Some time ago, I found a single duvet cover and pillow case set in a charity shop with DINOSAURS on it. Despite not owning (and having no intention of owning) a single duvet, I couldn’t resist this amazing fabric. Since then I’ve been using the pillow cases, and vaguely intending to make a bean bag-type thing (but probably with foam as less noisy and more comfy than beans/pellets). Then yesterday I had the GENIUS idea of combining a need to store our spare duvets with my plans for dinosaur-related comfy seating.
As ever, it turns out I was not the first person to have this idea. Kains on the Creek describes how to make a small one to store a child’s duvet, with fab photos. The problem with this (and all the other posts I found), is they draw on instructions from a now-defunct post. So I’m re-posting here in full so anyone else can have a go too. The most helpful description I found was for these mini pillows, but I got completely stuck staring at picture 3 and trying to reconcile it with what was in front of me.
So here’s my version, for a pretty huge adult “bean bag” that doubles as spare bedding storage:
Start with a single duvet cover, preferably in awesome dinosaur form (bonus points for contrasting front and back patterns):
“Front” side of dino duvet cover with pale green background and landscape of dinosaurs on ground and in the sky
Contrasting side of duvet cover with brown background and repeating dino pattern
Cut the “top” end (furthest from the opening) to make a square. I started with edges of 140cm but after some trial and error, reduced that to 115cm (plus extra for seams) based on the amount of bedding I had to stuff. My style of crafting is very much about trial and error!
Duvet cut into square
Sew up top edge, so there are now three sealed edges.
The next step will take it from a flat square to a 3D pyramid. The final seam needs to be made perpendicularly to the side hems. The following two photos show the open edge as normal, then after folding to give a perpendicular seam:
Showing the open end
Open end after turning and re-folding
And the whole thing laid out ready for the final seam:
Duvet after turning and re-folding
You only want to sew along half of the final edge, to leave space for taking out the bedding. As I started with a duvet, there were already buttons at one end. I removed the buttons and put the seam on that edge (the brown side), and utilised the button holes already on the green side to reattach the buttons.
Begin sewing last side at centre and sew to end
Once your buttons (or zip etc.) are attached, stuff with the bedding of your choice! Mine has two double duvets, three pillows and a dressing gown inside. Handy storage!
Beanbag! (Green side)
Beanbag! (brown side)
Beanbag! (contrast between both colours)