Thursday, February 23, 2012

Puckered White Duvet Cover-A DIY Tutorial

I have wanted this from West Elm {$119} or from Target {$89} in WHITE for a long time now!

You've seen Cooper featured here in Muddy Paws--He's my loving cuddle monster golden doodle who doesn't always take a look at his white coat and paws before jumping into bed for a morning cuddle. 

{Alas, a white duvet cover with pretty, detailed tucks not gunna happen.}

Until we moved to Arizona and now have a guest room!!

Thanks to Trissta at "Living on The Chic" I now have that duvet cover for a fraction of the cost. In fact I like it better than the store bought one's I've seen, but I'll let you be the judge of that. Here's Trissta's tutorial for her DIY Pin Tucked Duvet Cover.

Here's my tutorial for the slightly altered version I did.

Materials Needed:

2 flat sheets
Sewing machine
Thread to match
8-10 buttons or how ever many you want to use.

1. While your sheets wash and dry, clear and vacuum enough space on your floor to lay the sheet out WRONG SIDE UP. A queen size sheet works great for a queen sized duvet it even ends up being a little bit big. {You can't even tell} Ok so I forgot the photo of this step. 

2. Start pinning. I kind of haphazardly placed my pins approximately in a line starting about 8 inches apart and quickly realized I didn't want that many puckers, so I ended up doing them about 15 inches apart across and then started the next row 8ish inches up but placed the pin in between the prior rows pins--making diamonds. Confusing I know you'll be able to see what I mean if you scroll down a bit. Trissta mentioned using chalk to mark since it washes out but for me the pins were faster {plus when you're trying to find where to sew next they poke you for a little reminder} and I already washed my sheets so why wash them again…Lazy.
 3. Again no photo of this step but Trissta has great ones on her blog. Take out your pin and twist the sheet. Depending on how big/fluffy you want your pucker to be determines where to sew it. I sewed mine at about a 1/4 inch, but start small and then peak at your pucker if you want it more sew it a little deeper. Back stitch and forward stitch multiple times to ensure it's washer proof. Continue to the next pin. Easy!

Here's mine on the bed after I sewed them all. Well, all except one. 

See the missing pucker?!

4. Lay the sheet on the floor RIGHT side up and lay what will be the bottom sheet or underside of the duvet on top WRONG side up! RIGHT sides should be together. Now pin away!! NOTE: check to see if they are absolutely the same size…mine were not and I didn't realize until after I pinned the first side. It really made no difference since once you fold it inside out no one knows!! Our little secret!

5. In each corner I pinned a little loop of elastic. My least favorite aspect of duvet covers are when they get all bunched up! After the fact I probably would add a loop in the middle of each side as well, but eh that could be over kill--up to you.

6. Sew, baby sew! But only sew three sides. Do not sew the side that is considered the top of the sheets you know where the 3 inch folded band is. Leave that end open. Super easy to go straight since the sheets already have the straight sewing lines! If you had to adjust for size difference try your best to go around the edge of the sheet thats smaller to stay straight. 

7. Flip the duvet right sides out.

8. Smile at your handy work. At this point you could sew across where I said leave it open and leave a little area to put your duvet in, but I suggest taking the extra time and putting buttons along the edge to make it easier to wash everything.

9. Flip both 3 inch bands underneath so that they're now inside the duvet cover. Iron them crisp.

10. Decide how far apart you want your buttons. If you have a color theme you could pick colored thread or buttons, but for the ability to use this cover with multiple redesigns I went with clear buttons, 9 of them to be exact. Put pins where you want your button holes to be.

11. This was my first attempt at button holes-ok I'm fibbing. Second time, but the first was horrible and last year. I played with my button hole making function on my machine on some scraps for a bit. If you know what you're doing great go for it! If you do not BE PATIENT! Do a few before you do them on the real thing. I am not patient, but at this point I really, I mean really loved my cover so I was not going to mess it up! Here's an Old School Video on making button holes with a sewing machine or if you find a better one leave it in a comment :)

12. Line up your holes to where your buttons should go and sew on your buttons! Make sure you put them on the correct side. I did mine opposite the first time--oops. 
13. Sew buttons to the corners of your duvet.

14. Put your Duvet in its new home and jump up and down on how awesome it looks!! 

Mine is longer than the actual duvet, but eh that looks better any way!  

P.S. This cost me $30 to make. I found a pack of sheets at walmart that were shiner and wrinkle resistant. 1 flat, 1 fitted, and 2 pillow cases for $18, then I bought the cheapest single white flat sheet I found for $12. I used buttons and elastic I already had on hand. Watch for sheet sales and you could do it even cheaper!

Stay tuned for a tutorial on my RELAX headboard!

Have fun and let me know if you have any questions!

Melissa Delight with ZZB

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