Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Little Pin & Tuck

I love this duvet cover.

Target Home™ Pinched Pleat Duvet Set - White
Anyone else with me?  It is from Target and you can find it here.  But there is only one problem with it, this...

$69.99 - $79.99

In the grand scheme of things it isn't a horrible price for a duvet cover but never the less it was more then I wanted to spend.  But that didn't stop me from day dreaming about how perfect it would be for my Guest Room makeover (which you can read more about here).  So it was time to come up with a solution.  And since this is a blog about a girl who loves to DIY, I bet you can guess what I did.  I DIY'ed!!!

How did I do it?  Well, it is your lucky day cause I am about to tell you!  

The first thing I did was buy a plan white King size duvet cover.  

Room Essentials® Duvet Set - White.Opens in a new window
This baby ran me $34.99 at Target.  A much better price.  From there all I needed where some pins, a measuring tape, a needle and thread.  I measured out and pinned every 20" going across my duvet cover.  Now I decided to space out my pins for a less frilly more simple look.  But if you want your to look more like the pic above I would make them closer together.

As I said I did measure the distance between pins but I did not measure to make sure each pin was lined up perfectly.  I just eye-balled it and turned out just fine, but that detail is up to you (little Ms. Perfectionist!).  

Next I pulled out one pin and pinched the top layer of fabric between my thumb and forefinger (make sure you aren't grabbing the bottom layer!).  Then I turned it in a circle

and then stuck the pin back through it.  Next I grabbed my needle and thread and snuck my hand in between the layers of duvet and put the pin into the center of the bunched fabric starting from the bottom up.

I put in 10 to 12 simple stitches making sure to grab all the twisted fabric.  

I put the needle back down through the center and tied it off on the inside of the duvet.  And my first pin & tuck was done.  No I just repeated this about a dozen more times and I was all done.  

Now I apologize for no real "all done" picture.  I took about 30 shots and just can't get anything decent (even with PicMonkey).  The room is very dark and the tucks just don't come out on the white background in a photo, but I promise it looks great.  Truly, it does!