Are you starting to feel the cooler temperatures in your area?
It might be temporary, but here in SW Ontario we’ve moved from shorts to pants and with the humidity out of the air, nights are spent with cool breezes wafting through bedroom windows – it’s absolutely heavenly!
I’ve been changing over some of our decor to reflect both the season and the air temperature and adding a little extra warmth to the bed was top on my list.
I’m going to show you how I cheated and created a DIY duvet cover out of two flat sheets without spending a single penny… If you haven’t got time to do this yourself then you could always visit Bestbambooguide.com to find the perfect duvet covers.
Most sheet sets come with a flat, a fitted and two pillow cases – but as duvet-lovers we never use our flat sheet and it sits, brand new, in our linen closet until I can get it a partner. If you are looking for a soft duvet this probably isn’t the tutorial for you, instead visit The Dozy Owl for product reviews!
Case in point, these two have been sitting there for months now.
If you can sew a straight line, you can EASILY make this DIY duvet cover.
Start by washing and drying your flat sheets to eliminate as much shrinkage and bleeding as possible. (I usually wash in hot).
Place your flat sheets with the “good” sides facing each other, line up the top edge and pin in place.
Sew from one side of the top edge to the other and then repeat with a zig zag stitch to reinforce the seams.
You may find that one flat sheet is larger than the other – don’t worry – we’ll cut off the excess at the end.
Next, sew from the finished top edge down one side, again reinforcing with a zig zag stitch afterwards.
Repeat on the other side that is adjacent to the top (we’ll do the bottom last). Cut off any excess outside of the zig zag line.
Finally, I create a pocket in the bottom of my DIY duvet cover that folds over the duvet itself once it’s inserted.
Measure the size of your duvet/comforter and pin a line across the bottom of your flat sheet cover about 6″-8″ larger than that size – this will give you a bit of wiggle room to insert your duvet and will leave a little edge leftover to keep your toes tucked in.
Sew in from the outer edge of the cover along the pinned line to about 1/3 of the way across. Start on the other side of the cover and do the same, leaving an opening that is approximately 1/3 of the entire width of the cover.
I fold a 6″ flap before sewing – this, when turned right-side-out, will create a little foldover to hide your comforter/duvet.
I did a king-size DIY duvet cover and I had the whole thing sewn in less than an hour.
Isn’t she purdy?
If you use two different flat sheets, you will have the option of a reversible duvet cover.
For the ‘snuggle-in test’:
So warm, so cozy, so pretty and SO EASY!
This DIY duvet cover is especially wonderful if you want a flannel duvet set for winter. I’ve looked online and flannel sets are limited in pattern and colour, so the selection is really slim (and really pricey). Instead, take a decorative flat sheet and pair it with a flannel one; the flannel will be next to your body keeping you extra-warm and you can have any pattern you like on the outside.
FYI – Costco usually has flannel sets on sale right now and these are the DIY duvet covers I’ve made with them in the past.
Just writing this has me pining to head back to bed right now!
This DIY duvet cover takes roughly one hour of your time, a straight-stitch on the sewing machine and absolutely no costs whatsoever if you have unused flat sheets in your linen closet.
If you start now, you can be sleeping in this coziness with the cool breeze kissing your cheeks by tonight!!
Have a great one!