Cozy Sherpa Lap Duvet

I recently learned a new Spanish verb: acurrucar. It's in a Spanish childrens song that we sometimes sing to my daughter, and when I asked my husband (the resident Spanish speaker) what it meant, he paused and said, "Just what it sounds like... to be all snuggled up." What a great word!

This winter its my goal to be as snuggled up as possible which is where my new Organic Cotton Sherpa Lap Duvet comes in! Organic Cotton Sherpa is a beautiful thing to hold and to behold. Its soft, lofty, and toasty warm, like a layer of cotton balls or a blanket of billowy cloud.

To double down on Sherpas innate coziness I used it on both sides with a layer of plush wool batting in-between. And for fun I sewed it all together with seven vertical rows of bright red tacking stitches. The finished blanket is so cuddly and warm, like a portable heater. Perfect if you want acurrucar! --Molly



42 inches wide by 48 inches long


Before beginning this project, pre-shrink the Sherpa by machine washing and drying it on a regular cycle. Do not wash the batting.

You will be using your machine's walking foot for all of the sewing in this pattern.


Cutting and Sewing Together

Cut the Sherpa into two 50-inch long pieces. Do not cut off the selvages. Each piece will be 44 inches wide by 50 inches long.

Lay one of the Sherpa pieces down on a flat clean surface with its right side (the fuzzy side) facing up. Smooth it flat so there are no wrinkles and then lay the second piece, right side facing down, on top of the first. Make sure the pieces are exactly the same size; trim one down if necessary.

Lay the Wool Batting on top of the two Sherpa pieces and cut it to match the Sherpa pieces.

Pin all three layers together around all four sides. This is your quilt sandwich.

With the Sherpa side of the quilt sandwich facing up, use the Matching Thread to stitch the three layers together. With a 1-inch seam allowance, sew around all four sides, leaving a 6-inch gap in the middle of one of the sides. Back stitch at the beginning and end of this seam.


Turn the duvet right sides out through the gap. The right sides of the Sherpa are now on the outside and the Wool Batting is encased within. Pin the 6-inch gap closed and using the Matching Thread, hand stitch it shut with a blind stitch.

Lay the duvet down on a flat surface. Make sure it is lying perfectly flat. Orient it so that the longer edges are the left and right hand sides and the shorter edges are the top and bottom sides.Using an Erasable Fabric Marker, draw a vertical line 3 inches in from the left side.  Starting from the top side, make a mark every 3 inches down this vertical line. Place a Curved Safety Pin at each of these marks, making sure to pin through all three layers of the duvet.

Make a second vertical line 6 inches from the first vertical line. Mark and pin it in the same way.

Keep marking and pinning the duvet at 6-inch intervals until you have seven equidistant vertical lines, pinned every 3 inches.

Using the Contrast Thread and a, short, wide zig-zag stitch, sew approximately 3/8 of an inch forward, backward, and then forward again at each pinned point (removing the pin before you sew that point). This will create a solid little block of color. Do this at every pinned point along the marked vertical lines.

Clip the Contrast Thread on both sides of the duvet and spray the marked lines to make them disappear. You're all done!

10 Responses to Cozy Sherpa Lap Duvet

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  1. You guys always amaze me with your simple but classy and beautiful things that you come up with. I might just have to make this.

  2. Rebecca says:

    wow, that throw looks so so cozy! great diy.

  3. Linda L. says:

    I've been looking for good-quality sherpa fabric for a while – this is amazing!

  4. Robyn says:

    The duvet looks sooooo cozy. I want to hide right under it! Thank you for a great project :)

  5. Ivy says:

    This looks absolutely amazing! I'm wondering if I was to take a slight variation – with one-side Sherpa -and the other side a voile/lawn fabric – what the recommendations would be in terms of needle choice?

  6. purl bee says:

    Hi Ivy-

    I would just use a medium width universal needle. If you have problems with it catching you might try a ball point needle.

    Thank you for your question!


  7. Maggie says:

    I was reading a little more about MM Sherpa fabric, and it looks like its got some decent stretch to it. Would that make it really difficult to put cotton on the other side? Like the commenter above, I was thinking of doing one side in the sherpa and the other in something like a flannel or soft cotton, but I'm a little worried that sherpa side may stretch out over time and be all gappy. Maybe the quilting will eliminate that concern? Thoughts? Thanks!

  8. purl bee says:

    Hi Maggie-

    This fabric is pretty forgiving. As long as you use your machine's walking or quilting foot and pin it a lot around the four sides before you sew it togehter you should be fine. Also make sure to prewash both fabrics. The Sherpa shrinks A LOT!

    Please let us know if you have any more questions and thank you!


  9. Su says:

    How do you clean it, as the Sherpa is already washed, will the wool batting shrink when wasded as a finished project? I love this idea, that's why the question.

  10. purl bee says:

    Hi Su-

    This wool batting is made especially to be machine washed (once it's sewn inside of something) so you can just wash and dry the finished project just as you normally would wash a blanket.

    Thank you!


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