Monday, December 6, 2010

@#*% Duvet cover

A duvet cover is easy enough to make right?   Two sheets sewn together can’t be that hard.  I bought this Martha Stewart sheet after Christmas last year…I paid $8.00 for it but it was marked down from $70.00.  Who in the heck pays $70.00 for one flat sheet!!!!!  Really Martha…$70? (Sorry if you’ve paid $70.00 for a flat sheet).

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Now, I’m not a swearer….like never ever do I swear…unless I’m making a duvet cover.   Then I’m allowed.   It turned out fine…but for some reason I think I made every mistake known to man when sewing this bad boy together…sigh.   Luckily this pillow cover was an easy project and my first using pre-made piping. 

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This is the last picture I’ll share with you of my bed….promise….its getting kind of creepy.

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32 comments:

notes of sincerity said...

I just love your bedding!! :o) You did a great job on the duvet cover. :o) And that sweet little red pillow is the cutest touch!
I have saved your link for the head board you built, we still do not have a head board and that is because I know I want to make it myself and also, I am being picky because I want to look at it for the rest of our lives!
Merry Christmas.
Trish

Seams Inspired said...

Beautiful! Look on the bright side...now that you've made every possible mistake on this duvet cover, you'll know how to do it right when you stitch up the next one. LOL

Happy Monday! :o)

Minx's Den said...

love that pillow!! the duvet cover looks great to me!

Brenda said...

here's another way to make an easy duvet cover: take two flat sheets, put the wrong sides together, and topstitch a a rectangular opening in the centre of the sheets, leaving an opening at the bottom to get the duvet in. this method makes a flanged edge all around the duvet.

Cammie@Flutterbys and Frogs said...

I seem to swear more in the midst of a sewing project myself! And I'm with you, who spends $70 on one flat sheet?!

mybricole.com said...

I had a friend whose mom used "sewing machine words." Her mom explained that these were special words one could use to make the sewing machine work. Best justification for cursing that I have ever heard.
p.s. your bed looks great!

Duff said...

OH, it's fabulous! And the red gives it a well-placed "pop" of color. I love that little surprise! It reminds me of City Weekend with the soft colors and then the red jumps out at you, like a unexpected hug.

Dawn said...

I've thought about making a duvet cover myself because i've also thought, how hard can it be? two sheets put together and buttons at the top to keep it closed.... but now i'm scared. haha

Chris said...

The title of you post made me laugh. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has projects go awry. Way to go to finish despite setbacks.

Cheryl Arkison said...

I HATE sewing duvet covers, curtains, etc. There is something about those long, straight seams which makes me blinky.

Kristie said...

Thanks for the great giggle!!

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

I love this! I've had a couple of vintage thrifted sheets I've been wanting to make up into a duvet cover for aaaages , but I knew in my heart of hearts that I would "@*! it up, so I kept delaying. It seems with good reason!

Yeah, and I'm with you on $70 for a flat sheet too! sheesh - think of all the FQs you could get for that ...

Jackie Russell said...

I think this is why I don't have a duvet cover yet. Every year I get the down comforter out I think....I really need to get a duvet cover made for this. And every year I put in back up with out a cover. lol!

Blue Is Bleu said...

Well at least it ended well... I'm really terrible at sewing things like that too hehe And now I'm kind of worried about how much my MIL spent on our Martha Stewart sheet set last Christmas!

Chris of Frecklemama.com said...

Please share some details of the duvet making process. I tried earlier this fall to make one with discounted sheets at Target. DISASTER! Yours looks nice :-) I LOVE the piped pillow cover!

Lauren said...

Once my Mom made me a duvet cover and I think I learned a few new cuss words from her while she was sewing it. She sewed buttons and button hole tabs into the duvet cover to keep the corners in place and it is zippered. I still have it and she made it almost 10 years ago! Swears well spent I suppose.

Dena said...

I'm with you, I'd never pay $70 for a sheet. On the upside, your duvet cover came out great and I like your accent pillow. I've never used pre-made piping. I guess I'm too used to making it myself... That and bias binding. lol

lifeinredshoes said...

I wouldn't/couldn't pay $70.00 for 1 sheet, and Martha probably doesn't either. Vendors from around the world probably send them to her so she'll sing their praises! Besides, I'm pretty sure she sleeps on 100% vintage linen;)
I'm about to try your disappearing 9 patch on some pillows....wish me luck!

Heidi Ferguson said...

Okay you know what is funny? I actually splurged on a duvet cover earlier this year from PB, which I loved at first. But then I found the pattern tiresome so I took it off. I also hate how duvet covers never seem to sit right on the duvet, like the sides just don't stay in place. Anyway I was thinking of just cutting off the sides and putting some batting in and then quilting it. Do you think it would turn out?

KerryQ said...

You're too funny. Maybe you should rename your blog "Chuckle, chuckle, sew". You'll have to give us the background on that name someday.

And I just have to say those pips are yummy!

Royce said...

My mom was a very talented seamstress but she also came near questionable language when making a duvet for my little sister. She also said she would never make another one. Yours turned out beautiful. Love your pillow too, I've not tried piping yet, but pom pom trim made me have angry thoughts.

sewbeeit said...

I'm sorry to tell you, I was actually glad to hear this wasn't easy for you. I watch in amazement at every post as you whip off quilts like nobody's business. I can't do that. Duvet covers, curtains, pillows? No problem. These honest posts make you all the more likable. Somehow I'm sure your "mistakes" aren't really that bad. You might be a perfectionist. ?
p.s. the red pillow looks great on the soft green.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Ha! I can't say I am brave enough to tackle making a duvet cover. Your a brave lady. And kudos on a great sale find! It's all about the results... not so much about the swearing in the middle. Just think how much easier the next one will be.

Connie said...

The duvet cover looks great and love your pillow! Would love to hear more detail about making the duvet cover as I haven't tried one yet. Love your posts!

susan said...

Lol thanks for this post and the comments. gotta love sewing machine words. I have done my share of that. Your duet and pillow turned out wonderfully so i think Ir was worth the few cuss words. Did you like the premade piping?

Lauren LiGreci said...

The duvet cover looks great!! I love it's accompanying pillow too. Martha is ridiculous as usual, but I love her none-the-less.

xoxo, Lauren @ Craft My Life Away

Cindy said...

please give us the pattern to the duvet cover....would love to make one myself....looks good even if you had to swear.

kate said...

You would expect that a $70 sheet wouldnt wrinkle... I have 2 sets of Martha sheets that I got as gifts and I wouldnt even pay $7 for them because they wrinkle so easily.
But on a brighter note - your duvet looks lovely, I've also made one in the past and learned the hard way that such a simple sounding project is never that simple. The pillow and the piping are perfect!!!

Kristine said...

I'd love to know what problems you had with the duvet cover. I'm planning to make one for my daughter for Christmas, and I'd love to avoid any unforeseen problems! Your duvet cover is beautiful, by the way!

julia said...
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julia said...

It's not creepy at all... just so beautiful & cozy!

Dee said...

I am still laughing at the "sewing machine words" post. Maybe this is why I've never attempted a duvet cover even though I've wanted one...guess I just knew instinctively I shouldn't try one; maybe with your tut I'll get brave enough now! I once made Santa an extra suit and breathed fake fur for a week.....then coughed up (literally) fur for a good month after because it was everywhere, I couldn't get rid of that stuff. Never again will I sew fake fur!!! That's been about 20 years ago and I still stand by that!!!

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