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Cushions, Curtains and Blinds Step by Step
Lightweight but rm, thanks to its inner layer of batting held in place by the contrast border, this fresh-looking bedspread is perfect for warm summer nights. We have made our bedspread with finished dimensions of 240 x 260cm (941⁄2 x 1023⁄8in) – the right size for a queen or double bed.

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  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 1
    Step 1

    Bedspread front
    Furnishing fabric is not usually wide enough to make a bedspread for a double bed so it
    is made in three panels. Cut the rst panel to 256cm (100 3⁄4 in), then follow the instructions to cut the other two.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 2
    Step 2

    Bedspread back
    We have made the back from 236cm (94 3⁄8 in) wide sheeting fabric cut to 256cm (100 3⁄4 in) long. If necessary, you can piece the back from narrower fabric in the same way as the front.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut the centre panel of the bedspread to the required length, in this
    case 256cm (100 3⁄4 in), using the full width of
    the fabric. Lay this on the work surface right side up. Before cutting the two side panels, you must match the pattern. With the right side up, fold under the selvedge of
    the remaining fabric and lay it so its folded edge overlaps the central panel.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 4
    Step 4

    Manoeuvre the second piece of fabric until the pattern matches horizontally across the
    two pieces. Then measure the distance between the horizontal pattern repeat and move the second piece of fabric until this distance also matches across the two pieces.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 5
    Step 5

    Mark the excess fabric of the second piece at the edge of the fold top and bottom,
    as shown.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 6
    Step 6

    Square off the second piece of fabric. Cut off the excess fabric to make this piece the same length
    as the centre panel.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold the trimmed piece in half lengthways and press along the fold. Unfold the fabric and cut along the fold
    to create the two side panels.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 8
    Step 8

    Joining the front panels

    With the centre panel right side up, position one of the side panels alongside, selvedge to selvedge. Fold under the selvedge of the side panel. As before, check the horizontal alignment of the pattern across the two pieces, and check that the distance between the pattern repeat is always correct. Pin in place.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 9
    Step 9

    Slipstitch the two panels together along the folded edge, checking that the pattern matches all the way along. Remove
    the pins and press on the right side.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 10
    Step 10

    Fold back the side panel so that both panels are right sides together and the seam allowance is exposed. Concertina the fabric to keep it out of the way and machine stitch along the foldline from top to bottom.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 11
    Step 11

    Align the second side panel selvedge to selvedge with the centre panel in the same way and machine stitch together as before. Press both seams open. Measure, mark, and cut the joined piece of fabric – the bedspread front – so that it is 236cm (94 3⁄8 in) wide.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 12
    Step 12

    Joining the layers

    Lay the sheeting fabric on the work surface or oor wrong side up. Smooth out any wrinkles. Place the batting on top, then lay the bedspread front on top of that, right side up. Match the raw edges all around. Smooth out any wrinkles.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 13
    Step 13

    Tack the three layers together with horizontal and vertical rows of stitching approximately 20cm (8in) apart.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 14
    Step 14

    Pin around all four sides at regular, close intervals

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 15
    Step 15

    Using a large stitch, machine around all four sides within the 1.5cm ( 5⁄8 in) seam allowance. This will stabilize the edges to allow the border to be attached with ease. Remove the tacking stitches.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 16
    Step 16

    Making the border

    The border is folded in half and wraps around the bedspread. It will be mitred at the corners on top and underneath; this is a double mitre. For this you must add 5cm (2in) at both ends of each border piece, so cut two pieces, each 246 x
    13cm (96 7⁄8 x 51⁄4 in) and two more pieces, each 266 x 13cm (104 3⁄4 x 51⁄4 in). With right sides together, press the ends of each piece lengthways to nd the centre points.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 17
    Step 17

    Unfold a 266cm (1043⁄4 in) border piece 5
    and on the wrong side, draw a 1.5cm ( ⁄8 in) seam allowance around each end. Extend the seam allowance lines along the long sides
    by at least 7cm (2 3⁄4 in).

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 18
    Step 18

    Measure 5cm (2in) down from each corner and mark the seam allowance lines at these points.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 19
    Step 19

    Align the ruler between a centre point and a 5cm (2in) mark, then join the points with a line. Repeat on the other side of the centre point. The resulting 90-degree angle marks the double mitres either end of the longer
    border pieces.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 20
    Step 20

    Repeat at both ends of the other 266cm border piece.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 21
    Step 21

    Place the end of one long border piece right sides together with the end of a short border piece. Secure
    with pins. Repeat to join another long piece to the free end of the short piece, then join the free end of that long piece to the second short piece. Finish by joining the two free ends to make a rectangle.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 22
    Step 22

    Machine stitch the pieces together along the 90-degree angle, pivoting at the point. Backstitch at the beginning
    and end of the seams to secure them. Make sure that you do not stitch inside the seam allowance.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 23
    Step 23

    Trim off the excess fabric at all four corners of the rectangle, making sure that you do not cut
    through the stitches.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 24
    Step 24

    Attaching the border

    Lay the bedspread on the work surface. With right sides together, match the corners of the border with the corners of the bedspread. Open out and fold back the
    seam allowance at each corner of the border to create a tiny right angle.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 25
    Step 25

    Pin just the seam allowance of the first corner to the bedspread. Manoeuvre, or “walk”, the border around the bedspread to check that it fits.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 26
    Step 26

    Secure the other three corners with pins in the same way, then pin the border to the bedspread along the sides.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 27
    Step 27

    Machine stitch along one side with a 1.5cm ( 5⁄8 in) seam allowance. When you reach the first corner, keep the double mitre out of the way, lower the needle into the fabric, and raise
    the presser foot.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 28
    Step 28

    Pivot the fabric, fold the double mitre out of the way to the other side, then lower the foot. Continue around the bedspread, pivoting at the remaining corners
    in the same way.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 29
    Step 29

    Lay the bedspread on the work surface face down. Turn the double mitres of the border to the right side.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 30
    Step 30

    Push the corners out and smooth the border flat at along the edges of the bedspread.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 31
    Step 31

    Fold under 1.5cm ( 5⁄8 in) along the raw edge of the border and pin in place, covering the line of stitching underneath. Slipstitch in place with tight, close stitches no more than 1cm ( 3⁄8 in) apart. Alternatively, machine stitch in place using a hem foot.

  • How to make a duvet. Light Bedspread - Step 32
    Step 32

    Press the border to finish the bedspread.

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