Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Turning a Duvet into Matching Pillows and a Quilt



My sister, Lisa, had a duvet cover that she loved for many years. She loved it until it literally fell apart, with huge holes around the seams. She sent the duvet home with me one time when I was visiting her and said that she would love to have some pillows, big 24” pillows, made from the fabric. I was able to not only get two large pillows out of the fabric, but also a throw sized quilt.

The front of the duvet is a tan colored linen/cotton blend with embroidery and the back is a green 100% cotton (more like a sateen though rather than a regular quilting cotton). Both of the fabrics were a little difficult to work with; they were a looser weave and stretched more than the fabrics I am used to which made squaring things up very interesting.

For the pillows I backed the pillow fronts with batting for a little extra structure and finished with an invisible zipper. Here are some pictures of the pillows without the inserts (because I had the inserts shipped directly to my sister's house so she would not have to try to get them home on an airplane.


For the quilt, I simply sandwiched a layer of batting between the duvet front and back and then quilted by outlining the embroidery and adding some feathers. (I learned the feathers at Debbie @ Stitchin' Therapy’s awesome feathers class).



I will close with a picture of my cat, Abby, doing a little quality assurance testing of the quilt before gifting :)



13 comments:

  1. That's a great way to get it modified from a full duvet! That can be a total trend! Your cat is gorgeous also and now this quilt can be cozy on the couch with its sister pillows!

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  2. What great up-cycling! I bet your sister is thrilled that you were able to stretch the material far enough to make a throw quilt, too.

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  4. Great idea, looks lovely and soft too! Abby seems to think so too!

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  5. I love how you were able to save something so precious to her :) and Abby is just so gorgeous!!

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  6. It's so great you were able to give your sister a quilt from something she loved so much!

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  7. Rosemary B here:
    This is a great idea. I love remakes with old beloved items.
    Abby is so cute. What a beauty

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  8. They are beautiful!!! The feather quilting looks amazing. Little Abby is gorgeous, she makes the quilt even more special :)

    -Soma

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  9. That turned out beautiful! I'm sure your sister will love them.

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  10. wonderful recycle! Your feathers are just fabulous too....you really caught on so quickly. They make a super fill in on this throw.

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  11. What a great re-use of the materials! The quilt is really beautiful, and your feathers look great.

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