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Altering a Comforter

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You have found the perfect comforter; well it is almost perfect. This is a guide about altering a comforter.
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By 0 found this helpful
October 16, 2017

We have the familiar bedding problem of one being too hot whilst the other is too cold. Duvets never come in low-enough Tog ratings for my partner. I want to alter a duvet to fit only my side of the bed without overhang; any advice please?

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October 19, 20170 found this helpful
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ThriftyFun has members from the U.S. as well as other countries. Since you are using Duvet and Tog ratings I believe you are probably in Europe/UK as the U.S. does not generally have Tog ratings and we use comforter more than duvet to describe this type of covering.

  • A duvet is considered to be somewhat synonymous with a down comforter, which can be filled with materials such as wool, silk or polyester. Nevertheless, a down comforter is also called a duvet.
  • How difficult it will be to alter your duvet may have a lot to do with the type of filling in your duvet.
  • Since the filling can be down, silk, wool, or synthetic material and the original cost of the duvet would be based on the type of filling you may want to let a professional do the altering.
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  • I assume you are using your duvet without a duvet cover?
  • If you wish to try it yourself why not think about sewing it down the middle so you can have two duvets to fit your side of the bed.
  • If you wish to try this yourself you Measure the width of the duvet divide by two for the center (mark your center) and then stitch one inch on either side.
  • This will make a double row of stitching down the middle - two inches apart - so you can cut down the middle between the two rows of stitches.
  • You can then stitch the cut edges to your liking or cover the edge with binding.
  • This will give you two duvets for your side of the bed and there should not be any overhang.
  • if you do not like the look of the finished edge you can always buy a single/twin size duvet cover.
  • If you take it to a professional this is most likely the way they will alter your duvet.

Just as information for the U.S. members;

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tog_(unit)

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By 0 found this helpful
March 17, 2018

I have a comforter I really love, except that it is not reversible. I found a coordinating fabric that would be a perfect complement. I'd like to add a strip, about 10" wide to the reverse side of the comforter so when I make the bed I could fold it over and you'd see the complementary fabric. The problem is, I can't figure a way to attach it without either stitch ripping a large section of the comforter, or having to sew all the way through the whole thing. (It's too thick for that.) Suggestions would be appreciated!

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March 17, 20180 found this helpful
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Take the color you want cut it the size you want, leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance all around. Press down the seam allowance and sew it.

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It will look better if you use a machine. Since the comforter is thick, use pins to place it where you want it and use a slip stitch to sew it in place.

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By 0 found this helpful
November 19, 2009

My comforter is too narrow, so the mattress shows. Pulling it down on one side puts the other side up on top of the bed. I thought about just getting something longer and letting it hang down on the sides under the comforter. Any other ideas?

By gingi from IA

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November 19, 20090 found this helpful

What size is the bed? If any size smaller than king, get a coordinating flat sheet on/two sizes larger, and center the comforter on it, aligned at the top. If you sew, you can attach it all the way around. Or just do this each time you make the bed. If you have a king size bed, you could cut strips from a king flat sheet, and sew to the sides and bottom of the comforter.

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November 19, 20090 found this helpful

You could buy or make a bed skirt to go around the bottom mattress and add lace border or batiste fabric to the comforter or gather material and sew to edge the comforter adding length.

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November 19, 20090 found this helpful

If you can sew, buy fabric that blends with the comforter and sew a ruffle around 3 sides.

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November 20, 20090 found this helpful

I'd go with the sewing route and just sew a decorative border.

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November 21, 20090 found this helpful

Hello, you could either use a matching or co-ordinating sheet & sew a 'skirt' around the comforter. It could be made any length you want then. Depending upon the style you like, it could be frills, gathers, a flat piece with a few plackets, or inverted pleats, or a few pleats inserted around the sides.

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This would also give you the opportunity to make pillowslips to match or co-ordinate with your comforter. Depending on how far you'd like to go with it, you could even make curtains to match, if you bought a couple of extra sheets.
The options are as boundless as your imagination & decorating style. Good luck & I'm sure we'd all love to see what you've come up with once it's completed. Cheers, Wendy

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By 0 found this helpful
May 31, 2005

I bought a comforter set from Mervyn's and the comforter is too short, so I have about 10" showing. I can't return it because I washed the sheet's. I put the short end under the pillow shams, so maybe it won't be quite so noticeable, but really it still show's. Any ideas?

Susie from Oklahoma

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By Sharon,Ky (Guest Post)
May 31, 20050 found this helpful

The "thing" nowdays is to fold the comforter down with the top sheet showing, sort of as if the bed were turned down to get back into.Still use the Shams and if you have matching throw pillows put them on.I wonder if this trend came about because so many comforters are made short when they are bought. Another pretty thing I've seen is a wicker tray with a fancy little tea set sitting on the bed.

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Anonymous
May 31, 20050 found this helpful

If you sew, you could add a fabric header or top to the comforter which would go under the shams and co-ordinate with the comforter. You could also lay an afghan down at the top of the comforter in front of or under the shams. Another option is to fold the flat sheet top edge over the comforter, as seen in many displays of bedding. It is quite lovely done this way. Please see the display here:

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Maryanne
http://www.teapotcottage.com

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By Trish (Guest Post)
May 31, 20050 found this helpful

Why not get some material that doesn't need the edges folded over, (felt etc.) cut it to "added" length needed & "glue" that new piece to the end of the comforter, that you will put "under" the pillow shams.
In the winter, just put the "warm" end at your feet, for added warmth!

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She's 4 now & "loves" this pillow! She just can't figure out why everyone "laughs" when they look at her.....

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By cindy (Guest Post)
June 1, 20050 found this helpful

I have this problem a lot because my mattress is extra thick and the comforter does not lay right. I have a dust ruffle on the bottom of the bed, then I simply turn the comforter side to side instead of up and down. This makes it fit the top and it is only a little shorter on the sides. Hope this idea helps.

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Anonymous
June 1, 20050 found this helpful

I did this for my bedroom and will do it again when I change comforters...I bought 3 comforters (on sale for a total of $45 and used one comforter as it was supposed to be (on the bed); and then I cut the bottom 1/3 off another one and hand stitched the cut edges of both. (could machine stitch) and pulled that one over the pillows (my comforters had a ruffled edge and it brought a ruffle up at the pillow. The hand sewn edge at the headboard. The other piece left over was used as an extra blanket to go under the comforter for extra warmth (we live in the Northeast where it is cold). The last comforter was used as follows: I cut the bottom end off and put wide bias tape on the back and used as a valance on my double window. (I have a king size comforter) and the rest was used as an extra blanket. Could be used as curtains if needed. I really love the look. Maybe this will at least give you some ideas. You have the shams; so maybe you could still use them as shams or bureau coverings.

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By Allison (Guest Post)
June 1, 20050 found this helpful

I think you should consider trying to return the bedding to the store. If the product does not do what is is advertised to do, such as fit a certain size bed, then the store ought to give you a refund, whether the bedding is washed or unwashed.

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June 1, 20050 found this helpful

Thank you for all the wonderful idea's. I definitely found some answer's. I love the picture of Loca Lee. I have two dachshund's and a dachshund mix that moved in last week - homeless, the best I can determine - he dug under our fence to get in our yard, apparently choosing us as his new family. Since we live near a lot of wood's, he was probably dumped, since no one is claiming him. Again, thank you all. Susie

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By 0 found this helpful
September 9, 2007

Need suggestions for securely attaching a comforter to the interior of a duvet that will not ruin the comforter!

Thanks!

Holly from Richardson, TX

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By wvrdnkwmn (Guest Post)
September 9, 20070 found this helpful

I used a needle and thread to sew the 2 bottom corners and 1 in the middle (turn the duvet inside out first) it is easier to do it if there are 2 people.......good luck

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September 9, 20070 found this helpful

I use to use 4 big safety pins and pin it at the corners. Or you could take a tapestry needle and go thru all the layers in the corners with a piece of yarn and tie it like a tied comforter/quilt. You can remove the yarn when you launder it.

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By (Guest Post)
September 9, 20070 found this helpful

I stitched lengths of ribbon to the inside corners of the duvet. I tie them securely around the corners of my comforter and it holds them in place. Just be sure the ribbon is a neutral color and/or machine washable so the ribbon color does not run and stain your cover.

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By (Guest Post)
September 9, 20070 found this helpful

Bed, Bath & Beyond and similar stores sell special clips for this purpose, they're about $4 with a 20% off coupon. They work fine as long as you don't snuggle too much with the corners of the duvet.

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September 12, 20070 found this helpful

Sew large buttons at each corner of the comforter. Then on the inside of the duvet, attach elastic cord to slip over the buttons. Sometimes it is easier to make the cord a bit longer and just tie the loop for the buttom. Easy on/off for laundering

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September 12, 20070 found this helpful

Here's how Marriott does it:

Sew the ends of two short strips (4") of hook/loop tape facing each other to each corner of the inside seam of the duvet cover. Add one more set at the middle of the top and bottom seams for a king size.

Then sew a loop of double-folded seam tape to the comforter in the matching positions.

Attach the hook/loop tape together through the comforter loops.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 5, 2015

I have bought a new duvet, 13.5 tog, but it's far too warm for me and the heat is waking me up at night. I can't return it or afford to buy another. If I was to carefully take out some of the filling I'm sure this would make it cooler ie. reduce the tog rating. Do you think it would work? Does anyone have any experience of doing it?

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