As much as I love decorating for the different holidays throughout the year, I also love wiping every surface clean in the New Year and starting FRESH. This year, that included bedding!!
JANUARY is a great time of the year to purchase new bedding and linens for your home because so many retailers offer "WHITE SALES", which simply put is sales on, well, bedding and linens!! I don't know about you, but after the FALLIDAYS (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) and all of the celebrating, decorating, treat making, gift giving etc, I want to just purge my house of anything extra and deep clean, organize, simplify, and start anew. I believe this same mentality is somewhat universal and retailers have tuned into that, and also seem to believe that clean linens and bedding is a great way to feel a sense of renewal.
Our master bedroom was in need of some refreshing so we started with a new bed frame last summer. I ordered an over-sized comforter from JC Penney for our California King bed but I couldn't find a plain white duvet cover with the same dimensions from any retailer. After much fruitless searching, I decided I would make a duvet cover. I mean, how hard could it be? Well, it's really not hard at all.
I ordered two over-sized flat sheets from Wayfair to make the duvet cover with, but even those didn't have the same dimensions as the comforter. No problem. I cut both of the flat sheets down to the same dimensions as the comforter, plus 1/4 " for seam allowances for the two side seams and the bottom edge. I didn't cut the top edged of the sheets, because that edge is nicely finished which became the top of the duvet and the entry point for the comforter.
With the right sides of each bed sheet together, I sewed the two side seams and the bottom seam using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. With the right sides still together, I placed the sheets over top of the comforter, lined up all of the edges of the comforter with the edges of the duvet cover, then marked on the duvet cover the points where the 'loops' of the comforter were. These 'loops' are where you want to connect the duvet cover to keep it from sliding around. *Very Important!
To make something that would connect with the loops, I grabbed some white ribbon, cut 6 inch lengths (I made 8, one for each loop on the comforter), folded each piece of ribbon in half, then stitched just the folded edge of the ribbon along the seam allowance of the sheets where the loops of the comforter lined up.
With the duvet turned inside out and the ribbons in place, I laid the comforter on the floor and placed the duvet over top of it. I tied each ribbon strand to each loop on the comforter EXCEPT the one along the top edge. This needed to stay detached for the next step,
With all of the ribbons tied around each loop, I flipped ONE SHEET from the duvet right-side out. *Think of turning a gigantic pillow case right side out for this step.
Once that was done and the comforter was inside of the duvet, I was able to secure the last loop of the comforter to the last ribbon of the duvet. This is along the top edge of the comforter.
I had tried inserting the comforter into the duvet another way at first but this way is much quicker and very effective!
I'm very happy with the way this turned out! It's clean, simple and uncluttered which has allowed me to have some fun with the pillows!
Now, I need to figure out what to do with that blank space on the wall behind the headboard!!!
In the meantime, I'm going to keep enjoying time with my little!
create a beautiful life!