A Girl in the Blue Dress | How I Upcycle Old Duvet Cover

Upcycle Old Duvet Cover, sustainable fashion

Hello everyone!

Time flies so fast and now we are starting to enjoy the spring season here in VIC, Australia. We are still under the second wave of restriction and waiting for other updates this coming weekend whether the regional areas of Victoria will start to ease the restriction (or not).

Not whining nor complaining either. But I admit that I am missing our road trips and weekend travel and discovering new places here in Victoria.

As regional Victoria is still under the Stage 3 lockdown for 6-weeks, I managed to keep myself busy and productive. Have so much on my plate and sometimes feel frustrating coz I want to do them all at once!




I still have many pending travel-related blog posts on my computer waiting to be processed.
And the good thing about travel content is that it is always an evergreen content. It never (almost) get old, or should I say only needs a few bits of updates after a few years.

What I am trying to say is that this restriction is somewhat beneficial for myself coz I can do creative things that I truly missed back then.

Aside from making homemade masks, I’ve been enjoying my other upcycling projects such as transforming our old duvet cover (apparently Aussies call them as doona) into a wearable dress!

As much as possible, I am keeping my philosophy of ONLY spending on dresses that I believe is worth investing, and not buying new outfits because mainstream fashion websites say so. 

(but if someone sends me brand new FREE clothes then, of course, I will accept them!)

Upcycle Old Duvet Cover, sustainable fashion

I was clearing out our closets when I found several old duvet covers. Apparently, since we moved into the new house, we also changed our beds which means we can’t use the old ones coz they don’t fit anymore. Especially the kids when we bought them bigger beds, leaving the single size duvet and fitted sheets stored in our laundry closets. 

They are still in good condition, and also I don’t have the heart to dispose of them all.



So I decided to keep them all, and slowly upcycle them. After all, this will keep me occupied while in lockdown 😊

And that’s how my duvet cover to dress transformation begun. In this blog, I’ll share with you the first duvet that I’ve made. Surprisingly, I made two dresses! Yey!

The duvet cover is in Queen Size, one side in plain bright pink, and the other side is color blue with prints.

Upcycle Old Duvet Cover, sustainable fashion

Today, let’s talk about this blue ruffled dress transformation. 

I enjoyed transforming this duvet cover fabric coz they are lightweight and easy to sew (even you use hand-sewing). It is soft making the sewing experience really amazing. This print reminds me of aboriginal prints and rarely that I’ve seen aboriginal prints here in Victoria. Maybe because the original prints (as I’ve checked online) are quite expensive. 

Upcycle Old Duvet Cover, sustainable fashion

Making the ruffles for the skirt is a little tedious, but hard work pays off. See how interesting it looks now that the fabric makes that gorgeous waves. 




You can watch the vlog below (and some storytime) 


And here’s the look after the transformation!

Upcycle Old Duvet Cover, sustainable fashion

Took me 4 days of the sewing process (no reason to be in a rush!). This is the dress using the other half of the duvet cover (and soon will blog about the other half!).

Ruffles are my all-time obsession for dresses. Ruffles are fun, romantic, lady-like, and always makes the dress more interesting.

Upcycle Old Duvet Cover, sustainable fashion

Upcycle Old Duvet Cover, sustainable fashion

On the 5th day is where I did this photoshoot in our bedroom’s balcony. Trees are starting to grow their leaves and I cannot wait to see them bloom! Obviously, my background will be covered with lots of green!

Upcycle Old Duvet Cover, sustainable fashion

I am also considering adding more plants to our balcony in preparation for the summer season. Maybe adding some hanging flowering plants here and there, and add a small coffee table and wicker chair, to enjoy the view while having tea. What do you think?




And of course, I wear my new dress when I visited Kmart to get some of my craft supplies!

Upcycle Old Duvet Cover, sustainable fashion

Kmart is now well-stocked (thank goodness!) compared to previous months where shelves are almost empty. They also got decent craft supplies, perfect for keeping us Victorians occupied while in isolation. 



What do you think of my duvet transformation? Would you like to see the pink one?


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142 comments :

  1. Your duvet transformed outfit looks gorgeous. It is such a creative idea to recycle your old duvet and turn it into something else. Yes I would love to see a pink one as well.

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    1. Thank you dear! I am inspired to do more fabric transformation.

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  2. That is so awesome!! Such a great idea turning that old duvet cover into an amazing dress! Amazing work!

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  3. That is really cool! I love your creativity. I would never have known that was a duvet before.

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    1. Duvet cover is a perfect way to recycle coz of its size.

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  4. You are so creative, and blue dress is stunning. It fits perfectly on you

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  5. Wow, impressive.. you really have the creativity and talent!:) that dress looks pretty on you:)

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  6. Wow....I had never seen a dress made from duvet! And it looks so good, Blair!

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  7. O my! That dress came out amazing. Love the look on you.

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  8. You did so well on this piece! It looks lovely!

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  9. Wow this is really awesome. Dress looks amazing. I love the colors, so bright and summery. Good job!

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    1. Thank you Natalie! This Australian spring needs more colors!

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  10. Holy moly, you are super talented! I love the way that you've transformed and up-cycled the duvet into this amazing dress!

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    1. Surprisingly, transforming duvet into dress is cheaper than buying a new dress.

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  11. I love your dress and the creativity you used to transform the duvet cover! I would never guess you didn't buy it that way. You're so talented!

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  12. Stunning dress! you are so talented, you have a great idea to come up with ideas of what to do with what you have. Great job!

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  13. Won't you are so talented I love what you did with that dress you just up cycle it to another level

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    1. Thank you Jessica! I love transforming things into something amazing :)

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  14. Wow! I really loved how it turned out!! Amazing!

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  15. You are really artistic and talented. Such a nice designer and flowery dress. Its looks great on you.

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    1. Thanks dear! I will make more DIY projects and transformation.

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  16. You should make a series of blogs about upcycling old materials into dresses. We all need this content right now! Keep it up!

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    1. Yes, that's also in my plate right now! Saving my upcycled dresses for one whole content :)

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  17. I think this looks better as a dress! I love the pink sash going through it! You have such an amazing talent, both in planning and in execution of your designs!

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    1. Aww thank you Marie! The pink sash-look is also part of the duvet. I got a pink dress to share in my blog soon :)

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  18. If only you had this creativity and talent O_O wow you have created something exceptional and beautiful. You are a true born stylist!

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  19. That's an incredible transformation! I love seeing your projects' before and after photos because it's just amazing to see how creative you are.

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    1. Thanks Alyssa! I got many lonely materials here waiting my attention :)

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  20. You did such an amazing job! It looks beautiful on you. And I love the color!

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  21. It's a beautiful dress and you look lovely in it.

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  22. I super love the final outcome of this mini project! Kuddos to your efforts. I've seen your vlog on this and wow just also want to say that you have such a lovely home.

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  23. Totally amazed by your skill and vision!!! Gave me an idea of making dresses out of bed sheets we no pinger use at home!! Wish i knew how to use a sewing machine! Hahaha

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    1. Madali lang matutunan :) Basic stitching lang gamit ko. And sewing machine isn't that expensive, yet a good investment rin. Meron sa Brother Philippines worth Php9,000+

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  24. This a perfect DIY project I have seen this past few days! You did great in turning that old duvet cover into a dress! It is really considered as sustainable fashion! KEEP IT UP!

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  25. I love your innovation! This is both gorgeous and environmentally friendly. I just use old bedsheets as paint catchers!

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  26. ang ganda ganda talaga nitong dress mo! i love how you made it and also, i love how mo ni break yung patters with the pink color print!

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  27. Can't believe it was a duvet cover! The dress looks lovely and you did a great job recycling the old material. :)

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    1. Thank you! I gained passion in upcycling even more especially when I moved here in Australia :)

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  28. Hi, Blair! I always get so inspired whenever I read your DIY projects! You’re so talented and creative - who would have thought a duvet could be upcycled and transformed into a fashionable piece! �� I’m excited to read more about it!

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    1. Thank you Hazel! I'm glad you like my DIY blogs :)

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  29. You are so talented. This dress is amazing. I would never have guest that was an old duvet cover. Great way to upcycle!

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    1. It was truly fun to transformed this duvet because of its fun prints :)

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  30. The ruffles dress is nice and cool. Very creative in upcycling the old duvet cover. You got amazing talent. Keep up the good work.

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  31. This is gorgeous!! I cant sew! Not even a button! This is truly artwork!!

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  32. Loving the blue ruffles! You looked so tall with the outcome. As always you did so amazing with the upcycling miss blair :D

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  33. GIRL! You have INSANE upsycle skills!

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  34. Another beautiful creation from you. I love the ruffles on the dress, it is like a waterfall.

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  35. You are so talented for transforming this simple piece of cloth into a very beautiful ruffled dress! I really get so excited to see the new pieces you make! Keep it up! :)

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  36. You are absolutely creative! You look so stunningly beautiful with your upcycled dress!!! I hope I someday get a chance to turn a duvet cover into a dress. Lol!

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  37. I really love the dresses you make. And this innovation is really lovely! you look so pretty!

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  38. Brilliant!!!! I loooove this. You definitely have a knack for style ad upcycling :)

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  39. This dress is absolutely gorgeous. I love the color and the shape of it.

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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  40. Im so inspired! Girl you are killing it!!

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  41. This is phenomenal! I love that dress and your video is a delight!

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    1. Thanks Anna! Keep on visiting my blog for upcoming projects.

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  43. You're pretty in your dress. Are you married?

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    1. Yes! And moved to Australia to enjoy the next chapter of my life :)

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  44. Wow! That dress looks awesome, I like the patterns on it and the colors. Great job.

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  45. I love how you put so much passion in this! Nakakatuwa. Watched your vlog from beginning till end. Ang galing mo!

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  46. Wow! How I wish I was that crafty and talented. Gorgeous and such a good way to up-cycle.

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    1. Thank you Cyndi! Just in time for the spring season here in Australia.

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  48. That is very creative of you. I wish I have the same skills!

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    1. Aww thank you Sarah! There is no limit in learning new crafts and skills.

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  49. Manisha - You are really good at designing, I loved the outfit and never thought you made it from a duvet cover.

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  50. Wow this is an amazing refashion! Love that you used a duvet cover. So much creativity here, keep sharing your projects please you are so inspiring!

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  51. I'm learning how to sew so I can start up cycling. I love sustainable fashion and I'm always fascinated by people who are able to epicycle clothes

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    1. That's awesome! I would love to see your creations too!

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  52. This is awesome, you're so talented,it looks gorgeous.

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  53. That is such a fun way to recycle a duvet cover! I love projects like this that are not only financially responsible, but also help to prevent items from going to the landfill that don't need to! The colours and design of that duvet cover are so much fun - why not continue to enjoy them in a new way?

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  54. What an adorable dress. You are so creative!!!

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    1. Thank you Barbie! Speaking of Barbie, I think I have an old Barbie duvet :) Should I turned it too into a dress?!

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  55. Very creative! Clever use of the duvet cover. You're quite talented!

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  56. I LOVE this!! I’m a very artsy person, but I never thought of transforming a duvet into a dress, that’s soo cool. I’m currently self isolating and I’m spending my time doing jigsaws and paint by numbers

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    1. I'm also curious about that paint by numbers coz I don't know how to paint, but eager to learn! How many had you finished?!

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  57. So inventive! And you did an amazing job. The style is super pretty and it looks great on you.

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  58. Wow I cannot believe the this was a duvet cover! That's impressive that you were able to utilize it as a dress!

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    1. Thanks Hannah! I had so much fun playing this old duvet textile :)

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  59. No joke that was a duvet? Bit applaud for being so creative and tiyaga to transform it into such a chic fashion piece. Keep safe :)

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  60. Wow! You have give such a creative touch to your dress. It is so pretty!

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  61. You a ridiculously creative! I would have never thought to turn a duvet into a dress but it worked out beautifully and that color is absolutely amazing on you! Great job!

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    1. Most of my duvet covers had printed designs which are very fun to upcycle :)

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  62. This is amazing! You are so talented. I wouldn't have had the vision to do such a thing, but you pulled it off beautifully!

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  63. From an old duvet to a beautiful outfit, this is so creative. You have done a wonderful job. I love those frills and the colour. :)

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  64. Hi there Blair! Long time no see. I love your talent of sewing and designing pieces from used materials. More! This blue dress is amazing and photogenic when worn. So creative!

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  65. Wow! What a lovely outfit from a duvet! How I wish I have that talent as well.

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  66. That's really amazing and creative. Who knew a duvet could be converted into a dress. Nice

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  67. What an amazing transformation! And it really doesn't look like a former duvet cover! You looked very fashionable in Kmart!

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  68. Wow! It's amazing how you can upcycle all these fabrics so well! Looks so pretty!

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    1. Thank you Veronika! More upcycled fashion to come :)

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  69. Omg I can't believe you just did this!!! You are so creative!

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  70. Wow, amazing. You are so creative. Such a lovely dress from an old duvet. Well done.

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  71. That's one gorgoues outfit. You have talent in transforming clothes into pieces dear. How I wish I have a little of that skill.

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