For this project I used:
- 2 twin size white flat sheets
- Rit Dye in Aquamarine and Kelly Green
- 2 skeins of Lions Brand Baby’s First Yarn
- 1 Down alternative insert
What I did:
Dying the fabric:
1. I decided to dye my own fabric because I could not find a sheet in the color I wanted. I used the Colorit color formula guide (my target color was a lighter version of green 1 #586) on the Rit Dye website to determine the colors I needed and the ratios of dye. I then dyed both sheets in a large wash tub, literally dipping the fabric, stirring to ensure I had complete and even coverage and removing it within just a few minutes. I then rinsed and washed. I wanted only a hint of color – this process gave me what I wanted.
Making the pom-poms:
1. Out of the two skeins of yarn, I was able to make 28 pom-poms following this method:
a. Cut a piece of yarn approximately 6″ long – this piece will be used to both secure the pom-pom
and also to attach the pom-pom to the duvet. Lay this piece out parallel to the fork.
b. Begin wrapping the yarn around the piece in step 1 and the fork, looping over – I had 45 loops.
c. Pull the ends from step one together and tie tightly in a double knot to secure.
d. Remove the loops from the fork carefully, being sure to separate the tie strings from the loops.
e. Carefully cut loops
f. Trim pom-pom to even out and give a uniform shape
Attaching the pom-poms and sewing the duvet:
1. The length of the sheets should be longer by the length of the wide hem normally found at the top of the sheet. Measure to be sure – and either remove this hem, or remove the excess minus 2″ for seam allowance. Put the removed pieces aside.
2. Using a measuring tape, determine and pin the placement of the pom-poms on to one of the two sheets, being sure not to pin too close to the edges. In my case, my duvet was to be used on a day bed, and therefore, I did not put pom-poms on the back overhang.
4. Begin attaching the pom-poms using a large eye needle and a yarn threader, and threading each end of the pom-pom through the fabric and tying off at each designated pin.
5. With sheets right sides together(the pom pom strings will be on the wrong side), align the two sheets, corners together. Pin sides and top together. The top will be the rough cut edge, the bottom, the hemmed edge of the sheet. On bottom, pin out 12″ from the corner, leaving a gap for the comforter to be inserted. Using the original seam of the sheet as your guide (this hides the original seam inside the duvet), stitch the top, long sides and 12″ in on either side of the bottom, creating a pocket with an open end.
6. Create and attach ties – There are many methods of closure for a duvet – I like using ties rather than buttons. For the ties, cut 16 10″ lengths out of the remaining fabric from step 1. Create ties by stitching two lengths together, leaving one end open, turning through this end. You will create 8 ties in total – 4 for each side.
7. Turn duvet right side and lay flat on the floor. Position ties, one on each side evenly spaced along bottom opening. Stitch to the duvet, attaching securely.
8. Insert the comforter of your choice, and enjoy!
If you are interested in seeing how the throw pillows were made, please go here!