If you can’t find a baby bedding set that works, make your own! Start with a baby duvet cover! You don’t even need too look for a free baby sewing pattern. We are going to give you some free and easy sewing instructions. Why people buy sewing patterns for these things baffles me, it’s so simple that you may not even need directions after you’ve completed your first cover.
The most complicated or difficult thing about a comforter cover would be the buttonholes if you go that route, but more on that later.The great thing about this DIY baby bedding project is that you don’t have to have a sewing pattern and you can finish it in a few hours. If you have the basic operation of a sewing machine mastered, this easy baby crib comforter replacement cover will be a snap!
WHAT IS A BABY DUVET?
A duvet cover works pretty much like a pillowcase except it goes over an existing comforter. If you want to update the look of your current comforter, you can make a duvet, which is a slipcover or replacement cover made from a baby sewing pattern in the fabric of your choice with open ends closed with buttons, Velcro, ties or an easily removed slip stitch.
Since we are making a cover for an existing baby comforter, exact measurements are extremely important. If the duvet is too large, it will look sloppy and could even be dangerous for a baby. The size of the duvet and other baby bedding is very important. Many experts recommend that baby comforters, bumper pads and pillows are used for decoration only when baby is not in the crib so please consult with a professional whose advice you trust in regards to what items are safe to use in the baby bed or cradle. My baby's comforter that we are using as an example for this project measures 40 inches wide by 45 inches in length (40”X45”).
To make a duvet for this comforter I will need:
2 pieces of fabric sized 42 inches wide by 50 inches in length to make the top and bottom of the duvet
CHOOSING YOUR BABY DUVET FABRIC
Of course you want baby bedding fabric in a really cool color, print and design, but read the content label. Cotton is always a good durable, washable fabric choice for baby items including baby clothing and your crib duvet is no different. By the way, I would always wash my fabrics before they come in contact with a baby or a toddler. Your nursery theme and design will dictate color and fabric print as they might have a reaction to dyes. Here’s an idea, choose two coordinating fabric prints, one for the top of the crib duvet and another for the bottom. A color or pattern change can be accomplished with a quick and easy flip of the comforter!
IDEAS and SUGGESTIONS FOR BABY DUVET COVER THEMES and DESIGNS
A pretty cow or pony print microsuede fabric would make a lovely cowboy or cowgirl themed duvet cover.
Lightweight denim fabrics can be mixed and matched with bandanna prints for a colorful, fun design. Carry the bandanna print from the duvet cover to the nursery window treatments for a handkerchief hem valance.
Buy yards of solid color fabric and stamp your own design. Consider making a personalized stencil from baby’s footprints or handprints and decorating the fabric yourself. You can decorate the nursery walls with a colorful border made from your free baby stencils to match! A custom made duvet cover will make your baby’s bedding unique and one of a kind.
DUVET SEWING INSTRUCTIONS
Sew around the two sides and one end of the slipcover using a seam allowance of ¾ of an inch on all sides and bottom of the duvet cover. Leave one end of the
duvet cover open. Finish the raw edges of the fabric left on the open end with a 2 inch hem and then another hem of the same measurement, taking care to sew it neatly close to the first fold, press neatly with an iron keeping the edges and corners neat and straight.
Turn your duvet cover right side out and designate one side of the cover as the “TOP”. Now will be the time to decide which closures to use to secure the end of your duvet cover; buttons, Velcro, a slip stitch or short ribbon ties in coordinating colors. If you are planning to use the baby comforter that you have made yourself for decoration only with little risk of staining or soiling, a slip stitch will work just fine. If you feel that buttons might come loose and possibly present a choking hazard for your baby, this might be the best option for you as even Velcro or short ribbons ties can work their way loose. Again, I advise that you consult with a child safety professional to help you make a decision.
If you decide to use buttons, Velcro or ties to close the end of your duvet cover, mark replacement for your buttons and buttonholes, ties or Velcro fasteners every three or 4 inches. Placement and spacing will depend on the width of your comforter cover. Begin marking in the center and work your way to the edges of the duvet cover.
I once saw a pretty homemade baby girl’s duvet cover that had bows made of silk or satin ribbon scattered across the top of the covering. The bows were decorative and they kept the comforter in place within the duvet cover. I just love decorations that serve a purpose, don’t you?
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