Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter X Instagram Tiktok Icon YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Threads Project Guides

Learn to Sew

Guide Home

Sign in or become an insider to access this story

Sign In

Sew a Dashing Patchwork Duvet Cover

Sew napkins (yes, napkins!) into a snuggle-worthy bed cover

What better way to dress up a bedroom than with a new, sparkling duvet cover? It’s an easy project that makes an impressive gift because you can personalize it with your own fabric selections. A duvet, by the way, is a soft comforter—with a removable cover—meant to eliminate the need for a top sheet or bedspread.

Here, I’ll show you how to sew a patchwork duvet cover that has the easy charm of a patchwork quilt. The choice of fabrics—shimmery Indian silks, textured brocades—gives it the sophisticated edge of very expensive designer bedding. Your friend will think you spent a small fortune! He or she will never know that you used a combination of purchased cloth napkins, scraps from other projects, and a simple sheet for a backing—that is, unless you can’t keep that delicious secret to yourself.

First measure your comforter

The amount of fabric you will need for a duvet cover depends on the size of your comforter. Unfortunately, there aren’t industry standards for comforters as there are with sheets and mattresses. So, you’ll have to measure your comforter from edge to edge and end to end. Add 1-inch seam allowances to the side edges and to one end. Then add 2 inches to the other end to accommodate the closure.

To create the patchwork design shown here, all you really need to do is work within the above dimensions. Piecing can be a delightfully imprecise science. Just start sewing your napkins and scraps of fabric together in columns as described on p. 18. And, every once in a while, lay your columns over your comforter to check the fit. If you’re a planner, you could divide your comforter measurements into sections, and plan your color placement exactly.

Start your 14-day FREE trial to access this story.

Start your FREE trial today and get instant access to this article plus access to all Threads Insider content.

Start Your Free Trial
Previous: Create Luxe Fabric-covered Hangers Next: Make a Lapped-Back Pillow Cover

Log in or become a member to post a comment.

Learn to Sew

Learn to Sew

Discover the tools and techniques for successful results.

View Project Guide

View All Project Guides »

Become a member and get unlimited site access, including the Learn to Sew Project Guide.

Start Free Trial

Getting Started
Construction Basics
Garment Details
Fitting Fundamentals
Easy Projects