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PBTeen Knock Off – Dip Dyed Ruched Duvet

DIY Ruched Duvet
You may remember, when planning for B’s new room, we were going for a zebra print, funky tween feel, with elements of music or singing, because that’s B’s favorite thing. The colors were to be teal blue, kelly green or lighter and violet. I wanted zebra print to be obvious in the room, but not overpowering and I wanted some flexibility for the next few years as her tastes change. When it came to bedding, I needed the same things – flexibility, funkiness, with a touch of zebra.


We decided on a DIY Knock Off.  So glad we did, because she LOVES it. Honestly, part of it we came upon by accident (there is a story in there), but nonetheless, it’s exactly what we were going for.

This is a lengthy, lengthy project – it was two days in total – It’s also not necessarily a simple project, but it’s more time consuming than difficult. My cost came in at $49 in total, so it was worth the time and effort I put in to it. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not it’s worth your time. Directions below are for a twin sized duvet.

You will need:

  • 1 twin sized flat sheet – white
  • 1 queen sized flat sheet – white
  • 4-5 packages of single fold bias tape in coordinating color – I used white and it does not show through
  • Rit Dye in your choice of colors (2). They have a really useful color formula guide here that can help you mix up to 500 colors
  • Water, etc. as determined by the dye package
  • A tub or other vessel large enough to submerge a queen size sheet
  • Thread
  • A down or down alternative comforter insert
  • A measuring tape
  • A sewing machine

Dying your fabric:

1. Prepare to dye your fabric. Choose one color to use first, and following the directions on your dye packaging, prepare your dye bath. I dyed only the queen sized sheet, as that is the visible side of the duvet, but you could do both sheets if you feel the need. I laid the queen sized sheet out on the floor and measured the total length of fabric, and divided it by three – one section for each color, and one for the middle white section. I used a piece of ribbon to tie off the first section. This delineates where you will “dip” your fabric to in the dye bath. I then folded my fabric, accordion style, to ensure it would fit evenly in the dye bath. Keep in mind, the top of the queen sheet with the large hem will be the bottom of your duvet – dye accordingly.
DIY Ruched Duvet - step 1

2. Again, following the directions on the dye bath, “dip” your fabric from the bottom up to the ribbon tied area. I dipped right up to the ribbon and then pulled some of the fabric out so that gave an ombre effect. I was able to do this near the kitchen sink, and placed the undyed fabric in to the sink during the dying process.

diy ruched duvet = dip dying

3. When they dying is complete, begin rinsing. Rinse, rinse, RINSE, I can not stress this enough. I would even recommend running a rinse cycle before the recommended washing of the item. Let’s just say, my duvet was accidentally dyed entirely green from lack of rinsing, when I washed it I learned this from experience.
4. Wash, dry and repeat steps 1-3 on the other end of the sheet with second color, leaving a non-dyed section in the middle of the sheet.
Assembling the duvet:
1. Measure the length of twin sheet and “even up” the length of the queen sheet by removing the large folded hem at the top of the queen sheet. Put this and the twin sheet aside for later use.
2. With the larger sheet laid out on the floor, measure the length and divide by 5. In my case, my sheet ended up 96″ long and my sections were approximately 16″ apart.
3. For the next step, you are going to begin gathering each section. Everyone has their own method, and if you are new to sewing, I found a great tutorial on the subject here and here, using two different methods. Whichever method you use, you will gather along the top and bottom, and then every 16″ (or whatever measurement) in between like so.


4. Measure the width of your twin sheet. Using this number, measure and cut 7 lengths of bias tape.
5. Lay your queen sheet out on the floor. Begin gathering by pulling your gathering threads – your finished width after gathering should be the same as the width of the twin sheet. I found it easiest to attach a cut length of bias tape to each end of the gathering strip, and gather against the bias tape for measure. Pin the bias tape well and even out the gathers across the gathering strip, one at a time. Stitch over bias tape, attaching it to the queen sheet. Again, I found this easiest to do one at a time. Your finished sheet will look like this:

diy ruched duvet - show sewing

 6. Using the removed section from step 1, cut off any stitching holding the piece together. (Note: your fabric color will be dyed the same as the bottom of your duvet.)

diy ruched duvet - create ties

7. Now, cut this piece in half. Measure and cut one half to the length of the width in step 4. Put remaining aside along with the other half. This will be used for closure ties, and for an interface for the bottom of the duvet.
8.  Pin the first half cut in step 7 to the bottom of the duvet, right sides together, arranging gathers as necessary. Stitch, using 5/8″.

diy ruched duvet - stitch gathers

9. Turn interface to inside, press and stitch close to the seam – the idea is to create a flat edge and hide the gather.

diy duvet cover - hem

10. With right sides together, align the twin sheet and the queen sheet together, place the top seam on the twin sheet at the bottom – there will be a slight difference in length. On the bottom, fold over the difference on the twin sheet to make up the difference and create another interface. Pin sides and top. On bottom, pin out 12″ from the corner, leaving a gap for the comforter to be inserted. The picture below shows the fold and width of stitching after sewing. Stitch together, using the original seam of the sheet as your guide (this hides the original seam inside the duvet).

diy duvet cover - add ties

 11. 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 7. 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.
12. Turn duvet right side and lay flat on the floor. Position ties, one on each side evenly spaced along bottom opening. Attach securely.

diy duvet cover - with ties

13. Insert the comforter of your choice, and enjoy!

diy duvet cover - full room

Pottery Barn Teen Knock Off – Butterfly wall art

This was a super cute addition to B’s gallery wall, and was so easy to make!

Pottery Barn Teen’s edition is adorable, and I thought it was such a good idea, but it was way overpriced, and a whole lot bigger than I was looking for, as I had limited wall space to work with.

I made my version using two 5×7″ frames. Using a graphic image of a blue morpho butterfly, I enlarged the image in MS Paint to that of 10 x 7. I then cropped out half of the image, copied the cropped image, pasted the copy into a new ms paint document and then flipped the image horizontally. I added a 1″ border around the butterfly image, and printed out on quality paper, framed them, hung them, and we were done!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

Mirror from Bookpages
The past few years have seen a pretty big shake up in room ownership in our home. Last year, my oldest baby flew the coop for college and got his own apartment. Recently, my oldest baby girl flew away as well. My tween girls, who’ve been sharing a room for the past few years, barely waited for the bodies to cool, and couldn’t get the furniture out fast enough before they were claiming their own rooms. It was a sad time for the mama (at least until the decorating bug kicked in!), what with all of the shake ups, but it was such an exciting time for the girls. The last time we’d decorated their shared room, they were 4 and 5 – at 8 and 9, it was time for something a little more funky and grown-up. While K opted for a “Paris, fashion” themed room, B requested a “music, zebra” themed room – with a sunburst mirror – she was very emphatic – “I REALLY want a sunburst mirror.. Oh, I REALLY want a shoe chair – in Zebra Print.” We ix nae-ed (sp?) the chair but decided the mirror could be a really fun accessory for her new room.

I needn’t say my project was on a budget… but I said it anyway. I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for this mirror, given that it would be acting as an accent for the room, which meant that making it was probably my best option.

Even after much searching on Pinterest, I wasn’t able to find an example that would fit my needs.  I decided to combine two different mirrors that I did find –  this lovely bamboo mirror, which was exactly the shape I was going for, and this recycled paper one, which had the other elements I was looking for – cheap and readily available materials. We were off! Basically, I followed the tutorial found here, with a few tweaks.

For this project I used:

  • An old (fat) In Style magazine
  • A base of some kind – I used the cover of a scrapbook paper book 12×12
  • A small round mirror (mine was 12″)
  • A wooden embroidery hoop, matching the size of the mirror
  • Round wood beads
  • A hot glue gun
  • Spray paint in your choice of finish

Step 1: Carefully tear out the pages from your book or magazine, and roll them in to cones. I did this by wrapping my page around a long handled wooden spoon as you’ll see below. I then used a spot of hot glue on the finishing corner to hold the page in a cone shape.

Step 2: Glue your mirror to the base. Then, glue your embroidery hoop to your mirror – I did NOT do this and wish I had, so, go ahead and add the hoop in now. This gives you something to “butt” up against and makes placement easy-peasy.

Step 3: Begin gluing your paper cones on to your base, ensuring you place the tip of the cone as close to the embroidery hoop as possible. Continue adding cones until you have covered the entire base.

Step 4: Add the beads. I found the beads just finished everything off nicely, and really changed the look of the mirror. I used about 1/2″ round, inexpensive wooden craft beads, attached by hot glue, and placed them on the edge of the embroidery hoop. I found the beads in the kid’s craft area at Walmart in a tub that looked something like this:

Step 5: Attach a picture hanger on to the back of the mirror for hanging. I used a sawtooth hanger and hot glue aplenty to secure the hanger on the back of the base. It ain’t pretty, but it works!

Step 6: Spray Paint both the front and back of the mirror with your choice of finish, ensuring to get the ends of the cones, as well as any visible spaces. I used Krylon Metallic spray in gold. I had to do about 3 or 4 coats to cover.
Step 7: To get the uneven appearance of the sun “bursts”, I measured and cut around the outside of each paper cone. I used 11″, 10.5″, 9.5″ and 8.5″ and followed a pattern of 11″, 10.5″, alternating 9.5″ and 8.5″ in length. I marked the measurement and cut on an angle to create the point.
Step 8: Enjoy your mirror!

Mirror from Bookpages

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