Simple Tufted Comforter
If you know how to make a knot and can do basic sewing, you can easily make this comforter and save substantial money. Make it to the size you specify with your choice of color and fabric. The uniform embroidered flowers in my fabric provided the perfect grid for tufting. Repetitive patterns will act as a guide for the placement of your embroidery floss.
step 1 - Find an inexpensive, basic comforter for your bed. Ikea has a huge selection in all price ranges. You can find a plain white one for less than $30. The filling will determine the price.
step 2 - Use a yard stick to measure the size in width and length. With these measurements, you can calculate how much fabric you should buy. In order for the comforter to hang correctly, two inches should be added to the length and the width measurement. Allowances for seams are also included in this two inches.
step 3 - When buying your fabric, buy embroidery floss that matches your fabric as closely as possible. You will use embroidery floss to make the tufts in the comforter.
step 4 - You will join together three sections of fabric to create the width of the comforter. Use one complete section in the center and join a partial section to each side edge. Create the comforter top and underside in the same manner.
step 5 - Sew all 4 seams to join sections with right sides together. Once complete, sew the top piece to the underside piece with right sides together, using a half inch seam allowance on three sides. When you sew the fourth side, leave open a section large enough to insert the comforter.
step 6 - Turn the fabric to the right side. Press seams flat.
step 7 - Spread out the fabric on a work surface that will accommodate the work. You will create a grid pattern with painter’s tape, if your fabric doesn’t have a design you can use for tufting. The corners of the grid will be the markers for tufting. The spacing between tufts can be whatever you choose but a good standard to follow would be 12 inches. Rows of tufts should not be placed down the center of the comforter, but rather six inches off center.
step 8 - Stuff the comforter into the fabric. Match up the top edge of the comforter with the top edge of the fabric and pin only the three sides together. The opening in your fabric will be at the foot of the bed.
step 9 - Work to distribute the comforter evenly inside the fabric casing. Pin through all layers, only along the edges, with the exception of the open one.
step 10 - Determine the placement of tufting points and pin through all layers at that spot. Work from the center, outward.
step 13 - Remove pins. If tape was used for a grid pattern, remove it also. Slip stitch or blind stitch the opening in the comforter.
- sewing machine & notions
- embroidery floss
- large eye needle
- painter’s tape (optional)