Creating a Cool Kid’s Room Part 2 – How to make a FAST and EASY coverlet
January 29, 2013 by robiedodson
Okay – for those of you who missed the last post – I’m working very hard to create fun and meaningful spaces for my kids’ rooms. Starting with Owen because he’s my oldest… okay, who am I kidding. I’m starting with Owen because I like his fabric more!
Here’s my starting point:
hey … atleast the paint color turned out nicely.
Here’s what transpired first:
I started the room by making his bedding. My hope is that if all else fails, he can easily make his bed and have a nice looking albeit thoroughly trashed room!
Yesterday’s post was about how to make the pillow case – super easy and super fast. Today… let’s tackle that coverlet!
I have decided that I LOATHE duvets – especially for kids. I’m sure you’re kids are the epitome of tidy and orderliness; however, mine inherited a few “other” qualities from me. Hence, a coverlet instead of a duvet. It’s lightweight but still warm. Not as warm as a down comforter but a heck-uv-a-lot warmer than just a sheet. Amen!?!
Here’s how to make it – a free tutorial for ya.
Please feel free to measure your bed… I, however, choose something more exact. I just place my fabric over the bed. Turns out this fabric is exactly the right width. Whew. Let’s assume for the sake of this tutorial that yours is too. (If it’s not wide enough, that requires an additional step or two – for another day)
Then, use another scientifically proven method of measuring: put your finger where you’d like to cut your length. Then cut it. Impressed? (don’t forget to cut it about an inch or two longer to make room for the seam allowances)
Next, you’ll need to cut your back side fabric the exact same size.
You will also need some form of interlining/batting. You can use either an official form like shown here on the left, or you can use warm fabric. I chose to use some flannel that I had on hand. (This started out as Owen’s duvet cover until I got tired of the print. Snaps to me for repurposing, right!?)
Now cut that interlining/batting to the same size too.
Now you’re ready to begin assembling your coverlet to be sewn. Start with your interlining. Place it on the floor – it doesn’t matter which side is facing up.
Next, add your top fabric with the right side facing up.
Then add your back fabric. My fabric is the same on both sides. If yours has a print, be sure to layer it on top with the WRONG side facing up.
NOTE: as you can see here, my back fabric is narrower than my outer fabric. So, I layered the back fabric on top of the outer fabric with only one side lining up. It will make sense in a minute – just be sure that you do this (instead of centering the fabric). If your fabrics are the same width, then no problems – just line them up.
Now sew along the side that has all three layers. Again, you should have: back fabric on top wrong side facing up. Outer fabric in the middle with right side facing up. Inner lining on the bottom facing any way.
Now, sew the other side together – if your fabrics are different widths, just gently pull the back fabric over to the other side. Turn it right side out, and center everything like you see here.
Now sew up both the short sides – leaving a large hole on one of the sides – just like you would a pillow. (hint: it’s a good idea to pin extra well here. The fabrics are heavy and can shift without a good amount of pins. I hate pinning, so if I say you should pin, you should pin. just sayin’.)
Reach your hand inside, and turn the whole thing right side out. Yes, you should press the sides – then close up that hole. If you’re one of those meticulous types, you can hand sew an invisible seam. I, however, just topstitch it.
This is what the backside will look like. Oh how I love it!
Now put that little darling on your little darliing’s bed.
It really is easy – I wouldn’t lie to you!
And don’t forget to add the pillow … and a coordinating $3 Ikea blanket.
The options to embellish this thing are endless … I’d love to see what YOU come up with… especially if you make one with ruffles. wink wink.
Cost: I used about 3 yards of each fabric. The chevron fabric was $7/yd. The orange flannel was $3/yd. The inner lining flannel was $3/yd. which brings me to a grand total of $39. Not exactly cheap, but definitely a great price for customized and designer bedding. If you count the 1/2 yard for the pillow and the $3 blanket, the grand total for this ensemble is $46.50.
Time: I am estimating this took about an hour. A novice sewer will probably need about 2 hours to just account for checking and double checking.
I hope you found this helpful … I’ve got a lot more planned for this guy’s room … but I just might get distracted by something else first. Like a new dress!