Sometimes just changing the comforter in your bedroom can give the room a whole new feeling. If you make one yourself, you'll be able to choose the fabric you desire and not be stuck with what's on the store's shelf. Quilted comforters can be quite expensive, and the cheaper ones don't seem to hold up too long. By making your own, you'll not only get what your want, but you'll get quality at the same time. Making one isn't that hard if you have basic sewing skills and are able to sew a straight line. You'll just need a few basic materials, and within no time you should have your new comforter lying comfortably on your bed.
Things You'll Need
- Sewing machine Old comforter (optional) Measuring tape Scissors Thread Pins Heavy-duty sewing machine needle Quilting material
Steps to Making Your Own Quilted Comforter
Take your measurements so you'll know how much material you're going to need. If you already have an old comforter, you can place the new fabric on top of this and use the old one as the quilted material insert. Otherwise, you'll have to consider you're going to need to buy quilting fabric for the insert as well as the outer fabric covering. Be sure to allow several inches on each side of the comforter for the seam allowance. If you have an old comforter, you can also use this to get your measurements.
Purchase your fabric at your local fabric store. If you haven't been in a fabric store lately, you're going to be surprised at all the choices you'll have. If you're unsure as to what type of fabric will be best, talk to a person working at the store who should be able to assist you. You'll want to choose a fabric that's not only durable but easy to work with. Remember to purchase any supplies you're going to need to make your quilted comforter.
Cut out the appropriate size of fabric for both sides of the comforter, including the quilted insert. If using an old comforter as the inside, you won't have to cut out the quilted insert. Remember to allow for your seams when cutting your fabric. It's better to have too much fabric to work with than not enough.
Lay the quilted material, or old comforter, onto the inside piece of one of the sides of fabric for the new comforter. Pin the insert into place. Tack the piece of quilted insert into place by using a larger seam stitch on your sewing machine. Unpin the fabric once you're done with sewing it into place.
Place the other piece of fabric, right side to right side, on the other piece of fabric onto which you've just sewn the quilted material. Pin the pieces together. Sew three sides of the fabric together, leaving one side unsewn so you'll be able to turn it back to the right side.
Turn your comforter right side out. You should have three sides completely finished with the one side still needing to be sewn together. Fold the unfinished material under and inside so you'll end up with a finished-looking seam. Pin together. Sew this last side of the comforter together. If you desire, you can also sew several seams across the whole top portion of the comforter to hold the quilted insert in place. Measure off several sections to the same measurements and sew the seam. You now have a finished quilted comforter ready for use.
Tips & Warnings
- Make some throw pillows or curtains out of the same fabric as your comforter.