Some of you who’ve been following me for a little while know that I’ve been working on my son’s bedroom. One of the changes we needed to make was to get him some new bedding. So we went
window screen shopping at one of our favorite places for inspiration: Pottery Barn Teen. After just a few minutes, the little guy zeroed in on the Rugby Stripe Duvet Cover in black/bright blue.
Unfortunately, that color was no longer available. So I told him I’d see what I could do, and I headed to the nearest fabric store, which sadly enough, happened to be Walmart. Lucky for me, I found something that would work, and it was only $2.97 a yard. Thank goodness, because I ended up needing 6 yards of each color to make a twin. That came to a grand total of about $36. Definitely within the budget, and much better than the $99 price tag on the original.
I started by cutting the fabric into strips , using a rotary cutter and a cutting mat to make the job a little easier.
Then I stitched,
and stitched, and stitched, and stitched.
To keep the seams neat, I ran them through my serger.
And pressed it all really carefully.
By this time, I was ready for some buttons. Thankfully, my new Joann’s store FINALLY opened! I snapped these picture on opening day this past Sunday. Let me tell you, I’ve been counting down the days for that store to open!
Buttons in hand, I decided to take a look at their solid fabrics and see what colors they had. Why do we do this to ourselves?? I saw a color that would have been so much better for the duvet, and I started having buyer’s remorse, wishing that I had been able to buy the other, not-quite-so-bright blue for the duvet cover.
So my first thought was that maybe I could rip out all the strips and start over with the other color. Crazy, I know. Fortunately, my second thought was this:
Remember the Anthro bedding knockoff I made for my daughter’s dorm room? It started out as white muslin, and I dyed it with Rit fabric dye. I already had some in royal blue, so I poured some into the wash, threw the duvet in, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.
And I’m happy to say that it did just exactly what I was hoping: it toned down the bright, bright blue to a not-quite-so-bright blue.
The color laying on top on the left is the original color. The one on the right was a test swatch I did. I was aiming for something in the middle, which is the fabric on the bottom. Much better!
I finished stitching it up, using a button closure at one end,
and stitching twill tape into each corner to hold the duvet in place:
And here’s how it turned out:
As far as bedding knockoffs go, this one was pretty straight forward. Even up close, you can’t really tell that the fabric wasn’t striped to begin with.
I guess the point is, if you want a striped duvet cover but can’t find a ready made one in the colors you want, making one is easy enough, and that way you can coordinate the duvet cover with the colors of the room. In our case, we’ll be coordinating the room with the colors of the duvet cover. Is that backwards? Oh well. Having this part done will make the little guy happy when he gets home from school today. One more step towards getting his room done. And that makes me happy. :)
Hope you’re having a good week. Thanks so much for stopping by, as always.
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