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DIY Pintuck Duvet

It’s amazing how resourceful you can get when you’re on a limited budget. Can I get an amen to that?

When a few friends and I went in on a little flashmob surprise room makeover for a friend, we were workin’ with a miniature little budget. We pulled the whole room together for about $250, so spending lots of cash on fancy bedding was out for us. We still wanted something textural, so I tried my hand at a DIY version of a pintuck duvet.
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You might’ve seen these pintuck duvets at West Elm for $99 – $139:
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Mine ended up costing about $23. It could’ve been cheaper if I’d found cheaper sheets, but the best I could do on short notice was two flat sheets from walmart for $11.50 each. (Ikea has them on their website for $4 each, but they didn’t have any at my store. One of the associates there said they’re going to stop selling them! Bummer! But your store might still have some.) Thrifted sheets could work, or any spare flat sheets you have laying around.

Materials

  • Two flat sheets the same size. This duvet is for a queen bed and I used queen sheets. If I could do it again, I’d use king-size sheets for a queen bed.
  • Buttons or snaps or any kind of closure you want
  • Ummm… thread? This list was embarrassingly short so I added thread to it.

1. Iron your sheet

Possibly the most time-consuming part of this whole project. Easily the most dreadful part. But that’s coming from someone who would rather change my entire outfit than have to iron one garment.

2. Mark your pintucks

Lay your flat sheet on the floor, good side down.
queen size white flat sheet
Now you’ll measure and mark where you want your pintucks to go. I just grabbed a magazine because it was within reach, and used it to measure how far apart the pintucks are from each other. (Seriously, this is the height of laziness. I could’ve easily used the measuring tape, but nope: we’re working in magazine widths today.)
How to measure for pintucks on a diy duvet
The pintucks on the first row are one magazine width apart (haha) and 12 inches from the bottom of the sheet.

To mark each pintuck, just stick a little pin in that spot.
Yellow pin in white sheet
When you have the pintuck spots pinned on the first row, move another 12 inches up (or however far you want) and mark the next row. I offset the next row by about 6 inches. It’s hard to see the pins in the photos, so I marked them with tiny red explosions for you. (Which, in retrospect, look a little more like blood spatters than I intended… awkward. No blood was shed in the creation of this duvet.)
Where to put pintucks for pintuck duvet
There’s really nothing magical about the measurements I used. If you add more pintucks and put them closer together, your duvet will be a little floofier. If you put them further apart, it’ll be a little flatter. “Floofy” is a term we all know, right? Is that a real thing?

Sew your pintucks

Once your pintucks are all marked with little pins, grab that little spot of sheet and twist into a little fabric tornado (technical term).
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I twisted it about twice, but if you want your pintucks to be deeper/floofier, twist it a little more so your fabric tornado is longer. Then just sew back and forth over your tornado to make it stay put.
Sew a pintuck
Do the same thing with all your pintucks that you’d pinned.

Sew on the other flat sheet

Now you’re basically just sewing an oversized pillowcase. Put your other flat sheet on the floor, good side up. Then lay your pintucked sheet on top of it, good side down, and pin it together. Sew three sides together.

Sew part of the fourth side. I think I sewed about nine inches in on each side.
Fourth side of duvet

Close the fourth side

Then use your method of choice to close the rest of the fourth side: buttons, snaps, whatev. You need to leave this side open so you can insert your comforter so just don’t sew it all the way closed! I’ve literally never sewn a button in my life and my friend Sarah had these little snaps on hand so we just used what we had.
snaps on diy duvetsnap parts
These snaps are made for cloth diapers and I’m sure most people don’t have them lying around so I’ll spare you the step-by-step, but you can just use any old buttons or even a zipper to close this side if you want.


Then just insert your comforter and admire!


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If I could do it again, I’d use bigger sheets so the whole comforter is bigger. I also wish I’d had more time to make like 5000 pintucks so it’s super-floof-tastic and extra textural.
Make your own pintuck duvet with two flat sheets! Simple and cheap!

Have you ever made your own bedding? Can we agree to make floofy a real word?

P.S.: If you like this post, you’ll LOVE these amazing DIY curtain ideas!



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  1. april says:

    Love love love it!! Can’t wait to try it!! :)

  2. Lisa E says:

    Oh my goodness, that came out beautiful! Look so easy, too. I would never even thought to try and tackle that. You guys rock!

  3. Super cute! I’d seen this hack before and wondered if it was worth the effort. You make it look easy. I like it.

  4. Katie @ pps says:

    I LOVE THIS. I COULD DO THIS. If only my husband was ok with this style of bedding….wow. WAY TO GO!

  5. Uhhh, WOW. I feel like a whole new world has been opened up to me, you know?!? It never even crossed my mind that you could DIY a pintuck duvet and that it would be SO EASY. So, thanks for opening my eyes. :)

  6. Jill J says:

    “Floofy” must be a proper technical term–I knew what you meant right away, so it must be correct, right?
    This is beautiful and is now something I’m considering doing! Wouldn’t have even crossed my mind before this. Beautiful!
    And great job on the entire room! I am trying to learn how to decorate so I appreciate all your posts about what to do and how to figure out what you like!

  7. WOWZERS! That is SO much easier than I anticipated. Love how it turned out. Great job :)

  8. That looks so good! I love it! I really want white bedding for our bedroom to brighten it up and add some contrast!

  9. I actually prefer a little less floofiness (yes, we use that word at our house, too), so I like the spacing you used on your duvet. I have seen a lot of pin tuck duvets lately and really like the look. I love the white in this room. The whole room looks great!

  10. Lora says:

    /*@&*#-@’#'# !!!!! And also, )%+@/#,#)# !!!!! (The translation is excitement, not cursing)
    I have soooo many flat sheets just waiting for their destiny as duvet covers! We don’t use flat sheets because my hubby doesn’t like them. (He says his feet feel like prisoners?) I bet I even have enough to make pintucked SHAMS. Glorious!
    The only thing I will need to purchase is an iron. I am also a dryer-dewrinkler.

  11. I recently purchased that syle of duvet from Target – I had no idea that I could have easily made it myself!! Thanks for sharing this tutorial, your instructions are great. And yes, “floofy” is a term that I know and use all the time ;)

  12. Sandy says:

    WHAT?! I cannot even believe that you made that duvet, or that it was so easy. It looks…perfect. Seriously. I’m like that guy in the AT&T commercials right now….*mind. blown.* Awesome job!! (And yes…floofy is definitely a word in my vocabulary, too.)

  13. Julia @cuckoo4design says:

    GENIUS! Love it!

  14. Seriously, Kelly. Wow. Honestly. Such a great DIY!

  15. SHUT UP. YOU DID NOT MAKE THAT. Ok, I’m relenting because clearly you have shown the step by step and you’ve made it look freakishly easy. It honestly looks AMAZING and I can’t seem to find that style of sheet anywhere in this country and now I WANT ONE. Oh my god, yeah, this is getting pinned til it HURTS baby. Awesome job. And apologies that I didn’t comment on the reveal of the room but goodness, you guys did an amazing job!! Your friend is so lucky to have such stylish mates (and you’re lucky to have mates that wanted to do it with you!! My friends are not so much into decor) ;) xxx

  16. Floofy is definitely a word. I use it quite frequently. And I share your hate of ironing. It’s evil.

    I love the duvet! I’m making a king-size duvet for our queen bed out of sheets. I love the pintuck look. I might try it. Or I might be lazy and just sew a big rectangle. Decisions decisions…

    Thanks for the great, easy, tutorial!

  17. This is beautiful! I love how it turned out so much!

  18. katie says:

    You totally just read my mind… I want to do a pintuck duvet for my room–might just have to DIY my own! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  19. You are so talented, Kelly! It really turned out great. (And so pretty, too!)

  20. Jennifer says:

    We call the random useless things that my mom brings home “Floofy Poof Floofs”

  21. Love this, Kelly! And love the surprise room makeover too!

  22. A) I love white bedding. B) I love your DIY pintuck duvet. C) I have the west elm version in our master bedroom (in white, of course) and I swear your tornado stitching is waaaay sturdier than the stitching on the original. Nice work, girl!

  23. That looks so much easier than I would have ever thought! Definitely would be a fun project to try and even something nice as a housewarming gift for a close friend! I’m pinning this now before I forget!

  24. Teresa says:

    I bought a really nice duvet cover for our King bed last year after my husband and I got married…and we hate it. This may be an affordable (and adorable) solution! Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial!

  25. Julie W says:

    hey, floofy is TOTALLY a word! I use it. My mom uses it. I may have even heard my husband use it once.

    I love the duvet…and I’m sure if I sewed at all anymore, I’d totally make one. Alas, that is one thing I’ve gladly given up ;)

  26. I never thought of using sheets to make a duvet cover. That’s sort of brilliant. I abandoned my thought of attempting my own because I was lazy and also couldn’t find fabric wide enough. Duhhhh Erin. It looks fabulous!

  27. car54 says:

    I have a ready-made one like this with a slight variation. After much use and washing one of the tucks came apart and it let me see how they made it.

    On mine, they put the little tuck on the outside and before they sewed the little point they stuffed it with a little foof of batting or cotton–so in the middle of the pintuck there is a little ball.

    I used it until I washed it so much I wore the poor thing out!

  28. car54 says:

    PS–They make quilt backing fabric that is 108 inches wide–if you have a Jo-Ann Fabric where you get the coupons you can get it for 1/2 price–which works out pretty cheap.

  29. carrie says:

    wow. that must have taken you forever to do!!! and I have to say it is so beautiful, so yes it was worth it (to us!!)! I am getting a visual of this monster sized pillow case draped all over your sewing machine as you zing zing one more stitch, move it, zing zing, move it…ugh. did it seriously take a long time? (btw my sewing skills are so bad on a machine, I close the machine and do it by hand)
    I love it! it’s beautiful my friend!

  30. Lori A says:

    Hi! Forgive me if someone else has already asked this question, but what would you recommend for a king-sized bed? Would it not be enough fabric – i.e. too short? Love this – you did a wonderful job and I want that entire room!!!

    • Kelly says:

      I’d just try to use larger sheets. King-size sheets might be just fine, but I bet california king would be even better.

      • Eve says:

        I just ordered sheets to make one for our California king bed. At the websites I checked, the flat sheet for king and California king are the same size.

        • Kelly says:

          Oh I had no idea! Thanks for letting me know. Good luck!

          • Jamie says:

            A California King bed isn’t all-around bigger than a regular king. A Cal King is longer, yet narrower. A regular king is wider, yet shorter. A regular king actually has a few more inches of surface area than a Cal King. Unfortunately, I don’t think this project would work for a king sized comforter. King sized sheets would end up being too small once you put in the pin tucks. :(

  31. Aneeta says:

    I just love love love love your site. I have learnt so many things and ofcourse better ways to actually sew things. Saved a ton of money too!! Thank you. Please don’t ever stop!!

  32. Dawn says:

    Totally going to try this! I bought the West Elm set…and I’m so sad to say it didn’t last even 6 months. The pin tucks ripped like paper and left big holes all over the duvet!! Every time I made the bed, I’d hear another one rip. But I loved the look so I’d love to replace it (it’s been another 6 months and we still have no comforter on our bed since we threw out the West Elm one!).

  33. Jenna says:

    I can’t believe how easy you make this seem! It looks like it would be so much more involved! So trying this someday.

  34. Keia Lee says:

    Um this is AMAZING! I have been wanting to make a new duvet cover for my comforter but didn’t know how to go about it. This is PERFECT!
    thank you for the great step by step tutorial. I may be tackling this one over the weekend :D
    Keia

  35. Prissy LeBerte says:

    I have been looking for the perfect (price wise) comforter for my guest bedroom for over a year, and I love the look of this! Will definitely try this out. Thanks for sharing.

  36. wow Kelly this turned out so awesome!!! I never would’ve guessed it was made out of sheets!! Good work, lady! :)

  37. Kit says:

    This looks great! I’ve always been a fan of the floofy look myself. I think the only thing I would change is to put a tie thingy in the corners before sewing (ya know, so the duvet doesn’t slip around inside) Because heaven knows that if it’s not tied down before we go to sleep it ends up at the bottom of the bed – i.e. sheets, pillows, loose clothing… Yeah, apparently my husband and I are deep sleepers who do weird things in the middle of the night, because I always wake up scratching my head as to how I got on the other side of the bed and why my leg is completely wrapped in our top sheet.

  38. Bliss says:

    Till the deco-mob hit, I never heard of a pintuck before. And now I think you raised the bar really really high.
    Bliss

  39. Gina says:

    Cannot wait to try this!! Love your “techincal terms”! Your little red explosions did look like blood splatters which, if I was doing it, it probably would be. I always seem to prick my finger over and over when I’m pinning things. I better try for a less “floofier” duvet at first.

  40. Impressive. That looks amazing.

  41. Christa says:

    Wow.
    I’m so in love with this.
    And so going to try it.
    After I refinish the chair.
    Mod podge the canvases.
    Make the curtains.
    And sew up some new pillows.
    Never mind.
    I might just come admire your picture a few more times and call it a day.
    I seriously do love it though! :)

  42. Sharon B. says:

    That.Is.FLOOFTASTIC! It seems pretty simple and I actually like the level of floofiness in yours, it looks less precious than some of the floofier ones I’ve seen. I have got to find a place to have some floof in my house. BTW, that is totally a word. Urban Dictionary says so, so it must be true, and I tried to use every form of it I could in this comment.
    You constantly make me smile – that photo with the caption “helpful depiction of this step” even had me chuckling. So glad you share your sense of humor with us, it’s one of my favorite things about your blog. xoxo, Sharon

  43. Gwen says:

    I think I want something like this for our room, but I’m getting super lazy and might have to just buy it…

    It looks awesome, yo.

  44. Rachelle says:

    I’ve had my eye on this all week! Now it’s on my project list for next week when I give my master bedroom a little facelift. Love it! And yes…..I make up words all the time but occasionally someone will look it up in the urban dictionary and find it attached to a questionable meaning! Yikers!

  45. Lisa says:

    Kelly WHAT, you MADE that!???? Okay now you’re just being a DIY show off. The duvet is beautiful – I’m so impressed at your cleverness!!!

  46. Kerri says:

    The duvet turned out beautiful! I think I could handle making one because your instructions seem pretty easy to follow, but I have one question: is the top sheet with the pintucks smaller because of all the twisted up fabric? And therefor, does it fit perfectly on top of the other sheet so you can set it up like a pillow case? Just wondering! Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Great question! It’s not a perfect match size-wise, no, but once you pin it and sew it, it actually works out great and doesn’t end up being an issue. Hope that helps!

      • pam says:

        So we should just sew the ends together anyways and once we fill it, the size difference won’t be noticeable? I think that’s what you’re saying. When you say fill it with your comforter…what do you mean by that? :) Love it by the way!

        • Kelly says:

          Yes, exactly! :) When I say fill it with your comforter, I mean just put your comforter in there. It’s a duvet, so you want to put a comforter inside it. You can buy a down comforter or just use any one that you have in your house that’s the right size.

  47. Amy says:

    Ha! you knew I would have to comment on this I’m sure! The duvet is gorgeous, and I think you added just the right amount of Floof to it, If it was more floofier it would start to look like the inside of a coffin :/ and then your friend would have to check on her husband when he was sleeping just to make sure he was still breathing! And I would have gone with the king size sheets too, It would look gorgeous, floofy, yet not too floofy and give it a very dramatic look. My Sisters and I have been using the word floofy for years ~ so as far as I’m concerned it’s a genuine word and I’m adding it to my dictionary right now as we speak! Thank you again, for making my day! :D Hope you have a great weekend!

  48. Amazing! I love the pintuck look. What a great way to DIY it! Also love how the room turned out!

  49. Kayla says:

    First off, let me just say that you crack me up!! One of the best Tutorials ever just for the fact that I was dying laughing with your magazine measurements and use of the world floofy!!

    On a serious note, this is an amazing transformation! I might just need to make one for my King size bed!!!

    Blessings,
    Kayla

  50. Shannon says:

    Not gonna lie…I hate that this looks so easy. Now I’m seriously going to have to try it!

  51. This may just be my favorite DIY of yours. Every! Seriously!!!! Pinning and saving and recreating for my very own master bedroom!!!!

    :) Linda

  52. That is AMAZING! You are so talented! Looks like a million bucks – yet only $23?? Awesome!

  53. Sarah Jane says:

    I love this!!! Gorgeous and thank you for sharing :)

  54. This totally rocks my world. I love love love it and your tutorial is superb! I want one right now :) You are amazing my friend. And that’s just how it is!

  55. Brittany says:

    I love it! Now to convince Mr. Bug that it’s not too girly… :) Thanks for the tutorial; it’s flooftastic!

  56. Julie S says:

    I had been eyeing those pintuck duvet DIY’s for a while until I decided that a) it was too feminine for our bedroom’s style and b) I couldn’t get big enough flat sheets to cover our cal king bed. Awesome tutorial though, I always love your touches of personality… blood red explosions, cloth tornadoes, and the beautifully lazy/creative magazine measurements. That’s my kind of DIY.

  57. I’ve been so excited to read this! What a great idea! I am planning on doing this for our guest room! Thanks for sharing! P.S. I love the “magazine measuring” – I can never seem to find a tape measure when I need one so I measure in all kinds of things I have within reach… books, feet, hands, coffee cups.. well you get my point, HA! I enjoyed that!

  58. lucinda says:

    Kelly, just found your website and loving it. You’ve made this sound so simple to make. I think I’ll try this while I’m out for the 4th of July.

  59. Taylor says:

    I absolutely LOVE this! I would really want to have a pintuck comforter instead of a duvet cover. How would you recommend making a king size comforter with a pintuck design?
    Thanks for the help!

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks! I’d just buy king or california king-size sheets and everything else should be the same.

    • Sandy says:

      I love, love, love this look. I have a king size bed as well, and am concerned that a king sheet will be too small. I can check out the 108″ fabric from JoAnn — that might be a good alternative. Another might be to add a colored or print border when you sew the backing on — maybe only around 3 sides, since the top will be covered with great matching shams (right?!!) Or, since I have a girlie bedroom — perhaps eyelet or lace edging. Not too much – so as not to detract from the pintucks — but I think it will work. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!!

  60. april b says:

    this looks so easy! i gotta try it and loved the floofy directions this is great!

  61. Sarina says:

    That is amazingly simple ! I gotta try this immediately. Thanks!

  62. Kelli says:

    I love this and want to make it but im wondering if this would look good in any color? Do u think darker colors would show pin tucks?

    • Kelly says:

      Yes! I think it’d look great in other colors. West Elm sells it in other colors. Probably black or VERY dark colors wouldn’t show the pintucks, but you could definitely go with more color than white.

  63. Wow. You are a freaking genius. I wanted this duvet in a color that I couldn’t find. And bought it in a color that had had to settle for. I am buying sheets and doing this. Just awesome.

  64. Floofy is totally a word. Plus now I feel a little bit bad about buying the west Elm duvet, but since I can’t sew, I’ll just have to settle for the Target one next time:)

    Jessica

  65. Um, West Elm called. They want their overpriced, but oh-so-gorgeous pintuck duvet back. Wait a minute…you made that? For $23? And coined terms like “floofy” and “fabric tornado” in the process? You are my sewing hero.

  66. Definitely going to be saving this post for future reference! LOVE it! I’ve been wanting one of these pintuck duvet covers but they’re usually so expensive (I’m a thrifty one too!)

    But hey I can sew quite well so this outta be a snap for me. Oh…and wanna know a secret? Everytime I took our duvet cover off to launder, I had to wrangle the comforter back in and it was so frustrating! So I figured I’ll just put the duvet cover OVER the comforter instead of the comforter inside. Looks almost as nice and it’s much easier to whip off for washing ;-)

    Man I do so love this! Thanks for posting! I think I might have a fall sewing project on the rise :-)

  67. Ohhhhh yeaaahhh…floofy is definitely gonna get in Webster’s now :-)

  68. Samantha says:

    This is gold! i have to do this – probably this weekend. My partner will roll his eyes I’m sure at another project must-do for my list! He wont complain out the cheap cheap outlay though i’m certain of that :)

  69. Stephanie White says:

    This is so great! Thanks for this idea.

  70. Nikki says:

    I just made one of these thanks to your post. And it looks AHHH-mazing! I’m in love with it! I’ve been searching for something not to expensive for my bedroom for a while… since it may end up changed when we do reno’s. But I loved this so much I just HADDDDDD to make it!

  71. WanderLust says:

    Totally submitting “super-floof-tastic” for inclusion in the next edition of Webster’s Dictionary. That needs to be a real life everyday word :-) Also, totally making a pintuck duvet for everyone I know, like ASAP!!

    • Kelly says:

      Yes! These duvets make excellent Christmas gifts, like for all your neighbors, your mailman, your kids’ teachers. :) hahaha.

  72. Amy says:

    Awesome DIY! When you say the bottom sheet is good side up and the top pin tucked sheet is good side down and then you sew around I’m assuming you then turn it inside on itself?

  73. Love this!! You make it seem so simple!

  74. FlagirlinTN says:

    I have coveted the West Elm Pintuck duvet cover FOREVER! Never thought of trying it myself. Genius idea and great tutorial. Flat sheets are now on my shopping list. I have also bookmarked your site for future idea stealing. Kudos!

  75. Hey Kelly! I have just discovered your blog from Virginia’s recent post, and I have to say, I love everything that you do!! And this particular project takes the cake for me… I am so excited to try making this duvet cover for our bedroom at our new house!! Thanks so much for sharing your projects and I can’t wait to read more!

    Ashley xoxox

  76. Diana says:

    I am inspired. I just visited my sister-in-love and she had wonderful duvets on her bed. Also, my daughter has been wanting to redo her room. When I saw you ad a budget of $250, I thought, “Hmmm. I can give her a budget, and she can redecorate to her heart’s content – as far as the budget will go. As for ironing, when in college, I just took the outfit for the day into the shower so the wrinkles could steam out. Just keepin it real! : ) Thanks for sharing!

  77. Bek says:

    I am so doing this! My 2 year old just had a party with a bottle of blue paint all over my duvet so I’ll need a new one! Would you please expound upon your comment about using king sheets for a queen duvet? Thanks for sharing!

  78. APJEN says:

    AND …………. how do you iron it?

  79. I’ve been wanting one of these … now if I just knew how to sew!

    Sharing on my FB page today!
    Kelly

  80. Ashlie says:

    I came across this post by way of Pinterest. But I have to say you are the funniest person ever! Thanks for the great and entertaining tutorial.

  81. Lynne says:

    I would suggest that the “floofier” (?) you make it, the bigger the sheet must be. Ie. a SUPER-FLOOFY one that fits a double bed would be possibly made with a king sheet. I’d almost suggest pinning and floofing from the centre outwards to see how big it is then trim it down if need be (both top and bottom). Great idea and a lovely way to add subtle texture to a solid colour field in the bedroom. Thank you!

  82. Terry says:

    Lovin the floof

  83. Rachel says:

    Beautiful and I love the texture- so cozy! I would love to link to your tutorial if you didn’t mind.

  84. Eve says:

    Just wanted to let you know, I made my duvet cover yesterday, and it’s incredibly gorgeous!! For those who were asking about making it for a king or California king, I made mine for a California king by using two California king top sheets. The size of regular king and California king top sheets, at least on Walmart.com, is the same, but I went with the California king so my daughter could use the fitted sheets on her bed.

    Because, yes, I ended up going with sheet sets. We chose microfiber because we wanted something super soft and with a silky sheen, and those only came in sets and were still pretty cheap. I think under $20 for the whole set.

    Soooo… I made a cardboard rectangle that was 8 x 9. There was no reason for those measurements other than I knew I wanted mine smaller than a foot. I measured the whole sheet and started out using pins but quickly decided that was taking too long, so I switched to a white colored pencil which worked beautifully on my black sheets. I did all my little fabric tornadoes and sewed them at 5/8 inch on my machine.

    I was VERY scared that I would have made it too small and was prepared to add some sort of border BUT I had purchased a down substitute comforter from Walmart.com to fill it, and when I laid them out, my topper almost EXACTLY covered it. My solution to make it exact was to undo the wide hem at the top of the sheet I had previously left in and add a few more pin tucks along that edge to make it match. Now it IS PERFECT!

    Next I’m going to use my four pillow shams from the two sets to make two pin tucked pillow shams.

    Thanks so much for the ideas! We couldn’t find anything that we loved and could afford for her room. Especially for a california kimg. Now she has incredibly expensive looking bedding that she adores!

  85. Maria Trunzo says:

    I love u r duvet cover. I made a bedspread for our son when he was young…I machine embroidery a Corvette in the center on blue demin then made the bedspread. @ the time the was nothing on the market for a boys room that was durable. I made a quilt out of light blue dotted swiss for our daughter. With each bed cover I made pinched pleated drapes to match. I still have the bedspread, but the comforter had to be tossed…too much love.

  86. Denise says:

    That looks so great! I want to do one of my own for our King-sized bed! Question: how did the pintucked sheet fit the same on the non-pintucked sheet? I would think the pintucked sheet would be smaller. How does that work? Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      It is a little smaller, but not enough of a difference to worry too much about… in my opinion. :)

      • cologirl says:

        I had relatively the same question. Maybe it would work more to scale to have the pintucked sheet a king size, but then the non-pintucked sheet a queen? You did a fantastic job on this. Love. :)

  87. Oh my gosh! It’s stunning! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I never would have imagined it was such a do-able project! Love your site and your humor – found you through Knock Off Decor! :)

  88. Jo says:

    I have the west elm set in white and I am super unimpressed. It is really flat and the stitches are ridiculously easy to pull out. To top it off, the button closure at the bottom has more than half the buttons broken!!! And that was the second time i used it after washing. I’m going to try this in a different color. I’m sure it will hold up much better! :)

  89. Emilee says:

    This is so fabulous! I can’t wait to try it! I’d love to use the white sheets, but have a bright yellow comforter! Would the yellow show through the white? And any suggestions if it would?? Thanks!

  90. Rachelle says:

    I just finished my king-sized duvet covers itch king-sized sheets and I love it! I surprised my hubby with it and he even likes it. It was very easy to make. I had to rip the stitches out of the 4″ top hem of the sheets to make it big enough but it was easy to do. The pin-tucked sheet did end up a bit smaller than the bottom sheet but the extra length gets hidden inside anyways when you sew them together. Now I just need a tutorial on how to put the zipper in…I didn’t have time today so I left it for tomorrow. Thanks again for sharing!!!

  91. Rachelle says:

    I just found this great tutorial on how to install the zipper without a zipper foot. I have an older style Bernina and it is very hard to come by the old presser feet for my machine so I have no choice but to use a standard foot for my zipper insertion. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC_tvQcHyG0

    Hopefully it turns out okay being that the zipper is 60″ long!!!

  92. thanks so much for this tutorial.. we actually cloth diaper and I sew cloth diapers so I even have the KAM snaps lol now to locate them we are moving so I already packed them may have a project for today yeah!!!

  93. Leah says:

    Working on our own version of this now, I love it :) We chose colored sheets for ours, a tan and a red. We bought a king sheet for our queen bed, and I suggest it. I did pintucks every ten inches, so it shrunk the sheet up a bit, not sure a queen sheet would give the hanging sides that I personally like.

  94. Doylenn says:

    I have been wanting new bedding for my guest bedroom for a while now. I just have a hard time spending on that money on a bed that is only slept in a few times year. I will definitely be trying this! Thank you!

  95. Maury @ Life on Mars says:

    I love this Kelly! I definitely want to do this!

  96. Madelyn Fiorelli says:

    i love this tutorial! I do have a question: do you pin tuck the front and back? If not isn’t the front slightly smaller than the back (because of the pin tucks)? Or does it not make a difference when lining up the front and back?

  97. I did something really similar..almost identical a couple of years ago. I love how easy it is! http://www.thriftyandchic.com/2012/02/diy-puckered-duvet-cover.html

  98. Lo says:

    How do you think this would work with a King size sheets? I have a king size bed and would LOVE to make this! Its so great- but want to make sure it will fit my comforter. Also how many pin tucks do you think there is totally to make a really fluffy one? :) thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      I think you technically could use a king sheet and it could work (I used a queen sheet for a queen sized bed and it was okay — just a little smaller than I would’ve liked but workable.) You might be able to use California King sheets, or just find sheets that happen to be a little on the large size of King? I have no idea on the pintuck number! I’d guess there were about 50 on mine… you could add just a couple more, or you could add twice as many, or anywhere in between. :)

  99. Ash says:

    What a fantastic DIY! I have been looking at Duvet covers for what feels like months now, and all the ones that I have fallen “in love” with, I just couldn’t justify spending so much money on something that looked so easy to make. I made my duvet tonight and love it! They only thing I added were ties on the inside to fasten the duvet and the cover together. I made mine in a handsome slate grey and I feel like it makes the whole room pop! Thank you so much! <3

  100. Stephanie says:

    Floofy is a word :-) Love you pintuck duvet and can’t wait to make one. Thank you for sharing!!

  101. Tuffy says:

    OMG-love it! so easy. I wish I had seen this before I went head first into a California King bedroom set that my daughter found at Anthropology…no way could I afford it. So I bought yards and yards of deep blue suiting material, made the duvet, THEN I made nearly 250 separate rosettes using a silk organza in cobalt and a shimmery bronze, I then hand sewn each of those to the top in various groupings trailing across the cover. THEN, b/c I was not quite exhausted enough, I also made king pillow shams, 84″ length drapes and throw pillows…even though I saved a ton by diy, I still spent like $400 in materials…it was like I was never done and had to restock materials….never again. It took on a life of it’s own and I was still sewing on Christmas Eve. After all was said and done, it turned out to be amazing, even the ladies at the local fabric stored were terribly invested in the outcome of this project and made me promise to preview it to them…sure, for a fee ladies. 25% cha-ching! But- I am so making your version for my bed–thank you…great projects! Personally, I think your terminology is spot on as well as your added commentary! Keep it up!

  102. Becky says:

    I made my own using your tutorial. Picture is on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/542402348843875623/

    My advice, definitely use a king size (or california king if you can find it) for the top. My tucks were 8.5 inches apart, which made it incredibly floofy. The problem was, the bottom sheet was then entirely too large. All those tucks take up a lot of fabric! So you could save yourself some money by buying a queen size sheet for the bottom of the duvet. Otherwise, everything worked out exactly as you described in your tutorial. I even got fancy and sewed buttons and buttonholes on my sewing machine. Fun project, and gorgeous results!

  103. Rini says:

    This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing:) I will definitely have to try this!

  104. krystin says:

    I recognize bloody as a term in the design world.

  105. Da says:

    Not pintucks; more like honeycomb smocking. Cute nonetheless.

  106. Kathy says:

    I can’t tell from the instructions, but do you do the pin tucks to both sheets or only one?

  107. Jenny says:

    I have a king bed and I like long comforters, so if i was to do this project i would have to sew either two queen or two king sheets together im worried about the seam that will be down the middle. I thought maybe using two different colours and half them and use quarters so same colour is diagaonally from its mate then having my first tornado in the very center where all four corners meet. Could also use a solid and a print in same colour.

  108. Amber says:

    Hi! I saw one of your pins on Pinterest! And have been looking at …(dare I say, stalking) your blog. You have such cute and awesome ideas. Just wanted to thank you for all the inspiration and motivation!! :D There are quite a few of your DIY projects that I’m going to copy…including this one!! Love it!! Thanks for posting this!!

    ~Amber

  109. Amber says:

    Oh! And where could I find those white snaps? I’ve looked at a few stores and no one seems to sell them. Any suggestions?? :D Thanks!

  110. They’re actually for cloth diapers, so you might have to find a cloth diaper speciality store online to find them. I’d probably skip them and just use regular old buttons if it were me. :)

  111. kathybgood says:

    you are one creative, talented person with a wonderful sense of humor. most laidback sewing project instructions ever, too! : )

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