Mexicali DIY: How to Make a Reversible Duvet Cover out of Tapestry Wall Hangings

It’s no secret we’re crazy about tapestries at Mexicali Blues! These versatile swaths of gorgeous fabric come ready to be wall hangings, curtains, tablecloths, picnic blankets, and more! With a little bit of sewing and DIY skills, the options become even more vast! Duvet covers are usually SO expensive, so we decided to make one that is a bit more affordable AND completely bohemian, unique, and awesome! Plus it’s reversible, so you can easily change the look of your whole bedroom with a simple flip!  Read on to find out how to make your own!

You will need:

The supplies for this project are straightforward: a sewing machine with thread in the color of your choice (we used green for a fun contrast, and so you would be able to see the stitching in this tutorial).  You will also need scissors, pins, and two tapestries that are the same size.

An iron is also very helpful, although not required. The tapestries need to be the same size, and large enough to house the blanket you want to put inside with a little room to spare.  At 88″ x 109″, our traditional floral tapestries can happily house a full-sized comforter even after they have been washed and dried. A good rule of thumb for any sewing project, you want to wash your fabric before you begin in case it shrinks.  So start by washing the tapestries! Ready? Ok! On to our project!

Step 1:  Evenly match the two tapestries, with the right sides together.  What you have on the inside right now will ultimately be on the outside when you are done, so plan accordingly!

Step 2:

Pin the tapestries together, so they don’t slip while you are sewing.  This is not a necessary step, although it makes things easier when you are sewing because you don’t have to be focused on holding the two pieces together evenly.

Step 3:

Sew the pinned (or held together) tapestries on three sides using a basic straight stitch, leaving the opening on a short end. Leave a generous seam allowance on the end that has a hemmed edge.

Step 4:Cut off the hemmed edge on the bottom of each tapestry, making sure not to cut through your stitching! This part will become the ties for your duvet cover!

Step 5:To make an even number of ties, fold the long tie in half and cut, then fold those halves in half and cut again. Continue this until you have the desired number of ties. We tied our cover in 8 places, so in total we needed 16 pieces for ties.

Step 6:

Mark where you want your ties to go with a marker or pins. Make sure to get both layers of fabric so that the ties end up evenly spaced on both sides.
Pin a tie to the RIGHT side of the fabric, facing towards the middle of the duvet cover. This will make more sense in the next step. Sew the ties individually to the edge. You might want to sew as much as an inch deep on each tie to make sure they are stable.

Step 7:

Fold the open edge towards the INSIDE of the duvet cover. You want to make sure this little fold you are now sewing has the wrong sides facing together. We ironed this fold to get a nice crisp edge, and to make sure we would stitch evenly along the top. Ironing is not required but makes things a LOT easier!

Step 8:Sew along the fold, around the entire opening of the cover. Remember, this stitching will show on the top of your duvet cover, so try to make your stitching in as straight a line as you can.

After sewing the ties should look like this:

Now turn the whole thing right-side-out and bask in the glory of your creation!

Oh, wait, it wasn’t supposed to be a monster suit?

Good job!

We’d love to see a picture if you complete this project! Share it with us here in the comments or on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/mexicaliblues !

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Commonly I really don’t read post in blogs and forums, however I would want to express that this kind of write-up quite motivated myself to have a look in as well as do it! Ones crafting taste may be astonished me. Thank you so much, good article.

Hi Leslie! You can find those tapestries and more at http://www.MexicaliBlues.com. The ones shown in this post are some of our most popular styles, so if you don’t see the exact color or pattern you like in stock right now, they will be back! We always announce awesome new stock and the return of classic favorites on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MexicaliBlues, so follow us there if you want to be updated when we expand our tapestry collection. 🙂

Hi Stacey,

Our Queen-size tapestries are approximately 86″ x 104″(before washing & drying–be sure to dry on low to minimize shrinkage, as they are cotton), so with seam allowances, that should be just about right! You can measure across once you have pinned the edges to get it exactly right, but we’ve found that a little bit of extra fabric doesn’t hurt.

Quick question, what exactly are the ties for? This tutorial is great that’s the only confusion. I’ve seen tutorials where they leave spaces for buttons and all do I was just wondering

Hi Brandie,

The ties are for securing the two sides of the duvet and keeping the comforter inside. You could absolutely use buttons instead, or snaps, or even velcro! We went with ties just because it felt to us like the quickest, easiest way, but please feel free to let your own creativity and imagination be your guide! 🙂

Are most tapestries a heavy enough weight to make into a duvet cover? I’m excited about this project, but I wanted to ask before I dive into it.

Definitely! Our block print tapestries are a midweight cotton, and hold up very well over time as frequently-used duvet covers. Some of our twin tapestries (like the Tree of Life) are a little bit thinner, so those might not be quite AS good for this project, though we haven’t yet tested that theory by making a twin cover. 🙂

We haven’t experienced any bleeding in the wear, but you can always wash first to be sure that any dye runoff is totally done by the time it hits your bed! The taps CAN bleed in washing, so we definitely recommend washing separately in cold water. Additionally, some people like to throw some white vinegar in there for the first wash which helps act as a color fixative; we’ve found it’s pretty effective for minimizing fading. 🙂

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