So I mentioned last week that after we moved a bed into the man cave, the Deer Valley bedding moved with it. We used an heirloom quilt to tide us over until I could finish sewing the new crowning glory of the room: The Woodland Tales Gypsy Duvet.
When I saw the Woodland Tales fabric, I couldn’t believe my eyes! Back when I was pregnant with Charlie, my mom helped me create a gallery wall for her nursery using her Cricut. I chose to use Nursery Tails since they had some adorable woodland creatures to fit the theme I was going with.
This fabric by Sheri Berry Designs is a perfect match, because she’s the artist behind both!
So, the fabric choice was made, but how should I sew it? I didn’t want to just use one pattern, I wanted to mix it up. After googling “duvet patterns” to no avail, I thought, “Why not use a quilt pattern for the top and just not quilt it?” So I did! I used Amy Butler’s Gypsy Caravan quilt pattern. Her website is full of free patterns, you should go check it out!
I had to alter the quilt pattern slightly to fit the full/queen duvet I already had on hand. I added the outer 13″ stripe of Deer in Pink fabric. The actual pattern ends with the green dots to make it more of a traditional quilt size. I know the bed in Charlie’s room is only a twin size right now, but once she’s a bit older I’d like to upgrade to a full for her. And this duvet will still fit. I’m sure by then I’ll have a good handful of duvet covers to switch out when the mood strikes her 😉
To make the cover removable and washable, I left a 12″ opening on one end with ribbon ties to keep it closed. And since it drives me nuts to have the duvet insert getting all twisty up in there, I sewed a button hole in each corner of the top and buttons on the corners of the insert so things don’t get too shifty.
I used some buttons and a button-covering kit I had on hand so they would blend in with the fabric. The back is just a lime green queen size flat sheet I snagged at Wal Mart for $13. It matches perfectly with the leaves and the green dots fabric.
I added on an extra 1/2 yard here and there to the different patterns so I’d have enough scraps to make some pillows. I just used some scrap fabric on the back, then pieced together a top that wasn’t too busy, but still had a little pizazz. I’ve got two of these pillows, but the twin is too slender to fit them both. I’m also planning a fun accent pillow! I know three pillows seems pretty lame in the grand scheme of opulent bedding, but I’m a less-is-more kinda gal when it comes to pillows and making the bed. Too much is a bad thing in my world 😉
So I know I say I love every project I post, but for the realz. I love this duvet! It’s cute and girly without being overly pink and frilly. It’s good for a baby, but fun enough for an older kid too. It’s got a classic quilt like feel, but the fabrics and style keep it modern. It pretty much bridges every gap. And even though it’s a full/queen size, it still fits rather well on the twin size bed.
And yes, I now hate the color I painted the bed 😉 It quite possibly will become white sometime down the line. But it works for now. Mostly because the new bedding covers it up! So there you have it. A fun and fabulous sewing project combining a duvet cover, a quilt pattern, and possibly the cutest little girl fabric around. It’s a good Monday!