With the impending completion of Our DIY House arriving soon (I hope!), I've been trying to get as many decor things done in advance as I possibly can.
Little C's room is one of the easier ones. She knows exactly what she wants, and I purchased coordinating fabrics for her new room before we ran out of funds (house building is expensive, FYI).
I wanted to make a DIY duvet cover for her that was fun and bright - just like she is. We both love fabric and patterns, so I decided on patching together a bunch of fun prints to make a unique duvet cover. It was easy and we both love the result!
Materials (for a twin bed sized duvet cover):
- 11 different coordinating quilting cotton fabrics (I used about ½ yard of each)
- twin sized flat sheet
- snaps or buttons (I chose snaps because I find them easier to work with)
Cut 8 squares of each of the 11 different fabrics that measure 8 ½" x 8 ½". I used a ruler, cutting mat and rotary cutter to make this go nice and fast!
Arrange your first strip of squares in a pattern that's pleasing to you. I laid them out on the floor and fiddled around until I came up with a pattern I liked. Then, I decided that my next row would follow the same order but I'd start on the 4th square of my 1st row (and continue the following rows the same way). Does that make sense?!
Sew your strips together one by one. I used a serger so that the reverse side would be finished nicely, but if you don't have one I'd suggest zig-zagging the seams so that they fray less.
Now, sew your rows together. Pin them first (or do it the lazy way like I do - unpinned, very slow, and eyeballing it all the way!).
Cut off the bottom 6" of your sheet. Make sure the cut is straight (use a ruler and cutting mat). You may need to cut off some length on the longer piece like I did to match the length of the patchy front of your duvet cover. Measure to check (measure both sheet pieces and subtract 2" for your button/snap band overlap).
Pin the right side of the narrow piece you cut off to the right side of the longer piece of the sheet. Overlap them by 1". The hemmed edges should be facing eachother as shown. If you do it this way, you don't have to hem anything for the button band! It's so convenient.
Pin the right side of the sheet to the right side of your duvet front. Sew around the entire perimeter.
Turn the duvet cover right side out (using the hole in the backside/sheet side). Fasten snaps about 6" apart along the opening. You can also sew on buttons and sew button holes. Whatever you prefer!
Insert your duvet into the duvet cover, snap it up and you're done!
Little C had to make it into a fort over our chairs for its initiation.
My purple, pink and turquoise loving girl is snug as a bug in a rug... and ready to bring her fancy new duvet to our new home!