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Duvet Tie

To keep your duvet from shifting inside its cover while you sleep, secure it in place at the corners with twill ties.




  1. Step 1

    Start with eight 6-inch strips of narrow twill tape -- four pieces of one color and four of another. Hand-sew a length of one color to each of the top corners of the duvet, and sew a length of the other color tape to each of the bottom corners.

  2. Step 2

    With your duvet cover turned inside out, sew a strip of twill tape onto each top corner of the cover, making sure the colors correspond with those of the sewn on the top corners of the comforter. Do the same on the bottom of the cover.

  3. Step 3

    Tie each of the cover's corners to the matching corner on the duvet, then turn the cover right side out over the comforter.

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Reviews (20)

  • ukgal9 9 Aug, 2012

    Make certain that the ties are colour safe. I made them using yellow cotton ribbon and washed the duvet and the yellow bled all over the new duvet I made.
    The Idea is brilliant and so easy. It takes no time to put the cover on now.

  • Since1982 10 Mar, 2011

    If you think life is to short for this, don't do it? I like it.

  • MarthaMaven 1 Apr, 2010

    Life is too short for this, I use safety pins and it works just fine.

  • Blucille 8 Mar, 2010

    I used to have trouble with the ties coming undone inside the duvet. I purchased a package of small grommets from the craft store and punched a grommet into each corner of my comforter and at the center top and center bottom. Now I fasten the ties through the grommets and don't have to worry anymore!

  • augustgirls 6 Jan, 2009

    Do you mean that I only need sew two corners on both duvet and duvet cover?

  • Jobeth 5 Jan, 2009

    For ties on the duvet cover I made button holes in the corners of down comforter, then on the inside of duvet cover I sewed white shoe strings! Very simple and you don't worry about bunching of down.

  • Tara-Lynn 5 Jan, 2009

    I couldn't open all of the comments but from what I can gather someone is having problems with thier cat messing places they shouldn't. I recently got a cat from friends. She was doing that. I was told to make sure I was using the litter she was used to, get a mat for outside her litter box, stop scolding for messing (for a couple times) it could be the cat is having a hard time adjusting to something new in it's life, i.e. new baby in house, new pet, new brand of litter, etc. Be patient.

  • mamaanna 4 Jan, 2009

    can't understand what to do; why don't you show steps. Also your print on certain steps in other ideas is too small.

  • MouseC 4 Jan, 2009

    Sorry about the cat. I'd say try to find a way to wash the scent out of both the inner blanket and the cover. You may also want to find the root of the behavior. Cats are usually very picky about where they go. They really don't like messing up sleeping places. If it continues, see your vet.

  • gsrader 4 Jan, 2009

    If I had a cat that did that, it would instantly become an outside cat!

  • k-9 4 Jan, 2009

    I use quilt basting pins (like old fashioned diaper safety pins). No sewing. Works great.

  • Marycassells 4 Jan, 2009

    Do you know of a way to prevent cats from pooping on a duvet?

  • artistmoe 4 Jan, 2009

    Instead of using twill tape I used (sorry don't know the name of it) but premade strips like velcro with snaps woven in - need two pieces to fit together ..... I sewed a strip about 4 or 5 inches into each corner of the douvet. Then when i put the comforter in - I unsnap the strip and place it through a loop in each corner of the douvet and snap it back down onto the other half of the strip. (Hope this makes sense!)

  • majoan 4 Jan, 2009

    Thank You Martha, I wondered how to stop the comforter from going all over the place. I can't wait to do this .

  • ycipeon 4 Jan, 2009

    I also sew tapes on the 4 sides... My duvet is square so no need for top and bottom...Polyester tapes do not hold well... need double knotting..

  • bubbiefour 4 Jan, 2009

    I've done this before but the different colors make more sense as I'm always trying to figure out ahead of time which is the top of the duvet and which the bottom. Great idea!

  • Ellz 4 Jan, 2009

    It wouldnt have to be twill tape....anything to make a tie would work.

  • grandmatrish 4 Jan, 2009

    You could use the white twill tape and number each corner's tape with a Sharpie.

  • maryshome8 4 Jan, 2009

    Ok..this one requires a video. Could not follow this to save my life.

  • Amyred 16 Mar, 2008

    Is this the best thing ever, or what? MInd you, I had a hard time finding twill tape in other than white the first time I made one, but oen day I'll go take another look and see if I can find more.