Turn a Coverlet Into a Duvet Cover
Give a favorite thin quilt or coverlet new life by turning it into a custom duvet cover.
- coverlet or thin quilt (larger than duvet it will cover)
- 250-thread-count flat sheet (king or queen depending on the size of coverlet)
- tape measure
- fabric marker
- 2" T-pins
- sewing machine
- thread that matches coverlet and lining
- 60"-long zipper (or cut by the yard from a zipper roll)
- down or synthetic duvet
Pin Coverlet and Lining Together
Stack fabrics, front sides together, on a flat surface. Pin together coverlet and flat sheet, which will serve as a lining, with T-pins.
Measure duvet's length and width, add one inch for seams to both measurements and cut off any excess coverlet and/or flat sheet fabric. If coverlet is quilted or thick, larger fabric shears work best.
Lay zipper on shorter side, which will be the bottom of duvet cover, of pinned fabrics and open the zipper, separating it into two pieces.
Sew a piece of lining fabric, approximately 2" x 4", over one inch of each end of the zipper. Make sure the zipper head is kept loose between the two pieces of fabric. Match the color of the thread and the zipper to the duvet lining.
Sew On the Zipper
Remove pins from the bottom side of coverlet. Sew one side of the zipper face-down to the bottom side of coverlet and the other side of the zipper face-down to the bottom side of lining.
Sew Coverlet to Lining
Sew coverlet to flat sheet using a straight stitch, about 1/2 inch in from the edge.
Turn duvet cover inside out, insert a duvet through the zippered opening then zip closed and place completed duvet on bed.