West Elm in Sea Spray. It was gorgeous I loved it and the price wasn't half bad at just $99 dollars. Unfortunately it was basically a piece of CRAP!!!! It's made from 230 thread count organic cotton, but really you should substitute organic with scratchy and paper thin plus because of the nature of pintucks you have a basillion pressure point for tearing and boy did it ever. We are talking if you sat on it rip, if you pulled the covers over you at night, rip, If Toulouse smelled it rip, If you looked at it sideways rip. It lasted all of about 3 days, Ahhhhhhhhhh. I was so irritated and I sent the baby back post haste. This led to problem #2 "Finding a Replacement". I loved the color and structure of the West Elm Duvet after hours of searching I found several similarly structured duvets & comforters TARGET, ANTHROPOLOGIE, NORDSTROMS but either the price, color or the fact the it was a comforter and not a duvet lead me to face the facts. I was going to have to make this myself. Queue the tiny violins.
I scoured the Internet for a pintuck tutorials and found this. Unfortunately I didn't want the twist method I wanted the tuck method (Insert Blake laughing as I tried showing him the obvious difference between the two) trust me they look different. So off I went to Anthropologie to purchase a $56 GASP pillow sham so I could recreate this elusive technique. After a little analysis I discovered it was EASY, CRAZY EASY. However it's also time consuming, CRAZY TIME CONSUMING and that's why they charge you an arm and a leg. So now that you've been warned lets DIY.
12x12 Quilt Square
123 Matching Cloth Shank Buttons or 4 hole buttons. (button shouldn't be bigger the 1/2")
Thread/ Sewing Needle
Fabric or Flat Sheet
I'm going to be focusing more on the pintuck technique on the duvet and less on the making of the duvet it's self. If that's what you're interested making a simple solid duvet is really easy. It's basically making a giant pillow case. I would suggest using sheets since you probably won't want a giant seam down the middle of your duvet and it's hard to find fabric that's 110" wide. Take the sheets right sides together and sew a 1/2" seam on three of the 4 sides. On the 4th side sew in towards the center of the sheets about 5-8" on either edge of the 4th side. Turn right sides out and add several buttons to the interior of the duvet and accompanying button holes to finish the closure of the duvet.
By sewing the buttons on the inside of the duvet and the button holes on the fabric closest to the mattress you won't be able to tell were the opening is and you'll have a clean finished edge. Personally I didn't want to make the actual duvet so I purchased a $40 simple blue queen sized duvet and added the pintucks.
A FEW THOUGHTS:
If you decide to go the pre-made duvet route consider this. When you add in all of the pintucks it will make the actual size of the duvet smaller so I would suggest 2 things if you are making a queen duvet buy a king this will allow extra fabric for the pintucks and leave the finished duvet just the right size. Or you could add an additional fabric broader around the 4 sides of the duvet. Adding a little detail and making up the size difference. Also weather you get a pre-made duvet or you go with 2 flat sheets make sure to get a thead count of at least 300. It will be softer and the material with be much stronger.
STANDARD SIZES TO KNOW:
Twin Duvets: 86"x 68"
Queen Duvets: 88"x92"
King Duvets: 92" x 108"
* I purchased an over sized queen 92"x 96" however in hind sight I should have purchased the over sized king110"x 96" because I ended up unpicking 2 rows of pintucks to get the size I wanted.
Basically you are making a gird of 10x 10"squares with your tailors chalk on the fabric. How many ten inch squares you make and how you arrange the grid on your fabric is up to you, this is how I did it.
I drew the above grid on my fabric along with a 5" square inside of the 10" square to mark the point of the center pintuck... Like this.
After you have your grid all drawn out on your fabric you place a pintuck at every green dot and if your counting that 123 pintucks. Here's how you create the pintuck.
I made a 1"cardboard template and drew a line down the middle of the template. Leaving 1/2" on either side of the line.
You create the pintuck by pulling 1/2" pleat of fabric on either side of your grid line. If you are using a template to insure accuracy you align the center line on the template to the grid line on your fabric. Pull fabric from either side of the template until they meet at the center line on the template. This will create you 1/2" Pleat.
Remove the template and sew a 1/2 inch or less straight stitch across the two folds of fabric. You could pin all of the pintucks before hand but I found that the pins didn't hold the pintucks accurately so I just pleated the fabric as I went. Sorry these pictures are crummy I didn't realize how bad they were until I was already finished.
Repeating this step about a million times. LOL I really hate repetitious projects. this is why I don't knit. At this point your duvet should look exactly like the west Elm version and if you like that look you can be finished. However in lou of the problems I had with the West Elm duvet I also added a button to cover the stitches making it extra secure and a strengthening square of fabric to the back of every pintuck.
I sewed the button on by creating an x. By doing this it helps remove some of the tension on the pressure points of the pintuck and dispersing it in the surrounding around the area. Well in theory at least :)
A few questions answered HERE