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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!

 

368 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!

  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.

  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

    • fiberfill is used for the puffs, like you would use to stuff a cushion or a stuffed animal :-)

  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.

  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.

  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…

  19. What is a minky?

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

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