Sewing a Quick Duvet Cover
A duvet is a fluffy comforter that's slipped into a duvet cover. You can make this quick duvet cover out of bedsheets, so your duvet will be as easy to care for as the sheets on your bed.
To make this duvet cover, you need the duvet you intend to cover at hand so that you can measure it. You also need the following materials, in addition to your arsenal of basic sewing equipment:
- Flat sheets to cover the front and the back of the duvet. Lay the duvet on a large table or on the floor and measure its width and length. Take your duvet measurements to the store and buy two flat sheets slightly larger than the width and length measurements of the duvet.
- Duvets and flat sheets vary in size by manufacturer, so double-check that the sheets you buy are large enough to cover your duvet.
- Thread that matches the sheets.
- One standard-weight zipper that's half the width of the finished duvet cover.
To cut and make the duvet cover, follow this short list of steps.
1. Lay one sheet on the table or floor, wrong side up. Center your duvet on the sheet so that the edges of the duvet are inside the hemmed edges of the sheet.
2. Cut out the sheet the same size as the duvet, cutting off the excess fabric from the bottom, sides, and top.
This piece is the duvet top.
3. Using the first cut sheet as a pattern, cut the second sheet the same size as the first sheet.
This piece is the duvet back.
4. Insert the zipper on one short end of the duvet cover by using a centered zipper application.
5. Set your machine like this:
• Stitch: Straight
• Length: 3 to 3.5 mm/8 to 9 spi
• Width: 0 mm
• Foot: All-purpose
6. Starting and stopping at the ends of the zipper, pin the top and lining right sides together. Then sew the rest of the duvet together by using a 5/8-inch allowance.
7. Turn the duvet cover right side out through the zipper opening and then slide in your duvet.
Because duvet covers are much cheaper than the duvet itself, you can afford to have several color-coordinating covers — a wardrobe of room accessories to match your moods or the changing seasons.
A symbol (asterisk) in a written stitch pattern indicating that whatever follows gets repeated.
A symbol (bullet) in a written stitch pattern indicating that whatever follows gets repeated.
A synthetic fiber used to make yarn that mimics the look and feel of natural materials.
Abbreviation for approximately.
Yarn wound around a cardboard center or an open hole.
A knitting stitch pattern that creates a fabric that looks like a woven basket.
Knitting pattern abbreviation for beginning.
Crochet pattern abbreviation for between.
Crochet pattern abbreviation for back loop only.
A highly bumpy, textured yarn composed of loops.
A knitting stitch that has the same look and feel as seed stitch, but on a larger scale.
A thick, heavy fabric into which raised patterns have been woven.
A knit pattern in which you cross one group of stitches over another by knitting them out of order.
Crocheting or knitting stitch pattern abbreviation for contrasting color.
A simple, common crocheting stitch used to make a crochet piece's foundation and to start new rows.
Knitting pattern that makes the fabric form arrow-like shapes.
Knitting style in which you hold the yarn in your left hand and pick the stitches through each loop.
A soft, white natural fiber from plants, often made into yarn.
Worked like a single crochet stitch, but from left to right, rather than right to left.
A style of embroidery that's worked with any type of yarn, rather than thread.
A specialized needle with a hook at one end used to create crochetwork.
A band or fold at the end of a sleeve.
Decreasing 2 stitches at the same time; abbreviated dbl dec.
Increasing 2 stitch in the same place; abbreviated dbl inc.
A tall crochet stitch that creates a loose and holey fabric.
Knitting needle that has a point at each end.
How a knitted or crocheted fabric falls, including how much movement the fabric allows.
Adding loops to your crochet hook by crocheting a row onto a foundation chain.
A knit stitch or purl stitch that has fallen off the knitting needle, leaving that stitch unworked.
The batch of dye with which a certain yarn was colored.
The quality or condition of being elastic, meaning springy, flexible, and resilient.
To decorate a fabric with a design in needlework, usually by using embroidery floss.
Wool from a sheep or similar animal.
The strand on the wrong side of loose stitches that connects those stitches.
A soft, loosely twisted thread or yarn used in embroidery.
A crochet stitch pattern abbreviation for front loop only.
A crochet or knitting stitch pattern abbreviation meaning follows or following.
A series of chain stitches that creates your first row of crochet.
A border or trimming of cords or threads, hanging loose or tied in bunches.
A knitting stitch that you create by simply knitting (or purling) every row.
The number of knitted or crocheted stitches and rows there are to an inch of fabric.
A knitting stitch that creates a fabric that looks and feels like a woven fabric.
A large circle of yarn twisted into a figure-8 shape.
A border on a garment or piece of cloth, usually made by folding the edge and sewing it down.
A technique used to knit a cord that curls in on itself.
To add stitches to a row so that the row has more stitches than the previous row.
To connect separate pieces of knitting or crochet by using one of a variety of techniques.
A knitting stitch pattern abbreviation for knit 2 stitches together.
A knitting stitch pattern abbreviation for knit in stitch below
An explanation of symbols used in a stitch chart.
A knitting stitch pattern abbreviation for knit stitch through the back of the loop.
A knitting stitch pattern abbreviation for knitwise (as if to knit).
A fabric knitted or crocheted in ornamental designs with various-sized holes.
Left-hand needle; the knitting needle that you hold in your left hand.
A yarn, cloth, or thread made of flax, a plant fiber.
Description of a stitch that's still on the knitting needle.
A type of plied yarn in which the plies are different colors.
A crocheting and knitting stitch pattern abbreviation for main color, used in multicolored patterns.
A fuzzy yarn made from the long, silky hair of the Angora goat, often mixed with other fibers.
A knitting pattern of repeating geometric shapes.
A crocheting or knitting design with a repeating figure or shape.
A synthetic fiber with great strength and elasticity.
A lace pattern that has more openings than solid spaces in its composition.
A knitting stitch pattern abbreviation for purl 2 stitches together.
A knitting stitch pattern abbreviation for purl in the stitch below.
The number of smaller strands twisted together to form the larger single strand of yarn.
A type of synthetic compound, such as nylon.
A fabric made from synthetic material also used in making plastics.
An ornamental ball or tuft of yarn often attached to garments and curtains.
A crochet stitch that forms a rounded, compact oval that stands out from the fabric.
A knitting stitch pattern abbreviation for pass slipped stitch over; used for decreasing.
A crochet stitch that gently puffs up into an oval shape.
A crochet stitch that looks like rows of rounded bumps, much like a knitting purl stitch.
A crocheting and knitting stitch pattern abbreviation for remains or remaining.
Right-hand needle; the knitting needle that you hold in your right hand.
A crochet or knit stitch pattern that creates textured vertical stripes.
A knitting stitch pattern in whcih purl stitches make wavy lines.
A single line of stitches crocheted or knitted in the round; abbreviated rnd.
A single line of stitches crocheted or knitted in a flat pattern.
A small outline drawing of each piece of a knitted or crocheted project pattern.
A knitting stitch that has a regular texture of little bumps that look a bit like seeds.
To join or fasten with stitches using a sewing needle and thread.
A projection, such as a ring, on the back of a button by which you sew it onto a fabric.
A yarn material made from the soft, shiny fiber produced by silkworms from their cocoons.
A long crocheted strip of very short vertical single crochet rows.
The most common form of yarn packaging; an oblong, machine-wound bundle of yarn.
To move a stitch from one knitting needle to the other without working that stitch.
The first stitch you form on your knitting needle or crochet hook to begin a project.
A tasteless, odorless substance used to stiffen and shape fabrics.
Using a steam iron to block the shape of a knitted or crocheted piece.
A single loop of yarn worked off a needle in knitting or crocheting.
A knitting stitch which you create by alternating a knit row with a purl row.
To crochet, generally with yarn, onto a crocheted background; resembles embroidery.
The loose bit of yarn left after you finish knitting or crocheting your pattern.
A large-eye needle with a blunt point that you use to sew knitted pieces together.
A crocheting and knitting stitch pattern abbreviation for together.
Reversing your crochet work so that you can start a new row of stitches.
A wool yarn with a background color flecked with bits of fiber in different colors.
A smaller version of a knit cable that consists of 2 stitches, 1 crossing over its neighbor.
Dyed in several different colors or shades, such as yarn.
A synthetic material often used to make rayon and other synthetic yarns.
To work the remaining bit of yarn into already-created stitches to hide the tail.
The thickness of a yarn.
An ancient name for a knitted horizontal stripe.
Yarn spun from the fibers of sheep, goat, llama, or other animal hair.
Crochet a designated stitch or stitches across the whole length of a row.
Any fiber, such as wool or nylon, spun into strands for knitting or crocheting.
The hand that's feeding the yarn from the ball or skein. In crochet, the hand not holding the hook.