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Homemade Duvet Cover

Organizing Good Things 2005

Make a comforter cover out of two flat sheets. Place sheets right sides facing each other; sew around perimeter with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, leaving one short end open; turn inside out. To fasten cover, use twill-tape ties, buttons and buttonholes, or Velcro brand tape along the inside edges of the opening.

Comments (30)

  • KLNobles 6 Jul, 2010

    I've done this using flannel sheets, as finding a flannel duvet cover is difficult. Making the bed is so easy with this!

  • sierralion 30 Jan, 2009

    Wow! Thank you! I own a slightly neurotic, but ADORABLE, rescued dog who routinely chews holes in my very expensive store bought duvet covers. Why didn't I think of this!!!???

  • LUROC 6 Mar, 2008

    I was looking for a clean sophisitcated, yet frugal comforter cover for my tween's new room. Everything I found was either way to expensive or slightly the wrong detail or color. I found this article a couple weeks ago and went to our Neiman Marcus outlet store. I found two perfect sheets for $11 each and then the set of cases for $7. I sewed the perfect color ribbon on one side of each so that she could flip for a quick color change. It is truly perfect. Martha saves us again.

  • madeleinehuber1 4 Mar, 2008

    I sewed 8 duvet covers for our holiday villa near the beach. The great choice of linens: I had our last name stitched into the sheets!!! And I chose one linen scarlet, one, beige. Between the rearends I sewed zippers - a bit of a chore, but the comforters stay cleaner. 5/03/08 at 1:47 a.m. M.H. Switzerland

  • CarolHarvey 4 Mar, 2008

    I did this a couple of years ago and it has worked beautifully. As a matter of fact, I did not even use any fasteners inside the "envelope". Every once in awhile I just reach in, position the corners and fluff it up. I have a down comforter on my king size bed all winter that I use this way. Great way to be able to wash the cover with 3 cats!!

  • MarilynJane 3 Mar, 2008

    This looks like a very clever Idea. I can always use an extra comforter cover for one of my guest bedrooms. I have an old comforter that is still in good condition, but needs some new life. Thanks!

  • MarilynJane 3 Mar, 2008

    This looks like a very clever Idea. I can always use an extra comforter cover for one of my guest bedrooms. I have an old comforter that is still in good condition, but needs some new life. Thanks!

  • MarilynJane 3 Mar, 2008

    This looks like a very clever Idea. I can always use an extra comforter cover for one of my guest bedrooms. I have an old comforter that is still in good condition, but needs some new life. Thanks!

  • MarilynJane 3 Mar, 2008

    This looks like a very clever Idea. I can always use an extra comforter cover for one of my guest bedrooms. I have an old comforter that is still in good condition, but needs some new life. Thanks!

  • MarilynJane 3 Mar, 2008

    This looks like a very clever Idea. I can always use an extra comforter cover for one of my guest bedrooms. I have an old comforter that is still in good condition, but needs some new life. Thanks!

  • bizzilizzi 29 Feb, 2008

    I joined two single size sheets to make a kingsize duvet cover, stitching some matching braid over the join and as decoration. Works great for fitted sheets too.

  • pwcariker 29 Feb, 2008

    What do you do about a king-size duvet? The king flat sheets are not long enough on the sides with these big fat mattresses now, pillow-top etc...

  • Tiff2M 29 Feb, 2008

    I did this to my old college comforter- and it really brought it back to life! I love this idea and it's so simple.

  • goldenmanja 29 Feb, 2008

    i'll yry to do this..

  • NanaTaunton 29 Feb, 2008

    Like some of you, I have been frustrated with the "sheet sets" . I use full size flat sheets on the twin beds and queen size on my full size beds, so I need separate pieces. I have made the duvet covers using those sizes. I like a bit of an overhang. I finally found flats at my local Macy's. They are the Martha Stewart brand and they are generoulsy sized! Also the Company Store has a decent selection. Thanks for all the hints on making the duvets, This is my first time posting and will certainly be back!

  • VICTORIASECRETPLACE 28 Feb, 2008

    I made beautiful duvet covers for my twin grandaughters when they moved from cribs to their individual beds. Using twin sheets I made the top edge longer sewn to a gradual point in the centre... so it looked like a flap but it was actually sewn shut and tacked to the inside. My grandaughters were fascinated with silky tags and pretty buttons, so once they were older we chose and added some special ones. Gorgeous, one of a kind, and everyone loved the results.

  • erwiner 28 Feb, 2008

    For a twin size comforter what size sheets are used?

  • Theanna 28 Feb, 2008

    Ive made several of these duvet covers also. I have a white down comforter and so that is why i went that route of using a duvet cover, sure saves on the dry cleaning bill.

  • lizzy5g 28 Feb, 2008

    I've made these two. I just use large safety pins in the inside corners. I pick up a bit of the seam on the inside then pick up a little bit of the corner of the duvet and it's done!

  • kristhom 28 Feb, 2008

    By the time I got myself registerd, two other people suggested the same things I've always done: ties in the corners. You can use twill tape, seam binding, even a couple pair of shoe laces would probably work (cut in half). Sew ties to the corners of the duvet and to corners of the inside cover. Make sure they're long enough - I always underestimate how much it takes to tie a simple bow.

  • notime 28 Feb, 2008

    I've made several of these. I sew pieces of ribbon to the inside seam and ribbons to the comforter/blanket, then tie them to keep them insides from shifting. The first one I made was for my daughter who tired of her expensive comforter after the first year at college. The duvet cover made it easy for her to wash.

  • natrang 28 Feb, 2008

    flat sheets: It is getting harder to find - local TJX manager told me they are getting more sets in than individual sheets. Still, try Tjmax/home goods/marshalls/kmart etc, or try ebay, espeically if you know the pattern name and maker you want. I've scored RL sheets there. Securing the comforter: pin to the corners or put ties inside each corner, then tie around the corners of the duvet. It works!

  • Amyred 22 Feb, 2008

    I made two of these many years ago when I first saw this tip. LOVED it, although I was in a hurry and it didn't come out exactly like Martha's. Maybe one day when I have nothing to do I'll rip the Velcro and try again, or put snap tape like y'all did. The best part--the duvet inside is an old Wal-Mart one!

  • amandacowgill 22 Feb, 2008

    hillfarmlady- you say you used snaps at matching spots on the duvet to keep it in place within the cover. How does this work? I love duvet covers, but rarely use them because I hate how the blanket in it slides around inside. Please give any advice you have :)

  • hillfarmlady 19 Feb, 2008

    I have made several just like this but I sew in snap tape at the inside bottom corners. I then put snaps at matching spots on the duvet. This makes it stay in place within the cover. Wonderful covers can be made out of high count cotton flat sheets on sale. It is easy to make coordinating drapes, too! Oh! I fastened the top with ribbon ties once and another time with buttons--making sure to put the buttons so they closed inwardly.

  • OrenG 19 Feb, 2008

    I have made many Duvet covers just like it. I had bought a Duvet cover in England many years ago and wanted others to have one so this is how I make them. The one I bought had plastic snaps to close it which is the way I like to close it. Judy

  • angelmartha 18 Feb, 2008

    i find the best place to get individual sheets is Ross or TJ Max. They are always on sale and come in every size.

  • heiditype2 17 Feb, 2008

    gardenlady, try TheCompanyStore.com, they have a large selection of sheets, sold individually.

  • gardenady 15 Feb, 2008

    Individual flat sheets are very difficult to find. Especially king size.
    Most stores wish to sell sets only. Do you have a source?

    gardenlady

  • LauraAlicia 8 Dec, 2007

    I made a conforter cover with two top sheets. Because the top sheets are larger than the conforter I cut one of them to the lenght of the conforter. I made a seam at that end and the other I applied a nice wide lace which folds on top of the other. When in the bed looks like the sheet is on top of it. It looed very nice. I got a lot complements.