Finished size : Twin, 69″ × 87″
No one can debate the practical attributes of a good duvet cover; it’s so easy to take care of. And let’s face it—kids are messy creatures, so this is a perfect project for a child’s or teenager’s room. The following duvet cover is for a standard twin-size bed and can be used in a boy’s or girl’s room. In this age of high-quality quilt fabric, the possibilities are endless.
Materials and Supplies
- ½ yard each of 4 different fabrics for rectangles C, D, E, and G
- 1 yard each of 3 different fabrics for rectangles A and H and square B
- 1¼ yards of fabric for square F
- 2½ yards each of 2 different fabrics for the backing
- Purchased twin-size comforter
- 36″ heavy-duty zipper
- 2 yards of ribbon
- 4 buttons 1″ in diameter (optional)
For my son’s room I chose solid colors for the color blocking and then appliquéd his favorite T-shirts onto the center of each block. I used fusible web and a variety of cool stitches on the sewing machine.
TIP : Before you get started, preshrink the fabric. Make a small diagonal cut at the corners of each fabric near the selvages to prevent your fabric from fraying and tangling in the spin cycle. Then wash, dry, and press it.
cutting it out
Fabric A: 1 rectangle 25″ × 37″
Fabric B: 1 square 34″ × 34″
Fabric C: 1 rectangle 10″ × 37″
Fabric D: 1 rectangle 16″ × 31″
Fabric E: 1 rectangle 16″ × 40″
Fabric F: 1 square 40″ × 40″
Fabric G: 1 rectangle 15″ × 31″
Fabric H: 1 rectangle 26″ × 31″
From the leftovers, cut 2 backing blocks 5″ × 18″ from any of Fabrics B, C, D, or G, and a total of 3 backing blocks 5″ × 18¾″ from Fabrics A and H.
From your favorite of the 2 backing fabrics, cut 1 rectangle 40″ × 88″. From the other, cut 1 rectangle 27″ × 88″.
TIP : Keep in mind any directional prints as you sew the pieces together.
All seam allowances are ½″, fabrics are sewn right sides together, and all seams are pressed open unless otherwise noted.
Making the Duvet Top
1). Sew C to the long bottom edge of A. Press.
2). To make the top section, sew square B to the right-hand side of the A/C unit as shown. Press.
3). To make the middle section, sew E to D as shown. Press.
4). Sew G to the top of block H, press, and then sew the G/H unit to square F to complete the bottom section.
5). Sew the top, middle, and bottom sections together in order as shown, pressing after each addition.
Making the Duvet Back
1). Sew the 5 backing pieces together along the short sides in any order. Press. Trim the backing strip to 5″ × 88″.
2). Sew the larger backing panel to the left side of the strip. Sew the smaller backing panel to the right side of the strip. Press.
3). On the wrong side of the duvet back, measure and mark with a pencil 17″ in from each bottom corner in the seam allowance.
putting it together
- Pin the front and back of the duvet cover, right sides together, at the bottom. With the back panel right side up, sew from the right-hand corner to the 17″ mark, backstitching at the end of the seam. Clip the threads and sew the rest of the bottom of the duvet closed from the other 17″ mark to the corner, making sure to backstitch at the beginning of the seam.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing a lapped zipper, with the overlap on the top side of the duvet cover. Make sure to open the zipper halfway so you can turn the duvet cover right side out later.
- Pin the remaining 3 sides of the duvet front and back, right sides together, and stitch all around, pivoting at the 2 top corners. Make sure to overlap the bottom seam or backstitch at the beginning and end of this long seam.
- From the ribbon, cut 4 lengths each 18″ long. Fold them in half and pin 1 ribbon, through the fold, at each corner of the duvet cover. Hand stitch in place at the fold, making sure your stitches won’t show on the right side of the duvet cover.
- Flip the duvet cover right side out and press the outside seams flat.
- If the comforter doesn’t have buttons or loops on each corner, hand stitch a button on each corner. Use the ribbons to tie the duvet cover to the comforter.
Cozy up with your little one and read a good book while wrapped up in the new linens.
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