DIY Duvet from a Bedspread

20 January
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I'm in the midst of a makeover of my bedroom even though I just did a makeover last year... in fact last January! I liked that look for awhile but I think it was a little too bright and colorful for me, I prefer more neutrals. You can see the first makeover here: Master Bedroom Redo - The Big Reveal.

The only things I've purchased so far are the paint for the walls and a vintage chenille bedspread. I'm on the lookout for a lowboy dresser but that's the only other thing I plan to purchase, I'll be reusing much of the decor I had in new ways or with new coats of paint and shopping my own home for other things.

I bought the chenille bedspread because I wanted to give my bed a new look... BUT I already have a grey pin-tuck comforter that my mom got me last year for Christmas and it's so warm and cozy. Soooo... I decided to use the bedspread I bought to make a duvet to go over the comforter. That way I can easily switch back to the comforter when I get bored with the chenille... which I know I will... I'm finicky that way!!

How to make a duvet from a vintage bedspread

Let me show you how I made it!

This is the Etsy listing from the shop I purchased it from, Wheel Deal Antiques.

The first thing I did was to cut off the fringe... don't worry, I'll be reattaching it!

It was a little nerve wracking to cut up a beautiful vintage bedspread, especially since I wasn't entirely sure this would work out like I envisioned it! 😨

Next I needed to lay it out flat to make sure it would fit my comforter and pin the fringe and backing fabric on. I had a heck of a time finding enough space to lay out a queen size bedspread!! I finally found a spot in my living room after moving a couple of chairs out of the way.

Test fitting the comforter...

I used two full size white sheets, which I already had and wasn't using, to create the back (of course it would have been easier to just use a queen size sheet but I don't have one that I don't use and didn't want to go buy one, so I made do!) I cut one sheet exactly in half and then used a strip off the second sheet to piece in a center strip to make it the right size.

Then I pinned the bedspread and sheet backing fabric together, right sides together, with the fringe sandwiched inside. You can see I left a little bit of fabric along the edge of the fringe when I cut it off so that I would have a seam allowance to attach it with.

A duvet usually has the opening for the comforter at the bottom so any buttons or zippers won't rub on your face while you're sleeping. So, since mine was going to have fringe I attached that along the two sides and the bottom edge where the opening is. The top, where my head will be is just the chenille and sheet. I hope that makes sense.

I also added ribbon ties to the inside, top two corners of the duvet and the top two corners of the comforter. I saw this on Martha Stewart... you can then tie the comforter to the inside of the duvet to keep it in place! Genius!

Now it's time to put the comforter inside the duvet. I found this site which has videos with three ways to do this. I used the first method (The traditional way) but the California roll method is awesome!

Source: Crane and Canopy
Here it is all finished! I love how it turned out... WHEW!

Luckily I didn't need to add buttons or a zipper closure, the edge of the bedspread is longer on the bottom and the comforter doesn't show at all and the ties mentioned above keep it from sliding out!

If you missed my post on creating a cozy bed, check that out here: Sundays are for Staying in... Creating a Cozy Bed.

Aside from the initial figuring out part and maneuvering the mountains of fabric through my sewing machine, this was a fairly simple project! What do you think?

PS. I have included a link to Etsy, where I purchased the bedspread. If you make a purchase from that link I will earn a small commission but it will not cost you a penny more! Click here to see my full Disclosure Policy.
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  1. Anne @ DesignDreams by AnneJanuary 21, 2017

    Nice job Tania!

  2. Nancy CarrollJanuary 21, 2017

    It turned out great. I love chenille spreads! That was definitely a lot of fabric to wrestle with!

  3. Sharon Culpepper BrittJanuary 21, 2017

    I have a vintage chenille coverlet on my bed but I love your idea of turning a bedspread into a duvet cover. Yours turned out great and well worth the effort.

  4. Donna WilkesJanuary 21, 2017

    You have a million times the patience I have! Excellent tutorial and the duvet is lovely. I can imagine sinking in to get warm and cozy.

  5. Ha ha, not really Donna but when I reeeaaalllyyy want something I muscle through it!


  6. this was such a great idea, tania! it looks beautiful and seriously just so smart!

  7. My Repurposed LifeJanuary 26, 2017

    The chenile bedspread looks so much better as a fluffly duvet than it does as a bedspread! Great tutorial.
    thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town!

  8. Thank you so much Gail!


  9. Mary KalposJanuary 27, 2017

    Tania that is such a cool duvet. Usually they are just plain but you have turned it into a romantic beauty. And the idea of the ribbons on the inside is genius. I always have problems with the comforter not staying in place.

  10. Thanks Mary! Adding ribbons would be super easy even to a finished duvet!!


  11. Diana PetrilloFebruary 01, 2017

    What a clever idea, Tania! I just want to snuggle up with your new duvet and a good book. My parents had a similar hobnail spread, so it brings back memories for me. I love your modern take on it :) Thanks for linking up your posts with us at Vintage Charm!


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