I have a few eiderdowns & bedspreads in my collection now but none that I would want to use regularly as bedding and that would stand up to my constant washing of the bedclothes....necessary when there is a dog in the house who choses to ignore the rules.
Pondering this matter I decided that making my own would be the answer but I didn't want it to take forever and a quick & easy fix was needed.
So armed with a cheap as chips 4.5tog duvet, some rather fancy fabrics, a wee bit of hand stitching and a mornings work this quick and easy eiderdown came to life.
Fancy a go well you will need the following
x1 single duvet (if you fancy a vintage eiderdown experience then use a feather duvet)
backing fabric 2m x 1.4m
- start by measuring the duvet, in the UK sizes are pretty standard and a single should be 135cm x 200cm (unless you go to the blue & yellow shop) and then decide how you are going to stitch the front and make a template ( don't forget your seam allowances). Strips, squares, rectangle shapes whatever takes you fancy. Some will need a wee bit more planning than others and may begin on pencil and paper
- Cut you piece of backing fabric to size. I always use a 1cm seam allowance so for a single size duvet this would be 137cm x 202cm.
- Right sides together stitch seams leaving a gap on one size to insert your duvet.
- Either overlock or zigzag you seams this will give them a little more strength. Press all you seams. top tip at this point, press open the seam allowance on your opening as it will give you a guide when you hand stitch it later.
- Turn to the right side and pop your duvet inside giving it a good shake, making sure corners match corners..
- Hand stitch up the opening.
- Then depending on how you have patched your fabric stitch some anchoring stitches so that the duvet doesn't shift about in the cover. At each corner join for patches or a simple running stitch along the seamed strips...go with what looks best