For childrens bedding, a duvet cover with one fabric on the top and another beneath is fun and can transform a space simply by being reversed. Another way of adding interest is to mimic a patchwork quilt and use large squares to create a chequerboard pattern of two or three bold colours, or a combination of different sizes of stripes.
Cotton is really the only fabric to consider for duvet covers as it is easy to wash and is comfortable to touch. It should not be too heavy. For a double duvet cover, you may not be able to find wide enough fabric, so you will have to join pieces together before cutting out your first pieces to size. Always join with a full width of fabric in the centre, giving you two seam lines.
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To make the joins more interesting, add a strip of fabric between the two pieces you are joining together on either side. Press seams towards the insets and then make up as described above.
Making a simple duvet cover
Cut two pieces of fabric, each a little longer than the duvet itself, plus a total of 10cm (4in) for hems and seam allowance, by the width of the duvet, plus 7.5cm (3in) for the seam allowances. Along the opening edge of each piece, machine stitch a double 3cm (lXin) hem ( 340 341).
To join the two pieces together, first pin them together with wrong sides facing and raw edges aligned, leaving the hemmed edges open. Stitch 2cm (Kin) from the edge. Trim the seam allowances to 1.5cm (Min) and then clip off the two seam allowance corners diagonally. Press the seam open