Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Okay, so I am still on some kind of high from completing Levi’s room makeover and sewing my very first time! With a machine! And making a duvet cover at that! *yes, I need every single one of those exclamation marks. That’s just how excited I am!
My plan was pretty awesome. I was going to buy two flat sheets in colors that matched with my son’s new room, and I was going to take them to someone to sew them together so that he would have a new duvet cover to go over his brown comforter since it no longer matched. (not that it ever had anything to match to, but you know…) So I bought an orange twin size flat sheet from Walmart for $5, and a teal blue twin sized sheet set from Walmart for $16 and some change. I used the fitted sheet to hide his box spring, and I used the flat sheet to make one side of the duvet cover. The other side I used the orange sheet.
I washed my two sheets and dried, then I lined up the sides of the sheets, the “bad” side of the sheets facing outward, and the “good” sides facing inward. I was going to take it to a sewing and alterations place after they dried, but just couldn’t bring myself to spend more money. Especially if there was a chance I could do it on my own. Instead of taking it anywhere I decided on a whim to try sewing it together.
I busted out an old sewing machine my grandma gave me, and that I have never used before. I went online to the Brother website, found the product manual for that model and read through how to thread the machine and the bobbin, and how to sew. I practice trying to sew a straight line one time, a piece of scrap fabric I had. After my short practice run I sucked up all my courage and just went for it. If I thought about it too much I knew I would change my mind.
I sewed three sides together, the top, and the two longer sides. I left the bottom open for the moment until I teach myself how to make button holes. (That’s coming next.)
When I was done I flipped the new duvet cover right sides out and stuffed my son’s brown comforter inside of it. And let me just say, I felt AWESOME!!! Not gonna lie, I think it was the proudest moment I have had here recently.
You can see how it looks sewn together, with the right sides showing.
And if my son gets tired of blue, he can flip it to the orange side.
For $20, or less if you buy the flat sheets and not a set, you can make a duvet cover for your kid’s bed.
Heck, I might even make a new one for our bed now that I am a gal who can sew!