Workroom Hints: Convert a Duvet to a Bedspread

If you read our blog about making your bed, you will know why we are sharing these instructions with you. If not, be sure to check out the blog: "Did you make your bed today?"

Remember, you want the front to look good. No one will see the back. Sew everything on your machine right side up, so you can see the stitch lines. Count on the fabric dimensions being different from one side to the other. (Remember they’ll shrink, stretch, etc.)

1. Top stitch the front to the back around the 3 seamed sides of the duvet. Do not sew the side with the opening. Use your machine foot to guide you an equal distance all the way around. Leave about 1” at the end of each side, in case your fabric has stretched or shrunk. This will not show once on the bed.


2. Once you have the 3 sides top-stitched, lay out the duvet on a large table and start smoothing and pinning through both fabrics along the interior seam (typically about 18-24” in from each side). You will send more time on smoothing out the wrinkles and extra fabric then the actual pinning process.


3. Start from the closed end that has been top stitched and work fabric toward the open end of the cover. Place pins about 4-6 inches apart. Don’t worry if it looks like there is extra fabric at the opening when you’re done. Do make sure it feels like the backside is also smoothed out before sewing. You may also have a few wrinkles along the outside edge, but don’t worry about it, they won’t show when the duvet is on the bed.


4. Start the seam about 1” from the closed end, sewing towards the open end. Top stitch down the seam. I used my machine foot and lined up beside the existing seam instead of sewing through the seam itself. Personally. I think this looks more tailored and is easier to control.


5. Once you are done with one side, put the duvet back on your work table and work on the second side the same way. Do not try to pin both the right and the left sides at once. I guarantee by the time you try to sew the second seam, you will have to re-pin it anyway. Remember to shorten your seams at each end by about an inch and to start your seam at the closed end working towards the opening.


6. Once you have top stitched the front fabric to the back fabric, you will need to clean up the open end. I typically leave the end open, but fold, pin, and stitch the open edge to square it up and give it a clean look.


Six seams, and you are ready to make that bed like a pro! Go ahead and button up the open edge and throw it on your bed. Literally – what was once several minutes will now take you seconds.

Definitely Style Simplified!