Make Your Own Duvet Cover


  Make Your Own Duvet Cover

Do you have a child that changes their mind on what character they like on their bed? Do you often get bored? Do you like a soft having options. I recently bought a down comforter and I was surprised at the cost associated with a duvet cover. I couldn’t believe how expensive they are. The one I liked retailed for almost $200.00. I knew that there had to be a more cost effective way to get what I needed which was a duvet cover for less. I figured you could make your own duvet cover for much less. If you need help figuring out what dimensions you need you can use our Beds, Mattresses, and Bedding dimensions chart.

I challenged my readers to accomplish this task for under $20.00. This is what she was able to do with that budget and a three hour time frame.

Materials needed to Make Your Own Duvet Cover

Two sheets – around $5 each
Thread – under $2 (cheaper if you already have it!)
Velcro – about $1

Step one: Decide which colors you want to use and purchase two flat sheets in those colors.
1) Chose to use two separate colors so that it could be reversible.

2: Iron these, or toss into a dryer to let it do the work for you. I prefer to iron them because I like to keep the crispness for while I sew. This is also the reason I don’t pre-wash. I like my material to be crisp and to shrink at the same rate, so I wash after I sew. This is also a good way for beginners to make sure their seams are holding up well.

3. Put the two sheets together with the correct (up) sides facing each other.

4. Sew a straight line beside the seams that are already there on three of the four sides of the sheets. You want to do this to the right side, the top, and then the left side. You’ll be leaving the bottom undone so that you can put the comforter in it.

Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of each line. This will make sure it doesn’t come undone.

5. After you sew all three sides, take the Sew On Velcro and cut it into three equal sections. You’ll place these at equal points on both sheets to where they will fall together when the sheet is in place.

6. Grab a drink and a cookie and sit back! You just made a comforter/duvet cover all on your own! It was easy,wasn’t it?

She made this for $15 with tax using twin sheets! This is a great way to recycle blankets that are in good condition but you are no longer like the print on the comforter. If you are looking for a new bed check out our Mattress Reviews.

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  1. This is a great idea! And could be used for the featherbed mattress pads that go on top of the mattress to make it softer too! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Holy cow, why have I never thought of this?! Great idea, I have my daughter’s old twin sized comforter that I think I will use to make a cover for my son. Now I’ve just find some sheets! I’m totally pinning this, too!

  3. I love this. I made my children reversible curtains using basically the same idea. It makes the curtain thicker having two instead of one which is also a plus.

  4. That’s awesome that you can do it so cheap and easily! I’m impressed, just not sure if I can do it, I’m not very good on the sewing machine lol.

  5. Wow!! What an awesome idea and article! I never thought about doing this! I am most definitely going to use this to make a duvet cover for my daughter in Minnie Mouse now! : )

  6. Oh wow 0.0 I never even would have thought to do something like that! Totally going to share this with my grandmother in law and get her to teach me how to use the sewing machine, hahaha.
    Thanks for the tip <3

    • You can! I made one using white king size sheets modelled after the Hadley design from Pottery Barn. They wanted $350 (including duvet insert) for what I made for $75!

  7. I so wish I had found this post sooner! Just bought my little guy an expensive set for Christmas! Ughh, haha! Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll know better next time 🙂

  8. My mom taught this to me a while back but we used fabric from JoAnne’s that was on sale (my daughter was REALLY into disney princesses and they had an AWESOME print with great discounts). I spent all night hand sewing with my mom, who is a great seamstress and me not so much. LOL! We didn’t have a sewing machine at the time but I should invest in one soon. As soon as I learn how to sew. I really need to learn how to sew! This looks so easy and Walmart has an awesome selection of flat sheet designs, so everyone can get their own unique cover with color/print mix and matching. I love this idea!

  9. Very clever idea. I can’t sew but i could definitely try. I have an old sewing machine around here collecting dust. Thanks for the great idea.

  10. This is an amazing idea! I love it! I have a number of different duvet covers that I bought from IKEA because they are pretty reasonable in price, but the ones I really like are way out of my price range, even the ones I’ve found at Marshalls and Home Goods. I am definitely going to try this. I am really excited.

  11. Thanks for taking us through the process step by step. It seems so easy. . I might try this for my tween…she often changes her mind regarding the decorations in her room.

  12. I’ve made a duvet cover that was actually a quilt! I made it for my sister’s wedding gift – she doesn’t like quilts; she wanted a cover that she could wash. I also used a sheet for the back of the cover – way cheaper than buying the equivalent in fabric (and using a sheet means no seams running down the middle). The only thing I would recommend is adding ties on the four corners of the duvet itself and the inside four corners of the cover so that the duvet does not bunch up.

  13. This is such a clever idea!! the designs are endless! I also like Naomi’s tip(above) for using ties to keep it from bunching up

  14. I really wish I knew how to sew.. There are so many things I’ve seen on pinterest and other blogging sites and I just don’t have the ability to do any because i can’t sew.. If I could do that, I could probably save a lot of money in many different ways..

  15. This is similar to what i did with the kids favorite blankets when they couldn’t let go. I put the better on the outside with a new sheet and an older blanket on the inside. They used them to cuddle up in ,in front of the tv, or in the car on long trips to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  16. I’m thinking you could take it a little further for not too much xtra money… matching curtains, coordinating pillows…hmmmmm!

  17. This is a great idea, you have inspired me to recycle our old comforters instead of buying new. I have some vintage button that I love, I think if I buy 3 sheets I could attach a flap to the bottom and still have some left to make a simple matching valance.

  18. You could use fabric glue and add some appliques to personalize to the kids current likes. Trading covers with other Moms with kids will make it more cost effective too!

  19. For non-sewers, you can get great deals on things like duvet covers at craft shows and on etsy (and support a person instead of company while you’re at it) – most crafters will be glad to make something custom for you if you have a specific color scheme/ fabric in mind!

  20. I can’t believe how easy you made that look! Duvet covers are so expensive, so this is a great money saver. I have been wanting a white duvet cover for a while, but couldn’t justify the expense since I already have 2 other covers. Now I will just make one!

  21. I’ve done this before, and the instructions I followed from another site were not as good as these- definitely going to give it another try!

  22. This is a good way to make a personal ” blanky” for kids & friends.I have been doing it for years & have even sold a few. instead of the velcro at the end…you put down first piece of material or sheet face up, then a layer of filling or and old blanket ( depending on how thick you want it) than lay the top piece of material or sheet face down on top ( like a sandwich. pin all sides sew 3 sides as stated & the last side sew all the way til about 12 to 24 inches. now flip it right side out thru the opening ( this is a rather tedious time but not bad) then fold over the raw edge ( about 1 inch or whatever you like, I wouldnt go more then 2 inches) pin close. now sew the opening closed and continue all the way around the blanket. this gives you a nice 1 inch edge and also secures the filling. you can also either tie with yarn or sew a seam every 12 inches across the blanket to finish securing the filling.. Than Voila!!! you have a “quilt” it’s a little more work but so worth it when you see them using it still 10 years later!

  23. Sorry, but I don’t sew at all. However, I do know someone who does, so maybe she can make these. It looks simple enough…if you know how to sew!! lol

    • No I asked on my facebook page if there was someone interested in doing a post for me I paid for their time and the materials 🙂

  24. What a great idea! It looks so simple to do and I plan on trying it soon. We are in the middle of remodeling my daughters room and have to change all of her bedding out. This is a cheaper way to get the same effect. Thanks so much for sharing!

  25. This is a great idea! I will definitely have to share this with my neighbor and maybe work on this project with her. Thank you for sharing!

  26. I’m glad by how simple this seems, but i have never had good luck with keep a duvet cover in place, I’ve even bought clips, and they just seem to slide around and wrinkle!

  27. This is really great! I’ve been working on my sewing skills. Making quilts & things. This would be nice great to turn an old comforter into something different. We mainly use quilts at our house. But for my dad’s camper I could make him a motorcycle themed one & it wouldn’t cost me an arm & a leg!

  28. This is such a cute idea!!! I just started sewing and need to make some twin duvet covers- this will be perfect! Not too hard either 😉 I think I can do it!

  29. This is such a cute idea!!! I just started sewing and need to make some twin duvet covers- this will be perfect! Not too hard either 😉 I think I can do it!
    YOu could also do this for a toddler bed.

  30. This is a FANTASTIC Idea! I love using my sewing machine for craft projects like this! I love to use my sewing machine to sew my little girl new dresses for every holiday, super easy, and costs are $7!!

  31. My mom does this for me all the time it’s sooo easy- she whips them out on the sewing machine in no time! The best part is get to keep things fresh and change things up whenever you want. Mom has also made curtains out of sheets for my living room and my kids room using character sheets!

  32. Well you can’t get any more step by step than what you showed and it looks really easy but I can’t sew a straight line if I had to. I wish I could I would love to be able to do it because it would save so much money and you could change the look of your bedroom more often.

  33. I enjoyed the article. I’m not sure I am good at these types of projects because they take alot of patience however I see you made your steps very easy to follow and pictures help a ton!

  34. I shared the #1 post to make this duvet cover with my boss. Her son is seven and she’s always changing up his room. She was thrilled and just made one using “The Cars” theme sheets. She was so happy since the bedspread/quilt in this theme would have cost her 10 times what she paid

  35. This sounds like a great idea but so much work (I’m not a sewing lady, so it looks very hard to me). My tip would be to get a blanket with the character or design the child likes and just throw it on the bed. Or use a solid bedspread and spruce it up with character pillow cases.

  36. Wow. It’s amazing what you can learn to do these days. Thanks for sharing for us “craft-challenged” people. Looks like it would be quite an undertaking.

  37. This looks pretty easy to do but I still would not try it. I am just not crafty enough. My daughter however is another story. She would do a great job of it,

  38. I like this idea, My furniture needs covers and I like the option of making my own as opposed to buying the premade covers that may or may not be what I like

  39. Love this trick! My great Aunt Marie who was born in 1910 gave me this tip when my hubby and I were married in 1992. I can’t sew very well, but this project is so easy even I could do it and have. I have also used vintage and antique linens. Make sure the linens aren’t something that are worth a fortune first! I used some hand-me-downs from my parents. They had some mismatched, but beautiful embroidered sheets. Thanks for your tip and reminder. Looks like I might have to drag out the sewing machine again…now if anyone can give me a tip on fixing the blasted thing!

  40. I LoVE this – I’ve been searching for something to change up the look of my bedroom but didn’t want to pay $100 for a new comforter – I’ll be making one of these this week!

  41. I like this idea! A character or print on one side and a solid on the other. I didn’t think this would be an idea I’d be able to try (sewing novice) but it doesn’t seem too tricky! Thanks for the idea:)

  42. Wow a project I think I could actually attempt lol, easy and the duvet is so pretty! I’m thinking holiday gifts for the fam! Gotta get the rust off my sewing machine haha, thanks for sharing!

  43. That’s awesome that you can do it so cheap and easily, I have never thought about making my own duvet. By making it yourself you can choose the exact colors and pattern you would like.

  44. These directions make it look pretty simple to make your own duvet cover. It would be so nice to be able to make several, and be able to change them frequently. I think one for winter, one for summer, one for fall, and one for spring would be just about right.

  45. Learning how to sew this year, so this might be a cool project for me. Our last expensive bed covering was puked on by the cat. Lovely.

  46. Great tips! If I was crafty I would be doing this. Not very crafty though 🙁 will pass on this info to others do they can make 🙂

  47. Ooh I recently did something like this. Only I purchased fabric from this place which sells it extremely cheap. Really nice cotton fabric. Loved this post.

  48. My girls and I are going to go to the thrift store tomorrow and get the cheap blankets (cheap or stained ones are usually less than $5!) and a couple cool sheets and do this! thank you!!

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