How To Sew A Duvet Cover

You don’t need to replace your tired comforter to give your bedding a new look. Simply sew a duvet cover and transform your bed into a designer master piece!

What you need:

  • Fabric for both sides of the duvet cover. You can try using contrasting fabrics for a reversable cover or for decorator flare… complementary fabrics… the same fabric… or a set of sheets.
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Thread to match your fabric
  • Snap tape (the width of your comforter)
  • Measuring tape
Step 1. Measure your comforter. Measure across for the finished width and then from head to toe for the finished length.If you don’t have a comforter yet, here are some standard sizes for duvet covers:Twin: 72″ x 90″
Full: 84″ x 96″
Queen: 90″ x 102″
King: 102″ x 108″
how to sew a duvet cover
Step 2.The most ideal and most convenient fabric to use for a duvet cover is a set of flat sheets. They span the dimensions you need and they are already hemmed. Of course, sheets may not work with your decor and you’re going to want to use decorator fabric… which is commonly 54″ wide. So… you’re going to need to piece your fabric.For this lesson on sewing a duvet cover, I’m not going to teach you how to piece your fabric. It would make this lesson way too long… so you’ll find instructions on piecing your fabric in another article.So… piece your fabric together to achieve 2 panels that are the following cut dimensions:

Cut width = finished width + 1 1/4″

Cut length = finished length + 2 5/8″

Important note on piecing: Start with one full fabric width in the center… then add fabric to the sides of this. Setting it up this way will keep the seam from being smack in the center of your duvet cover.

how to sew a duvet cover
Step 3. Serge or overlock the raw edges of the seams to prevent the fabric from unraveling. If you don’t have a serger or overlock stitch, you can use a zig-zag stitch.Step 4.Lay a fabric panel wrong side up.Step 5. Fold the bottom edge (the foot) up 1″ and press. Fold it up again and press. Pin in place.

Step 6. Sew the bottom hems with a straight stitch close to the folded edge. Repeat for the other fabric panel.

how to sew a duvet cover
Step 7. Lay the 2 fabric panels right sides together aligning the bottom hemmed edgesStep 8. Stitch close to the folded edge 12″ on each side. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the stitching. how to sew a duvet cover
Step 9. Pin one side of the snap tape to a hemmed edge of the opening… with the long edge of the tape aligned with the hem stitching line. Pin the other side of the snap tape to the other hemmed edge of the opening. Make sure the snaps align. (Cut the tape so that it is about 1″ longer than the opening so that the ends go past the edge of the opening.)Step 10. With a zipper foot, sew the tape in place with 2 rows of straight stitching along the long edges. Repeat for the other side of the snap tape. how to sew a duvet cover
Step 11. Snap the opening closedStep 12. Sew from the edge of the 12″ stitching line from Step 8 down to the bottom edge of the duvet cover. Repeat for the other side. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the stitching. how to sew a duvet cover
Step 13. Turn the duvet cover right side out and align the 3 raw edges and pin in place.Step 14.Sew the raw edges with a 1/4″ seam.Step 15. Trim the seam to about 1/8″ how to sew a duvet cover
Step 16. Turn the cover wrong side outStep 17. Sew the side and top edges again with a 1/4″ seam. This will enclose the seams raw edges inside the fabric.Turn your duvet cover right side out and slide in your comforter. Enjoy! how to sew a duvet cover

This particular duvet cover is a simple design. You can modify this design in several ways. Instead of using snap tape, sew button holes and buttons… or sew ties on the hemmed edges to tie the opening shut.

You can design anything you want for your fabric panels. You could sew 12 large squares together in a patchwork design… you can sew the seams with welting… your design options are endless.

Happy Sewing!

Jenny T.

5 Comments on How To Sew A Duvet Cover

  1. Faith
    June 22, 2009 at 3:14 pm (9 years ago)

    Currently I am learning how to sew curtains with a certain college of which some of the projects you offer like how to sew beding and these kind of swags and tails are not included. Is it possible to just pick what I need to learn and if I pay $7 a month, for how long will I have to pay.

    • Jenny T.
      June 22, 2009 at 4:03 pm (9 years ago)


      When you subscribe, you can pick and choose any of the projects you like. All or just a couple. You can cancel at anytime. Many of the lessons have the option of just purchasing the ebook for a one time fee.

  2. Faith
    July 4, 2009 at 11:59 am (9 years ago)

    I subscribed on the 28th with the hope of starting to learn swags and tails but it looks like no material has been sent to me yet no recognition of my subscription.Please help

  3. BRENDA Golden
    July 31, 2009 at 10:52 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi, Glad to see you doing well. where can i find the article for pieceing the fabric together for the duvet cover?

  4. BRENDA Golden
    October 4, 2009 at 2:39 pm (8 years ago)

    I want to make my own comforter, dust ruffle. I have done window treatments before, but never a comforter. All the websites that i find are how to make duvet cover to go over an existing comforter, Can you help me with the basic(size, how to quilt it etc….)of how to make a comforter? Please Help


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