Wednesday, June 8, 2011

DIY Pintuck/Knotted Duvet Cover



What I'm about to show you is for sure the most time consuming project that I've ever taken on. I've questioned my sanity several times over the course of creating this thing.. I've never tried to do something quite this large on my own. So crazy, yes.. but I venture to say that it just may have been worth it.


That stack of fabric I showed you before was 64 squares that I individually measured, cut, traced, stitched, puckered, stitched some more, pinned together, sewed, pinned some more, sewed some more, measured again, cut again, sewed, and sewed, and sewed.... and sewed. And eventually... it became something a little more like this:


I'd seen many duvet covers and quilts that I liked.. but they were all going to cost me between $100 at the low end and $400 on the high end. Not exactly in the budget right now. :) I have this problem, you see.. Zane likes to say that we have a different set of bedding of bedding for each month. While that's definitely an overstatement, I did have 3 or 4 comforters in our first year of marriage.. so I decided duvets were the way to go. And then I started to collect duvets. :) I think the resolution would be to start designing other people's homes so I don't have to make manifest all my ideas in my own home. But, until that becomes a feasible option, I thought making my own duvet would be both economical and a challenge. It ended up being both.

I bought something like 15 yards of fabric for around $30 at a local surplus and salvage store. I chose a white duck-cloth-like material (not totally sure what it is officially). It had a few holes in some spots so I talked the manager into a 50% discount. Not too shabby! A few more dollars in LOTS of white thread and some snap closures for the top (and of course many, many hours), and I had a gorgeous new duvet for under $40.


I'll share a little more later, but I hope it was worth the wait!

18 comments:

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

and it's gorgeous & fabulous!

Sarah said...

Uhm....wow! That is all I can say! This looks completely beautiful and totally professional, not DIY!! Can't even begin to imagine the labor this took...you are a sewing goddess!!!!

jen @ homeinthecountry said...

Wow! Gorgeous! It's so pretty & professional-looking! (And the rest of your rooms looks pretty great, too!)

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

Holy crap, that is gorgeous!!! I can't imagine all the blood, sweat and tears that must have gone into a project like that- but it's totally worth it!!! I would never, ever imagine that that was home-made. Absolutely awesome job.

MommaAmma said...

I can't close my mouth. I waited and waited to see what that pretty pile of fabric would be. I am so impressed. And didn't you do the headboard too? So an incredible self-made bedroom. You should feel so proud! Not many people have the dedication to so many things like you.

Ashley @ Decorating Obsessed said...

I have no words! You are amazing.

Anonymous said...

Holy Cow! That is BEAUTIFUL, and so is the room behind it! And I consider myself a pretty good decorating if I set up a few plants on decorative stands....

Anonymous said...

That. Is. AWESOME. Are you going to post how to do it??

- Diana

Sophie said...

wow I absolutely LOVE it! You totally have to show me how to make my own! :)

Shannon said...

Very beautiful! I can't imagin how long that took you to make? I guess that's why they are so expensive in the stores. Great job!

Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love said...

Gorgeous!!

Noemi said...

Beautiful! Really nice job, definitely worthwhile :)

Anne Marie said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!

Catie said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! That is stunning! Awesome job, really. It must have taken you 50+ hours to make that. I'm sure you'll be getting lots of visitors today. Kate from Centsational Girl featured it this morning of the Best of the Blogosphere. You definitely deserve it!! ~ Catie : ) http://catiescorner2.blogspot.com

Jen said...

Can I buy it from you!!! That is AMMMMMAAAAAAAAAAAAZZZING!!!! Do you work for Pottery Barn?

Sara {House Bella} said...

It is beautiful! I'm very impressed that you were able to DIY while still having it look so clean and well sewn. Cheers to you!

erin said...

such a gorgeous cover Do you have a tutorial for this?

Mary Brock said...

Just came across your blog whilst looking for tutorials on creating my own duvet. Your duvet is absolutely stunning. Well done! I second the others who asked for a tutorial! Your take on the pintucked duvet appears to be much more durable than the ones I've seen even from stores. Hope a tutorial is available!