This year, we changed our boys bed from toddler to twin size bed. I asked them if they wanted a quilt or duvet cover, and they both asked for a duvet cover (which I totally understand because I love sleeping under a fluffy duvet). So, I started to look around for fabrics and realized how much I would need for a twin size duvet cover: 7.5 – 10 yards depending on how you assemble it. That is a lot of fabric!
So, I started shopping for ready-made covers. But, I wasn’t finding any that suited my taste or that were the size I needed. Duvet sizes vary from place to place, and I chose large ones to cover bed sides. Then I thought about wide (108″) quilting fabrics. I remembered seeing the Crosshatch print by Carolyn Friedlander available in widescreen. I love this print, I find it so versatile. I decided to order some in Pacific and Yarrow for the first duvet covet (2 yards of each).
After that, I found some wide fabrics in a local shop for the second cover. I bought the Crosshatch in Flame and combined it with a Chevron print in Gray from Riley Blake’s widebacks. This was just perfect to fit the pillow cover I made for the Riley Blake challenge last year.
Once you figure the size of the pieces to cut, duvet covers are not so hard to make. It’s just like a giant pillow cover. However, it is a challenge to work with large pieces of fabric. I’m glad we have a large floor in the living room where I can lay my fabric (or quilts when basting them). But, I do hope these duvet covers will be used for a long time. Even though I don’t plan to make more duvet covers anytime soon, I will certainly buy wide quilting cottons again. These will make quick and nice backing for quilts. It’s really great to see more modern prints available in larger widths.