Monday, April 9, 2012

Land of Nod Duvet Knock Off

Happy Monday! How was everyone's Easter Weekend? We had a fun time with family in Houston and now we are on our way back to Oklahoma.

I'd like to share with you how I made the duvet cover for Con-Man's new bed. A few weeks ago I was blabbing about how versatile sheets are in DIY design. Well here's the main reason why- I used sheets to make the duvet cover for his new bed!

I had seen this duvet cover on the Land of Nod Website. I thought it would last a long time; it doesn't have a "theme", has lots of colors to pull from in case we change Con-Man's room in the future, and I thought it could grow with him as he gets older.

Problem; it costs $100! Ouch. The cost of the duvet plus a comforter to go with it was out of the question. Solution- make one myself! Check it out:

I think it turned out pretty close to the original. Here's how I did it. Looking at the image online here are the measurements I came up with if you want to try to make this your self. I added a few inches to the end and sides to account for seam allowance. Make sure to measure your comforter and account for any difference in length of width.

Now here come's the part with the sheets. Walmart sells twin flat sheets in single packs and they come in tons of colors for only $6 each. I bought one in each color I needed and set to work.

I started by measuring each color strip to the length and width I needed.

Then cut them all out. The measuring and cutting took the longest.

Then pinned them all together to ready for sewing.

I sewed all the strips together for the main side- pretty straight forward. For the other side I wanted to change it up a bit in case we wanted something a little less colorful down the road. Using the leftover sheets I made a brown and blue side. I added buttons since I hate how duvet covers always get messed up inside the duvet and I think it adds some interest.

And since I know I am not a professional seamstress my sewing machine is pretty simple. Here is a link to a tutorial on how to sew a button hole without a button hole foot or setting on your machine. I had no idea before this how to sew a button.

Then I added velcro to the end so I can take the duvet off easily for washing.

In all for the sheets and the comforter this project cost me $50.  Not to shabby considering the cost of the original I copied.

Have you ever made a duvet cover? What sort of material did you use to make it?

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Ange said...

Looks great! Wow! You go girl!

Kellie Collis said...

How wonderful! Love how the colours go together so well. Have a beautiful day, Kellie xx

Cathy said...

You did a fantastic job... what a great idea to use sheets and the colours look great in the room.

Taylor-Ann said...

Amazing. I love it and would love if you linked it up on my link party.

I can't wait to see what you create next.