I was recently changing the sheets on my bed when I noticed what an appalling state my duvet was in; lumpy, frayed and worn and with more Ovaltine stains than there should be. Hardly surprising as it was a fairly cheap polyester jobby that I’ve had for nearly 20 years.
I decided to treat myself and replaced it with an ultra-thick duck down number which is so scrumptiously warm and snugly that it is even harder to get out of bed than usual. But a problem then reared its ugly head; what to do with the old duvet?
As regular readers will know, I can’t bear to throw things away if they can be used for something else. And then it came to me. The icy winds that blast around the edge of my front door are sufficient to stop a polar bear in its tracks and, despite being a modern upvc apparatus, the back door is much the same. So I turned the duvet into an industrial strength draught excluder. I also had a thin and threadbare duvet cover which I was going to cut up for rags or craft fabric, so I included this in the plan.
This is how to do it:
Measure the door and cut the duvet down so that it overlaps each side by about 6”/15cm
Turn the raw edge over twice and stitch the seam to make it firm and neat
Cut down the duvet cover to fit, put the duvet and stitch it round the four sides
Now EITHER sew on a length of curtain ticking to the top OR make some loops out of the duvet material
Fix a curtain pole above the door and either thread the loops over it or use curtain rings
With the remaining duvet and cover, make long thin matching draught excluders for other doors
It would also be a good idea to fit a good tie back hook next to the front door so that the duvet curtain can be held back when the door is in use.
In the summer it can either be stored away or used as a bench cushion
Or you could make the old duvet into fitted bench cushions