My daughter and I bought the material for this project last November. How does this much time go by?
Ugh. She’s been very patient, and I finally finished it today. Seriously. She gets major kudos for not bugging me weekly about it, because she was very excited about it.
Back in November.
Um, well…I think it turned out really nice. She wanted something colorful that would coordinate with the new green color on her walls and she liked some modern, striped comforters and quilts we looked at when trying to find something that would fit her color scheme.
When we couldn’t find anything (within our price range, that is…), we headed to the fabric store with a paint swatch and she found the turquoise floral right away. We then found small quilting prints in green and yellow that coordinated.
This makes it sound a lot easier than it was. Just picture a mom and her teenaged daughter standing in the quilting aisle holding dozens of different fabrics up to the floral. Including some she thought would go that were definitely not small, coordinating prints.
On second thought, you don’t want to go there.
When it came time to cut, we had a math problem to figure out (please excuse the hand-drawn schematic, I didn’t really think I’d be publishing it but I thought it would show you that any type of drawing works for this kind of thing and it might give you a better overall picture of the design). Key to my daughter’s design were random-sized stripes- none could be the same, but we only had a certain amount of fabric.
It was Brian to the rescue, who helped with the measurements- which I drew out before I made a single cut. You know the old adage- measure twice, cut once? Yeah- I’ve learned that one the hard way.
Now, I am by no means a sophisticated sewer- I’m most comfortable making things with lots of straight lines and very little frou-frou. This design fit the bill- once the fabric was cut, I just sewed them together according to the plan. Only very basic sewing skills are needed for this- whew.
I did want a little something for the edges, and I love a small, pleated flange. I think it’s more tailored than a ruffle, and makes a bigger statement than a simple cording. I think it also bridges the gap between traditional and modern nicely in a room full of vintage furniture.
While it might look complicated, it’s fairly simple and straightforward. It does take some extra time- but I feel like details like this are worth it. Of course it’s optional- you can have no edging at all and it would still be a fun comforter, but if you want this pleated edge, there are two ways to accomplish it:
- If you’ve got enough fabric, you can cut your width (remember- it’s custom, so you can make it as wide as you want- I cut 3″ widths) and then pleat it right in the sewing machine by making little pleats and pushing the fabric through, sewing as you go. The pleats end up being a bit more random, but this takes about half the time.
- Or, you can do what I did: I had only a certain amount of fabric, so I pleated and pinned the whole comforter first to make sure it was even, then sewed the pleats in place.
I made the back by purchasing a sheet (this is made to fit a full-queen feather comforter, so I bought a queen size sheet), cutting off the seams (you could rip the seams out, but that takes time), and pinning it to the front, right sides together. For the opening, I simple cut off the double-fold top of the sheet, turned it around and overlapped it over the main piece.
You could finish the back opening first and then sew on the entire thing, but I sewed it at this point and add the closures after. If I were using buttons, I’d definitely do this first before sewing the back to the front, but that’s why this is an Easy Duvet Cover, because I used this:
Four-inch pieces of velcro spaced evenly across the opening. Easier than a zipper or buttons- plus I already had the velcro and after waiting six months for it, I thought my daughter would appreciate it getting done.
Now I just have to sew the matching pillows.
Gee, how long do you think that will take?