You can make a quilt into a duvet cover. In a duvet set, the duvet cover is the part that gives character and makes your beddings unique. Quilting your duvet cover will make it look more interesting and more personalized than the ones you usually see at beddings stores.
The duvet cover not only provides the design to your blanket; it is added for convenience and comfort. Having a duvet cover is more versatile because you can change the design of your beddings easily.
You can change your beddings without difficulty when the seasons change. Using duvet covers is also a great way to match the theme and color of your room.
Quilting a duvet cover is easier than making a regular quilt because you are going to leave out the batting. When making a quilt, there are many possibilities in mixing and matching fabric colors that would go together with your color scheme.
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Is a quilt cover the same as a duvet cover?
A quilt cover is interchangeable with a duvet cover. They both refer to the piece of bedding that goes over the duvet.
The duvet cover is the top piece of your bed set which gives it protection and style. It is like a giant pillowcase for your duvet. The quilt cover serves exactly the same purpose as the duvet cover; only the design is a patchwork of assorted fabrics.
How do I make a quilt cover for a duvet?
A duvet is typically plain-looking, so making a quilt cover will make it more interesting and unique.
The duvet is the fluffy blanket inside the duvet cover, sometimes called the duvet insert. The duvet cover, on the other hand, is the comfy shell that wraps the duvet insert. A patchwork duvet cover for your duvet insert will make it more colorful and exciting.
If you have always wanted to make a patchwork and have a stash of fabrics around, you can make a quilt cover for your duvet in a few easy steps.
12 pieces of assorted cotton print fabric
- Before you cut anything, measure the size of your duvet to determine the size of the duvet cover you are making.
- Cut 24 squares from your assorted fabrics that could fit into the whole area of the duvet cover you are making. You have the option of cutting the squares in half diagonally and having 48 right-angled triangles.
- Lay down your triangles on a flat surface and mix-and-match the designs and colors of your fabrics. The standard designs you can form from the fabric triangles are stripey and chevron designs. Your design will be more evident if you coordinate the fabric colors and design within each row but make it contrast with the next row.
- Set the seam allowance for all seams to 1 cm. To make a quilt block, match the diagonal edges of your fabric with the right sides facing each other and sew along the 1cm seam allowance.
- Zigzag the raw edges to prevent fraying during washing.
- Sew the blocks together into rows. Then, sew the rows together to finish the quilt duvet cover.
- Sew the backing fabric to the quilted duvet cover along the three sides, leaving the bottom part open.
- Attach as many Snap-on buttons as you need to keep your duvet inside and close the quilted duvet cover.
Can I put a quilt in a duvet cover?
You can put a quilt in a duvet cover. Using your leftover fabrics or any fabric of your choice, you can customize your duvet cover by quilting on it.
Experienced sewists who prefer to sew their own duvet covers instead of buying these expensive beddings have these brilliant and money-saving tips for quilting a duvet cover.
The best fabric for duvet covers is machine-washable cotton or cotton-linen blends. If you do not have enough fabric stash to quilt a duvet cover, you can visit quilting shops and choose from the wide array of printed cotton fabrics you can find.
A nifty tip would be to buy two flat sheets that you like and convert them into the unique quilted duvet cover that you have in mind. It can be less expensive to make a duvet cover this way than to buy designer bedding. You only need to spare some of your weekend time and sewing skills.
It will be a great idea to make a different quilt design for the front and back of your duvet cover. That way, you can have a reversible duvet cover. You can also save more time and money by making your bedding work both ways.
Do not forget to wash, dry, and iron your fabrics before measuring or cutting any of them.
Measuring and Cutting Fabrics
Duvets and comforters vary in size, so before you make any attempts at cutting your fabrics, measure the duvet that you are planning to cover with a quilt.
When making a duvet cover, remember that you need a front and back, so you need to measure twice, and you need twice the amount of fabric.
When quilting a duvet cover, always make sure to include the seam allowances on your measurements. The usual measurement is a 0.25-inch seam allowance, which is enough size that will not make your seam look bulky.
Sewing your Quilt Duvet Cover
Sewing your quilt duvet cover is just the same as sewing a common top quilt. You can use straight stitches in piecing together your fabric blocks, zigzag stitches to sew the edges, and a wide range of decorative stitches to embroider your top quilt.
Make sure that your duvet fits inside your duvet cover. If, in any case, your measurement was short of what was required, you can always sew extra fabric on the sides to fit the duvet inside.
Closing your Duvet Cover
Since you are creating a quilted cover for your duvet, you must know that you need to have a way to keep your duvet from spilling out the cover.
There are different ways you can close your quilted duvet cover.
- Buttons and Buttonholes
Sewing buttonholes is one of the basic skills you need to know when sewing and one of the easiest ways to close fabrics. You can easily sew buttonholes and buttons to close your quilted duvet cover using a regular sewing machine with the right foot.
Zippers are common ways to attach fabrics. The zipper is usually sewn at the bottom of the duvet cover. You may not commonly find long zippers for duvet in craft stores, but you can find them online.
Attaching a Velcro is another easy way to close your duvet cover. You must measure extra fabric at the bottom of the quilt duvet cover to sew a Velcro strip to seal the duvet inside.
- Sew-on Snaps
Sew-on snaps are easy to attach to a duvet cover by hand-sewing. It is also easy to snap and unsnap when it is time to change the duvet cover.
- Snap Fastener Kit
Closing your duvet cover with a snap fastener will make it look professional-made. The snap fastener can be attached without sewing. All you need is a hammer and a special tool with the kit that helps attach the snaps.
- Ribbon or Twill Tape
Sewing ribbon or twill tape is even an easier method to attach your duvet cover. Secure your duvet inside its cover by sewing twill tapes at the corners.
You will need eight pieces of 6-inch strips of ribbon or twill tape. Sew one strip on each corner of the duvet. Sew one strip of twill tape on each corner of the duvet cover while it is inside out.
Turn the duvet cover right side out and tie each of the duvet cover’s corners to the matching corners on the duvet.
How do I make a quilt for a duvet?
You can make a quilt for a duvet by not sewing a batting. Customize a duvet cover by making a patchwork of your favorite fabric designs.
Here are instructions and sample sizes of duvet covers that you might want to try out as your next quilting project.
For a Twin-Size Duvet Cover
Things you will need:
3.875 yards of assorted prints (blocks)
1.625 yards of backing fabric
one yard of border fabric
- Cut 48 pieces of 10.5 inches squares from the assorted prints. Then, cut eight pieces of 3.5 x 42 inches strips from border fabrics. Make two pieces of 3.5 x 86 inches border strips and two pieces of 3.5 x 60.5 inches long border strips. Note that all measurements have a 0.25-inch seam allowance and sew with the right sides together.
- Sew together eight squares of the assorted print of 10.5 inches squares. Create the top quilt by sewing six rows with eight assorted fabric prints. Press seams in one direction. Alternate the direction with each row. Join rows to make a duvet center. Press seams in one direction. The duvet center should be 60.5 x 80.5 inches, including seam allowances.
- Join the short border strips to opposite edges of the duvet cover. Join together the long outer border strips to the other edges to complete the quilted duvet cover. Seams must be pressed toward the outer border.
- Sew the quilted duvet cover to the backing fabric on three sides, then hand-sew the sew-on snaps to the fourth side to close the duvet cover. Your quilted twin-size duvet cover will have a finished size of 66 x 86 inches.
For a Full-Size Duvet Cover
Things you will need:
5 yards total of assorted prints (blocks)
one yard of border fabric
2.625 yards backing fabric
- Cut 64 pieces of 10.5 inches squares from assorted prints fabrics.
Cut nine pieces of 3.5 x 42 inches strips from the border fabric.
Make two pieces of 3.5 x 86 inches border strips and two 3.5 x 80.5 inches border strips.
Always include 0.25inch seam allowance on all the measurements.
Also, sew with the right sides together.
- Sew together the assorted print 10.5 inches squares in a row of eight squares. Make a total of eight rows to create a queen-size duvet cover. Press seams in one direction. Then, alternate the direction of seams with each row. Join rows to make a duvet center. Press seams in one direction.
- Join the short border strips to opposite edges of the quilted duvet top. Then, sew together the long outer border strips to the other edges to complete the duvet cover. Press all seams toward the outer border.
- Sew the full-size quilted duvet cover to the backing fabric on three sides. Sew enough buttonholes and buttons on the fourth side as closing for your duvet cover. Your quilted full-size duvet cover will have a finished size of 86 x 86 inches.
For a King-Size Duvet Cover
Things you will need:
6.25 yards assorted fabrics (blocks)
1.125 yards fabric for the border
9.25 yards backing fabric
- Cut your fabrics according to these measurements:
80 pieces of 10.5 inches squares from assorted prints fabric
10 pieces of 3.5 x 42 inches strips for the short border from border fabrics
2 pieces of 3.5 x100.5 inches borders
2 pieces of 3.5 x 86.5 inches borders
Make sure that you include 0.25 inches seam allowance in your measurements. Sew with the right sides together.
- Sew together ten pieces of the 10.5 inches square assorted fabrics. Make eight rows to create the king-size duvet cover. Press seams in one direction. Alternate the direction of seams with each row.
- Join the short border strips to opposite edges of the quilted duvet top. Then, sew together the long outer border strips to the remaining edges to complete the quilted cover. Press all seams toward the outer border.
- Sew the king-size quilted duvet cover to the backing fabric on three sides. Hand-sew Snap-on buttons on the fourth side to close your duvet cover. Your quilted full-size duvet cover will have a finished size of 104 x 86 inches.