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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!

 

511 Comments

  1. I cannot wait to make some of these! I have a list of recipients in my head and what fabrics from my stash I will use for each person! How many days from today (9-18-14) until Christmas? :)

  2. Very imprrssive! Think I would have to in list my mother in law to help.

  3. I’ve also made a mini version of your blanket using this tutorial. It’s great and I think the original version is much better than mine ().

  4. What is Minky? I have not heard of that before

    • Minky is just a soft and fuzzy fabric. Sometimes stores call it something else, like Joann’s calls it Soft n Comfy. You can use anything you want for the back though, I just like the soft minky!

  5. I want to try this bubble quilt.would like to make a queen size bed with 4 Colorado please advise how much material I would need thank you

    • According to my search a queen mattress is 60″x80″ and the suggested quilt size is 90″x94″ This corresponds to a 23×24 puff rectangle for a total of 552 puffs. If you wanted 4 colors, that would mean you would need 138 puffs in each color, so if you’re doing the 6″x6″ tops, that would be roughly 3 1/2 yards in each color.

  6. I bought 1 1/2 yds of the ruffle for the edging but doesn’t look to be enough… am I doing it wrong?

  7. Beautiful!

  8. Have you actually SOLD any! $200.00 seems a BIT pricey…

    But that may be just ME?

    • $200 is a lot for a blanket, but I have sold over 30 in my store. The price is high because they do take a long time to make. I also provide a free tutorial for anyone who would like to make their own and am happy to answer any questions they may have about how to make one for themselves.

      • Ande

        What are the washing requirements for this? Babies can make big messes. How do you clean them?

        • I machine wash and dry mine on the delicate settings. Definitely not ok to have a baby blanket that can’t be machine washed in my opinion! :)

  9. Are these washable? And use dryer or line-dry?

    • I’ve had great results machine washing and drying them on delicate settings. We’ve been machine washing and drying the one my grandma made for over 30 years and it’s still doing great :) If you’re worried about the dryer, you can line dry instead.

  10. How well do these blankets wash and dry?

    • I’ve had great results machine washing and drying them on delicate settings. We’ve been machine washing and drying the one my grandma made for over 30 years and it’s still doing great :)

  11. If I wanted to make a king size (I know; a LOT of work, lol); what would the quantities of material be? thanks!

    • According to my goggle search, a king mattress is 78″x80″ and the suggested quilt size is 106″x94″ This corresponds to a 27×24 puff rectangle for a total of 648 bubbles. The quantities of materials would vary on how many different fabrics you wanted.

  12. Thank you so much for sharing the instructions. I plan to make one with Minky scraps since that will be the side that the baby will play on. It might be a little trickier to sew, but I’m going to give it a try. It seems to me the backing could be something else since Minky is soooo expensive and the backing would mostly just be seeing the floor. Thanks again for sharing your talent and creativity.

    • Sounds awesome, have fun!

  13. send to Melinda for a project ~~ use T-shirts and sweatshirts that I saved

  14. do you have the demonsions for a full size quilt. I thinking of doing a random pattern with six different fabrics. Thank You.

    • According to my google search, a full mattress is 54″x75″ so the suggested quilt size is 84″x89″ This would correspond to a 21×22 puff rectangle for a total of 462 bubbles. Hope that helps!

  15. Hi Skyler, I would love to make this. I tried making a quilt out of my kids baby shirts but I was having a hard time so I gave up and have not tried to make a quilt ever since (that was 3-4 years ago). I am not great on the sewing machine so is it easy to make this by hand or is it better and stay secured with the machine instead? Also I have a son with special needs and he has sensory issues. He is in a special needs class with other kids who have sensory issues as well so would this be good for him and his class mates?

    • I would recommend using a machine, but I’m sure you could hand sew everything if you wanted! Good luck! :)

  16. i was wandering if you can make them bigger or is this not recommended?? Was thinking of making their names out of the puffs and filling in with other colors.

    • I think she said that you can make them bigger. I think that is a brilliant idea with the names. Very creative. When I was teaching Cathedral Window Quilting in Australia in 1988 someone suggested putting batting in each layer. I can always learn from others which is a blessing.
      Thank you for sharing.

  17. Thank you so much for the great video tutorial and all the excellent instructions. They are very clear. Do you have any suggestions on how to wash this quilt? Are there any types of cotton you do not recommend?

    • I machine wash and dry mine on the delicate settings. Nope, I think pretty much any type of cotton would work, but I’m definitely not an expert. If you’re worried about something, make sure to wash and dry the fabrics before you cut them out and sew them in case they shrink funny.

  18. Nicely done institutions, the video was especially good, it was quickly explained so that it brought it all together.
    Thanks for posting this!!
    BJH :)

  19. That is amazing! My uncrafty self is going to try this anyway. Wish me luck!

  20. My daughter will be heading East for college next year and I know something like this made by her Mama would mean a lot to her. How many squares would you think I’d need to make her an oversized twin quilt?

  21. Hello! I have a friend interested in having me make one of these. Can you tell me how long a baby sized quilt takes to make?

    • How long it will take really depends on how experienced of a sewer you are. For a baby sized one, I’d say maybe 10 hours for your first one? That’s a total guess though. Sorry, I’m really bad at estimating time! I know the longest parts are hand sewing the back slits together and the ruffle. So if you want to cut down on the time, maybe do something other than the ruffle and try the heat n bond that several people have done for the back. I’ve never used it, I prefer hand sewing, but several people have commented that they prefer that method! Good luck, sorry I’m not more helpful!

  22. ok I found the rest of the instructions, what is a minky? So cute idea, thanks for sharing.

    • Minky is just a soft and fuzzy fabric. You can find it at most fabric stores. Sometimes they call it something else though. For example, Joann’s calls it Soft n Comfy.

  23. Love your quilts and the tutorials but are the printable directions available for the alternative method of bubble quilting? Thanks!

    • Sorry, I don’t have any printable PDF versions of the instructions. I’m sure you can cut and paste into a word document and print that though!

  24. Hey! I love love love this blanket!

    I was wondering what you stuff each of the balls with?

    • I use poly-fil. It’s what stuffed animals and some pillows are stuffed with. You can get it at most craft stores and even walmarts that have a craft section.

  25. my mother’s name was Ada. So I feel invested in this already. I love this idea and will try it. Since I got in on Facebook, I am not sure how to save it

    • Just google AwaitingAda and it’ll come up :)

  26. Hi, If I am using the smaller size squares (6X6 instead of 7X7), am I still to cut the smaller squares to 4.5X4.5? Thanks!

    • Yep, that’s what I use, the 6×6 top with the 4.5×4.5 bottom.

  27. Great quilt. Might try it for pillows first. Thank you.

  28. Hello I am interested in making this quilt in a twin size what are the sizes of fabric I would need also how many puffs would I need to make? I am also wondering if there is a certain way you would have to stich this if you do it by hand. And one more question is there a way to make a pillow case that has bubble puffs if so I would really appreciate your help on figuring out the deminisions to make a standard size pillow case.

    • According to my google search a twin size mattress is 39″x76″ and the suggested quilt size for this bed is 68″x89″ This corresponds to a 17×22 bubble rectangle for a total of 374 bubbles. The amount of fabric you need would depend on how many different fabrics you’re wanting to use. I don’t know of any special stitches that you would use if you hand sewed the whole blanket. I’m sure a google search of hand quilting could give you some direction. I’ve never made a pillowcase before, but I’m sure you could make a bubble one. It looks like a standard pillowcase is 20″x26″ so you could probably do a 4×5 puff rectangle to make up one size of the pillowcase give it a quick backing to cover up the stitches and then construct it just like you would following a standard pillowcase tutorial online. Hope that all helps!

  29. Your bubble quilt looks great! My first quilt was a bubble quilt from a pattern, not sure if it was Simplicity, McCalls or Butterick. I found it hard to sew together and with a lot of pins poking me I finally finished it. It did turn out nice, mine was an alternate square pattern in mauve and a mauve and white print. It gave me the quilting bug and I haven’t stop since!

  30. Can I use flannel for the backing?

    • Yep, you can use anything you want for the backing :)

  31. This is on my daughter’s Christmas wish list!

  32. Can I just buy store bought ruffle? Did I miss the size of the quilt after it made?

    Thanks-
    Lynn

    • Lynn, you can totally use a store bought ruffle! The rainbow blanket ended up being approximately 24″x44″ not including the ruffle when finished.

  33. How much did the supplies and fabric cost you to make one of these bubble quilts

    • Betsy, the cost of materials varies wildly depending on the size of the blanket you make and what materials you choose to use. In my experience, cotton fabrics can run anywhere from about $5/yard to $18/yard, depending if you’re shopping at walmart or a specialty quilt store. And you need cotton for the top squares and the backing. The cost of minky also varies depending where you buy it. If you’re at JoAnn’s, minky (or soft-n-comfy as they call it) is about $13/yard and if you want a higher quality or specific type of minky at a quilt store or online it’ll run from about $13-$20/yard. The silky ruffle fabric is about $7 a yard, and a bag of poly-fil is about $8-$10. Hope that helps.

  34. Hi, Skyler! Thank you for the beautiful quilt instructions! I have a fun stash of quilting fabs, so this will be fun to make for grandkids, and other babies that just keep coming! Do you use a polyester fiberfill and have a brand you like over others? Thanks and I can’t wait to try this! A gramma in CA :)

    • I just use Poly-fil, the standard stuffing brand they sell at Joann Fabrics to stuff my bubbles. I’ve never tried any other brands though!

  35. How can I get five of them. And how much wood you charge for them

  36. I loved this so much I made one very much like it! I didn’t have minky for the back, so instead I used one of the blue prints used in the top. I love how it turned out, but I feel like I need to do something to attach the bottom to the top to give mine a more finished look on the bottom side. It may be my backing fabric, but it really needs something. Have you done that with any of yours? The only ideas I’ve come up with is to do a quilt stitch horizontally and vertically along the seams where the squares are stitched together, or do a little tack stitch at the corner of each square (which is what I’m leaning towards) if I can figure out a way to do it that won’t be noticeable from the top which looks beautiful just like it is. If you have any ideas please share! Thanks!

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