Sewing A Duvet Comforter Cover And Shams

Dress your bed in easy to sew duvet comforter covers and shams that will give your bedroom decor a whole new look.

There's nothing more luxurious than wrapping yourself in the pleasures of fine bedding, but the price of doing so could strain your budget. Luckily, if you have a sewing machine (or a friend who will lend you theirs) you can live out the fantasies of today's trends while saving a fortune. Follow these easy simple steps to a newly dressed boudoir.

As you sit down to design your project, you'll find that you probably already have most everything you need, except for the fabric. Here's a basic list of what you'll want to have at hand:

-Sewing Machine

-Measuring Tape

-Scissors

-Thread

-Quilting Pencil or Tailor's Chalk (Optional)

-Fabric

-Twill Tape (Optional)

-Piping, Lace or Ruffle (Optional)

-Comforter

-Pillows

Although, conceivably you could make the entire project form scratch, it's much more cost and time-effective to use your old comforter, or at least buy a new one from the store. Either fiber or down-filled bedding will be fine, just remember to keep in mind that if you choose to use a comforter that has a print on it, you have to choose a fabric that will cover it well.



Shop your local home decorating upholstery store. These stores are best because they carry fabric in wider widths. If you buy from a regular fabric store, the widest width available is 60", so you'll have to piece sections together to fit across your comforter. Another alternative is to buy sheets during a closeout or white sale. Sheets are great because they are wide enough and the fabric was designed to be bedding. Otherwise, any material that both looks and feels good will do.

Start with precise measurements of your pillows and comforter. The best thing to do is find a place where you can spread out - like the kitchen table or floor. Measure the length and width of your fillers carefully, taking precautions not to pull too hard on the measuring tape. It's important that you lightly follow across the center of your pillow so that you measure not only the distance, but also the fluffiness. Add an inch to all the dimensions (a half-inch of ease and a half-inch seam allowance) and then you're ready to begin the cutting.

Lie out your fabric in a single layer and carefully mark the out your comforter's measurements. This is your top piece. Mark the same dimensions again, but this time add 9" for the flap opening. This is the bottom. Do the same for your pillows and remember you can double over the fabric to cut more than one piece at a time if you are making more than one sham.

Now you can start sewing it up. Start by finishing the top edges. On the top piece, roll a quarter-inch hem and on the bottom piece, use a nice ¾" hem. Add any piping, lace or ruffle detail you have panned on using at this time. Baste the accent to the front side of the top piece, leaving the top edge bare. The accent should point toward the center so that when the bottom piece is sewn to the top, the accent is sandwiched between and right side in. Press the bottom piece face to face 8" from the top edge. Sandwich the tops and bottoms together for one last seam leaving the top edge open.

Turn the project right side out and voila! You have a new duvet! Follow the same easy steps for your shams. Before you know it, you'll be whipping up fashions for every bed in the house.

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