Most of the beds at the farmhouse take a chapter from my experiences in Europe – they are all made with a bottom sheet, duvet, and pillows. Why? Because they are so simple, a child (*or eccentric bachelo*r) can make the bed each morning!
The problem is that most duvet sets come from fancy pants stores or they come with some cheap “comforter top”. It’s easy to buy nice bed sheet sets almost anywhere but not duvets.
Thankfully, it’s easy to make your own …
Buy any sheet set you like and then buy a single flat sheet that matches or accents the set. (For example, a burgundy sheet set could be paired with another burgundy sheet or a nice ivory one.)
What you will do is take the flat sheet from the set and sew if to the single sheet purchased separately. However, there are a few hints and tricks along the way.
First, lay the two flat sheets “under-side to under-side”. Check that they are the exact same size. Odds are good they won’t be the same size even if they are both for the same size bed. That’s OK.
Align the tops and then center the larger one under the smaller. Pin them together. Now sew down the sides, starting about 8″ from the top finished hem and as close to the edge of the smaller one as possible. The 8″ gap will come in handy later. Now, find the center of the bottom and measure 10-12″ to either side and mark with pins. Sew across the bottom from the corners to the pins – again, using the smaller sheet edge as the guide. Finally, sew across the top – either at the very edge or along the finished hem (typically flat sheets have a 3-4″ top hem).
At this point you could call it “done” but you will find that your duvet, comforter, or puff (aka the “filling”) will float and may sag to one side or the other.
To keep make a nicer finish, measure your filling. A typical queen size duvet or comforter will be 82″x82″. The queen size flat sheets are noticeably larger.
Measure down from the top seam you created in the sheets the same distance as the length of the filling. Pin a line across the bottom. Sew this new bottom seam but remember to leave the same opening as before. Find the center of the sheets – width wise – and measure out half the width of the filling to each side. Pin a line and sew down the sides but remember to leave the 8″ openings near the top. Finally, to help finish it off, sew along the sides of the bottom openings to creat a “channel”. This will make it easier to stuff the filling in (and remove it on laundry day).
You may be asking what those 8″ openings were on either side at the top. They help with putting the duvet cover onto the duvet “filling”. First, take the top of the duvet and crunch it together so you can stuff it into the channel in the bottom of the duvet cover. Still the entire duvet into the cover. Now, reach into the 8″ slots at the top and grab the top corners of the duvet and shake! The duvet will flatten out inside the cover!