DIY Duvet: Shibori Style

On this unusually warm February day, I bring you some more shibori. Who woulda thunk? ;) Honestly, I can’t get enough of shibori dyeing. I think it may be one of my favorite things to make because (and I know I’ve said it before) every piece is totally unique. When you tie something up into a shibori bundle, how it will turn out is a complete mystery and I think that’s what makes it so exciting. You can literally experiment tying and dyeing in endless ways and each way will produce completely different results.

So, the other day a light bulb went off in my head as I was lying in bed staring at my down comforter thinking, “man, I really need to get a duvet for this thing.” But, duvet covers can be very expensive because they are a bit of an investment for your bed and bedroom.

AHA! That’s when it happened. “I could make a shibori duvet!!” And so, the next day the project ensued. Instead of spending a pretty penny buying a pre-made duvet cover, I spent about $28 in total to make my own! And it was *totally* worth it. Now I have this beautiful duvet that is completely original and it will sure last me a long while.

In this post, I’ve laid out a little step-by-step in case you feel inspired yourself. :D

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Really, not much is needed to make your own duvet cover:

  • 2 White Flat sheets (the size of your bed)
  • Fabric dye, I used Rit dye in Denim Blue
  • String or rubber bands for your bundle
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Buttons (about 5)
  • A bit pot for your bundle (I used a lobster pot)
  • (And additional sewing supplies of course: Scissors, Iron, Sewing machine…)

I just bought a couple flat sheets made from 100% cotton from Target so that I could ensure the dye would take. I also didn’t want the cover itself to be super heavy, so the weight of a normal sheet is perfect.

pre-shibori

  • First thing I did was scrunch up one of the flat sheets, and tie it up with a lot of string.

dye-pot

  • Then I got my dye going on the stove until there was steam coming off the liquid… In went the bundle!
  • I let it sit in the dye for a few hours because I wanted a pretty rich, deep color of blue. It depends on the shade you want to achieve as to how long you leave the bundle in the dye. Obviously the shorter amount of time, the lighter the color will come out. (*Also take into account that some of the dye will bleed when you rinse it out and tumble dry)
  • When you think it’s time to take out your bundle, pour the dye out and cut the string from your bundle. Begin to rinse until the water runs clear. (This step can be a bit more strenuous than you’d think…you’ll get a good arm workout ;) )
  • Ring out the water from the sheet and throw in the dryer for about an hour. (*Unless pre-shrunk, your sheet will probably shrink just a bit. Just remember when you are stitching it together with your second white sheet. To avoid, you could wash and dry the second sheet also)

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  • When your dyed sheet is dry, find a large flat surface to spread out both the dyed sheet and your second white sheet and pin right sides together on both long sides and one short side. The un-pinned short side will be the opening for your comforter.
  • Stitch!

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  • After your three sides are stitched together, turn right side out and press the three seams flat, so they’re nice and crisp.
  • On the white sheet, fold and press one edge. This will be where you make button holes. And the shibori’d side is where the buttons will be attached.
  • Measure your buttons and mark where you’re placing the buttonholes along the edge. I used 5 buttons and evenly distributed them.

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  • Once your buttonholes are stitched and buttons attached, you’re ready to slide onto your comforter!
  • Yay!! :)

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Give it a try and let me know how it works! :)

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