When you’re living life in shoestring alley (AKA maternity leave) buying an expensive bedding set for your child can feel a bit frivolous! So it was the extortionate cost of cotbed bedding that set me on my little duvet adventure. If you can sew in a straight line, you can make your toddler a duvet set, at least this is what I told myself! And if I can do it, so can you…
What you need:
Two pieces of cotton fabric measuring L58cm x W125cm
One metre of 30mm twill tape for the ties
The gingham fabric I loved wasn’t wide enough to reach these measurements, so I sewed a block colour piece along a raw edge of each piece of fabric with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, to get to the right measurement.
Place the right sides, the sides that are meant to be seen, of each piece of fabric together and pin. Sew along three of the sides with an approximate ¼ inch seam allowance, leaving one of the width sides open. Clip the corners and then zigzag stitch raw edges and trim.
Turn your duvet cover right side out and iron. Make a double hem across the opening by turning 1 inch to the wrong side twice and then pinning it in place.
Cut the twill tape into four pieces, to make four 25cm long ties.
Measure 50cm from each side and tuck a tie into the hem top and bottom, then pin into the hem to secure. Stitch along the entire hem, stitching through all thickness as you reach each tie.
Hem the ties.
And finally, top stitch 25cm in from either side across the bottom of the duvet cover through both layers. This will help to keep the duvet in its place.
So there it is, you’re very own cotbed duvet cover in six easy steps.