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New and Improved Tutorial: Bubble Quilt Method #2

Here it is, an alternative method for making your bubble quilt (aka biscuit quilt)! This method is a lot easier, but more time consuming (at least for me) because it requires hand stitching. If you want to see the original method I posted, you can check it out here. If you want to see some example of other biscuit quilts I’ve made and others have made you can see some here and here.

This blanket is a 28″x28″ square not including the ruffle (7 puffs by 7 puffs), but you can use the method to make any size blanket you want.

Materials:
1 1/4 yard worth of cotton fabrics for the top (you can do as many or as few different fabrics as you want)
1 yard fabric for the backing (I like minky which is just soft fuzzy fabric)
1 1/4 yard silky fabric for the ruffle
1 bag fiberfill stuffing (I use Poly-Fil)

Step 1:  You’re going to need two sets of squares: the top squares that make your bubbles, and the bottom squares that you won’t be able to see. The top squares should be 6″x6″ and the base squares should be 4.5″x4.5″. Reminder: the base squares can be out of any old fabric you have lying around because it doesn’t matter what they look like because you won’t be able to see them. You need 49 of each. Note: If you want to cut the slits in the backs (the small squares) now, it’s a good idea, or you can do it later on in the process.

Step 2: Now we’re going to do some pinning. Take one square from each stack. Line up the corners of one of the small squares to the wrong side of the big square and pin it in place.

 

 Continue pinning each of the four corners together.

 

Step 3: Now we’re going to make the pleats. Take the pinned square like so and pinch up the excess top fabric along one side. Pinch the fabric up just a little bit off center.

 Then fold it down so that you have and s shaped pleat centered between the two pins. Pin it in place.
 Repeat on all four sides.

 Step 4: Using a 1/8″ seam, sew all the way around the whole square. Don’t leave any openings.

 Continue until you have all 49 of the squares finished. Lay them out in the design you want your blanket to be.

 Step 5: We’re now going to assemble the top of the quilt. This part is a breeze in this version and a bear in the other. Enjoy it! Take two squares and lay them right sides together. Using a 1/4″ sew them together along one edge.

 Assemble your top just like you would any quilt top, piece by piece. Make sure to keep them in the order you want!
 When you get to sewing bigger strips of them together, put in pins at the seams to help keep things in place and to give yourself a nice even top.
 Continue until your entire top is pieced together.
 All your pieces should be flat and deflated.

 Step 6: This next step needs to be done VERY CAREFULLY! Turn your quilt top wrong side up and pinch up the bottom square fabric, be careful not to pinch up any of the top bubble fabric with it! If you already cut your slits, hooray for you, move on to the next step.

Now cut a slit about 2″ long in the bottom square fabric.
You want your slits to be cut diagonally along the fabric to prevent fraying.

Step 7a: There are a couple different things you can do to finish your quilt.You can attach the back (and ruffle, if you’re doing one) at this point before you stuff any of the puffs. No bulk from the polyfil yet, so it’s super easy to attach. Then you just stuff and hand sew all of the bubbles once the back is sewn on but before you turn it right side out.

Step 7b: This second option is the one that I prefer. Stuff the inner bubbles, so that there’s a ring of unfilled bubbles all the way around. Then you can hand sew all of those stuffed bubbles closed.

Then you can sew on the backing. The outer ring of bubbles won’t be stuffed, so it’s super easy to attach. There is some bulk because of the other stuffed puffs, but it doesn’t interfere with putting the backing on at all. Then once the backing is on, you can stuff the outer squares and sew them up before you turn it right side out.

Step 7c: Last method, you can tuff all of the puffs up. This method totally works, but I recommend a or b now that I’ve made them several different ways.

Once all the bubbles are stuffed, you’re going to have to hand stitch up each one of those slits. Arg! I know! Just pop in a movie and power through, it’s so much easier than the first method even if it does take longer. I double thread my needle for extra strength.

Step 8: Cut out your backing for your blanket, it needs to be 28″x28″.

Cut out and make your ruffle. See my tutorial here to learn how to make one. Take your ruffle and place it on the backing (which is right side up). Line up the raw edges of the ruffle with the edge of the backing and pin in place all around the square.
Sew the ruffle in place with a 1/4″ seam.

Step 9: Take your completed bubble top and lay it out right side up.

Place the backing with ruffle right side down on top of the bubbles. Tuck the ruffle inside so you can’t see any of it.
Pin everything together 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 (see tip below). Leave a fairly large opening for turning the blanket right side out, mine was about 7″ wide.
I find it useful to use a zipper foot for this part of the project. Also, when I get to a corner, I pull the fabric like so and stop at the corner
and then shove the ruffle back inside out of the way when I turn the corner. You can watch the video here for a better explanation. The pertinent part starts at about 17 minutes.
Once you go all the way around you can turn the blanket right side out and then last but not least, hand stitch up the opening.
You’re all done! Enjoy your amazing new bubble blanket!!!
Bubble Blanket - Biscuit Quilt - Ombre Dots - Turquoise and White Bubble Baby Blanket with Dark Teal Ruffle and Grey Backing - Ready to Ship

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  5. Hi! I wanted to show you my quilt I made from your tutorial. I don’t sew and even asked you earlier if I had to prewash my fabric. It took about 2 months off and on before I finished it, but I loved making it and your tutorial was really easy to follow! The quilt was for my new niece and I put some pics and thoughts about it on my blog. I’d said I would email pics to you, but never have, so I thought I’d pass on my blog post about the quilt instead. Thanks so much for all the work you put into the tutorial. It really was easy to follow, and everyone loves the quilt. The amazing thing is that I actually finished it in a timely manner. I start projects like this and don’t finish them sometimes, but I was really enjoying this and never once doubted I’d finish it! Thanks again! Here’s the pics on my blog: ourpreciouscaylajoy.blogspot.com from May 9th, 2014

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  8. I would love to send you a picture of my newest bubble quilt. I have a rainbow quilt already posted on your site under Sandy T. I don’t know where to send it would you please tell me your e-mail address so I can send it on.
    My theme for this quilt was Winnie the Pooh and I love the outcome.
    Thanks
    Sandy T.

  9. Love the tut! Question: Have you tried Prairie Points instead of the ruffle?

    • I haven’t, but i’m sure they’d look adorable!

  10. Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I love it! I am currently in the process of making one of these for my daughter. I am just about to the point of stuffing my puffs. I used this “puff” method to make myself a pin cushion, which I stuffed “hard”. But my question for a blanket is, how much stuffing do I put in for a blanket? I obviously don’t want it to be hard like my pin cushion but I want the puffs to look like, well, puffs. This is my first one of these to make so I am just looking for some advice. If this all goes well, which is has up until this point, I am going to make one of these for all of my friends who are having babies. :) Thank you again!

    • Whitney, You definitely don’t want to fill them too full, but you still want it to be squishy. It’s kind of a trial and error thing. I do about a handful for each puff. I know that’s really vague, but I’m not sure how else to explain it! If you’re worried about the puffs flattening out and not being round enough, they will flatten a bit with use, but when you wash and dry them, they’ll puff up all nice again!

  11. I love this tutorial and the fibished product! However the idea of hand stitching 144 holes was painful :-) so I did this instead; used some of my scrap fabric and stitch witchery wala hole fixed and no hand stitching. It was a breeze.

    • But don’t press too hard or u will flatten your poof! Just enough to afix the scrap :-)

  12. Hello,

    What type of fabric did you use for your bubble quilt with the mitered edges? I tried a velvet but it was not working well.

    • Amanda,
      I use minky. I’ve not tried anything else with the bubble quilts, but if the velvet is not working out well, a walking foot might help you to attach it more easily. Hope that helps!

  13. I was wondering if a cotton ruffle would work? I have flannel for the backing just because I like that material for babies but I didn’t think silk would work so well with it

    • Sure, you can use whatever you want for a ruffle, cotton is definitely a good choice.

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