This week’s lifestyle post is for keeping your wallet healthy with my first DIY. Have you thought about changing your bedroom? How about using a duvet cover as an alternative to buying a new one and saving all that space your old duvet would take up in your closet? Using a cover will bring new life to your comforter with the colors and patterns that you like. I hope you enjoy! Español aquí.
Since I know they exist, I really love them. Sadly in Peru (where I am now) there are few options for getting a cover while other countries do sell them with ease. I wrote this post after making my own comforter cover, when I didn’t have a job, but I still wanted my bedroom to look nice. Sorry about the shortage of footage, but it was just really bad. I really hope these gifs can help explain.
As I always do, before getting started I browsed through Pinterest for inspiration. I enjoy minimalist designs so I opted for a white and grey colors, which I find most elegant. One side grey, one side white. For this project I covered my own feather comforter which is in good conditions, and is beige and brown colored. I got it before I knew how geese suffer when loose their feathers. Now that I know, I recommend using a synthetic filled comforter which is easier to wash.
Comforter and bed sizes are not standard and vary between countries. To know how much cloth you need measure your duvet and add some extra centimeters to the width and length. I chose my cover to be 2.30 meters wide and long.
I purchased the cloth in Lima’s Gamarra district and I asked for it as cotton cloth for sheets. I always worry that fabric will shrink in the dryer so I asked for a high percentage of cotton. The white fabric was 100% cotton and the gray fabric was 80% cotton. The total cost of this DIY was less than US$ 25, having purchased my supplies in Peruvian Soles. This included all the materials and having it sewn because I don’t own a machine.
Material and Tools
2 pieces of fabric measuring at least 2.36 x 2.36 m wide and long each – I purchased 2.5 meters of cloth
Buttons or a zipper – I used 4 buttons of 2 cm.
Lace (for the eyelets)
Thread, in the fabric color
Sewing machine – I took this to be sewn
Place the fabric over each other, over a smooth surface.
Mark a square 2.30 meter square and a 3 cm margin surrounding it with pins
Baste the 2.30 m square to facilitate sewing.
Leave an unsewn 80 cm space to the center of one side. This is where we will insert the duvet.
Cut the excess fabric of the 3 cm margin.
Sew over the basted 2.30 m square and overlock the ends.
Fold over the fabric of the open space, and sew it separately. I sewed it by hand with an “invisible” stitch.
Sew the buttons on one side of the open space and add lace eyelets on the other side. I also sewed this by hand, folding the lace like bunny ears.
Flip the cover over and place the duvet inside.
I hope you like it!