Create the Look for Less - Tie Dye Duvet

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2 Hours

I bought a bunch of tie dye colors so I’m tie dying everything in sight. I came across a comforter at Target and was in love. But, I was not in love with the price. Almost $200! So I pondered and wondered if I sewed two flat sheets together, could I create my own duvet and tie dye it? Let’s find out.

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Here are two queen sized flat sheets from Walmart. I think they were $14 each. If this works, what a deal.

I laid them out on the bed. Then I washed them to remove any sizing.

I soaked the sheets in soda ash and water for 30 minutes. Did you know that Pool PH up is the same as soda ash? 1 cup per gallon of water.

These are the colors that I’m going to use to try to recreate the look.

I have a messy looking color swatch of each color on some kitchen towels. Yeah, it looks like a hot mess but it is super useful.

I lined the sheets up together and scrunched them to the middle.

Instead of rubber bands, I used sinew thread. I find it easier to use than rubber bands.

Then I just went down the line of colors.

Done with one side, now the other.

I left a little bit more white on this side because I am hoping for some white to remain for contrast.

The next morning, I rinsed it till the water ran clear.

Then washed it with and extra rinse and dried it in the dryer.

Now you will clip them together, right sides together. It is like you are making a giant pillow case.

I left an area on the bottom about 24 inches. That will be where the duvet goes in and I will close that opening with Velcro.

I marked the opening on each side with double clips. That shows me where to start and stop sewing so I don’t accidentally sew the opening closed.

Then you sew and sew and sew…

Next you’ll pull it inside out through the 2 foot opening.

Add your duvet.

I used peel and stick velcro

Super easy. Some is labeled for use with fabric or you can use the sew on type.

Can’t even see it.

The colors aren’t as bright as before the wash so maybe next time I’ll wait a full 24 hours. This was about 12 hours.

All in all, it was a fun project for $30 in sheets and some tie dye.

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  • Anna Y Anna Y on Sep 05, 2021

    Your duvet cover turned out beautiful! I can’t wait to make some for myself.

  • Denise Mahala Denise Mahala on Sep 05, 2021

    OMG You just gave me a great idea! We used to live in Alaska and have photos of the Northern Lights hanging in our room. I have been looking for a duvet cover that has similar colors. Since the Aurora basically looks like tie dye in the sky I am going to try this using the greens , blues, pinks and purples in the photos. I can't wait to see how it turns out!