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    ? Duvet cover

    I have a queen sized quilt top that I want to give to my son for his wedding. He likes it but doesn't want to give up his down comforter. We decided that I would make the top into a cover for the comforter. Seemed easy in my mind-just pillowcase top with something soft (his words) for the back. The more I thought about it, I need to attach the top to something to cover the seams. I've decided to attach it to a queen sized sheet and then back it with a fleece blanket.
    Now my questions 1) when I sew the top to the sheet should I pillowcase that or sew it flat with raw edges exposed. 2(When I sew the top/sheet to the back should that be pillowcased since the fleece wouldn't ravel? I plan to put buttons and buttonholes at the bottom edge.
    Hope this makes some kind of sense. I have till October to get it done.
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    I would sew the top flat to the sheet with raw edges exposed and then pillowcase that to the back. Good idea.

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    I agree. I made a duvet cover years ago for DH's old comforter and did it that way. Buttons and buttonholes worked perfectly and we still use it. I did tie it to the comforter with knotted 6-strand embroidery floss to keep it from shifting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike'sgirl View Post
    I would sew the top flat to the sheet with raw edges exposed and then pillowcase that to the back. Good idea.
    Perhaps I'm misunderstanding, but it seems to me that the top edge of the quilt top would need to be finished before it is attached to the back (unless the opening in which to insert the duvet is at the bottom of the 'quilt."). I t hink I would put the sheet and the quilt top right sides together, stitch the top seam, turn to the right side then proceed to sew the "pillowcase" to attach the back, sewing the side seams and the bottom seam. Am I truly confused?

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    Essentially you are making a queen sized pillowcase and the top of the pillowcase will have two layers of fabric, the quilted layer and the queen sheet. The bottom layer of the pillowcase will be fleece. You will insert the comforter instead of a pillow. Then you will close the pillowcase with buttons and buttonholes enclosing the comforter. A serger will make this whole thing much easier and faster with these long seams.

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    I agree and did that once and worked great.n for part of the year I also leave my down comforter as is and use a bed runner.

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    Sounds good to me and I think it a good idea to tie it every so often or the insides will slide to the botttom.
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    AmyButler has a duvet cover quilt free pattern. Here is the web site. Scroll down a ways and it will show up. I can't seem to open the free pattern on my computer, perhaps you can.

    http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/produ..._patterns.php/

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandybeach View Post
    AmyButler has a duvet cover quilt free pattern. Here is the web site. Scroll down a ways and it will show up. I can't seem to open the free pattern on my computer, perhaps you can.

    http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/produ..._patterns.php/
    That won't open up on my computer either.

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    The way that I make mine is to make the quilt top with batting and a muslin back. This is then quilted as normal. Then the backing is attached with the binding and a opening made for the duvet to go inside. In summer you can just have the quilt and in winter you have the extra warmth.

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    I would use a zipper instead of buttons & buttonholes.

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    Update and question. I think I've de died what I'm going to do and now I have another question. I remeasured the top and it is actually 100X100 so King size. I'm going to sew the bottom edge RST with the sheet and then flip so the bottom is finished. Then I'll stitch the top down to the sheet. I can't find a fleece blanket big enough (King are mostly 108 X 90) so I'm going to buy fleece and have a seam. Does anyone have experience with any online sites for buying anti-pill fleece at a decent price. I'm tempted by Wal Mart online for $4.97 per yard but will have to stop in the store to see how it feels. I'd hate to order 6 yards and not be happy with the quality. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandybeach View Post
    AmyButler has a duvet cover quilt free pattern. Here is the web site. Scroll down a ways and it will show up. I can't seem to open the free pattern on my computer, perhaps you can.

    http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/produ..._patterns.php/
    That link doesn't open the pdf file, but this one does. The page must have been moved within the website.

    http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/...elds_Duvet.pdf
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    Don't forget to add ties or velcro on the inside corners of the cover so you can fasten the comforter corners to them (prevents shifting). I would also french seam your fleece edges (or serge if you can) so the inside doesn't fill up with "fleece poop" all winter long. Are you going to quilt the top to the sheet so it looks more like a quilt?
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    It is finished. I asked for suggestions about doing this duvet cover. I ended up attaching the top to a king sized sheet, serged the edges and did some straight line quilting on the top to keep the 2 layers together. Then I sewed fleece to the back to make a "pillowcase". My friend told me that in Norway the opening where you insert the comforter is just tied shut. Sounded good to me, so I attached ribbons every 10 inches. Never again will I do something this big. I had to take it to the church and lay out on the floor of our fellowship hall to pin it together. I didn't have room in my living room to lay it out, but did my best for the pictures. The pattern and fabric is called Harvest Spice. It was a block of the month at LQS several years ago. The pattern and fabric were designed by Nancy Murty. It is out of print now. Thanks for all your suggestions.
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    Looks lovely, thanks for all the updates and the picture.
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    Wow, all that work. It looks great and will surely keep them very warm.

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