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Date: 2/5/13 2:59 PM

I have 6 yards of cotton satin 108" wide and want to make a duvet cover for a king dawn comforter. I do not have a comforter yet....After searching on internet I got soo frustrated because of very contradictory advices. On one site it is suggested to make a cover 3" smaller for a "snug fit". Another says to make it 3"-4" larger to have more room for a comforter.... On one site it says size of a king duvet cover is 106"x95", another says 102"x86".....Please help

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Date: 2/5/13 5:07 PM

You'll get a lot of differing opinions, and here's mine.

I have 2 down comforters, both king size (actually one is considered supersized and one an oversized king) but of different *fill* weights, so one is thin and one is much bulkier/fluffier.

I have a purchased duvet and one I made myself (for the smaller, thinner comforter). The company I purchased my duvet cover from lists their regular king size duvet cover as being 110"x98" and their oversized as 118"x98". I purchased the 118"x98" duvet for the larger/thicker comforter and it's "almost" too wide (I took it in a couple inches in width).

The fabric I used for the thinner/slightly smaller duvet was 116" wide by 9-10 ft long BEFORE WASHING AND DRYING (I had 15 yds to cut from) but at least I had my comforter available to guessitmate the measurements. I sewed it a little larger so that I could get the bigger comforter in it if necessary. You would need to decide how fluffy or compressed you want your down comforter to be - and make sure it's large enough for whichever one you purchase - it's easier to make it smaller if necessary.

You may also want to sew some binding tape strips or ribbon into the corners of your duvet cover when your constructing it to tie and secure the ends of your comforter (if the comforter you purchase has little sewn strips at the corners for this purpose) so it doesn't slip around in the cover. HTH's

ETA the photo of one corner and binding strips for tying comforter to the corners
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Date: 2/5/13 5:34 PM

I would suggest measuring your bed; lay a tape measure across it to see how wide the bed is, plus add whatever drop off both sides you want. So, for example, if your bed is 90 inches wide, and you want a 10 inch drop (probably to the bottom of the mattress, then the width will be 110 inches. Do the same thing for the length, including room to tuck it under the pillow, if you want to do that. Then make it to that size. It's possible a commercial comforter cold be a bit smaller than the comforter cover you'll make, but that's probably not a big deal.

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Date: 2/6/13 2:06 AM

Yes, measure the bed, buy the duvet. They all vary in thickness and size. I wouldn't cut and sew a cover until I had the duvet on my bed. The cover can be cut a few inches smaller or larger so it looks good on the bed.
Since there are 2 of us, I used to prefer the longest measurement as the width so we didn't fight over who gets covered with it.
Now I orient it by the look I want- anything is too hot for me- DH can now wrap the entire thing around himself and ddg (darling dog) at night!

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Date: 2/8/13 8:14 PM

Thank you for your help! I ended up making a queen size duvet. It is almost ready. I used my fluffy dawn blanket to estimate the size of a cover....I made an envelope closure and it took more fabric then I thought - almost all from the length......Now I am thinking that 6' of fabric
( 108"wide) is not even enough for a King size duvet cover with envelope closure.
Hazelnut, thank you for reminding me about the ties.

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Date: 2/8/13 9:09 PM

You're welcome I made an envelope closure too, which is why I needed a much longer top and couldn't have gone much narrower than the 116" width, esp. with using 100% cotton. I was lucky to get 15 yds. of it. I still haven't made the shams or some sort of valance or curtains - perhaps this will be the year since I finally purchased the sun block-out lining.

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Date: 2/10/13 10:47 AM

I have a duvet cover that is about 5" bigger than the duvet - and I hate it! The duvet seems to gravitate down and to one side and gets lost - and goes flat. Drives me crazy. Would take it in but there is so much detail around the trim and closure that it would be easier for me to make a new one. My recommendation is to make the cover SNUG to prevent movement and keep it lofty.

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Date: 2/11/13 1:01 PM

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I have a duvet cover that is about 5" bigger than the duvet - and I hate it! The duvet seems to gravitate down and to one side and gets lost - and goes flat. Drives me crazy. Would take it in but there is so much detail around the trim and closure that it would be easier for me to make a new one. My recommendation is to make the cover SNUG to prevent movement and keep it lofty.


I also have a cover that is wider than the duvet. (I think one is European size and the other is American.) It is horrible - the duvet ends up getting all scrunched in one side of the cover. A potential solution would be to run a line of stitching down both sides of the cover, making a channel for the duvet, much like a fancy pillow sham that has the pillow part just in the middle and "flanges" around the edges. (Ties might also work, but they'd have to be pretty long and the duvet would still "float" somewhat.)
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