Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Making of A New Duvet Cover


Yes, mountains of fabric to find my way through.  I love this fabric, Simply Shabby
Chic~ Mon Ami I believe.  I have been looking for a replacement cover for our duvet,
gee, since at least last summer.  We were in desperate need of a new one.  But to no
avail.  The cover I love is only for an actual comforter...i.e. ~ comes with the "stuffing"
and you cannot separate the stuffing from the cover...   You have to stuff the entire
thing into the washer, a giant washer.  Now if you remember this, I do have a lovely
washer.  oh, what is that,?  Have we finished the laundry room yet?  ummm, of course
not.  We have to agree on  the counter  material... something that  does not add to the
budget... hmmm.
~back to the topic~
I found this fabric at Target, on clearance!!!   Lovely, it is not all white
but is so pretty and my k.c. does not mind.   :)

This little seam ripper has been my best friend in this project.
a great tool

First I started ripping out the wrong end!  Luckily I was only 2/3 of the way through!
*better than all of the way*   Working over several evenings  I had all four sides ripped out of the 
two flat sheets.  This is because I needed to use the beautifully sewn hem allowances 
there for more yardage. 

Hmm, someone wants to help :)

I made French seams of course!  Love them!  
Hmm, someone is not impressed :) 


NOW for the closure... what to use.... buttons, snaps, 
ties, zipper....??? 
If you have any recommendations on closure material 
please let me know.   What do you like to see or use?  
I do so appreciate your tips.



Creative Breathing said...

I love your helper! This is such a cute project! E

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Mary,

Your new duvet cover is lovely and will be great when you have it finished.
I find that ties are sometimes better, buttons often come off in the wash.
Your little helper is a cutie.


Blissitydoodah said...

It will be pretty and soft I can see! Rachel would approve ;)
I see kitty does already!
French seams like anything french are really special too.

The Rose Room said...

oh my goodness Mary! that is quite an undertaking! Rachaelxo said...

You can never go wrong with Shabby Chic fabrics, and I just LOVE the ones at Target!

Catherine said...

So cute! I think buttons always work the best for the closure.

tales from an oc cottage said...

Gosh, such pretty material!!! I have no advice...I can't sew my way out of a paper bag! But I am just laughing over the furry beast...they can be tucked in a corner upstairs and as soon as material is spread out, they are nesting in it before you know it!
They have radar! ;}

m ^..^

Dolly said...

Ours has buttons on it but I think tyes would be cute too!

Love your lil helper!

Hugz, Dolly

Bettie from Southern Thresholds said...

I've had duvet covers with ties and buttons - buttons do tend to have to be replaced more often. I feel ties are easier that doing a buttonhole and I'm not a big fan of working buttonholes. Fabric is beautiful - don't you just love working with a seam ripper!