MakingDuvet Covers – Pattern andTutorial

Making duvet covers

Making duvet covers

Making duvet covers is easy to do and allows you to choose your own fabrics to match the rest of the room.  They also make quick gifts.  I’ve made a single duvet cover here but of course you can make any size – the method is the same whatever size duvet you are covering.

Making duvet covers – measurements

My duvet measures 52.1/2″ by 74″.  I have added 1″ to the width and 2″ to the length so I am cutting my fabric 53.1/2″ by 76″.  You can make any size cover – just measure your own duvet first.  I’m using crease resistant cotton 60″ wide so that makes it even more easy to make the cover – no piecing involved.

I have used two different colour fabrics – partly so that my duvet cover will be reversible and partly so that the photos will be more clear for you to follow what I am doing.  I have used 40″ of popper tape – most haberdashers will stock this, but mine came from Dunelm.  You can buy the kit for this single duvet cover here.

Sew pieces with wrong sides together

Sew pieces with wrong sides together

Sewing the sides and top

I’m using French seams so that there is no chance of any fraying on the inside of the duvet cover.  So begin by placing your two rectangles with wrong sides together.  Sew a 1/4″ seam on three sides – one short edge and both long edges, creating a pouch.

Press the seam allowances and turn the pouch wrong side out.  Using a slightly larger seam allowance, sew the same three sides together.  This encloses the raw edges within the seam.  Press the seam allowances.

Mark line 2" from bottom

Mark line 2″ from bottom

Making the hem

While the fabric s are still right sides together, mark a line 2″ from the edge along the open end of the pouch.  You need to do this on both fabrics.  Beginning at the side of the duvet cover, sew 6″ towards the middle along the marked line, sewing through both fabrics.  This will be the bottom corner of your cover.

Repeat on the other side.  You should now have a gap of about 40″ across the bottom of the pouch.

Turn under a double hem

Turn under a double hem

Create the bottom hem by turning the fabric up so that the edge of the fabric touches the 2″ line.  Then turn it up again so that the fold line is along the 2″ line and you have a 1″ double hem.  Make sure that you are only working with one layer of fabric at a time and do the same on both sides.

Popper tape

Popper tape

Add the popper tape

Turn the duvet cover right side out.  I find that this is safest, so that you can be sure that you are sewing the tape to the correct side of the fabric.  You want the tape to be lying along the hem on the inside (wrong side of fabric).

The popper tape comes in two lengths joined together by the poppers.  Turn under the end of the tape and pin one length to one side (eg red) and then do the same with the other piece of tape on the other side (blue).  Make sure that the poppers from one tape are opposite the poppers on the other tape so that you don’t have bumps in your fabric.

Sew the two tapes in place.  I began by using my normal sewing foot but soon had to change to my zipper foot because you haven’t got much room to sew around the poppers.  Even so, I still had a little bulge in the stitching around the poppers, but not enough for it to look untidy.

That’s it!  Making duvet covers really is that easy and I’m thrilled with mine.

Here’s the video:

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  1. Thank you for this tutorial! I have never seen popper tape here in Canada but I could get my husband to punch in some snaps, maybe?
    I would love a duvet in flannel. Have you ever seen it in wide width?

    Another thing I would like to make is a cover for my bed pillow. They are about 4-5 feet long and in theory I could just do it the same as this duvet cover (either with poppers or a zipper–although I’ve never sewn a zipper!).

    • Hi Janelle. I’d be surprised if you can’t buy popper tape on either ebay or amazon. You could also use pressed studs instead, but of course they need to be sewn on individually. For your bed pillow you could always just use an envelope style opening – much easier.

  2. I’m enjoying the variety of projects Rosemary. Really like the fabrics here. I think even I could manage to make one of these.

    • Hi June. I’m certain that you could make a duvet cover – it’s really quick and easy. Look forward to seeing you on the 15th.

  3. Thanks very much Rose. The duvet cover looks very pretty and I will certainly have a go. These non quilt items that you have been featuring are great and so practical!

    • Thanks, Lynda. I think I became stuck in a bit of a rut with quilts and quilt blocks. I’m enjoying showing you other sewing projects. There will be a simple pillowcase pattern to match the duvet coming up very soon.

  4. Thank you. Nice and easy.

    • Thanks, Irena. I know that there are many gorgeous duvet covers in the shops, but hand crafted it always good, isn’t it.

  5. Hello Rose: Please, I have been wanting to make a cover for my “foam-type” wedge I sit on the bed with. How would I go about covering a wedge pls? No, I am not the best seamstress but I’m working on it!!!!

    • Hi Eve. Good question. I’ll have a think and then try and write an article for something wedge shaped. Remind me if you don’t see the article appearing!

  6. Colleen McKinlay says:

    What a terrific tutorial Rose. Love the popper tape. Never heard of it so will definitely ask for it at my local fabric store. All of my current duvets have zippers. Will definitely be using your tutorial and adapt it for a new queen size duvet. Thank you so much!

    • Thanks, Colleen. Apparently the popper tape comes in different sizes so that you can also use it for baby clothes, but I’ve only ever managed to find it in the size that I’ve used for the duvet cover. It’s definitely lovely and simple to use.