Don't Want to Spend $50 to $200 on a Duvet?
Duvet covers protect your comforter from dust, allergens, and dirt. They also come in different patterns and colors and can be used to quickly change the character of a bedroom. They make decorating easier. They make the change of the seasons more fun. And they're great for children's rooms.
The problem that most of us have with duvets is that they're relatively expensive for what it is: two large pieces of fabric sewn together in the easiest way possible. Most duvets cost between $50 to $200.
Flat sheets, on the other hand, can be purchased for much less. They also often go on sale in department stores and often come in a wider variety of interesting patterns and colors.
How to Make a Duvet Out of Sheets
To make an inexpensive duvet cover out of two flat sheets, you will need to first measure your comforter.
Once measured, look for your preferred sheets and make sure they are a few inches larger than your comforter so that you have enough to work with when sewing them together.
For deciding how the duvet will close, I recommend using a zipper because it is faster and easier to sew on and use. It also does a better job of protecting your comforter from dust and allergens because the zipper effectively shuts the comforter inside the duvet without any open gaps.
If you have a sewing machine, then sewing the sheets together and attaching the zipper is relatively simple.
If you do not have a sewing machine, you can also bring the materials to a laundromat that has a tailor or seamstress who can sew the materials together for you at a relatively inexpensive cost.
Ideas and Tips
- You can get completely matching bedding for less by buying two pillowcases, one fitted sheet, and two flat sheets that you transform into a duvet.
- You can get a higher thread count flat sheet for the inside part of the duvet that touches your skin and a lower thread count or fun pattern for the outside part of the duvet that displays on your bed. Or put the pattern inside and the solid color outside. Let your imagination go wild!
- Get a color coordinating or contrasting zipper.
- If you choose to close the duvet with button closures, have fun picking special buttons to match your duvet. Or even try vintage buttons or a different button for each closure.
- Old flat sheets are often the best. They've been washed so many times and are usually super soft. These often make the most comfortable duvet covers. There may be no need to buy needs sheets at all!
I hope this article gets you crafty and frugal with your sheets and duvets.
I personally sleep with a DIY duvet. It's half pink and half yellow. It's also made with old sheets, so it's super soft.
I would love to hear how your duvet turned out for you. Contact me and let me know!
Kylee on December 16, 2017:
How could i do it without a zipper?
Kiwi Rio (author) from New York, NY on September 29, 2012:
It can totally be done without a zipper. I've done buttons, and it's pretty cute.
furniturez from Washington on August 08, 2012:
Nice post, what would you say if I did it without a zipper?
Kiwi Rio (author) from New York, NY on February 26, 2012:
Something that's about two-thirds the length of the bottom where the zipper will be attached. Of course, the longer the zipper, the easier it will be to put the comforter into the duvet.
Amanda on February 20, 2012:
This looks great...what size zip would you recommend?