Fancy Nancy Duvet Cover

April 8, 2014

My friend Amber Bockman of Tangible Artiste recently made a Fancy Nancy Duvet Cover for her daughter that I'd love to share with you! If you are a fan of Fancy Nancy, cute duvet covers or Amber herself (a prolific seamstress) I recommend taking a look! It's a very easy way to embellish a bed.
My daughter, Adelle, is a huge Fancy Nancy fan and since moving into her own room sans brother we've been working to girl it up a bit but in a way that will grow with her. What better way to Fancy Nancy something than to trim it in a little lace! This duvet cover is so easy to make and can be done on the cheap and the options are endless with all the different types of trim out there.
What you will need: 
2 flat sheets, larger than your duvet
different types of trim
weavers tape 

Start out by laying your duvet cover out, to determine what you will be cutting off. start it past the top stitching 
Now comes the fun part of laying out your trims. I marked every 6" starting at the middle I pinned the most ornate (and expensive) on. Work your way till all trims are pinned and then stitch down the middle of each trim. On the thicker lace I stitched on the straight line so that the lace would flip back and forth freely.

After all your trim is sewn, it's time to put the two pieces together. Lay your duvet out on top just to make sure you have the length and width correctly. It would stink to go to all that work of sewing trim on to have it be too short!
With right sides of your sheets together pin your weavers tape at the corners of each. Notice the picture above shows it pinned under the top stitching. That is because that flap is going to become our button placket. Now follow your seam allowance around making sure to catch the weavers tape and to leave that button placket edge open.

For the buttons I'm going to show you another duvet I've done. If you aren't able to do buttons on your machine another option would be snaps!  
 Using a measuring tape, mark your button holes. I used 8 buttons and placed them every 8"
Use your button hole foot to create easy button holes. After you do your button holes, lay your blanket down and use a pen to mark where your buttons should be.
Stitch your buttons on, again I used the button foot, which has changed my life. I'll never hand sew a button again! The biggest thing is that your buttons go on the outside of your duvet, so on the patterned top. the Top will flip in when you close your duvet, that way the buttons are hidden.
 Now tie your duvet corners, flip your Fancy Duvet right side out and button it up. Voila!
Thank you so much Kathleen for letting me share this tutorial and if you have any questions feel free to email me at or follow me at

2 {comments}: said... Best Blogger Tips

Soooo pretty! Thank you for the directions:)I am putting in on my long list of things to do lol
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun way to jazz up a sheet and transform it! I love the clean look of the white with the bright colors on the other side. I've seen this done (and repaired my own store bought duvet) with snap tape, bought by the yard. Great post!

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