How to make a bolster cushion

Everyone said such nice things about the bolster cushion cover I made recently (I didn’t win the competition though – boo!) so I decided to make another one for my spare room – just in time to store my winter duvet as we’ve just switched to our summer one – and share more detailed instructions for how to make it.

You will need:

How to make a bolster cushion to store your winter duvet

110 x 100cm of medium weight cotton for main body of the cushion – I used a navy ticking stripe fabric from John Lewis.

Two 12 x 102cm panels of light weight cotton for the ends of the cushion – I used Liberty’s Wiltshire Tana Lawn

120cm lengthย of velvet ribbon


1. Press a 0.5cm hem on the short side of each end panel. Press a 2.5cm channel down the length of each end panel.

2. Sew the 2.5cmย channel on each panel.

3. Place the end panel onto the main body of the cushion, right sides together, and pin in place. Sew the end to the main fabric and press the seam open. Repeat with the other end panel. Fold the cover in half, right sides together, and sew the cover together.

4. Feed the ribbon into each channel.

5. Fold your duvet in half, half again and half again and stuff into your cushion cover.

6. Draw your cushion cover closed.

Sewing tutorial to make a bolster cushion to store your winter duvet | Quick and simple sewing project | Liberty print fabric | Apartment Apothecary

If you, like me, have stuff crammed under your bed (for lack of storage) this idea is great as duvets take up so much space. I think I’m going to have to make anouther one for our bed!

Katy x





  1. 22nd April 2014 / 8:03 am

    Oooo I like this a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks really straightforward but effective. Leanne x

    • katy
      22nd April 2014 / 1:31 pm

      Very straightforward, Leanne – may be a good project for all that lovely Liberty fabric we were given! x

  2. 22nd April 2014 / 8:30 am

    Oh my, I LOVE this! I will be making one, that’s got me far too excited ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katy
      22nd April 2014 / 1:33 pm

      Ha ha! I got overexcited at the idea of it, too! Anything to lessen the amount of rubbish underneath my bed ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  3. 22nd April 2014 / 1:14 pm

    Fab idea Katy! They’d look great on our daybeds x

    • katy
      22nd April 2014 / 1:34 pm

      Indeed it would! I’ve been lusting after that daybed for while ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  4. 22nd April 2014 / 1:54 pm

    I love this tutorial! Such a great idea – I love the ticking and Liberty print fabrics together ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’m definitely going to give this one a go x

    • katy
      22nd April 2014 / 7:10 pm

      Thanks Chloe! I’ve got a bit obsessed with the ticking stripe/Liberty combo ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  5. 27th April 2014 / 7:55 am

    Love this idea so much. I’ve been trying to figure out where we’ll store the spare room quilts as they’ll be for futons but this would be perfect!

    • katy
      29th April 2014 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks, Em! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Shara
    14th July 2016 / 8:55 am

    Can you tell me what size quilt these dimensions are for? Single , double or Kingsize?

    • Katy
      16th July 2016 / 7:09 am

      It’s for a double sized duvet or two singles ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Marion
    21st July 2016 / 6:06 am

    What an amazingly clever way to store a duvet! Thank you for your inspirational tutorial.

    Marion in the UK

  8. Toni
    14th November 2019 / 7:06 am

    Such a fantastic idea! Ingenious! Thank you for sharing!

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