If you are uninspired by the available comforter designs in store, catalogs and online and have decided to make a comforter you may want to pause for a second and give it some real thought. Although it may seem like an attractive idea and the sense of accomplishment afterward would certainly be huge, there is a lot to such an undertaking. It could be expensive too. In fact, more expensive than if you went out and bought a readymade comforter. There really are a lot of things to consider not the least of which is the time it could take to make a comforter.
Anyone with the idea to make a comforter should do a lot of research before jumping into the project. The first thing to do is get online and find some sewing chat rooms or bulletin board postings about the nuances of making comforters. There are tons of resources out there for people considering making comforters. These are people with experience and are worth your time to pay attention too. In fact, it will probably be during one of these chats or the reading of sewing posts that you will make your decision whether or not to jump in with both feet.
Here are some of the things to consider if you really think you want to make a comforter. First, the time it is going to take depending on your skill level. If you have never so much as darned a sock in your life, then maybe you should get in the car warm up your credit card and suck it up and buy one. If you are Picasso with a needle and thread then maybe there is a chance but it is still going to be no picnic. Making a comforter can take a significant amount of time and in this instant gratification society, you may not want to wait. Maybe it will be done by the time your grandchildren have children.
The there is the expense if you want to make a comforter. Down isn't cheap, and unless you have a flock of geese running around in your back yard who don't mind becoming nudists, then you are going to pay dearly. Buying down as an individual is pricey. And, of course there is the sizing to worry about. How bad would it be to finish a comforter only to find out you miscalculated and five years after you started the thing is two inches too short? It happens. Oh, and don't forget you should probably make a duvet too! More work.But, if you do get over those hurdles and decide to make a comforter it can be very rewarding. The up side is you have created an heirloom that will last a long time. The down side is the time money and effort you may have to put into the project. You just have to quantify whether or not it is worth it to make a comforter. Good luck and happy sewing.