Ever wondered what a duvet (pronounced doo vay) is? It’s just a French word for a blanket with a removable cover. The blanket may be stuffed with downy feathers, or with polyester fluff. The cover is washable, so you don’t need a top sheet. This makes for easier bed-making, especially for kids.
My kids never wanted to use their top sheets. They would be crumpled up at the bottom of the bed. Duvet covers take the place of the top sheet.
A duvet cover doesn’t have to be used with a traditional duvet comforter. You can take that Barbie comforter and either buy or make a Hannah Montana cover for it. You can make a comforter last a much longer time by just changing the cover when you want to redecorate.
What I have done for my kids’ rooms is to buy them each two packages of sheets. So for each girl’s room, I would have two fitted sheets, two pillowcases, and two flat sheets. I would take the two flat sheets and make a duvet cover out of them. The flat sheets were bigger than the comforter, so I would cut off the extra and use it as trim on their curtains.
I make Duvet covers with a zipper at one end, and I use a safety pin at each corner to hold the blanket in place. I remember my mom hand sewing one end. To wash the covers, she would take out the stitches to get the cover off, and then after washing she would stitch the end closed again. I find a zipper much more convenient.
Another thing I have done is to buy the “bed in the bag” set and then buy the matching duvet cover so that I can take it apart and use the fabric to make matching curtains. I had enough fabric left over to make decorator pillows to go with the set.
Flat sheets are easy to make into curtains. They are already hemmed. All you have to do is to fold one end over and sew a rod pocket. To do this, fold over three inches, and sew one seam two inches from the fold and another seam three inches from the fold. If you are using a thicker curtain rod, the pocket will need to be bigger. A two inch header above the rod pocket is usually sufficient.