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Sew a Cheap Duvet Cover

Add a New Duvet and Pillows For $30

As I've noted on Facebook, I'm incredibly fickle when it comes to my bedding. I've gone from organic coverlets to Sferra duvet covers to heirloom quilts — sometimes all in the same month. This Winter, perhaps influenced from too much time spent on Skona Hem's site, I've really been feeling a cozy Swedish vibe.

Of course, since I know I'll likely trade out my duvet cover for a different one in a few weeks, when I actually take the plunge and add something into my rotating bedding collection, I don't want to spend a huge amount of money. That's doubly true after the holidays — it's all about economic and pretty additions for me in the month of January.

See how I added a new duvet cover and matching pillows for around $30.

It was Ikea to the rescue (I bet you saw that one coming, didn't you?)! Since I had to head there to buy a walker for the baby, I took an exploratory detour in the fabric department, where I found this Snoa Flinga fabric for $5 a yard.

What makes Ikea's fabric doubly cheap is that it often comes in oversize widths — this fabric was almost 60 inches wide. That means you can buy less yardage for your projects. So, I purchased six yards just to be on the safe side and headed home.

This is a really easy project. I used a navy blue cotton flat sheet that I already owned as the backing. I laid the flat sheet out on the living room floor, unspooled the (washed) fabric over the sheet, cut lengths, pinned, and sewed. Since you're only sewing straight lines, this is a great project for beginners. Your most difficult issue will be dealing with the excessive yardage, but that can be remedied by working on a larger table or putting a chair to the side of your sewing machine to balance the fabric upon. Just make sure to leave a three foot opening on the bottom end of the duvet cover to insert your duvet. It's too easy!

For the pillows, I used down pillows I already owned and cut and sewed the covers for them. Again, it's just straight lines. All in all (excluding the two hours spent wandering in Ikea), this project took about an hour to complete.

Have you sewn duvet covers before? Do you have a secret, cheap fabric source? Share your advice and ideas in the comments!





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Great work. The navy looks great with your light blue walls!
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