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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!

 

600 Comments

  1. Gracias por el tutorial, estan muy lindos, yo le hice uno a mi bebe.

  2. Darla, I started mine about 2 weeks ago and had my first baby last week so now I’m trying to finish it between feeding and naps so he can have something amazing to lay on. Definitely worth the $200. Friends keep asking me to make one for them…. I don’t know about all that… lol. I can’t thank you enough. You are a saint for putting all of the work into this beautiful, comprehensive tutorial.

    • Absolutely the most Beautiful baby blanket I have ever seen, and would like to try it, BUT IS Dani saying it cost $200 dollars to make?

      • No, it doesn’t cost $200 to make. There was a question earlier about why I sell them on etsy for around that amount, materials + time. It certainly doesn’t cost that much to make one though, especially if you shop on a budget :)

        • Thank you so much for this tutorial! It was super easy to follow and after finishing a quilt for my daughter I have already had two friends ask me to make one for them! Super cute idea! Thanks again :)

  3. The puff quilt I made is 41 ins long by 26 ins wide. I was wondering how much silky material will be needed for the ruffle.

    Thank You,
    Debbi

    • Debbi, for that size I use four strips of silky fabric that are off of a 42″ bold width. If you want a thicker ruffle, each strip can be 8″ wide, so you’d need 32″ total of silky fabric. If you want a skinnier ruffle, cut each to be 6″ wide for a total of 24″ of silky fabric. Hope that helps!

  4. took me a bit to make but… if your working with a kitty around make an extra square and once you fill it with polyfill add some catnip and finish sewing up… I gave her this to play with and low and behold she left MY squares alone :) However… she loves laying on this quilt while I’m working on it so I have promised her half a quilt after the holidays… so spoiled….

  5. I must be out of the loop………what’s “milky?”

    • Minky not milky is a type of fuzzy fabric. You can google it. Different stores sometimes call it by a different name though like “soft n comfy”

  6. My niece and nephew just moved back into state and I am absolutely loving playing catch up and setting up things for their future dream bedrooms. I’ve been bothered by the cost of little princess dress costumes that seem so chintzy in the store I thought I could make them for less. Then when I came across the photo of your daughter and your quilt on face book and I fell in love.

    I pick up my new sewing machine on Tuesday! I haven’t used a sewing machine since I was in high school so this will be a reach for me but a rewarding one at that. Making a quilt I love for someone I dearly love will be an amazing feeling which I hope out weighs my novice frustrations lol!
    I happened to find this page as I was researching how to make bubble quilts. I was ecstatic you are the very person that has inspired me so much! I just want to say Thank you so much for providing these tutorials and all of the information you have taken the time to provide in the following posts. These new skills will bring great joy to my life and my families, part of that belongs to you! I look forward to visiting you etsy store and following your future tutorials. Thank you so much!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, I really appreciate it :) I hope you have a lot of fun sewing these for your lucky niece and nephew!!!

  7. Does it matter what color thread I use? It won’t show on the end product, right?

    • It shouldn’t show up on the finished product, but if you’re worried about it, just match it to the fabric color you’re using.

  8. When you finish quilt do you ever take yarn an go between bubbles and tie to keep both pieces together? Just wondering. Have made two quilt tops now. Am in a semi and i have sewn them by hand. In a truck you have to adapt. Lol

    • Laurie, I do tack the layers together on some of my blankets. I just double thread a needle with regular thread, but you could definitely use yarn or whatever you want. I also don’t do it between every square, I usually do it every 3×3 bubble square (so it’s a 9 bubble square). Hopefully that makes sense :)

  9. I’m back.. I’ve started making some of the bubbles and they aren’t all coming out the same size. Did this happen to you? If not, I guess I just need to be extremely particular about every little step.

    • Hmm, I’ve not had that problem before. If your base squares are off that could potentially really throw off your sizes, so maybe be careful when you’re cutting those to size. Good luck!

  10. I would like to know more about attaching the quilt to the back

    • Do you mean tacking the layers together? If so, I just pick a few places on the quilt to make my tacks. I double thread a needle and put in a couple stitches to help hold every thing together. I’m sure you can find a video of tacking a quilt on youtube.

  11. Liiinnddoooooo seu trabalho !! Grata por compartilhar conosco !! Muito generosa você !!!! Bjssssssss

  12. I just made my second bubble quilt and I used your newer method of stuffing the puffs afterwards, when I turned my quilt right side out my back fabric is now baggy, have you seen this problem, would you know how to fix it???

    • I haven’t had that happen to me before. If you’re using minky or something else stretchy for the backing that may have something to do with it getting stretched out. As for fixing it, there’s probably not a ton you can do unless you want to become best friends with your seam ripper, cut the backing to be smaller and try again. I would probably recommend tacking it in a few places to see if that helps the bagginess of the back become less of an issue. Also, I probably would try not to worry about it too much since everyone will be looking at how cute the top is and not at all at the bottom. Sorry that happened to you!

  13. Hello and thank you for this step by step tutorial! I am teaching a 4-H sweing group to make this, and we are going to make ours 10 rows of 8. How long do I need to make our ruffle to fit that size?

    • When I make a 8×10 puff blanket I use 4 strips of the silky material at width to make the ruffle. The width of the silky stuff I buy is about 40″. Hope that makes sense

  14. Hi, I’m trying to make one of these for my daughter. Thank you for the steps and detailed tutorial. I’m following the 2nd method. I was wondering if using minky for the bubbles work ok. I want the top with minky, the ruffle with silk and bottom with silk. Have you ever made one like this?

    • Joy,
      I’ve never made one like that, but you should definitely give it a shot! I’ve had people send me pictures of ones they’ve made out of all kinds of materials including minky bubbles. I haven’t seen anyone try silky fabric on the back, but I don’t see why not! Let me know how it goes :)

  15. This is awesome! I’ve always wanted to make one of these, but was intimidated by all the steps. You’ve broken it down into something I believe I can handle! THANK YOU!

  16. What do we use to stuff the bubbles????

    • I use poly-fil. You can find it at pretty much any craft store and I think even walmart carries it. It’s just fiberfill, the stuff in pillows and stuffed animals.

  17. Thank you or “terima kasih” (if I say in Indonesian).. I love it so much.. I’ll be nice gift for my new nephew…

  18. Hey what material did you use for the bubble. I was think

    • I use just regular old quilter’s cotton, but lots of people have experimented with flannel, minky, silky, and other materials for the puffs too.

  19. Hi…I’m wanting to make these bubble blankets for my two kids 7 months and 2 years..my question is how durable are these for washing? Our kids are pretty tough thanks in advance

    • I wash and dry on delicate cycles. We have one that my grandma made 30 years ago and it’s still going strong. It’s gone through us four kids and now three grand-babies (and about a dozen dogs that are always trying to steal it). I would suggest making sure you buy higher quality fabrics if you’re worried about durability. Some of the cheaper end stuff may not hold up as well. Good luck!

  20. I am new at quilting. I have been hand sewing for a few years, and have been sewing on the machine for almost 3 years. Is there anything you suggest for quilting, I would love to make one of these.

    • I would recommend using the newer method:

      http://www.awaitingada.com/2012/10/new-and-improved-tutorial-bubble-quilt.html

      and also, if you’re not super comfortable with sewing, the part that most people find to be the most difficult is the ruffle. You can buy pre-made ruffles at most large fabric stores, or, I love my ruffler foot that attaches to my machine and does the hard work for me, or you can skip the ruffle and do something else like a standard quilt binding, a simple pillowcase method (sew the top to the bottom and turn right side out, there will be no discernible edging) or a mitered blanket edge.

      Here’s a link to how I do my mitered blanket edging:

      http://www.awaitingada.com/2013/02/mitered-edge-baby-blanket.html

      Hope that helps/makes sense!

      • I am so confused on how to do a mitered edge on a bubble quilt! when and where are you supposed to sew the bubble quilt onto the backing mitered blanket??

        • Follow the steps on the “New and Improved Method” If you look at step 7b you’ll see that I fill and close up the inside bubbles, leaving a ring of unstuffed bubbles on the blanket top. Then you can see that I then start sewing the top to the backing and the picture shown is the start of sewing the mitered edge on a bubble blanket. Go ahead and do all the steps to attach the mitered edge to the top, then stuff and close the ring of puffs left. Hope that helps!

  21. How do you wash your bubble quilt?

    • I wash and dry on delicate cycles.

  22. This is adorable and I love it! I’m just finishing up my quilt for my little niece, then I’ll be making one for my new baby! (I’ll post a pic when I’m done)

    I wanted to tell you about how I stuffed the puffs that worked well for me. Instead of leaving a whole corner opened I left about half of one side of the puffs open (just enough room to stuff them). So I sewed all my puff rows first so I had 11 rows of 6 empty puffs, keeping the opening on the same side of all the puffs. Then I stuffed the one row and sewed on the next empty row, sealing the puffs of the previous row. Wash, rinse, repeat.

    It was a lot easier than sewing full puffs, for sure, since one row was flat and I only had to deal with one puff! But there were things to be careful with. You need to be mindful where the openings are and keep them all oriented to the top or bottom of the row. And that when you sew it on you make sure you aren’t sewing the open edge of the unstuffed row to the blanket. That last part got me frustrated a few times since I was doing a pattern with my colors and turned out I sewed them the wrong way for the pattern to match AND keep the opening on the correct side. A lot of unpicking…

    I’m looking forward to trying your updated methods too (the cutting open the back of the puffs to stuff them)! I think I’m going to try that on the next blanket. Can’t wait to show you this one!

    Thanks so much for the tutorial!

    • Awesome tips, thanks for sharing! Congrats on your new baby :)

  23. I was wondering if u are making one for a boy do u still do ruffle around it?
    Thanks

  24. Hello Skyler, I am very impressed by this beautiful quilt. Your tutorial is fantastic. I do have a question though regarding the stuffing; what should I use or better still, what do you use? Whatever is used, would it not get all bunched up in the laundry or would the puffs stay puffy. Please get back to me ASAP seeing I want to make one for Christmas.

    • Wanda, sorry for the delayed response!!! I use Poly-fil, you can find it at any craft store, online, and even some Walmarts carry it. The stuffing will get a little flat with use, but then once you wash and dry it (on delicate settings) it puffs up again. My mom also swears you can put a tennis ball in the dryer with it and it helps it get all extra puffy. I have yet to try this, but it might be worth a try :)

  25. Thanks so much for posting this extremely easy, step by step tutorial! I made this as a gift for a beautiful, elderly 13 year old Bulldog so she has a little added comfort when she naps, which if you know Bulldogs, is quite often! It was just the right size and well received by the darling diva.

    Once again, big thanks for posting this. I think I might venture into deeper, darker waters and attempt a larger version for my oldest daughter, who’s passion is collecting handmade quilts. Wish me luck!

    • My dog loves them too! Good luck on the one for your daughter! :)

  26. This is super cute! I’m gonna use the bubble idea to make a cool pillow for my couch! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Well, it just depends on how bubbly you want your bubbles to be. If you don’t make your base square smaller, your bubbles are going to be less puffy, if that doesn’t bother you, then leave them 4.5″x4.5″, if you want them more puffy and rounded, then cut the base squares to 4″x4″. You can always make a trial bubble from scrap fabric and see how you like it! Hope that helps!

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