How To: Patchwork Duvet Cover
I finally found time to make a patchwork duvet cover for Emma’s new big girl bed after making the fitted sheets. Originally it was going to be plain on both sides made from vintage sheets, but I started poking about in my fabric stash and thought it may be fun to patchwork a top together. After working out my measurements (not brilliantly as I will explain later), I had a ton of fun picking my fabrics and arranging the pattern. If you’ve always wanted to try patchwork, this triangle/chevron design is super simple and can be made to look really different depending on how the blocks are arranged. Feel free to play around.
I’ve included the pattern and measurements to make your own, but be aware it is based on Australian standard single duvet size, which is different to US and European sizes. You could adjust measurements or use this design to make a quilt instead. I’ve included some handy links for this option.
I’ve used metric measurements in cm throughout as our duvets are made to metric sizes.
To make a single bed duvet cover (Australian Standard size) 140x210cm read on…
You will need:
12 x Assorted cotton print fabric min size 40x80cm (colours are up to you)
fabric piece 17x142cm
single sheet for back
Cutting mat, rotary cutter and quilting ruler (not essential but helpful)
General Sewing supplies
Tip: You may want to make one test block to double check finished measurements, before you cut all your fabric. See disclosure further down
1. Cut 24 squares measuring 38x38cm, make sure the corners are 90 degrees.
2. Half each square diagonally (45 deg) as pictured. You should now have 48 right angled triangles.
3. Lay out your triangles as pictured to form a chevron pattern. To get a strong stripey effect pick fabrics that will co-ordinate with each for each row but contrast strongly with it’s neighbor. It may take a little while of mix and matching to get the balance right. Two triangles will form one quilt block.
ALL SEAM ALLOWANCES ARE 1cm
4. To make a quilt block, match diagonal edges right sides of fabric facing and sew a seam along the diagonal edge. 1cm seam allowance.
5. Zig zag raw edge (this helps prevent fraying during washing)
6. open and press, clip corners square. This is a completed block. Fingers crossed it should measure 37x37cm
7. Sew blocks together into rows, then sew rows together taking care to match corners as best you can. All seams are 1cm allowance with zig zag over raw edge. Do the zig zag as you go.
Each finished block should now measure 35x35cm with the overall size being 142x212cm (includes a 1cm seam allowance around all sided)
DISCLOSURE: I originally miscalculated my measurements and my finished top was about 2-3cm too small on length and width. I got around the problem by sewing a bias trim right around the edge before proceeding (you may notice it in the last photo). I have adjusted the measurements but I would still recommend you sew a test block just to make sure (it’s a little late and my brain is a bit fuzzy).
8. Hem 17x142cm fabric piece along one long side. Sew the other long side to the bottom of the patchwork top, right sides facing. This will be the fold over at the bottom to stop your duvet slipping out. It will make sense in step 9.
ASSEMBLING DUVET COVER
9. Click over to my Vintage Sheet Duvet Cover tutorial and follow ‘How to’ instructions for rest of assembly steps.
Emma loves her new duvet and as you can see, her room is now a riot of colour. I think it goes quite well with the hexagon rug.
Speaking of the Hexagon Rug, I have finally written a PDF pattern for it – Now available in the shop – Felt Hexagon Rug PDF Pattern & Instructions
I hope you enjoy making this project, it’s a nice introduction to patchwork without all he fiddly bits.
Do you think you will give it a go? I’d love to see a picture if you do.