Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Doodle Duvet {a Pin-spired} Tutorial

Re-doing my 11 year old daughters bedroom has been quite a process, and I think the bedding has generated more tantrums (for both of us) than anything else so far. I've been dreaming of a quilt, made from Henry Glass Bubblegum  (which I already have the fabric and pattern for) and she want's something way cooler and more funky - and definitely not a quilt!
While browsing Pinterest I came across the perfect solution:

A duvet, made to look like a sheet of notebook paper, that you can scribble on with washable markers?
She wanted it immediately.
And, like many of you out there, I thought "hey, I can easily make that!"
I'll paint the lines on and sew 2 flat sheets together! Voila!
Have you ever been so thrilled about a project - I mean absolutely excited to get started - that you nearly wet your pants?
And about 5 minutes into it started wondering what on earth were you thinking?

Painting this turned out to be a huge pain in the neck.


After hours of painting on my hands and knees my neck is still killing me!

But look at the results - totally worth it

So, if you've stuck it out through my whining, and want to know how I pulled this off so you can make one to here's the run down!

{For a Full-Sized Duvet}
2 Full size Flat sheets
Fabric Paint; red, blue & grey
Paint brushes
Duct tape
Sewing machine & supplies

Cut off 41/2 inches from the top (deep hem) of the first sheet and discard,
this cut edge will now be the bottom edge.

If you are going to paint your duvet tape it down (right side up) on a hard, nonporous surface.
I found duct tape kept it from shifting while I walked, sat, and moved around while painting.

I painted the first blue line 16 inches from the top, and every 8 inches below.
I painted the red vertical line 16 inches in from the left side.
It was easier than it sounds - the floor tiles are 16 inches, I cheated and just lined the sheet edge up with the tiles and followed the grout lines.
I just eyed where I wanted the circles to be for the "holes"
I wasn't trying for real "crisp" lines, so I just free handed everything

Take your second sheet, and cut it in half about 16 inches down from the top (the deep hem)
lay this small piece right sides together on your first sheet matching the top and sides, with the raw edge at the top. Pin.

Now take the larger part of the sheet and lay it right sides together on top of the first sheet, matching the raw edges at the bottoms and the side seams.

There will be an overlap of about 4 1/2 inches where the two top sheet sections meet
pin around all outer edges and sew.

Turn right side out and press well.
The wide hem should now be on the outside back of your duvet,
mark the center, and then every eight inches for button holes

Sew on buttons - I used size 45 covered buttons

Stuff your comforter into your duvet, button it up and throw it on the bed.
(Then grab yourself a couple of Tylenol and maybe a glass of wine for your aching back.)

All that's left is a package of washable markers to get the creativity flowing!

Tell us! What's the most "painful" project you've ever started?

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  1. All of that hard work paid off, it looks great! I'm sure your daughter is loving her new room.

    I'd like to feature you and your project over at OhSoPinteresting.com. I celebrate those who have been inspired to do something because of a Pinterest pin.

    1. Thanks so much, she is really lovin' her new digs! The bed is already covered with her graffiti and I've had to warn her I won't be washing this daily so don't expect a blank canvas too soon! lol!
      I'd be honored to be featured - thanks for the plug!

  2. This is awesome! If I was 10 I would have loved this. I would love it now except I don't think my husband would be too impressed! Great job!

  3. Adorable! Thanks for sharing this at our Handmade Tuesdays party.

  4. Just a suggestion...but I would probably sew ribbon on to make the lines. It would cost a little bit more, but I'd do just about anything to avoid getting on my hands and knees to paint that! :o)

    1. Anon, that is a great suggestion, and I had considered it before I started - I also thought about just satin stitching the lines too - But I wanted a "smooth" surface for her to write on. Otherwise - it would look super cute, and the cost would definitely be worth not painting on all fours all night!!

  5. This came out great!!

    Have you heard about our Craftastic Competition? I'd love for you to enter in it! Lots of prizes to be won too!

    1. Thanks! sounds intriguing, I'm on my way over to check it out now!

  6. Wow - nice job!! It turned out really well!! I love it. I'm sure your daughter is enjoying it too. :)

    I'm so glad you linked up at Romance on a dime! I'm pinning this and posting it on my Facebook fan page!

    1. hey Betsy,
      Thanks bunches girl, I appreciate the plug!
      Kadence has already filled it up - I've warned her that I don't plan on washing this thing daily so she'll have to wait a bit for a blank canvas. :o)

  7. SO SO cute! I just shared on pinterest and I'll be sharing on FB tonight. I love this project!

    1. Hi Emily,
      I'm so glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the plug!

  8. What an awesome idea! I love it! Reminds me of writing notes in class! =) Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  9. Love this post! Thanks for linking up! This is a fun idea!

  10. You did a great job! I saw this on Pinterest too and was going to make something inspired by it. I would have probably used ribbon instead of paint to prevent the back pain. ;) How well did the washable marker come out of the white fabric? Just curious if it left a hint of the previous doodles?

    1. The marker comes out completely! I did a test run, even the richest reds which had been scribbled in very darkly washed right out! We use the Crayola Super Tips Washable Markers - some are even scented, which Kadence thinks is cool. I would love to see your project if you end up making one!

  11. What a great idea! All that hard work paid off - it looks fantastic! I'd love to have you link up to my link party for the fiber arts!

  12. Consider it done - thanks for the invite!

  13. This looks fantastic! Last year I made a queen-size duvet that ended up making me cry like a little baby. (http://ninthstreetnotions.com/2011/08/queen-size-duvet-cover.html) I don't know how I ever survived.
    Come link up sometime to I Made It! Monday.

  14. Thanks so much for linking up to our Handmade Tuesdays party. I featured this today!

    1. Awesome - thank you so much, I grabbed your button and added it to my sidebar! :o)

  15. This looks so nice! We are so glad that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". Please come back again really soon! Thanks! -The Sisters

  16. That is such a cool idea! It's always great to see tutorials for awesome Pinterest pins. Thank you so much for sharing with air your laundry Friday. Featuring this tonight! xo Jami

    1. Awesome - thanks Jami! I've grabbed your button and added it to my sidebar! :o)

  17. How fun! Thank you for linking to my party and sharing your great idea!

  18. I LOVE this-perfect for a tween! Good job sticking with it!

  19. Going to attempt this for my sister's going away to college gift! Thank you for posting :) also, what brand of sheets and count and fabric type did you buy? Again, thank you!!!! I even think me and my two other sisters will doodle some on it before we give it to her to encourage her for her new chapter of college :)

    1. Hi Tiffany!
      What an awesome idea - I love it!!
      I bought the sheets at Target, I can't remember the label, but they were around $15 per sheet. I think they were a 300 thread count. They have a very smooth feel. HTH!

  20. I am so excited to see you have made this! I found the same idea over a year ago and have been wanting to do it myself. Yours turned out awesome! And thanks for sharing your How-To at Sun Scholars!!!

  21. Featuring this on my blog today! www.cupofdelight.blogspot.com

  22. I absolutely ADORE this project - I think it is seriously AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for sharing the idea, and for uploading it into SewSet! I featured it as one of today's top patterns!

    Thank you again!
    - Jess

    1. How cool is that? Thanks so much Jess, I'm glad you like it!
      If anyone hasn't discovered this site yet - stop by and check out SewSet.com - what an amazing pattern collection!!


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