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.



  • 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



  • 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


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