How To Customize Duvet Cover: Barclay Butera Bedding Hack

by Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hey Everyone!

I have a great designer bedding hack/ tutorial for all you seasoned sewers and wanna-be sewers who just bought a machine yesterday because you think sewing looks easy, well sometimes it is and this the perfect project for you! LOL

So the family and I moved into a new apartment and I of course wanted all new decor in the new home. I mean, of course I would right? I don’t know why Sirr looked at me all crazy when I told him that. He knew what he was getting into when he got with me! Fabulous home decor at all times bruh! lol Anywho. My goal was to start with the bedroo9m because I did not get around to decorating the bedroom at our old place and most importantly I wanted to have Royal’s nursey “area” set up asap since she would be sharing the master bedroom with us.

I put together my NEW APT! Master Bedroom Shared Nursery Inspiration board on Pinterest to get some ideas but there was one room I just fell madly in love with and decided to make it the foundation of my own design.



I loved the bedding! It was simple and crisp and created an open feel while still looking inviting and luxurious.  I searched high and low for the bedding manufacturer and I found it! This is Barclay Butera Bedding. I found the website and to my shock the Bel- Air bedding collection was $1,300!!!! Chile I almost cussed when I saw that price!

After I calmed down I thought this would be a perfect hack project. Recreating this stunning room is what the Handy Homegirl is all about!  So here is how I recreated Barclay Butera’s Bel-Air Collection Bedding… cuz Barclay done lost his or her damn mind. $1,300!?? You gotta be kidding me! C’mon son.. I’m sorry I’m sorry my bad here is the tutorial. #tangentover

Materials and Tools

2 Gray king size flat sheets OR 1 King size duvet cover set

1 Black twin size flat sheet

Black thread

Yard Stick

Marking Chalk

Sewing Machine Scissors

I orginally wanted to use two king size flat sheets and sew them together but I realized there would be less sewing involved when I found out that Target carried Room Essentials Duvet Cover Set in grey anThreshold 300 Thread Count Ultra Soft Twin Flat Sheets.


Room Essentials™ Duvet Cover Set


Threshold™ 300 Thread Count Ultra Soft Flat Sheet

First, I laid the duvet out on my bed and used the marking chalk to sketch out where I wanted the black inset to lay and how wide the inset should measure.  I decided I wanted the black inset to be 6″ wide.


Next, I removed the sticthing at the top of the duvet cover so it would be easier to fold the top sheet in half for symetrical cutting and ironed it so there wouldn’t be any wrinkles, which ultimately would make everything uneven without ironing.


After ironing, I folded the top sheet in half and used stick pins to keep the sheet even.  Then i remeasured 6″ using my original chalk marks as a guide.

DISCLOSURE: I am going to swallow my pride and say something that my mother always said to me when I was learning how to sew.

After I measure in the inset space 6″ “I had to make sure I added my 5/8th seam allowance” – this quote will ring in head FOREVER! LOL – thanks mom.  The 5/8th seam allowance will added to the INSIDE of the 6″ inset markings.  See diagram for a better understanding. Soor the marks are really light in the picture.



Yellow represents the the 5/8th seam allowance that was added to each peice before cutting.  Once the seam alloawance are sewn together at a 5/8 stitch the entire piece be the length and width of the duvet covers original measurements.



Here I cut on the marked line where the 6 inch inset will be placed.


Next, sew stay stitches to each corner 5/8 away from the edge. Stay stitches add support to corners so there will be less shifting, the corners will be sharp and once the seam allowances are cut, fabric won’t continue to tear and cause a hole in the front of the duvet.  Cut the seam allowance at the corner. (DO NOT CUT PAST THE STAY STITCH)


Use the grey cutout as a pattern piece to trace the L shape and measure  out the 6 inch wide inset on the black sheet. Pin the grey piece to the black sheet measure out 6 inches and then ADD 5/8 seam allowance to all sides.


Cut out the inset where it is marked and discard the grey pattern piece.


Sew a 5/8 stay stitch and cut the seam allowance at the corner. (DO NOT CUT PAST THE STAY STITCH)


Pin the inset to the duvet and sew the two pieces together all around.


Here the inset is sewn to the center piece of the duvet.


Here the sewn center and inset are sewn to the outer section of the duvet.


Remove all of the stay stitching, insert a fluffy comforter, and the duvet cover is complete!!




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