Woodland Tails Gypsy Duvet

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 šŸ˜‰

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 šŸ˜‰

Little Miss Charlie seems to be happy with her new bedspread. She decided to prove it by photobombing the shot in her monkey pajamas. Which of course makes the duvet that much cuter šŸ˜‰

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 šŸ˜‰ 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!


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