Your dorm room bed is most likely your sofa as well. It. Will. Get. Dirty. A great way to protect your new comforter is a duvet cover that is quick to remove and will wash up easily (think laundromat). Pick two flat sheets in your favorite colors and velcro or buttons, sew three seams and you’re good to go. I got my sheets at a thrift shop and made this duvet cover for about $6.00. Or buy new sheets and go for a coordinated look (search here). Let’s get started!
- 2 twin sized flat sheets
- Closure of choice: buttons, snaps or velcro
- Basic sewing supplies
Make note of the measurements of your sheets. Most flat sheets should be big enough to cover a twin XL as is needed for most dorm beds. Spread out your sheets, right sides together. Pin all the sides together to prevent shifting as you sew. Make a cuff, folded to the inside, as shown here.
One of my sheets was bigger than the other so I was able to do this. If you can’t do this, don’t worry about this step. Pin the cuff to make your sheets’ length match up. Do not worry about cutting off any hems the sheets already have around the edges. Now sew! For your seam allowance, use about a half inch or use the edge of the exsisting sheet hem. Starting at one of the long sides, sew down one long side, across the short side and then back up the other long side. You are done with most of the sewing. Clip your two closed end corners, turn right side out and admire!
Now time to add a closure of some kind. This is totally up to you. On the inside, invisibly hand-sew velcro in about 4 spots across the bottom or add buttons and buttonholes or invisibly hand-sew 4 or 5 large snaps. Tuck your comforter inside your new cover, tuck the end into any extra cuff you may have added, fasten closed. You are all set to relax and enjoy!