Duvet covers for children are expensive and often do not come in the fabrics or colors your are looking for. For children, I also like to have a cover that can be removed easily and often to wash. In fact, I do not usually put a flat sheet on the bed when I have the doona cover. With a bit of sheet shopping and sewing, it is easy to create your own unique and attractive duvet covers that are also functional!
Find a fabric or sheet set that you like. I have used a twin sheet set to turn into a double duvet cover, or flannel twin flat sheets to make a twin cover.
One flat twin sheet in aqua and an owl print flat twin were used for this doona cover.
Fit your sheets to the duvet. A twin sheet set was dismantled to make fabric sections wide enough for a double or full cover. Fabric is rarely sold in widths wide enough for a double cover so the following instructions would also work for fabric covers.
Cut the fitted sheet sides and release the elastic to make a flat piece of fabric. The middle section of you fitted sheet should be long enough to add to the sides of your double duvet.
Wide middle strip and narrow side strips.
Usually, a wide strip in the middle and two narrow strips on the side will give you enough width for a full cover. It is best to measure your doona to get exact measurements. I wanted to use 3 fabrics so ended up using 2 strips on each side of the wide middle piece of fabric.
Sew up the pieces to create the top of your cover.
Fit to a flat double sheet or extra wide fabric for the back of your cover. If you are using a sheet for the backing, consider how you will be closing your doona. If you are using a zipper, use the narrow bottom seam of the sheet at the bottom of your duvet to attach the zipper and save your self the step of hemming. If you are going to use buttons, perhaps the wider top hem of the sheet will be more suited for use at the bottom of your cover. For children's duvet covers, I have used both zippers and velcro as they are fast to get on and off.
The wide top hem of store bought sheets makes it ideal to use for a button closure duvet.The narrower bottom hem, which is the same as the side hems, will be fine for adding in a zipper. No hemming required.
Put right sides of the front cover of the duvet and back cover together. Sew up both sides and the top. If you want to add ties at the top to hold in your duvet, this is easily done now as you are making the seam across the top.
A quick tie sewed into your cover and one on your doona and you can tie these together if your blankets are prone to slipping.
Pin in your zipper and using your zipper foot, stitch in the zipper to the bottom of your duvet.
Sew up the extra width outside of your zipper on the bottom of your duvet (this will be necessary for a double or queen cover).