Quick Duvet Cover Tutorial.

If you are looking for an uber-simple sewing project, this may be the one. I tend to be a passionate project starter, but I lose momentum before completion. There seems to be no end to the half done's in my crafty world. I can't really call them "Works in Progress" at this point, as some have sat for years without being touched.

There was no chance of atrophy on this project – it was finished in less than an hour.


I have a stash of vintage bedsheets that I thrifted for a quilt I was planning for Lupine. The project has evolved and some of the prettiest sheets aren't going to make the cut. Considering my quilt track record (my current project has taken me four years and counting), I decided to sew a duvet cover to get us by.


It couldn't have been easier. Instructions follow:

Duvet Cover Sewing Tutorial

1. Choose two flat bedsheets at least one size larger than the bed size you are making the cover for. I chose double sheets for my twin duvet. (If you are making a king duvet, choose four sheets and begin by seaming them together into two larger panels.)

2. Measure your comforter and add six inches for wiggle room and a seam allowance.

3. Mark and cut your fabric to size, utilizing two edges if possible to minimize your cutting.

4. Line up the existing sheet tops (finished edges) for the opening end of the duvet and pin fabric together all around.


5. (Optional on smaller comforters) Pin a 12" piece of twill tape at each corner folded in the middle. This will give you a pair of tapes to tie the comforter into place with.

6. Leave a 30" – 36" opening centered on these finished edges (depending on the size of your finished duvet) and straight stitched 1/2 inch from the edge on all sides. Double back over the ties at each corner if you used them.

7. Zig-zag the raw edges to prevent unraveling.

9. (Optional for beginners… or lazy sewers like me) Add buttons and button holes across the opening to close the flap. (The one pictured here is staying closed perfectly without them.)


She loves it, I love it, and its done! It adds a surprising amount of warmth (prefect timing as it dipped below zero for most of the weekend), and is so much sweeter than the ancient and ugly comforter tucked inside.

A more disciplined crafter would add the optional corner ties and buttons and button holes but I did not. It functions perfectly without them and I actually finished it. A fine trade off for me.

It is oh-so-sweet… like the little person it was made for. 

I will make four.

I love Sew Mama Sew. The first time I placed an order with them my fabric arrived thoughtfully bundled up like a birthday present from myself. That plus the postcard of project ideas and the vintage button… it was all over with.

Sew Mama Sew certainly inspired how we approach shipping LuSa products to my customers, in hopes that each of you feel like it's your birthday when your package arrives too. But I digress.


They point of this mini-blog entry is that I just stumbled upon a Sew Mama Sew tutorial for my favorite new shirt. (Okay, so I haven't made one yet, but it my favorite theoretical shirt already.) I will post a picture when it is done. I promise.

I'm off to sew!

Edited at 11:15 pm: a mere three hours later and my first top is done. Done!


I have to say, I am amazed. This is my kind of project. I have unfinished sewing, knitting, printing, framing, decoupaging, etc. projects that date back years. This one? Done is an evening. Here is what it took in materials:


One upcycled dress (bought for 10 cents at a thrift store, chosen for the ribbon trim), one JoAnne's remnant traded for soap scraps with a friend, one beer (a local IPA), and three hours. Total cost: $1.60 (including the beer).

 Since I took the photo of the top above I have added pockets, but seeing as midnight bathroom self-portraits aren't my forte', we'll leave the pics alone from here.



…lest I post more pictures like these…

Happy sewing and good night!