Duvet covers come in
different types and patterns. They can be made at home
without much trouble. Use wide fabrics. Using wide
fabric will eliminate the need for seams. Use material
that is easy to wash like cotton or polycotton. Sheets
of these materials are easily available in a number of
shades and patterns. You can select colors that either
compliment the existing room décor or contrast with
existing décor. You can make plain and frilled duvet
covers by coordinating colors and patterns for the two
sides. This way you can use both sides of the duvet.
If you want to duvet to be warm then add a sheet of
brushed cotton or flannel to the back of the cover.
Fitted bedspreads give a more custom made and fitted appearance
than a bedspread that is just thrown over. Fitted sheets stay neat
and flat even when you move about the bed in the night. This
bedspread is made in two sections-the top and the skirt. The top
is made to fit the bed exactly; it can be lined, quilted or
interlined for warmth. The bedspread is tucked under the pillows.
The skirt is not lined and covers the bed from the sides to the
floor. The skirt can be completely pleated or can be pleated at
the corners of the bed. If you decide to use a bed valance then
you can have a short skirt and with the valance it will give you a
layered appearance. Take some plain fabric and railroad it (turned
through 90 degrees) and you will not need seams. When beds have
corner posts, the skirt sides and ends have to be made separately.
These have to be made so that they go over the legs of the bed. If
they are pleated then the pleats will have to be placed in the
The simplest bedcover is a throwover bedspread. This bedspread is
a spread that covers the entire bed. It can either be tucked under
the mattress or let to hang loose at the sides of the bed, down to
the floor. Decorative tassels and fringes can be added to the edge
to embellish the spread. This spread can be made from any kind of
fabric like lightweight cotton fabric or even quilted fabric.
Extra fabric is attached at the top of the spread to accommodate
the pillows. You can line these sheets if you like. Select a color
that will either compliment or contrast with the rest of the décor
of the room.
Plain simple pillowcases are easy to make. These pillows are cut
in a single piece across the width of the fabric. Fabric can be
railroaded if it is not wide enough. Hem the fabric at each end
and folded and stitched with an overlapping flap to keep the
pillow in place. Though these pillowcases are simple they are
stylish. These cases can be used with a Plain Duvet Cover.