Looking for an easy way to customize your bedding? Here’s the step-by-step on how to make a duvet cover from a sheet.
It’s so much easier than you think! I made this duvet cover out of a sheet in under an hour. I walk you through exactly how to sew it in five easy steps.
See that duvet cover at the end of the bed?
I made it out of a sheet.
Sheets are my best decorating friend.
I’ve made curtains out of them. I’ve added trim to them. I’ve made pillows out of them and slipcovers out of them and pillow shams out of them. Once when I was in college I even stapled them to cover up a purple couch.
They are cheap.
They have a LOT of material in the prettiest patterns.
They are flexible.
All things I look for in a friendship.
If you are looking for a new friend who checks all the boxes and you need a quick, simple, easy idea to refresh your bedroom in minutes?
This is the post for you.
Here’s how to make a duvet cover out of a sheet (and a simple quick tip on how to actually put the duvet cover on without sweating).
How to Make a Duvet Cover Out of a Sheet
1. Find the right size sheet
Let’s start with the basics.
You want to find two flat sheets in the same pattern.
Quick sizing tip: If you have a king duvet comforter—size down to a queen sheet. If you have a queen duvet comforter—size down to a full sheet.
It just makes the duvet extra cozy and full and you won’t have any extra fabric or bunching.
I used this sheet to make the duvet comforter.
It came in a set, so I used the two flat sheets from the set to make the duvet cover. I added the pillows and one of the fitted sheets to the bed and used the other fitted sheet to make the ties for the duvet cover and extra pillows. I LOVE seeing the duvet cover at the end of the bed and the sheet underneath.
When you are making your bed, the duvet cover just adds a layer of warmth and texture to the bed. It’s also a great place to add additional pattern to the end of the bed. You can add stripes or polka dots or another pattern with the duvet cover because sheets have so many patterns you can’t find with comforters. It’s also a great place to add a contrasting color to the bedding, too.
2. Sew the sheets together
Flip the sheets so the inside of each of the sheets face each other.
You know how there’s the big hem at the top of the sheet? You want to put those hems together on the reverse side at the top.
Leave the hem side open and sew the sheets together on the other three sides.
3. Flip the sheet inside out
This is easier said than done.
It’s a LOT of fabric.
My best tip? Reach inside the sheet and find a corner.
Pull one corner out.
Then hold it with the hand holding the sheet.
Next, pull the other corner out.
Hold onto the two corners that you pulled out and shake the sheet in the air.
The sheet will flop into place.
And the best news?
YOU ARE ALMOST FINISHED.
All you have to do is make the ties, sew them on and you’re done.
4. Make the ties
You could sew them, but I just used bonding adhesive to make them so they wouldn’t fray.
Here’s the step-by-step in pictures on how I made them.
Here are the steps:
- I cut fabric from the fitted sheet or you could always buy an extra pillowcase or even just use white fabric.
- Each piece was six inches wide and eighteen inches long.
- I added a piece of no-sew adhesive and ironed in place.
- I folded over the other side of the tie, added another piece of adhesive and ironed in place.
- Then I folded the entire length of the tie in half.
- Repeat until you have 12 ties.
You are probably thinking—why did you fold it in half?
It’s my BEST TIP.
5. Sew the ties on to the sheet
Tack each of the ties onto the open end of the sheet. Simply tack them on and sew them by hand.
You have 12, so sew 6 pairs facing each other on each of the open sides of the sheet.
After you add the duvet to the middle, just tie the ends together in a knot. And then? THE ENDS OPEN UP AND IT LOOKS LIKE A BOW.
I know, right?
The two ties make the prettiest bow without even trying!!!!!
You could also use ribbon for the ties as well. Just follow the same process except they don’t need to be sewed. I like the ties for my duvet because they hold up so well and wash really well, too.
Here’s the finished duvet on the finished bed in the finished room.
I cannot even tell you how happy this project made me. It’s such a simple project and it only takes minutes to turn a duvet cover into a sheet. I’ve been sewing these duvet covers since I was in college and it’s such an easy way to customize the bedding in your room. So many times it’s so challenging to find the bedding that you want in the pattern that you want. In addition, sheets are so much more affordable than comforters. Now? With this easy project, you have the perfect bedding for your space.
And DONE. Check.
PS If you want an easy tip for putting a duvet insert inside of a duvet cover (which I think is harder than trigonometry)?
PPS For more fun ideas like this that save time and money? Be sure and follow along with me on Pinterest.