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How to: sew a duvet or coverlet without a center seam

Here’s an illustrated step-by-step guide on how to make a duvet or bedspread for a bed of any size, so that you don’t end up with a goofy and unsightly seam right down the middle of the bed.

Almost every fabric, upholstery or otherwise, will not be wide enough to make it across the full width of even a twin sized comforter. (Blue represent a bolt of fabric.)

If you don’t want your duvet to end up with a seam smack dab in the middle of your bed, follow these steps:

Lay out your fabric (blue) and cut 1 piece (per side) the full length of the comforter you are covering or the full length of the bed (and then some) if you only intend to make a single sided bedspread. Usually this length measures about 75-80″ long.

Now cut another piece of fabric exactly the same length as the first and cut it in half, down the middle.

Take the half sized pieces and place them on either side of of the full size center piece, sew the pieces together. Depending on the bed size, you will need to trim the side pieces to the correct overall width you are looking for. Repeat these steps if you are making a duvet and need a front side and a back side that will be sewn together.

Your bed will now look professional and with a finished quality of a design specialist with every detail in mind.

Check out the full tutorial-  making a duvet with a buttoned closure, in real pictures, step-by-step.


  1. joniphippin

    March 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    This is great. AND the last picture made me LOL. Brilliant

    1. noelleodesigns

      March 29, 2012 at 5:25 am

      I couldn’t help myself when the pink yarn guy just happen to be the right size.

  2. marendalida

    March 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I never thought about how easy it would be to do this. What a money saver! I may have to add this to my project list! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. noelleodesigns

      March 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Save money AND get exactly what you want.

  3. thestitchemporium

    April 3, 2012 at 3:18 am

    I know this isn’t the point, but I adore your instruction photos. So cute!

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