Sunday, January 30, 2011

the duvet:a quick tutorial.. and a little Q & A.

Alrighty folks..shall we get down to the nitty gritty about the duvet cover?

Here it is again, next to the inspiration piece from Urban Outfitters.


Let's start out with the materials used:

*2- King size flat sheets.
( I got mine for $14 each from Wal-Mart. Make it as luxurious as you want by buying a high thread count sheet!)
*thrifted bedskirts, sheets and tablecloth.
*sewing machine
*LOTS of pins
*thread!
*quilting marker/light washable marker

Quick directions:

1. I washed and bleached my thrifted items to make sure they were super clean before I started sewing. You can also wash and dry your sheet set.

2. Sew right sides of sheet set on 2 sides together.  I used the nice top as the top of my duvet cover. When both sides are sewed, turn it right side out and place your comforter in the duvet cover. I was making a queen size duvet cover so I had to cut down the sheet set.  I simply used a light washable marker (yellow) to make my line where it was good to sew and cut.  Remember to leave your seam allowance as well! Take your comforter out, turn it right sides together again.  Finish your edges on the side you cut, then sew together.   (Note:  I also realized when I was sewing the ruffles, that it would have been easier to sew this all together at the end..either way will work, but the ruffles are very hard to sew when the duvet cover is sewn together...believe me, I did it!):)..so feel free to measure it all, then do the ruffles and sew them on, then come back and sew the finished top together!

(My first mountain of ruffles..I love them!)
3.  Make a million ruffles! I know, really exact with my counting, huh?!  I feel bad I wasn't so exact with all my measurements and numbers..I did have a whole lot to finish in 3 days!:)  I made 3 different types of ruffles: 1. I cut 9" strips of fabric and sewed tubes, turned them right side out and ruffled them. 2.  I cut 5" strips of fabric, finished the unfinished edges and sewed them straight down the middle, ruffling along the way, then sewed on either side of the middle line ruffling as well. 3.  I cut 4" strips of fabric, finished the unfinished edges, and sewed down the middle, ruffling along the way.

4.  Next comes the fun part!  Lay out your ruffles on your duvet top, just as you want it, then pin it. (this is where it was difficult having the duvet cover already sewn!)

5. Sew, sew, sew.


6. Make your duvet cover closeable by adding button holes and buttons at the top, or sew ribbons at the top to close the top up!



7. Really that is all there was to it!


Q &A
1. Do you have to have a fancy machine or ruffler foot for your machine? 
 
NO! I did this whole project on my basic machine..so I know ANYONE can do it  on any machine. I love how my straight stitch is on my machine, thus why I used this one!  I also love the uniqueness of the ruffles by doing them by hand. 

2.Where did the inspiration for your bedskirt come from?

This may seem a bit strange, but it came from a girl who makes customized wedding dresses. Her site is HERE. Check out the bottom of that dress..isn't it amazing. Totally wanted that look for the bed skirt.

3. Where did I get my lamps?

I LOVE them. I scored those babies at Home Goods. Can't beat the prices there.:)

4. What is the color of my room?

I am renting right now, but they had an extra bucket of paint outside. It is Swiss Coffee by Glidden. It really is a nice nuetral color!

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you have any other questions!


61 comments:

Tammi said...

Oh WOW!!!! I love your duvet cover and have been after something similar for quite some time now...who would of thought it would be fairly easy to make one.
It's now on my to-do list!!!
xx

Tanielle said...

Incredible job! Your hard work, paied off - it's just beautiful! Also, thanks for sharing where you picked up your lamps!

Joy Taylor said...

This is so beautiful! Thanks for the user-friendly tutorial, I am going to give this a try.

Anne said...

I actually looked at that UO duvet when I was shopping for mine but it was way out of my price range. I LOVE yours - and it's just more motivation for me to get a good sewing machine!

M* {Daydream Believers} said...

This is FANTASTIC! Seriously! I love this duvet! The room has a great style, Nice work! :)

Lilliedale said...

It's beautiful! I just dropped bucks for mine, wish I'd seen this before, I would have made my own! Absolutely gorgeous!

Real Life Reslers said...

Wow! It turned out beautifully!

Drew&Samsmom said...

How beautiful!!! I love love love it!

L said...

So pretty! Would love for you to add to my Thursday Treasure Party @
www.thetreasurista.blogspot.com

Thanks,

The Treasurista
Finding and Creating FUN things...

Jennifer said...

You are amazing! I love this. I wish I knew how to sew. I would copy it in a heart beat. Thanks for sharing.

Blue House Red Door said...

Featured on my blog - this is amazing!

The Teacher's Wife said...

beautiful!
Great job!

Molly said...

I LOVE this! I found your blog on Tatertots and Jello and can't get over this duvet cover. I think I just got my guest room inspiration!

{northern cottage} said...

I've been on the hunt for a good tut on something like this...gonna make a set for my daughters room and finding yours was like hitting the JACKPOT...DING DING DING DING. Thank you for sharing - it looks so do-able!

www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

erin said...

I love the little pillow with the heart on it. Am I missing where the info is on that pillow?

Emily said...

Making this Duvet Cover for my bed. I'll send you a link with my finished product! Thanks for the idea! 80)

sheena said...

i can't tell you enough how awesome this is! AMAZING job!

i've been wanting the u.o. one forever! but don't want to pay that price.

this i can totally do!

thanks for sharing!

Jacquie said...

Thank you so much! I love it! How did you make your head board? Do you possibly have a tutorial on that?

PMG Smith Family said...

I absolutely LOVE this! Any tips for someone wanting to do the same thing, but for a king? Do you think king sized sheets would still be big enough?

Kiera said...

This is so beautiful! I have added it to my list of inspirations. Thanks!

Chelsey/InspiredMama said...

this is so awesome! so beautiful! i definitely want to make one for my daughter and maybe even one for my bed too! i was wondering, is this tutorial for a queen-sized duvet. i know you said you bought king sized flat sheets, i'm sorry if you posted the information elsewhere and i missed it!

Steven said...

I love this! I want to make one but I'm new to sewing and I have a California King Sized Bed. What size sheets would I need?

Natalia said...

Sorry! The above comment about what size sheets for a California King Bed was me, accidentally signed into my husband's account!

* Taci * said...

so beautiful I could cry!
(following!!)

kiki comin said...

Thanks for all the sweet comments. About the size of this..yes, this was for a queen size bed..I bought king size sheets just to be sure I had plenty...and I had a lot left over, so I'd say King size sheet would work great for a king size cover and if you can find california king size flat sheets, I don't see why it wouldn't work for that size as well!:) Let me know if you try it and how it works!:)

Felicity said...

You are pure genius!
I have been wondering how to zhush up our king-sized bed and now I know.

Thank you for sharing,

Felicity x
www.giftsofserendipity.com

KursedKiss said...

Quick question....

I am VERY new to sewing so I was wondering if you could explain a bit more on how to accomplish the ruffle effect? Also I don't exactly get what you mean by the different "types" of ruffles can you explain that a bit more as well PLEASE :D

kiki comin said...

KursedKiss:

Hey, thanks for asking. If you will send me your email address at kikicreates at gmail dot com, I would be happy to tell you anything you want to know. It would just be a little long for the comment section.:)

TheDomesticatedBee said...

Oh Em Gee. Adorable. Good work !

Brook said...

Gorgeous!! I just did a similar thing and made my daughter a duvet like the Cirrus duvet from Anthropologie. Love the ruffles!

Margaret said...

Love it! So grateful for your tutorial. Just a couple of days ago I came across a multi-coloured ruffled bedskirt (http://www.pineconehill.com/product/view/flamenco-red-orange-green-bed-skirt--SFBS)
that I loved and was wondering how to emulate it, and now you have given us this beautiful inspiration. Thanks so much!

Gargi said...

What an amazing duvet cover!! You surely deserve a pat on the back! Great work.

Inspire Me Heather said...

Gorgeous! Great tutorial too, I linked it to my project: bedding post too, it's all good!

Heidi said...

I loove it and love a great sewing project. thanks for inspiring me with your fabulous blog i am now a follower!

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chickhardware.blogspot.com

Jen @ Life with Jen and Ronnie said...

Over here from Life Your Way. This is SO cute and you make it look SO easy! My little girl is almost 3 and this would be perfect in pink! Thanks for sharing!

jojo said...

bravo c est sublime ce que tu fais est grandiose bises jojo

Fran said...

about how long was your longest ruffle? I love this idea and my daughter just emailed your tutorial to me asking me if I could make it. And, just to be clear, you just made the ruffles with a regular sewing machine with a basting stitch to ruffle the strips? Thanks so much!

Ramona said...

i NEED to learn how to sew!!

Anonymous said...

Hey would you be willing to make me one? For the price of your materials I guess? I am in love with these duvets and will not pay the outrageous price that Urban outfitters sells them for,and I can NOT stitch for the life of me. My email address is zahirs-0482@hotmail.com, let me know ok? THANKS

libraryfoxcreations said...

I have a plain white duvet that I bought and I want to dress it up. I'm thinking about ruffles, but I don't know if I can do it. I LOVE yours!

Halsey Brooks said...

I absolutely love this. I am seventeen and looking for something exactly like this for my dOrm room next year. And I think i can do it! Can you please please please email me on how to do the ruffles, and any tips you have to do a twin size! My email is Halsey_Brooks@hotmail.com thank you!!!

Jill said...

What exactly did you mean by "finishing" the edges? If it's too long to post in comments my email is jilaneeaf@yahoo.com

Thanks!!!

Anne said...

Perfect! This pattern must be added to my duvet cover selection.

Anne said...

Perfect! This pattern should be added to my personal duvet cover selection.

American Gypsy said...

This is great! I have a boring old black duvet that I was about to pitch. But now I'll try adding ruffles! xoxojess
www.americangypsyliving.com

saraosti said...

Hi I am wondering are interested in making one that I could purchase?

saraosti said...

Just wondering if you are interested in making a twin sized one to sell? Will you e-mail me? Thanks!!!

JC said...

here is my version of the ruffled duvet:

http://cousinbondingtime.blogspot.com/2011/08/cousin-bonding-time-special-summer-diys.html

took me about 2 weeks to finish it (I just got back in to sewing again) but it was fun making it!

Cheers!

-Jastine

jamie hansen said...

Hello, Thank you for the post!!
Q: What do you mean "finish the edges" of ruffles?

I want to make this but worry the ruffles will fray.

What is it you do to make sure the ruffles do not fray?

Sarah said...

Have you seen www.rufflefabric.com? I ordered some material from there for a photoshoot- - but it just might work for this project too. ? Just thought I'd pass on that site in case you or someone else might want the look without quite as much effort in making the ruffles! lol. (that would be me.) Thanks for a great tutorial.

Andy said...

Say I really wanted one of these in a twin size but I had absolutely no time or the skills to do this. Would you ever considering making and selling these at a reasonable price?

Monica said...

I love yours! It's now clearanced on UO but they don't have king size (the size I need) in white anymore. But you have inspired me, I can totally make that!

Anonymous said...

I would love to make one of these for my dorm! I am confused about how to make the ruffles, any suggestions? Also, any general tips? Nehaali93@gmail.com

diane said...

You didn't REALLY sew the sheets together before you started the ruffles, did you?

JenMann said...

This may be a silly question, but how did you so the ruffles on the duvet? Did you hand sew them or use the machine?

Twila said...

I absolutely love this white duvet cover BUT with my husband it would never stay white. I would like to mix several colors randomly but do not know how that would look. Could you advise me on how to do this? I've been sewing for over 40 years so I don't think it would be too hard - it is the creative part that I get hung up on !!!
Email address is tnr102758@yahoo.com

Heidi said...

I've had this project bookmarked for some time, just waiting for a chance to do it. My little girl (7) just moved into her own room and we're going to make this for her new bed, except the ruffles will end up looking like a rainbow. So excited! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Johanna - Taloja ja Toiveita said...

I love this! I'm crazy about ruffles!

Caroline said...

Hi! I'd like to feature this on SewCanShe.com. Please drop me a line to let me know if that's okay. caroline@sewcanshe.com.

Thanks!

chanda chapin said...

I really love this idea. I added the link to my blog http://candlcountrychic.blogspot.com

AshleyxVega said...

I dont know if my comment was added so I will reply again. :)
I seen a great tutorial on how to do the ruffles at http://www.howjoyful.com/techniques/#makeruffles

I just purchased some mint green sheets to do this project! Thank you so much because I had seen this online for a lot of $$$ that I dont have.lol I hope to do the back of the duvet white and the top with the green and white ruffles for some contrast! Ill send a link when I finish!! Thanks!