Nina from DIY Projects By Nina (http://diyprojectsbynina.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/urban-outfitters-inspired-waterfall.html) was kind enough to allow us to share her Ruffled Duvet Cover DIY, a perfect weekend craft if you haven’t got little ones, or a weekday evening project if you have!
What You Will Need:
1. Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set (Purchased on sale at 40% off) This set included:
a. Fiskars cutting mat (I used an 18”x24” mat)
b. Fiskars Rotary cutter (I used a 45mm cutter)
c. Acrylic ruler (I used 6”x24”)
2. White heavy duty thread… for this project I used about 6 spools
3. Sewing machine with plenty of pre-wound bobbins…or at least prepare your mind to wind up plenty of bobbins. I lost count on how many I used.
4. Area where you can lay all that fabric while sewing.
5. The sheets of course (I used 4… 2 of which were king size)
6. LOTS of pins
7. A little patience, especially if you have little ones.
Once you have your supplies, you need to figure out how long you want your ruffles to be. (I did 6”).
1. Iron the sheet
2. Cut strips of fabric at your chosen width, 22 or more (if you’re doing a single duvet cover) I lined my ruler up with the edges and rolled my cutter away from my body cutting my strips.
3. Hem both unfinished sides with a very narrow hem. I did not pin and sew, I merely folded and stitched. I’d still be working on that duvet if I pinned my hems before sewing. I wasn’t looking to have perfect hems, just hems.
4. After I finished my hems, it was time to start the ruffle process. I set my machine on the widest straight stitch and stitched across the top of each piece; grab a loose thread from the end and gather your fabric along this thread. Basically, you’re just sliding your fabric down the thread while holding the thread which creates a gathered effect across the top. I didn’t gather mine too tightly, I needed to make sure each piece would be wide enough. The gathering isn’t permanent though so it can be adjusted as needed
5. After the ruffles have been created, it’s time to begin attaching them. I started from the bottom of my sheet; which was a full size sheet (I think) cut slightly larger than the size of my insert (which I purchased from Ikea on sale), allowing for about 1/2” seam allowance on all sides. I pinned down about 4 ruffles and then sewed them down, I’d say, the coverage was about an inch or so overlap.
6. Lay the duvet out and sew the ruffles on in rows. My last ruffle ended at the top. The sheets that I found had a small ruffle like effect at the top which is where I hid the top of my last ruffle. If you don’t have this then you can just finish it by sewing a solid piece over the top, covering the top of your ruffle.
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Have a lovely weekend!