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How to upcycle a duvet cover

I don’t need to tell regular readers that my son is a huge Thomas the Tank Engine fan. I spotted a vintage Thomas duvet cover in a charity shop and snapped it up for a couple of pounds. When I got it home I wasn’t sure how to use it – re-size it as a toddler duvet, a bean bag cover or cushion cover. Instead I thought it would make two fun fitted sheets. The ones we’ve been using have been plain blue and these would be a little different.

sewing a hem

It was quite simple to make. I unpicked the duvet cover, which had a different pattern on either side, and re-sized it for a toddler bed. The mattress measured 140cm x 70cm x 10cm so I trimmed the sheet slightly to 180cm x 110cm, this included a 5cm hem. I also slightly trimmed each corner, them pinned the hem and sewed along it, leaving a small gap to thread the elastic through.

To thread the elastic I attached it to a safety pin and threaded it through the fabric. I didn’t cut the it until I had tried the sheet on the bed, making sure it was a snug fit around the mattress.

how to fitted sheet

I put it on the toddlers’ bed without him seeing so when he whipped back his duvet to climb in he saw it and loved it!

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    August 20, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I love this – and can imagine how excited and surprised he was when he saw it. What a lovely idea x

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    August 20, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Great find and use. Love the tip of the safety pin too!

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    August 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I can imagine what a nice surprise when he pulled back the duvet! I love seeing my daughters face when I surprise her with something she loves.

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    August 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    What a really great surprise for him. Such a great idea.

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    Fiddly fingers
    August 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    A great idea – I would love one of these! Just I’m about 40 years too late 🙂

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    August 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I bet he was thrilled with it.What a great idea!

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    August 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Awwww, what a lovely surprise

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    August 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

    What a great idea! and it turned out wonderfully 🙂

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    August 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Wow, that seems simple! Thank you for the tutorial. I have an old sheet I would love to do something similar with. 🙂

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