Our home decor is a bit plain. I don’t say it as a complaint. We like it that way.
We live in the country and our home fits its location. Though the house is new, the interior has an old farmhouse vibe. Nearly all of our furniture is handmade by either my father or a local artisan I befriended about 8 years ago. We have wide plank wood floors in every room but the bedrooms. Neutral-colored linens are my textile of choice. And I’m a fan of wrought iron accents.
It’s plain. But intentionally so.
When we moved into this house, I had every good intention of making us a new quilt for bedroom. Nothing fancy. Just an oversized quilt of creams and beiges. A blank canvas I could play with seasonally using colored throw pillows and blankets. But, as with many Mommy plans, life got in the way.
I Heart White Sales
Flash forward to a couple of weeks ago. My mom and I were engaging in some spontaneous retail therapy when we walked passed a Pottery Barn outlet. That was having a white sale. A 70% off white sale!
As soon as we crossed the threshold, I made a beeline to the king size quilts in search of a store-made blank canvas. They had tons of quilts but none were just what I was looking for. I scoured those shelves on the hunt for just the right thing. But, alas. The closest quilt they had was one made of velvet. And while that might work for some, it just ain’t me.
I headed in my mom’s direction with a bit of nausea in my tummy. 70% off Pottery Barn outlet prices is a bit hard to turn down. I mean, it’s Pottery Barn. Even Phoebe Buffay loved Pottery Barn!
So I decided to check the comforters and duvets, my head compromising with my heart that they could work just as well.
And then I saw it! COMPLETELY not my usual style. But I fell in love…
I guarantee you, Melissa will look at this picture and be shocked. This fabric is much to “pizzazzy” for me. But I adore it. The colors are perfect! Anyway…
What I didn’t love was the simple fact that it was a duvet. I’m not a duvet lover.
I Don’t Heart Duvets
Jon had one when we got married. I hated it. It seemed that by the morning, the darn thing would be halfway down the bed while I clutched at the empty cover for warmth. When we finally got rid of it, I swore I would never own a duvet again.
But after staring at the package, consulting my mom and doing the math ($34 for a Pottery Barn duvet cover!), I just couldn’t resist. I found a duvet that was also on sale as well as two cream-colored king-sized shams for accents and hurried home with my bounty!
After washing the whole kit and kaboodle when we got home, I got started setting up the duvet. I was pleasantly surprised that Pottery Barn realized the issue with duvet-slippage and had stitched in some loops and ties to secure it in place. This was quite the step up from the Jon’s bachelor duvet.
With those additions, I was sure everything was going to go smoothly.
Not the next morning, but a few days after my purchase, we started to notice an abundance of floppy excess fabric at the top of the bed each morning. Somehow, even though it was attached, this duvet was making a break for it every night!
I unbuttoned the bottom and crawled in to see if everything was still tied in place. Sorry I don’t have a picture for you. Well, not THAT sorry.
I checked all six loops and they were all still tied. But during my investigation, I figured out the issue. Within the approximately 48” of space between the ties, the duvet was drooping down. Unfortunately, that 48” of space is right where you sleep!
A Simple Sewing Project
So last weekend I set myself to the task of adding some loops and ties.
I grabbed some fabric from my scrap bin and a matching spool of thread. I rough cut two – 4”x1” pieces of fabric for my loops and two – 10”x1” pieces for the ties.
Laying the duvet on the bed, I measured between the center loop and corner loop. Right in the middle, I folded one of the 4”x1” pieces over the seam and tacked it on, leaving enough fabric to create a loop.
Don’t go too low on the duvet. You don’t want to inadvertently sew through the fluff.
I did the same thing on the other side and made a loop.
Then I turned the duvet inside out. Laying it across the bed next to the duvet, I lined up where I needed to sew on the ties. This time, I folded the fabric over the seam of the duvet cover and sewed a few stitches to take it on. Again, you have to take care to stay right on the seam. If you don’t, you’ll accidently create gathers on the outside of your duvet.
Once everything was tacked on, I pulled the strips through the loops and tied loose knots.
Then I shimmied the duvet cover over the duvet, buttoned her up and voilà!
And it worked perfectly. No slippage!
As an aside, my duvet set had corner loops.
If you don’t have corner loops, you will surely want to add them to keep everything in place. You can follow the same directions as above, just attach your fabric like this:
This is an easy fix-it sewing project. You do not have to be an expert to tackle this problem. And you don’t need any special materials. In fact, you could accomplish this with any scrap fabric and a hotel sewing kit!