DIY Duvet Cover for a Toddler Bed

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Now that it’s getting colder, Oliver needs something more than his muslin blanket at night. I happened to find a Thomas the Tank Engine sheet set at a thrift store but it’s for a twin bed and Oliver is using just a little toddler bed. So I figured why turn it into a duvet cover? I found a tutorial from Martha Stewart which inspired this “lazy mom” version.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 pieces of material large enough to cover your duvet (the duvet I used is 49″ x 43″. I used the Thomas sheet for one side and a fleece blanket for the other)
  • scissors and pins
  • a sewing machine

Here’s what you do:

1. Spread your sheet out on the floor and put the duvet on top.


2. Cut the material to fit the duvet leaving approximately 2 inches on each side. I lined it up with two of the finished sides of the sheet so that I would only have to cut 2 sides. I used the grout lines on the kitchen floor to keep my cuts straight. Repeat with the other piece of material for the back of the duvet cover.


3. Now pin the two pieces of material, inside out and sew along three edges.

4. I didn’t do anything fancy for the bottom. I just sewed across from the corners toward the middle, leaving about 6-8 inches open in order to turn the cover right side out and to leave a space to put the duvet inside. You could finish this off with buttons or snaps (the arrow below points to the opening).

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So that’s it. This is definitely a lazy, easy way to make a duvet cover. But hey, it works! Oliver loves it of course. And I like that the fleecy backing will keep him warm at night. Now I just have to figure out what to do with the leftover Thomas material. Hmmm…I’m thinking Modge Podge…I’m thinking canvases… 🙂




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