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From: mamahoogie
Date: 11-19-2003, 10:37 PM (1 of 12)
I am making one of my daughters a crazy quilt top which she wants made into a duvet cover instead of a quilt. No problem except I'm not sure what to use for the closure. I suppose the two obvious would be a very long zipper (put in side or top??) or hook and loop tape?? Anyone ever made a duvet cover and what did they use? I was thinking of making the back longer then the front, bringing it forward and putting buttonholes on back flap and buttons on front??
Open for suggestions.
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User: mamahoogie
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From: Magot
Date: 11-20-2003, 03:24 AM (2 of 12)
That would work Violet, so long as it goes with your top. Wouls you piece the overlap bit as well?
I have them with poppers(snaps) at 9" intervals along the bottom edge of the cover. I wouldn't use a zip, I don't know why - probably because you need such a large opening to get your duvet in and the cost..!
I find that no matter who the duvet cover is on, it always comes undone in the night due to movement in the bed, I don't mind this as it means the stress is not being taken on the seams but released by the unsnap of a popper.
I suppose you could make the cover like a gieant pillowsham with the fold on the underside. Taking great care that the overlap is the right way round so you don't get feet caught in it in the night.
love and kisses, Jan
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From: dmoses
Date: 11-20-2003, 08:34 AM (3 of 12)
Hi Violet,

I made a duvet cover with the buttons as you described. It looks nice. The problem with the one that I made is that I made it a little too big, and the comforter doesn't stay put very well. I think you need to make a real close fit. :smile:
Take care,
User: dmoses
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From: stitchmd
Date: 11-20-2003, 10:20 AM (4 of 12)
I have several duvet covers, each with different closures. I like the snaps best, followed by ties. The envelope type closure doesn't work because of the width and softness, it would be ok with snaps but it does become a place for feet to get caught if you put the duvet on facing the wrong way. I don't like buttons as they feel hard and uncomfortable. As an added bonus I have a cat who likes to chew buttons, so have sharp broken pieces to sleep with.
User: stitchmd
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From: plrlegal
Date: 11-20-2003, 10:25 AM (5 of 12)
To keep a comforter from shifting and bunching inside a duvet cover, you can sew ties to the inside of the duvet cover and to each corner of the comforter . You can also add ties in the middle of the bottom and in the middle of the sides.

User: plrlegal
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From: woodywoodpecker
Date: 11-20-2003, 11:26 AM (6 of 12)
I used pieces of hook and loop tape on mine and added button holes at the very bottom of the cover and sewed buttons on the bottom of the insert so it would stay put and to make it easier to put the insert in the cover.
User: woodywoodpecker
Member since: 11-07-2003
Total posts: 242
From: Aimee S
Date: 11-20-2003, 05:26 PM (7 of 12)
To keep from shifting I sew in loops of elastic in the corner about 4 inches total and then attach a button at each corner of the comforter and when the comfortor is in the duvet I then put the elastic over each button and I have yet to have one come loose.

I like the upholstery zippers. They are about 20-35 inches in lenght and they are soft not rigid. I also put a flap over it to hid it.
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User: Aimee S
Member since: 02-23-2003
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From: zhuie
Date: 11-23-2003, 11:39 AM (8 of 12)
A duvet zipper is 60 inches long and cost around $3. at Walmart. They are easy to put in on the top, sides or bottom and don't gape like snaps or velcro. I cut my fabric exactly the same size as the duvet, which makes it about 1 inch smaller when finished. This has eliminated the duvet from shifting around inside the cover. Singer Sewing Library have a couple good books on different duvet designs.
User: zhuie
Member since: 02-02-2002
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From: mamahoogie
Date: 11-23-2003, 03:50 PM (9 of 12)
Thanks all. I too believe the zipper is the best closure. My daughter wants the top to be a quilted crazy quilt but made into a duvet cover instead of a quilt. Trouble is this is a Christmas present (I work better under pressure I think) and she just bought a house so not buying a new duvet til spring so I am to make it just a general queen size. Hope it works.

I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
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Member since: 12-25-2002
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From: judebel
Date: 11-25-2003, 08:50 PM (10 of 12)
I had one made in Korea and the "sew lady" put a long lightweight zipper across one end which I put on the bottom. I made several with Velcro which worked well. I sewed three ribbons on the bottom end of my down comforter (evenly spaced, one on each bottom corner and one in the middle of the bottom end). Each duvet cover which I've made or bought gets the same 3 ribbons sewn on them. By tying each corresponding ribbon to its partner I prevent the comforter from shifting and it helps when putting the comforter into it's cover.
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Member since: 06-18-2003
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From: carolvanee
Date: 11-26-2003, 01:16 AM (11 of 12)
The last cover I made I put the zipper at the bottom with a flap over it so it wouldn't catch on any thing or any one if it happened to get turned around. But I have seen the one with the buttons and it looks real good. They are selling at The Bay for about $50. or $60. made of Demin and the the button flap was on the top side at the bottom. It also had stiching at the top so it looked like a large demin purse. :Canada: just have fun doing it.
Smile it looks good on you Carol V
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From: MaryW
Date: 11-26-2003, 10:08 AM (12 of 12)
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