Dwell Duvet Cover DIY

A month ago, my dear friend Cassi asked me to whip up a duvet for her son Bex‘s room. She had fallen in love with this perfect brown dot from Dwell Studios, which doesn’t come in a twin duvet. I was happy to have a skill she could use (since I tap into her photography all the time), and turn the Dwell yardage into a cover for her. 
Because the upholstery fabric is only 54″ and a standard twin duvet is 60″x 90″, I needed to add width. With the repeating dot pattern being the same across as it is down, what made the most sense was to order a single extra yard, cut it into 7″ (x 54″) strips, join two together in the center for each side, then sew them along both edges. That way, we got the extra 7″ (x 90″) of material without ordering a whole extra two and a half yards for the 90″ of length! Does that make sense? With a pattern like stripes, we would have had to go for a whole extra 90″ to keep the stripes running along the length. Anyway. If you get it, good for you:) 
 Straight lines and flawless piecing are definitely not my strong suits, but I was able to line up these dots almost perfectly! The seams are barely noticeable from a couple feet away, so the duvet will maintain it’s design impact. I gave myself a pat on the back (and a second oatmeal chocolate chip cookie…)
 For the back side of the blanket, I found a sheet set at Bed Bath and Beyond that matched the cream almost exactly. It was on clearance, and I had a coupon. Yep, I was pretty excited to text Cassi and tell her the back of the cover would only run her $10.00! Unheard of. Once the front was pieced, I simply serged around three edges, right sides together (like making a gigantic pillow case). For the bottom, I hemmed the Dwell dots, and left the original sheet hem for the bottom. Then I folded them both under, to create a faux seam.
 I stitched from the corners, in about a third of the way on both sides, then added snaps (one every 6″) to the insides of the folds in the center third, so that the comforter can be inserted easily and kept in place.
As a finishing touch, I also added little ties to each corner on the inside. That way the comforter can be tied into place and kept from bunching. It’s my very favorite feature on my own duvet cover (and pretty standard, I think) so Cassi got them, too.
I wish I had a twin bed with a comforter to try it out before sending it off, but alas, my children sleep in box and a closet. I’m sure it will look great.


  1. Rebecca Grace
    Posted November 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I am always so impressed with your quick, affordable DIY projects. I wouldn't have even thought of a sheet, but it's perfect because it doesn't add too much weight, it's plenty wide, and hello, $10?!! I also would have felt compelled to order the full length of fabric for the sides, or use contrasting fabric, or add borders or cording or fabric buttons… And the poor kid would be headed off to college before I ever got the duvet cover finished! Thanks for the reminder to keep it simple. Your friend is lucky she can call on you!

  2. Miranda
    Posted November 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    @ Rebecca,

    You made my day. I appreciate you taking the time to tell me what you think!

  3. Melody Bennett
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! I am making a custom sized for my boy who HAS gone off to college. Dorm beds are Twin XL but down comforters only came in Twin. He is 6′ 4″ so length is an issue. I am re purposing a King Down Comforter. Using it’s entire length but the width will be between a twin and a full. For the duvet, I bought King Flannel Sheets at Costco.
    Your instructions on the closure were exactly what I needed! Thanks

    • Miranda
      Posted January 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

      Melody, I’m so glad I could help! And congratulations on successful mothering. Getting them to college is a huge accomplishment, and I’m sure he’ll love having a mom-made duvet to snuggle with (even if he doesn’t admit it:)

  4. sarah
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    i found this on pintrest when looking for different duvet cover methods. Great tutorial but my favorite part has to be “my children sleep in box and a closet.” I had to stop and look at the links. Very creative and reminds me that my mom loves telling everyone that i slept in a vacuum cleaner box. They were moving overseas and my mom “re-purposed” a vacuum cleaner box into a portable crib, she lined it and it doubled as bedding storage when i wasn’t in it.

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