Free Directions and Measurements to Sew a Duvet Cover

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    Duvet Cover Measurements and Fabric Requirements

    Duvet Cover Measurements and Fabric Requirements
    Duvet Cover Measurements and Fabric Requirements. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Note: Please read the full direction before purchasing your fabric.

    Duvet covers are a great way to completely change the look of your room without investing on a new comforter or quilt, as well as protecting you current quilt or comforter. This project is a fun way to redesign a place you spend a lot of time, your bed!

    These fabric requirements do not take into consideration matching prints. For a fabric that repeats you'll need an extra amount that depends on the repeat of the print. For...MORE example: If you are making a twin size duvet cover using 45" wide fabric, the fabric requirement is 2 times the length of the cover. If your repeat is large, you may need 3 to 4 times the length in order to match the prints at the seams. If you're using a solid colored fabric, however, this won't be an issue.

    Small prints such as calico fabric should not require matching. I always buy extra fabric, to add complementing trim to curtains and pillows.

    You will also need to repeat your top fashion fabric or use a sheet (same as the bed size you are making) for the bottom of the Duvet Cover.

    Closures are a matter of choice. For these directions, I will be using 3/4" buttons and button holes. I have also seen zippers and Velcro used to close duvet covers.

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    Cutting and Assembly

    Cutting Chart to make a duvet cover for any size bed
    Cutting Chart. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Note: All directions are using 1/2" seams

    All covers will require even side sections added to each side of your fashion fabric. Refer to the chart (above) for cutting your sections.

    Join side sections to center section using 1/2" seams. Zig zag or serge your seams to prevent fraying. Press the seams.

    Lay out the back and top section, right sides together. Pin enough to secure the two sections together. Stitch the side and bottom seams using 1/2" seams. Zig zag or serge the seam...MORE allowance.


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    Measure 2 1/2" from the top edge. Mark 1/3 of the way in from the side seam edges towards the center. Stitch a 2 1/2" seam from the top edge to the 1/3rd mark.

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    Press and Sew

    Turn under 1/2" on raw edge and press. Press the entire top edge down to form a two-inch hem (including the seamed top area). Pin to hold in place.

    Top stitch the hem. Turn Right side out and press.

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    Finishing Your Duvet Cover

    Place buttons and button holes approximately 5" apart, evenly spaced in the remaining opening.

    To keep the comforter in place inside the duvet cover, sew a small loop of fabric to the back side of the comforter at each corner. (This will allow the comforter to be used without the duvet cover.) Sew a strip of fabric or ribbon to the inside seams at the corners of the duvet cover. Apply snaps to the strip so they can be threaded through the loop on the comforter and held in place inside the...MORE duvet cover.