie everything in together.

Questions? Feel free to ask. I’m happy to help if I left anything out!

About Jessica

Jessica is a full-time lifestyle photographer mainly focusing on families and children. In her free time she loves a good memoir, is a sucker for reality TV, loves DIY projects and is addicted to traveling the world. Find her at 503 Photography and browse through her blog to get a peek into the girl behind the lens!

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  • Melanie

    I’m not totally following where you add the ties to because you mention making a pocket as well. The picture that has your hand in it – is that with the duvet right side out? From the side seam it looks like it’s the wrong way out and yet the ribbons look like they’re in place to be on the outside. Would love some clarification on that part please. I love the idea!

  • Lauren

    Hey Jessica!!
    Great blog. I’ve been wanting to make a duvet cover for so long. The sheets you chose really gave me inspiration. I like the soft gray look of them. Where did you find them?

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  • shannon harrison

    mega brilliant. :)

  • Angie

    First of all, the room is ADORABLE! I love it. Second what a fabulous idea, duvet covers are so flippen expensive. I love what you did and the ties are darling :)

  • launa

    This is what I did in my room too, I just used a couple of white sheets and sewed on grosgrain ribbon for the ties! SO much cheaper and easy!! I love the warm, comfortable, comfy feeling of a down comforter!

  • Tara

    I’ve made these before, but always use the long duvet zippers rather than ties.