Creative Design: Professional

Re-DIY Duvet Coat and Cover

  • Anne Marie Eveline Bissonnette (University of Alberta)
  • Sherry Schofield (Florida State University)


The RE-DIY duvet coat and its cover aim to address sustainability by combatting obsolescence and reducing waste, while seeking ways to reduce economic discrepancies. Through reuse and the ability to be made and modified by users, the design can enhance emotional attachment to an object and, in so doing, extend its use and reduce material consumption. The identical pattern for the full-length coat and cover are grounded in a geometric, aged-old historic pattern (Priest-Dorman, 1997) and uses a second-hand, twin-sized duvet. The design’s pattern and DIY nature leads to ease of alterations, future recreations of worn-out covers, and reduces “material waste in both production and use” (McQuillan et al., 2018, p. 8). The ensemble addresses thermal comfort (length), ease of maintenance (laundry of cover only), ongoing use (changing the cover only can optimize resources and renew interest in the ensemble), and lowers costs (RE-DIY) while catering to different skill levels.

Keywords: Sustainability, RE-DIY, Duvet Coat, Zero Waste

How to Cite:

Bissonnette, A. M. & Schofield, S., (2024) “Re-DIY Duvet Coat and Cover”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
22 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed