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« on: July 07, 2005 02:21:31 PM »

How to Make Duvet Covers

1.  Measure Duvet
Measure the length and width of your duvet and jot down the dimensions.

2.   Cut Panels (for duvets 53" or narrower.)
For duvet widths that measure less than your fabric width, cut the intended length of fabric crosswise into 2 lengths (one for the cover top and one for the cover bottom). On print or plaid fabrics, note the pattern repeat and match the printed design at the selvage edge. The 2 lengths may not be equal in length but the identical print area of each panel will be the same length and must measure at least 1 1/2" longer than the measured duvet.

3.   Cut and Assemble Panels
(for duvets 54" or wider.)
For duvet widths that exceed your fabric width, cut the intended length of fabric crosswise into 4 lengths (two for the top cover and two for the bottom cover). On print or plaid fabrics, note the pattern repeat and match the printed design at the selvage edge. The 4 lengths may not be equal in length but the identical print area of all the panels will be the same length and must measure at least 1 1/2" longer than the measured duvet.

For the top of the cover, sew two of the panels of fabric together before cutting the cover to size. For a balanced effect, split the second panel in half lengthwise and stitch it to each side of the center panel. On print of plaid fabrics, note the pattern repeat and match the printed design at the seams. Press seams open. For the bottom of the cover, split and stitch the 3rd and 4th panel together  in the same fashion.
 
4.   Cut Duvet Cover to Size
From the panels, cut the width to equal the measured duvet width plus 1 1/2". Cut the length to equal the measured duvet length plus 1 1/2". Cut 1 cover top and 1 cover bottom. The top and bottom of the cover are identical. On print or plaid fabrics, measure within the identical print area. For seamed panels (larger covers) cut from the center area.

5.   Stitch Cover
With all cut edges even and right sides facing, pin and stitch together the top and bottom of the cover along the 2 side edges and the foot edge - using a 1/2" seam allowance. Press open all seams. Turn the cover to the right side through the head opening and press flat along all stitched edges.

6.   Hem Cover
Turn under 1" and press a crease to wrong side of fabric along head edge on top cover and bottom cover separately. Open out crease, tuck the cut edge into the fold and press a 1/2" double hem along top edge. Pin and top stitch through all layers along inside fold.

7.   Stitch Hems Together
With hemmed edges even, measure and mark the head edge of the cover 12" to 15" from each side seam. Pin the edges together and top stitch the top cover to the bottom cover through all layers from the mark to the side seam using the hem stitching as your guide. Backstitch securely at the ends of the stitching leaving the head of the cover open in the center.

8.   Mark Tie Placement
Pairs of fabric ties will be positioned in the opening at the hemmed edge of the cover. Spacing evenly, mark the placement of the ties beginning at each end of the opening and allowing approximately a 12" space between each mark. On the inside of the cover, mark both the top and bottom. You will need to make 1 tie for each placement.

9.   Assemble Tie Closures
The cutting dimensions of each tie closure measures 13" long X 3" wide. Measure and draw a tissue paper pattern following these dimensions. Using your iron, fold end edges inward 1/2" (wrong sides together), press flat.  Next press it in half lengthwise, like a hot dog (wrong sides out.)  Open what you just pressed, and press the seam allowance edges in towards the center crease on both sides.  Press the two folded edges together, making sure that they match in width.  Pin if necessary.  Stitch 1/16" from the folded edges to secure.  Repeat for remaining ties.

10.   Position Tie Closures
Pin a pair of ties (one to the top cover and one to the bottom cover) to the inside of the duvet cover opening at each placement marking. Stitch and backstitch securely through each tie end using the hem stitching on the cover as a guide. Insert the duvet in cover and tie opening closed.

*Instead of ties for the closures you could try buttons and buttonholes, velcro, or even a zipper.

*To help your duvet stay put (and not bunch up in the middle of the cover) you can sew loops of elastic into the seam allowances of the corners on the duvet corner, and sew buttons onto the corners of your duvet; or sew a length of ribbon (10" folded in half) into the seam allowances of the corners on the duvet cover, and sew another length of ribbon onto the corners of your duvet.
   

Calculate Fabric From Your Own Duvet Measurements
(includes 1/2" seam allowances)
Because there is not standard sizes for duvets I have created this easy way to calculate what you should cut for your pieced duvet cover.  If you plan on using a sheet (and therefore do not need to piece together fabric, just add 1 1/2" to the measurements of your duvet.
1.  Measure the length and width of your duvet along the sewn edges and jot down the dimensions.
2.  Add allowances for seams, add 3" to the width, and 3" to the length.
3.  Take your width measurement and subtract the width of the Fabric that you are planning to use (either 45" or 60"). 
4.  Divide the remaining number in half and you have the width for the two side panels to sew to the center panel.

Example:   
1.  Duvet cover:  66" by 96"
2.  Add seam allowances:  68" by 99"
3.  Subtract fabric 45" from width seam allowances:  23"
4.  Divide in half:  11.5"

Cut:  (1) 45" by 99"    (2) 11.5" by 99
« Last Edit: July 08, 2005 09:38:08 AM by JodiJean » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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