• Making a Duvet Cover

    A duvet cover can turn your old comforter into a beautiful new bedspread. The covers are easy to sew. They're just constructed from two pieces of fabric and some gripper tape so that the casing can snap together and unsnap as needed.

    1) Measure the comforter to determine how much fabric you need.

    • Measure the longer edge of the comforter
    • Add 2 5/8 inches for the hems
    • Measure the shorter edge of the comforter
    • Add 1 1/4 inch for seams.

    You'll need two pieces of fabric of this size to construct your duvet cover. If you like, the fabric can be of the same sort, so that the cover looks the same on either side. Or you can construct the cover with a fancy top and a plain bottom. You can even have two different, equally fancy tops and change which one is the up side according to your mood.

    You'll also need some gripper tape that's 24 inches shorter than the width. And you'll need some matching thread.

    2) Lay your fabric right side down and make a double hem along each long side and one short side. You do this by turning 1 inch of fabric to the wrong side, then doing it again. Pin the double hem in place. Baste it and remove the pins. Use your sewing machine to stitch the hems and then press them.

    3) Place the two pieces of fabric together with the right sides facing against each other and the hems aligned. Pin them together along the inside edge of the hem for 12 inches from each side toward the center. Baste along the lines of the pins and remove them.

    4) Position each part of the gripper tape along the opening that has been created so that the snaps are at equal distance from each side. Make sure that the snaps are aligned with each other so the cover won't bunch when snapped.

    5) Use the zipper foot on your sewing machine to stitch the gripper tape on without hitting the snaps. Fasten the snaps together.

    6) Machine stitch through all the layers at the end of each opening from the folded edge to where the hem is stitched. Then do it again with a second line of stitches close to the first.

    7) Turn the cover right side out. Pin each side and the top edge of the cover and baste along the line. Remove the pins. Machine stitch 1/4 inch from the raw edges and trim the seam to 1/8 inch.

    8) Turn the cover inside out and machine stitch 1/4 inch from the folded edge around those same three sides. Turn the cover right side out again and iron it. You're done!