Beautiful Pairings -How To Make a Duvet Cover

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Urban Outfitter’s Duvet Cover -imagine making something similar using fabric sourced from a thrift store for the front, and a beautiful cotton contrasting pattern for the back? I absolutely think you could make something like this out of an old salvaged tablecloth….

If you are craving that perfectly curated Pottery Barn Kids duvet cover with the scrumptious fabric combos you can totally replicate these looks with the beautiful selection of designer fabrics on Spoonflower, see something you like, and they show you the pairings so you can design your own reversible duvet using sets from the designer series. 

 

 

Fabrics designed by Judy Quintero and Little Arrow via Spoonflower

 

As promised, here are my instructions for making a simple duvet cover from queen or king flat sheets or fabric. You can make your own for half the retail price or less, and it’s fairly easy to make a cover from two different pieces of fabric if you are trying to save money and want a reversible option!

 

Here is a lovely example of the two sheet project, via Tamar at Nest Decorating.

 

Supplies

  • Approximately 12 yards fabric machine washable cotton or cotton linen blends (you can use two queen or king flat sheets too)

  • 8-10 Large Buttons

  • Thread

  • Tape measure

  • Sharp Fabric Scissors

  • Flat Pins

  • Chalk

  • Sewing Machine or if you find you like stitching as a Zen activity stitching needles and thread.

  • Iron

 

Spring Friends Rainfall Fabric via Spoonflower

 

Preparation

  • Before you buy fabric or select sheets to use, measure your comforter

  • Lay out the fabric and if needed trim selvedge edging (finished sections).

  • Lay out front by putting larger panel in center, and two smaller panels on each side

  • Measure to make sure this will fit your comforter with some room to shrink in wash and allow you to easily insert the comforter, typically an additional 1 inch wide, and an additional 2 ½ inches for the seam allowance and hemming.

  • Repeat for Back

 

Fabric by Charlotte Winter

 

 

 

Fabric by Esther Fallon Lau via Spoonflower

 

 

Rae Ritchie for Birch Organic Fabrics, courtesy of Fabric.com

 

Let’s sew!

1. Sew side panels to your center panel using the French seam method: reverse side placement, ¼ inches, finished on both sides, trim away excess. (See here for great instructions step by step for French seams)

2. Sew Front to Back: Place front and back sides, and top, leave bottom as is, for now.

3. Hem the bottom by folding about 1 inch of fabric inside, pressing with an iron, fold up an additional 1 inch outside and iron, use pins to secure.

4. Use machine to stitch the interior and exterior folds.

5. Adding buttons every 8 inches, I suggest using the button hole attachment on your machine, make sure you measure the buttons precisely, and you are done.

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Winter Fabric

How to Clean Naturally -DIY

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Toxic cleaners can make you sick. I like things clean, but I do not like being exposed to chemicals or listen to my kids coughing to the tune of a bottle of harsh cleaning supplies. I have become more and more aware because when I changed my children’s laundry detergent from commercial to organic non toxic handmade powdered laundry detergent  (via Etsy) my asthmatic toddler stopped coughing at night. In fact she improved massively.

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Okay so maybe just maybe your home won’t turn into a place designed by Nicole Davis, but it’s pretty gorgeous no? Plus who doesn’t like a little internet house eye candy? So talented!

 

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Via Zest for Color

 

We never use liquid detergent, fabric softener or dryer sheets, all of which can leave a coat of chemicals on the fabric and make your respiratory system irritated. Many have mentioned they love the smell of clean laundry. Add a drop of lavender or other oil to your full wash basin to make your laundry smell fresh (we like lemon, clementine, mint, patchouli).

 

Use dryer sachets or wool dryer balls, these are so easy to make, buy old cotton fabric quarter remnant, add dried lavender and tightly sew up! If you need just rejuvenate with lavender oil.

 

 

 

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How to Make Natural Cleaners

All Purpose

  1. Glass bottle
  2. 1/2 cup of water
  3. 2 tablespoons of castile soap
  4. 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  5. Thieves oil, or tea tree oil 5 drops
  6. Lemon oil 3 drops

 

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Bathroom Cleaner

  1. Glass spray bottle
  2. 1 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  3. 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  4. 1 1/2 cups water
  5. 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
  6. 5 drops of tea-tree oil, and 5 drops lemon oil, orange or mint oil

 

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Granite or Stone Countertop

  1. Glass spray bottle
  2. 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  3. 2 cups water
  4. 1 tablesoon castile soap
  5. Essential oil drops (about 6-8) try orange or lavender

 

 

 

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Christy at 11 Magnolia Lane has made it simple for all of us with her pretty, and easy DIY cleaner labels with the actual ingredients on the label!!!

 

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Via 11 Magnolia Lane

curated by kids: duvet cover fabric diy ideas

A few of our favorite fabrics for making duvet covers, simply use one solid colored sheet with one sheet of these great fabrics, wonderful step by step directions via craftsy

or here at Design Sponge!  and of course, Martha has a video 

This post courtesy of me, and my six year old. Curated by Kids Series. Next guest curator will be Charlie who only likes girly things, but will pin you down if you take the last cookie with her pre k wrestling moves.

 

Michael Miller Wee Wander Woods Turquoise

Michael Miller Wee Wander Woods Turquoise via fabric.com

 

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Helen Dardik fabric 

 

'Seigaiha Wave' Motif Furoshiki Cotton Japanese Fabric

‘Seigaiha Wave’ Motif Furoshiki Cotton Japanese Fabric

 

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Sweet Autumn Day Collection, via Little Cube

 

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Avril Loreti, Cloud 9

 

HomeTenuguiCotton Gauze Blue Whales' apanese Tenugui Cloth

Cotton Gauze Blue Whales Japanese Tenugui Cloth, Kyoto Collection

 

 

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Little Cube Studio

 

 

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Art Gallery Hello Bear, Oh Hello Meadow via Fabric.com

 

 

Timeless Treasures Unicorns Aqua

Timeless Treasures via fabric.com

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Seven Islands Runaway Bunny Pink

 

Curated by Rosalina + Bianca (age 6)