1/2" seam allowances included.
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
(For all size duvets)
From the panels, cut the width to equal the measured duvet width plus 1". 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 2 side edges and the foot edge. 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. With right sides of fabric facing, fold and pin one tie in half lengthwise. Stitch all cut edges together leaving a 6" opening at center to turn. Trim seams, clip corners and turn to right side through opening. Slip stitch opening closed. Press tie flat. Top stitch tie along all edges 1/4" from seams and fold. 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.