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Bubble Quilt – Puff Blanket – Biscuit Quilt

I’ve been working for a long time on this puff quilt, I started it around Christmas time and it just kept getting pushed to the side. When we were little we had this great bubble quilt that our grandma made us, and I wanted to make one for Ada. I only vaguely remembered what it looked like, so my puffs are much bigger, but it turned out great and Ada loves squishing the colorful puffs! I made a practice puff a while ago for my Puff Pin Cushion and kept the same dimensions.

I finally finished making an alternative method for making a bubble quilt, You sew the entire top together before you stuff the puffs! Check out the new tutorial here!

Check out my newest finished bubble quilts!

Here are some other bubble quilts!

The size I made is a little strange, it’s quite long and narrow, so for now we just play with it on the floor, but I’m thinking it would look amazing at the foot of her bed when we eventually turn it to a toddler bed.

Materials (for the size I made which was about 24×44 without the ruffle):
16 different colors of scrap fabric (if you want to do the rainbow)
1 yard cheap crappy fabric for the base of the puffs (you won’t be able to see them)
1 yard minky
1 1/2 yard silky fabric for the ruffle
Some poly-fil

Step 1: Pick out a bunch of scrap fabrics that you like.

Step 2: So for my blanket, I cut 7″x7″ squares for my bubbles, but they ended up being quite difficult to work with at the end since they were so big. I’d recommend making them 6″x6″ instead. So out of your fabrics cut out your squares and arrange them to your liking with 11 on the long side and 6 on the short side, so you end up with 66 total squares.

Now out of your ugly fabric (yes, mine is sweet quail fabric I got for free) cut out 66 4.5″x4.5″ squares.
Step 3: Now we’re going to make the puffs, all 66 of them. Place your two squares together so that the large square has it’s right side out and the small square doesn’t matter if it’s right side out or it. Pin the corner of one square to the corresponding corner of the other square. Repeat with all four corners.
Make two pleats on each side of the square and pin in place. On each side the folds should go in towards each other and make it so that the larger square sides match up with the smaller square’s sides.
Repeat on all four sides. Sorry about the blurry picture.
 Here’s a quick video of how to make the pleats as well as an alternative single pleat method. I made this in about 5 minutes, so it’s not perfect, but it does the job!

Sew around your square using a slightly less than 1/4″ seam to secure your pleats. Leave one of the corners open, but make sure your seam goes past the pleats on each side.
Now you can stuff your puff. I know it’s tempting to stuff them really full, but don’t because we’re going to have to sew the puffs together on the machine, and if they’re too big, they won’t fit. Repeat with all 66 bubbles.

Step 4: Lay out your puffs in the arrangement you want and then take to, pin one of the edges together and sew. I used a zipper foot because it enabled me to get the seam closer.

I sewed mine together in rows of 6.
Once you have all 11 of your rows of 6, you’ll need to sew them together. It’s crucial to pin them before you get going. I pinned at the seam and then again in the middle to help everything stick together.
Sew all of your rows together until your entire top is completed!

Step 5: Make a ruffle to go around your blanket. I didn’t show the steps to making a ruffle, but you can look here to learn how to make one. I cut six strips out of my silky fabric that were each 8″ wide. Then I followed the same steps. Cut our your minky to the size of your bubble top. Pin your ruffle on to the correct side of the minky with the ruffle going in toward the center and then sew it in place.

Lay your puffs right side up and your minky and ruffle piece right side down on top. Make sure all of the ruffle is going in toward the center (so you can’t see any).
Pin in place and then sew around. Be very careful not to snag the ruffle in the seam during this process. Just go slow and stick you hand in between the pins to straighten the ruffle as you go. Leave a large-ish opening, mine was about 7″ wide.
Turn you blanket right side out and hand stitch up the opening.
 You’re all finished!
 It’s beautiful and squishy too!

 

417 Comments

  1. Can u make for me !! my husband about two get deployed I’m about to have a baby boy !and mylittle girl start school i don’t have anytime !! Please!

    • Hi everyone, this quilt is so amazing. I made one also like this. Would be happy to sell if anyone if interested.

  2. I love this. I will be shopping tomorrow.

  3. Hi,

    I like this work so much so thank you for sharing:) I’m not into sewing but I’ll definitely show it to my mom :)

    By the way I’m not sure if you know but Ada means island in Turkish :)

    Greetings from Turkey!

  4. How hard would this be to make by hand? Instead of using a sewing machine.

    • It won’t be harder to made…..but will take lots of time. Your stitches will need to be very close with double thread. It would be more of a project than I would take on. You would be wiser to piece and hand quilt. This cute idea has in mind speed and pleasing to the eye.

  5. Hi! thank you very much for this tutorial!

    I would like to know what do you use to stuff the puffes! Because I have seen that these blanket are washable…

    sorry for my english I’m Suisse….
    by!
    thank you Lia

  6. Do u sell these… I would really like one.

  7. I am so in love with your rainbow! My grandma made one for me when I was a small girl and we lost everything during hurricane Rita. My grandma passed away and I never knew how to make them. Blass you for this post because I will now be making it for my grandsons in Camo!

  8. Thank you for sharing, I will be making a few, I love to crochet, by sewing in the warm weather is nicer. Again Thank you!

  9. that is so pretty I will have to look at doing that winter.

  10. Do you sale these?!

  11. Can this be made by sewing by hand stitches instead of sewing machine?

  12. MY MOTHER AND SOME LADIES MADE ONE SIMLER TO THIS WITH OLD HOSE. THIS WAS LATE 60 sAND EARLY 70.

  13. Sorry, but what is a minky? I’m English! Lovely quilt x

    • Kelly – Minky is a very soft polyester fabric. It is normally used as a throw blanket material – it is plush, almost silky — softer and thicker than fleece.

    • Its a type if fabric. Its just really soft with little raised dots on it. Minky dot its called.

  14. Please email me about how much these are and how can I go about purchasing one! Thanks!

    • The original puff quilt that I remember was made by using 4 l/2 inch squares, sewed together on 3 sides (like a pillowcase), and stuffed with a single nylon stocking. The idea was to use up all those hose with runners in them. The open side was sewn shut and all puffs were sewn together to make a quilt, pillow etc.

  15. Is it possible to purchase one of the bubble quilts?

  16. I love this quilt. My son needed a mattress for his mini crib and nothing is in stock locally. I’m making this as a make do mattress until I can afford to order one. I’m to the poly-fill point of the project. Approximately how many bags of fill did it take to fill yours?

    • try using foam rubber from a craft store. You should be able to buy it cut to size. I would say one large box of batting.

    • I always get the 32oz bag and have leftovers.

  17. What is minky? The bubble quilt is beautiful. Is there a hand sew method somewhere?

  18. Going nuts. Want to make a 110″x 108″
    King quilt using four fabrics….what is the total yardage needed for the “top” decorative squares….estimated…

    • Sorry for the delayed response. If you’re doing a king size, that’d be 27×28 puffs for a total of 756 puffs. If you’re doing 4 fabrics, that means you’ll have 189 puffs in each of the four different fabrics. That adds up to 4.5 yards of fabric for each of the four. Good luck!

  19. What is a minky?

  20. I just love this quilt…do you sell them if so how much?

  21. This is beautiful! I would like to know if you make these and sell them. I am not crafty myself and I have a new granddaughter who I know this will be great for when she gets older.

    Thank You!

  22. I do sew ,this is so cute ,my granddaughter told me about it ,we will have to try one

  23. I made one of these quilt years ago. I used old clean nylons (knee highs). The method I used was different but, I like this way better it’s a lot easier.

  24. Hi, will you please email me about details on weather or not you would sell these, and if so, the price you would sell them for? This is beautiful but I dont know how to sew at all! Thanks!

  25. These are so beautiful!! I would love one for my daughter.
    Do you sell these? How much and how long will it take to ship if you do?

  26. Thank You for sharing this quilt. I’d forgotten about it. My neighbor used to make hers out of silk and did it all by hand. Her quilts were full size and she used them on her beds. Thank you for sharing and shaking my memory. Love the quilt!

  27. This quilt is really neat , 1st time I have seen one.
    Do u sale to the public?
    Sharon

  28. Thanks for sharing!! That is really Cute..

  29. I love it…I am going to try to make one myself. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Sincerely,
    Lore’

  30. I’ve just deceided I want to make this for my kids. But I want to try and fill different bubbles with different materials maybe ad a zipper to some bubbles to make a play mat :)

    It looks so amazing!

    Now i finally have an excuse to buy fabric I find pretty but wouldn’t do anything else with :p

  31. Can I buy one of these

  32. I am expecting my first great granddaughter, do you sell these & how much, thank you

  33. Do u make these for other people? If so what would u charge for one 2 be made?

  34. Hey my cousin having a child it’s a boy I would like to get one for her baby

  35. This is very nice love it might have to try this

  36. what are they like to sleep under? are they heavy? are they hot?.. I was thinking it might be cool to make one for each of my children so they can have matching blankets on their beds..

    • They are a bit heavy. I do not recommend them for a baby to sleep under, but for a kid during the colder months, they’re perfect!

  37. This is awesome! Thank you for sharing. I’m going to make one for my grand daughter, first grandchild, which will be here in Nov. I can’t wait to get started. Thank you.

  38. I absolutely love this quilt. Wish I could make one! It’s awesome!

  39. Do you sell these? I love it!!! So would my 4 month old daughter!! If you do, how much?

  40. I use to make the head of dolls that exact same way….this sounds like fun ….I’d love to try it need the specs. Though..Good idea!

  41. This is very cute I would love to make one of these for my first granddaughter out of her outgrown baby clothes. Have you considered tacking the minky to the top like an old fashioned quilt?

    • I do tack my larger blankets, but you could do it on any size. People have sent me pictures of ones they’ve tacked in-between every bubble and it’s super cute. Have fun!

  42. My daughter-in-law sent this link to me. I’m guessing it’s a hint to make three for my grand babies! Ha!
    I’m thinking She and my daughter need to learn to sew for themselves. They’re very good about “suggestions” for me to create this or that!
    But, I must admit, a Bubble quilt this cute would be a lot of fun to make.
    Thank you for sharing. Great tutorial!

  43. I found it helpful to put the back of the bubble on as you would put on a pillow sham,
    Then sew all your blocks together as instructed , then sew on your ruffle as instructed. Then stuff and tack the back closed if desired. before putting on the underside fabric.
    So much easier. Enjoy sewing.

  44. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this….

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