Guest Post: Anthropologie Cirrus Bedding DIY

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Note: While I am on vacation the community is helping keep EA live! This guest post is written by Sarah Anne of Neroli Blossoms
While Roxy’s off having a blast on vacation, she’s been kind enough to let me share with you a DIY tutorial. With all our stalking of the Anthropologie website, I’m sure we’ve all seen the Cirrus/Nimbus bedding at one point or another. If you’re like me, you’ve drooled over it for months but simply weren’t ready to shell out the $200+ for bedding. Ever thought about making your own for about 1/4th of the price but laughed because you thought it was waaay to complicated? Well fear not! This duvet is actually fairly easy, although it takes a long time and has many repetitive steps. But as for actual sewing talent? All you really need to know is how to sew in a straight line!

This tutorial is for a full/queen sized comforter, measure your own comforter to get the perfect fit. For full instructions, exact materials, precise measurements, and more pictures than you probably need, please visit the full tutorial on my blog, Neroli Blossoms.

How to make Cirrus inspired bedding:

Part 1: The Front Panel
- First measure the duvet that will fit inside the cover to determine the size. Double the width and then add an additional inch to both length and width to allow for seam allowance.
- You’ll need at least 3 flat sheets in whatever color/pattern you want your duvet. Wash and iron/steam the sheets to prepare them
- Sew 2 sheets together
- Divide the panel into sections horizontally where you want the gathers to be.
- Draw the lines on the wrong side of the fabric marking where the gathers will go
- Sew down the lines with a basting stitch, leaving a few inches of thread hanging on each side
- Gently pull one of the threads to gather the sheet to the proper width

Part 2: The Strips
- If you get bored sewing straight lines and gathering, you can start making the strips that will be sewn on top of the gathers to hold them in place. These will run the width of the comforter so use the width measurement of your duvet
- Cut strips, fold them in half lengthwise and sew together.
- Pin in place and sew the strips down over gathered seams.

Part 3: The Back Panel
- Cut the remaining sheet to the proper length of the comforter. Create a top and bottom panel.
- Sew a 3” hem on one end of the top panel. This will overlap the bottom panel and be tied together to hold the duvet inside
- Layer the front and back panel on the ground and lay the front panel over it, right sides together. Pin 1/2" from the edge all the way around the duvet cover to hold everything together
- Sew around entire cover

Part 4: Closures
- Decide how you want the duvet to close. I decided to do 5 lace ties (note: after using the duvet for a few months I don’t think 5 is enough. I intend to go back and add another 5 to make the closure tighter)
- Measure an even amount between ties and sew down (or if you’re really ambitions, create buttonholes and attach buttons. I didn’t set my sights that high)
- Flip inside out and stuff your duvet inside. Tie the lace into pretty bows (or button the buttons shut if you’re awesome)

And you're done! Again, this was a very brief overview of the process. If you’d like more info and exact step-by-step instructions with photos, please stop by my blog and check out the full tutorial. Thanks!

Happy sewing!

Sarah Anne