Monday, February 13, 2012

Pintuck duvet cover from Rit dyed sheets

Are ya'll sitting down for this?!

I have been the type of person that always kinda irritated me. You know, the ones with the duvet with no cover on it. They spend night after night sleeping under their naked duvet cover and risking spilling, sweating, and who-knows-what-else-ing on it.

Yes, that has been us since last spring when we received this incredible synthetic (I'm allergic to the "real") down duvet as a gift. I'll let you know that there really is no excuse for this other than the fact that we've had a million other things going on, I have been super picky selecting a style I liked, and I just can not bring myself to pay more than $30 for something I'll likely want to change out in a couple of years. So our duvet has remained naked, until this weekend!

I really love the idea of a pinstriped duvet, but I knew I would be over perfectionistic with that sort of thing and I was sick of sleeping under our naked duvet cover. I also am not trying to make business suit the style in our bedroom, I want it to be cozy and romantic. So I found somethings else I loved...

Here is my inspiration photo:


Organic Cotton Pin-Tuck Duvet Cover

A pin tucked duvet cover from West Elm. Really the price tag of $99 is not bad at all. However, it's more than I wanted to spend, we have tons of sheets around this house just waiting on a second life, and there really is not a color gray in this style that matches the look we are going for.

So, remember my Rit Dyed Sheets from the last post?!

The flat sheet is a king size. We started by laying out on top of our queen sized bed, on top of the duvet I was covering. I started the first row of pins just a couple of inches above the bottom left edge of the duvet (which is queen sized, the sheet hung over it). We measured from that left edge of the sheet, our first measurement was 7.5" from the edge, just because it ended up that way then we made the measurement, you will want to know what yours is so you can do the math to know where each column goes. We did each column and from pin to pin about 10" apart in this particular pattern:

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If you measure diagonally from the first * on the left to the first * on the right the measurement would be 10" this is how we checked ourselves through the process. The distance from the first * on the left and the second * on the left is 10"(diagonally). At one point we actually taped two measuring tapes together for the width of the bed. Yes, my amazing and faithful husband helped me, yes we can both get a little perfectionist (in our own ways) at times, and YES it is much easier if someone helps you with this. 

Here I am sticking little pins on each point on our dyed sheet:


Sadly, we didn't have a photographer to capture the process with the two of us measuring it out.
This is how we do Saturday night in the Danner household! Notice the two glasses of vino on the night stand (among the clutter)!

We are pulling this home together one piece at a time, and while the state of our master bedroom is rather embarrassing at the moment, we are taking strides to make it a haven. Hence these big projects we've been taking on. As much as I'd love to deceive you to make you think we are perfect, and everything is always tidy in our home, that's just not my style.

Once I got all of the pins in and measurements confirmed, I used one of the kids' washable markers to put a dot in the middle of each pin just in case one of the pins fell out while I was sewing. So very happy I did this since 2 almost fell out and one most certainly did. 


Let the sewing begin!
From the underside of the sheet, pinch where the pin is and pull the pin out. 


Twist your pinch, I did each of mine twisted to the left.


Then slide your twisted pinch underneath your presser foot and straight stitch and back stitch to reinforce.


It should look about like this when you've put all of your stitches in:


I didn't even know I'd finished all of them when I was done, but I laid it back out on the bed expecting to find a ton of pins I couldn't locate in my lap. 

Here is the top of our duvet cover!


I love it so far!

I lined up the top on top of the duvet again with the pin tucks about 2" above the edges of the duvet. The extra sheet was longer on one side than the other but it didn't matter since it needed to be trimmed anyway. I chose a super soft cream colored thrift store sheet ($2.99!) to be the underside of my duvet cover and placed it on top of the gray pin tucked sheet right sides together and pinned them on both sides and straight stitched them together. There will be little pleats in these stitches and that is fine it is because of the pin tucks, just go with it!

HOLY sheet pile! LOL
Its kinda cumbersome, but trust yourself!


I then placed my project back on the bed and pinned the bottom and sewed it just like the sides, then trimmed all of the way around. I just have the bottom closure pinned with safety pins at the moment, but I made it so that the gray folds over the cream and I'll be adding ties or buttons of some sort.

Here it is!


Every time I look at it I marvel! I can't believe I made this! I spent only $2.99 on the sheet and about $5 on dye!


The pillowcase on our body pillow in the back is an inspiration for our room colors! I know it is "from" Target, however I got this one from the thrift store for $2!


Here is a photo of the underside of the corner showing:


We will be making a headboard in the very near future. What color do you think it should be?

I am thrilled about this project. It took about 4 hours total, I'll certainly be making covers for the girls' comforters soon. Not sure if they'll be pin tucked or not.

If you decide to make one, please share the photos with me!!

Reduce, reuse, and Up cycle, my friends! 

xoxox, 

Lauren D.

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63 comments:

  1. Ahhhh! Sense of accomplishment! Looks great too!

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    1. I love finishing things! Then I go through withdrawal and need another project lol

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  2. Oh my gosh! This is so awesome! It looks like the West Elm version!! Great job!!

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  3. It looks better than the West Elm duvet:) Awesome color, as well!

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    1. Thank you! I think it looks better too, but I decided while I was wrestling with the fabric I'd love it whether it turned out amazing or not! Lol Thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  4. I am so impressed with your duvet cover. I love the simple elegant look, and also that it looks sturdy for just throwing in the washing machine with the rest of the bed linens. Beautiful. I would like to try this (I'd want a glass of wine by my side too, for fortitude!)

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    1. Seriously, the wine was a must! ;) You should take this on, Pam, I'd love to see some photographs of what you create!

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  5. Beautiful! Great work! Thanks for sharing Joann

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  6. Love how this turned out Lauren. I wouldn't have even thought to attempt this and you make it sound so easy. I can't believe you spent so little and dyed sheets - Wow they came out great. I'm looking forward to watching the rest of your projects.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving the sweet comment about my chairs. I really surprised myself on that one too.

    Have a fun weekend. Hugs...Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

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    1. Thanks so much Tracy! I love it when crazy things work out! ;)

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  7. AWESOME!!! I'm sharing this on FB! I was just wondering the other day how people made these!

    Thanks for sharing at Creatively Living!

    --Katie

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    1. Yay! Thanks for the party! I heart your blog!

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  8. I love this, it is really pretty. I have been lloking for. Duvet cover for a while, haven't been able to find anything i like, but this i love! Andi just happen to have some king size flat sheets not in use... Thanks for the great tutorial!

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    1. Go for it Amy, I'd love to see what you create!

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  9. Featuring this tonight!

    Come on by and grab a button!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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    1. Thank you so much! Now I gotta get my headboard made so the rest of the bed doesn't look so frumpy! Many thanks, Katie! I can not wait to party with you again :)

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      LD

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  10. This turned out beautifully! I've been eyeing that duvet for some time now but it doesn't come in the color I would like either...hmmm, maybe you've just inspired my next project...

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    1. Carolyn, Please make one! The gratification is outstanding! I'd love to see what you create and what color you choose!

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  11. What a great idea. Just curious: Did you have any problem with length after all the tucks? How long was your finished product? I ask because king sized sheets are wider than a Queen, but not longer. I have a Queen sized mattress.

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    1. That is such a great question! I actually had way more fabric than I thought I would all the way around! I am using the extra that I cut off for another project in the bedroom. I like to always have more fabric than necessary since I frequently goof things up and have to fix them, but you *might* be able to use 2 queen sized sheets and make it work. I didn't mind trimming the extra, and I have enough on the bottom to make an envelope enclosure :) Hope this helps, when you make yours, please, please share photos!!

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  12. Found your post through the 36th Avenue. Love this! What an awesome way to find something and make it your own. My friend just showed me last week this exact duvet cover that she wanted from West Elm. I promptly forwarded the link to this post and told her she needs to do this! :)

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    1. By the way, I just pinned this post about an hour ago and it's already been re-pinned 58 times!

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  13. Wow - completely inspiring! I don't know how you managed to get your pattern down so perfectly, anything I try like this goes horribly wrong!! lol

    TFS!

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  14. Your comforter?duvet looks amazing! You did an amazing job! I just got a sewing machine for Christmas and can't wait to begin experimenting. I found your blog thru a comment you made on Domestic Imperfection's blog. I'm a follower now and I invite you to visit me at Decorated Chaos http://decoratedchaos.blogspot.com.

    I'm new to blogging and have a lot of stuff in store for the next few months that I have been working on....and you wont want to miss me and my quest to learn how to sew! LOL :)

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  15. It's been a long time I've been seeing these duvets and I wanted them badly! But no luck to find them where I live. So this tutorial is music to my ears! Thank you so much for sharing. I'll give it a try and let you know! So glad I found you. We'll be in touch...
    Love, Olga
    P.S.: new follower

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  16. This is just great - found you at The Shabby Nest. I love your tutorial and I've pinned it on Pinterest!

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  17. This makes me wish I had a sewing machine! I think you should do your headboard turquoise. Add some color :)

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  18. I am PAST impressed. I need someone like you to come work for me!! Go check out my blog. Great great great job.

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  19. Has anyone done this for a King size? I'm afraid of what it would look like having to piece together 3 different sections on top prior to pin tucking.

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  20. This is just stunning and really pretty easy. I'm so glad you made this lovely cover for your duvet. Now, you can like yourself again... Ha--that was a joke!

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  21. That is fabulous, I love it!!! You did an amazing job on it. And yes, it looks every bit as good as West Elm, only your color of grey is prettier.
    Cindy

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  22. I made this too! Thanks for the tutorial :) I can't post the picture as I'm not seeing a link. But, this was so easy to do with your instructions.

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  23. Great job! Featuring YOU today over on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing at {wow me} wednesday,

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/03/take-look-at-you-my-favorites.html

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  24. Wow, it looks fantastic! You're so impressive. Thank you so much for sharing this on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust. Please do come back again next Friday.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  25. So glad you shared. I found you through Thistlewood Farm, and I am so glad I did...I'm a new follower. Stop by anytime, and feel free to follow back if you like. Lori

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  26. Thanks, I may modify this into curtains! I found some pin tucked ones I liked, but 40 per panel is way out of my budget range. Can't wait to show my DH.

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  27. Hey there, This looks like such a great project! I am looking for an idea to make my own duvet covers, but I juat had a couple of questions. What size is your duvet inner? And what size is the sheet you used for the bottom?

    Shirley from Beeoui Knits

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  28. The top sheet that was pin tucked is king size, the bottom sheet is queen size and the duvet is queen size. I had to remove some extra fabric from the edges of the pin tucked gray sheet.

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  29. I am so in love with this! Came out beautifully! Can't wait to try it myself.

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  30. I love this! This is exactly what I am looking for. I am not new to sewing, so I think maybe I could do this. :) My question is I need to make it for a king size bed that has a pretty thick mattress. Any idea on if king size sheets would work. I'm concerned it might end up being too small! Thanks for a great post.

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  31. Wow!! U did an awesome job!! I have the west elm pin tuck duvet in white. I love love love it. However, having two kids climbing on and off my bed a few of the gathered tucks have came loose so I was trying to find a way to fix them to bring back that cloud like fluff to the duvet. Without having to buy a new one!! I'm so glad I found this as inspiration. ;)

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  32. Gorgeous! This is the EXACT thing I want for our room! You did awesome & have totally inspired me!

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  33. I am going to attempt this project. Yours came out AMAZING! I can't believe that I could possibly make this for so cheap, I was also looking at the West Elm saying no way will I pay that much. Wish me luck and I will let you know how it comes out (innn about a month ;-) )

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  34. Could you clarify something for me, when you said 'From the underside of the sheet, pinch where the pin is and pull the pin out', did you pin the underside of the sheet or are the pins on the 'good' side of the sheet and you are pulling them out while the sheet is turned over on the wrong side? Thanks!

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  35. Will be making mine tomorrow. Sheets are washed and ready to measure. :) Thanks for the tutorial.

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  36. Wow, I blog and read home DIY blogs a lot but somehow it didn't occur to me I could make one of these! SO GLAD your tutorial came up on my search. Now I just need to find two gigantic king sized flat sheets in white...

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  37. Hey! You have such an interesting and informative page.


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  38. Am so impressed, the colour is lovely and the tucks so pretty!

    I would love for you to share the post at this week's Empty Your Archive - we are linking up posts on bed linen of all sorts, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

    http://mumsmakelists.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/empty-your-archive-27.html

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  39. WOW...this is so beautiful! I love everything! Love the duvet cover and pillows . Great job on the duvet cover. I seriously need to learn how to sew. Thanks for sharing this informative description with us.

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    Thanks for sharing the ideas....

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  44. c'est très original mais hélas pas en français ...
    Merci
    Sylviane

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