Hello Sew & Sow readers! Mom and I have been been trying to be more crafty these days, and helping hold each other accountable. I have found that most of my projects that actually get done have some utilitarian value around the house. Lately I was noticing that my duvet cover (along with the duvet itself, a very generous gift from Mom and Dad when I moved to Boston 5 1/2 years ago) was getting a little faded and worn out, but I wasn't feeling very ready to buy a new one. Around the same time I fell in love with some fabric at Ikea which, as luck would have it, was exactly the lower limit of yardage for the top of a duvet cover!
This is definitely the most "advanced" project I have taken on at the sewing machine lately, and I learned a lot (french seams! twill snap tape!). Thanks to this tutorial, some customization (I made mine reversible for variety, and I'd suggest adding twill tape on the inside corners to hold the duvet in place), and a couple phone calls to Mom, within a day I had gone from buying fabric to sleeping under my new duvet cover! Here are a few of the steps (below)
tutorial on the laptop, project on the table,
(roommates were good sports).
snap twill tape
twill tape to fasten duvet at inside corners
reversible to gray
I'd say the biggest challenges were managing that much fabric as I was sewing, and maintaining patience during the hours of pinning and ironing seams. The reward is really sweet and warm, though :) Thanks for your help, Mom!
(Heck, Lindsey...you did all the work, I just reminded you to breathe!
Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous project with us!)