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What Kind of Zipper Is Needed for Duvet Covers?

Updated February 21, 2017

Duvet covers offer an easy way to change the look of your bedroom. They are easily laundered, lightweight and versatile. Duvet covers can close with buttons, large snaps, hook-and-loop tape or a zipper. Zippers are ideal for duvet covers, whether you are opting to buy a duvet cover or make your own. It is, however, important that you have the right kind of zipper for duvet covers.

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The zipper on a duvet cover serves to close one end of the cover, allowing you to open and remove the cover for cleaning or to swap out the duvet or cover. The other three sides of the cover are sewn closed. The zipper can be installed along the bottom of the cover, or hidden in a false button placket.


If you are making your own duvet cover, choosing the right type of zipper may be key. Many standard garment zippers are not available in long lengths at your local fabric store. You may be able to order longer zipper lengths online or via your local store if you are working with lightweight fabrics. Heavy fabrics require a heavier weight zipper, like an upholstery zipper. Most fabric stores sell these zippers by the yard.


The bigger the duvet cover, the longer the zipper must be. An overly short zipper can make it very hard to use your duvet cover. Ideally, you should purchase a zipper equal to the width of your final duvet cover. This will allow you to open the duvet cover as much as possible and make it easier to put it on and take it off of your duvet. If you do not have access to an adequate zipper, you can use a shorter one; however, it will be less convenient.

Installing a Zipper

Sew a zipper into the bottom of your duvet cover by stitching the zipper to the bottom of each panel before you seam the three sides of the duvet cover. Do any piecing or patchwork before sewing your zipper into place. Sew the zipper to each side of the duvet cover, right sides together. Press and topstitch into place. Open the zipper before you seam the remaining three sides of your duvet cover.

Making a Hidden Placket

If you would prefer to hide the zipper on your duvet cover, creating a hidden placket is one option. Make a hidden placket by creating an envelope-style duvet cover. This will require a solid back panel and a split front panel with a definite overlap. Install the zipper, allowing for a generous placket to cover the zipper. It is especially important to use an adequately long zipper for this application.

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About the Author

With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.

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