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Making a Sheet Duvet Cover

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Coziness is the domain of the duvet, which means "down" in French. Down is the fluffy coating beneath a waterfowl's feathers; each tuft is similar in shape to a dandelion that has gone to seed. Warm in winter and relatively cool in summer, goose down was such a valuable commodity in the past that Swiss and Austrian villagers used to stockpile the prized insulation for their daughters' dowries. Whether a duvet is filled with down, feathers, or an alternative to the two, it should be lightweight, warm, and all-engulfing -- the perfect environment for a deep, restorative sleep.

Today, Martha demonstrates how to make a duvet cover out of a pair of sheets. Good duvets are expensive; they need to be protected. This simple, inexpensive cover will help to keep your duvet clean and will eliminate the necessity for a top sheet as well, which means your bed will be easier to make. Simply fluff and smooth. Any two sheets will do, so there's no end to the colors and patterns you can choose from. And since a sheet duvet cover is so easy to make, why not sew a second, for laundry days, while you're at it?

Making a Sheet Duvet Cover

Tools and Materials

  • 2 flat sheets
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Pins
  • Velcro tape
  • Sewing Kit

Sheet Duvet Cover How-To

  1. Select two flat sheets the same size as your duvet. (For a full duvet, use full sheets, and so on.)
  2. Cut the sheets so that they measure the width of the duvet, plus an additional 2 inches for the seams, and the length of the duvet, plus 3 inches. Since manufacturers' sheet sizes vary, you may not need to cut the sheets before you begin sewing.
  3. With right sides together, sew around three edges of the cover, one inch from the edge of the sheet. Leave one of the shorter sides unstitched; this will serve as the opening of the cover.
  4. Turn inside out, press, and sew a 5/8-inch seam just covering the seam allowance of your first seam.
  5. Turn right-side out, and press. You have just made a French seam.
  6. For the open end, you can avoid making another hem by using the finished end of the sheet. If you do choose to hem the open end, turn a 1-inch width under once, then again, making one complete fold, and then sew.
  7. Sew in from either corner of the open side, about 18 inches toward the center, leaving a large enough gap for the duvet to fit through. (Our opening is 45 inches wide.)
  8. Press the seams. Divide the opening into thirds, mark each spot with a pin; make sure both sides match up. Stitch 1 1/2-inch Velcro closures to the inside flaps of the opening, sewing all the way around the perimeter of the Velcro.
  9. Slip in the duvet. Seal Velcro.

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