Making a simple duvet co”
1 Cut two pieces for the cover. Along the opening edca of each piece, stitch a 3cm (VAin) double hem.
2 Stitch the two pieces together with wrong sides fao- leaving the hemmed edges open. Trim.
A This is an inspired use of an awkward space – the bed does not attempt to look small. Understated cream and white cotton bed-linen is combined with a minimal use of black and white traditional mattress ticking to create an elegant interior.
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Subtly stitched motifs criss-cross the duvet cover and a simple line of stitching runs around the edge of it.
Duvets have largely replaced sheets and blankets, and their covers are easy both to use and to clean. Essentially two pieces of rectangular fabric joined on three sides, they are a bag for the duvet to fit inside. A large pocket can be made at the open end, to prevent the duvet from slipping out – just like the pocket on a traditional pillow case.
Alternatively, the duvet cover opening can be fastened with ties or buttons. Both these devices can be used to bring contrast and colour, such as checked red and white ties on a plain cover or bold tartan ribbons to fasten one in striped ticking. Buttons can be bold and eye-catching, while the buttonholes can be made using brightly coloured thread. If you prefer to keep things simple, just use press studs or a zip fastening.
For a more subtle approach, add piping along the seam between the two layers of fabric. On a bed that is covered entirely in white, a piped line of blue and white gingham or multicoloured floral pattern adds just a hint of detail and colour, perhaps picking up another fabric in the room.