How to Make a Duvet Cover: DIY Sewing Guide

Last Updated on December 13, 2023

Hello everybody! I’m going to guide you through the process of making a duvet cover. Don’t worry if it seems daunting; it’s essentially like making a larger pillow cover.

Not only will you end up with a high-quality duvet cover tailored to your preferences, but you’ll also save money compared to buying one from a store.

How to Make a Duvet Cover


  • Making your own duvet cover allows you to save money and create a higher quality product tailored to your preferences.
  • Learn to add a zipper for easy closure, ensuring your duvet stays securely inside the cover.
  • Choose your favorite fabric and customize the duvet cover to match your bedroom decor, adding a personal touch to your bedding.
  • Craft a durable duvet cover with neatly finished edges, ensuring both functionality and style for your bedroom.

I prefer duvet covers with zippers, so I will show you how to add a zipper for easy closure.

Why are duvet covers so expensive?

Duvet covers tend to have a higher price point compared to comforters for several reasons:

  1. Material Quality: Duvet covers are often crafted from higher-quality materials, contributing to their overall cost. These materials may include premium fabrics that enhance comfort and durability.
  2. Longevity: Duvet covers are designed for long-term use. They serve as a more durable and lasting bedding option compared to comforters. The investment in quality materials and construction reflects in their ability to withstand extended use.
  3. Wash and Wear: Duvet covers can endure frequent washing without losing quality, making them a practical and long-lasting choice. In contrast, comforters may wear out more quickly, leading to more frequent replacements.
  4. Versatility: Duvet covers often offer versatility in style. Instead of replacing the entire bedding set, individuals can change the look of their bedroom by simply switching out the duvet cover, providing a cost-effective way to update decor.

In summary, the higher cost of duvet covers is justified by their superior material quality, durability, and flexibility in terms of style changes.

Is sewing a duvet cover easy?

Yes, sewing a duvet cover is remarkably easy, making it an ideal project for beginners. The process involves straight seams and concealing all raw edges, making it straightforward and beginner-friendly.

How to make a duvet cover?

How to make a duvet cover

Sew the panels, attach the zipper, add ties to secure the duvet, and enjoy your personalized, high-quality bedding.

By following the outlined steps, you can easily make your own duvet cover using your preferred fabric and customize it to fit your bed perfectly.

Materials you’ll Need

  1. Fabric: Choose a high-quality fabric for the top of your duvet cover. Quilting cotton, linen, or other fashion fabrics works well. For a double bed size, you’ll need fabric measuring 76 inches wide, twice the length of your duvet (86 inches), plus some extra for shrinkage.
  2. Back Panel: You can use a flat sheet for the back panel. Make sure it matches the size of your top fabric.
  3. Duvet Zipper: A 60-inch long zipper or two shorter zippers totaling 60 inches in length.
  4. Ties: About one yard of cord or thin ribbon for tying the corners of the duvet.
  5. Sewing Machine: A standard sewing machine with a zipper foot and a serger (optional).

Step by Step on how to make duvet cover

So, let’s dive into the exciting world of DIY duvet covers step-by-step!

Step 1: calculate the fabric dimensions

How to Make a Duvet Cover Planning
How to Make a Duvet Cover Planning

Firstly, determine the dimensions of your duvet cover based on your bed size. For a standard double bed, the duvet size is 76 inches wide and 86 inches long. Calculate the fabric requirements based on these dimensions. If you have a directional print, make sure to align it correctly.

Step 2: Cut the Top Fabric

Cutting the Top Fabric
Cutting the Top Fabric
  • Start by tearing a straight edge across the full width of the fabric.
  • Measure and mark the length (87 inches) and cut the fabric.
  • Tear the second piece into two side panels (17 inches wide each).
  • Sew the panels together, keeping the selvages together.
  • Press the seams open or towards the center panel for a neat finish.

Step 3: Cut the Sheet

Cutting the Sheet
Cutting the Sheet
  • Cut off the four-inch hem and snip a couple of inches beyond it.
  • Measure and cut the width (77 inches) of the sheet.
  • Cut a finger width away from the edge of the hem for the bottom of the duvet.
  • Attach the zipper to the cut hem edge using a zipper foot.
  • Overlap the remaining sheet fabric with the zipper tape, ensuring a secure closure.

Step 4: Sew the Top

Sewing the Top
Sewing the Top
  • Sew the panels together along the selvage edges.
  • Press the seam open or towards the center panel for a professional look.

Step 5: Sew the Zipper

  • Attach the zipper to the cut edge of the sheet, ensuring it’s well-aligned.
  • Sew along the edge of the zipper tape, maintaining equal tension on top and bottom fabrics.
  • Overlap the sheet fabric with the zipper tape and sew close to the edge for a clean finish.

Step 6: Put Front and Back Together

  • Place the top and bottom fabric on the right sides together.
  • Pin around the edges, ensuring even spacing between pins.
  • Sew around all four sides, securing the layers together.
  • Serge or zigzag the edges for a clean finish.

Step 7: Adding Ties

Adding Ties
Adding Ties
  • Sew a short string at each corner inside the duvet cover.
  • Backstitch to secure the ties, ensuring they won’t come off easily.

Step 8: Turning and Pressing

Turning and Pressing
Turning and Pressing
  • Turn it right side out.
  • Press the edges with a steamy iron, ensuring a crisp finish.
  • Your duvet cover is now ready to use!

FAQ – People Also Ask

How much fabric do I need to make a duvet cover?

The amount of fabric you need for a duvet cover depends on the size of your duvet. For a standard double bed duvet cover (76 inches wide and 86 inches long), you’ll need fabric that is twice the length (86 inches) plus enough for shrinkage and seam allowances. In this case, you would need approximately 5 meters of fabric for the top of this.

Can you use a flat sheet to make a duvet cover?

Yes, you can use a flat sheet to make a duvet cover. It’s a cost-effective and straightforward DIY solution to protect your duvet, especially for creating a customized summer-weight comforter cover using two sheets of your choice.

Simply sew the tops and sides together for a personalized and budget-friendly alternative.

100% cotton good for duvet cover?

Yes, 100% cotton is an excellent choice for a duvet cover. It is breathable, soft against the skin, and naturally hypoallergenic, making it ideal for year-round comfort and suitable for individuals with allergies.

Can I use a different fabric for the duvet cover, or is quilting cotton necessary?

You can use different fabrics based on your preference. Quilting cotton is a popular choice due to its durability and ease of sewing, but you can experiment with linen, cotton blends, or even flannel for a cozier feel.

 I don’t have a serger. Can I still make a duvet cover?

Yes! If you don’t have a serger, you can finish the edges by using a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine. This will prevent fraying and give your duvet cover a clean look.

What if my duvet is a different size? How can I adjust the measurements?

If your duvet is a different size, you can adjust the measurements accordingly. Simply measure your duvet’s width and length and add seam allowances. Then follow the same steps to cut and sew your fabric panels.

Last Words

Congratulations, you’ve successfully made your own duvet cover! Not only is it a practical addition to your bedding, but it also reflects your personal style and craftsmanship. Enjoy the comfort and style of your custom-made duvet cover.

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