DIY Duvet Cover/ Comforter Cover From Two Flat Sheets

Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite crafting projects, a duvet cover from flat sheets. Growing up, my family never had a lot of extra income, but thankfully we’re a crafty bunch! My mom has made several duvets from sheets over the years, as well as a few fabulous shower curtains. Not only is it a thrifty way to make a duvet, but also in my opinion, so much more fun. My duvets growing up were usually made with two different patterns so I could change-up the look just by flipping over my comforter.


The best thing about this project is that it couldn’t be simpler, super easy peasy. Essentially you just cut two sheets to measure your comforter and stitch them up leaving an opening that you can use any closure with like buttons or a zipper, or just leave it open. I made a red gingham ruffled trim to border my edges. This was a pain in the butt, but it turned out really cute, so it was worth it. To make the trim I cut 2.5″ strips of fabric, stitched them together, folded and ironed them down and then used a machine basting stitch and slowly rouched by hand, I would recommend a ruffler foot, it will save you some sanity. I have found another lovely blog on the web, Nest Decorating that has a great tutorial that is easy to follow. You can check it out here:

My duvet was made with a blue flat sheet from target I picked up for $10, and the top sheet is a vintage sheet I bought on Etsy from Midwick Hill, for $20 and I used a tiny red and white gingham scraps I had laying around, probably a bit over a half of a yard I’d guess around $3-5 worth. So, I made a lovely vintage style duvet for less than $40, pretty amazing right! I totally love it, and I hope you all are now inspired to go make your own!

Happy Crafting!

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14 Responses

  1. That is so cute and such a good idea!

  2. Wow, great idea! We just upsized our bed thanks to a bargain second hand find on gumtree, and in my excitement neglected to think about the extra new linen we now need! This is great, I’d love to try this, and when I do I’ll definitely link back to you. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thank you both so much! The thing I love the most about this DIY is that not only is it affordable, but also the sky’s the limit with patterns, colors, and trims you can incorporate design wise! So fun!

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  4. I love this! I’m not very experienced with sewing.. so I have one question.. On the side that you leave open, how do you do the trim? I love the idea of adding the trim, but can’t wrap my mind around how you would make the open side look. Thanks!

    • Hi Kari! I actually added a zipper to the open side of mine. The easiest way with the trim is to actually sew the trim to one of your sheets before you join your sheets. Sew your trim with the ruffle facing in towards the sheet. When you go to turn under the raw edge of your sheets at the open side your ruffle trim will flip out to the right side. I hope that is not too confusing.

  5. Hey I found a fabulous vintage sheet that I want to use to make a duvet cover. It appears new but is thin (you can see through it). I’m not sure what type of fabric is. I was wondering if it would be fine to use as is or if I should line it first. I haven’t sewn much so I wasn’t sure if there was anything I had to do to the sheet.

    • Hi Beth Anne! I think it should be fine if your comforter is white. My sheet was pretty thin too. If you have a darker comforter you would insert into the duvet you may want to line it. If it is one of those vintage sheets that has a patterned top band area but a solid white spread, you could always make it with a cute coordinating sheet on the other side and then when it’s displayed on the bed, you could fold the decorative top over. Hope you enjoy making your duvet!

      • Thank you, I am now looking for another vintage sheet to use with it and a coordinating fabric to use as a ruffle. I love your duvet!

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  7. Julie Backous

    Has anyone ever made a duvet cover with just one edge seen and the other three buttoned or snapped together? I hate putting the duvet inside the cover. I think I might try making one out of sheets and sewing just one edge, then open the duvet cover with the bottom on the bed, lay duvet on top and gold the top over, buttoning all the way around. You could also maybe sew two ends together and try inserting the comforter…. Just thinking out loud… Thoughts, anyone?