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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

246 Comments

  1. I’m so excited about finding this site and your tutorial! I will make this for my kids and if it’s a task that agrees with me, I will make it as a gift for a friend’s baby shower!

  2. How long does one of these normally take? I am thinking Christmas time, needing to make 2, fairly good sized, maybe 12X12 squares, I’ll have an hr or 2 a night after kids are in bed to work on them. think I can do it?

    • It definitely depends on wether or not you’ve sewn before. Also, your first one will take a lot longer than any subsequent ones. Also, another time saver is not hand sewing the back slits together. I’ve had several people say that they’ve used heat n bond with good results. I have not ever tried it but they say it’s quick and easy! I think you should be able to two good sized ones by Christmas, especially if you’ve sewn before!

  3. Oh my goodness this method seems so much easier than trying to sew it all together already being stuffed. I was almost hesitant about doing one because I get so aggravated trying to sew together my larger quilts when the blanket is all bunched up under the machine. But this method makes me excited to get started on one. Plus, I enjoy hand sewing personally. :)

    • I secretly do too. I find hand sewing really calming :)

  4. How about folding a big pleat in the 4-1-2″ square before cutting it; slit it inside the fold; then after stuffing use some fabric fusing stuff to seal the pleat….eliminating all that hand sewing!

  5. Thank you for the tutorial and your time working on these quilts- Love them!!!!

  6. First this is so cute but wondered after you pin a square couldn’t you sew 3 sides & them fill they sew closed?????

    • Yep you can do it that way. That’s the first way I did it, but then had trouble sewing the stuffed bubbles together to make the top. You can do which ever way suits you best!

  7. Good Afternoon, I am in the process of making a bubble quilt using your tutorial. I am not a crafty person, but have a couple of family members pregnant and thought these would be perfect gifts for tummy time mats. I ordered some crinkle material to put in some of the puffs. I wanted to add some ribbon loops or maybe a few teething rings. Do you have any experience with adding these items?

    • I don’t have any experience adding those to the blankets. I’ve been nervous about whether or not the blanket would still be machine washable or not. Let me know how it goes if you try it!

    • Attach teethers and toys with velcro. Then they are removable for washing (this is what I plan to do with my mine).

  8. I love the tutorial!!!!! I have only made 1 quilt but I would like to make the bubble quilt at least once. Thank you for sharing.

  9. This is a great tutorial! Your pictures and explanations are great, and easy to follow. I love to make quilts, and I’m thinking about trying one of these now. Just a note: it looks like you are getting lots of spam, just as I do on my site, so a word of advice, delete all comments that do not speak specifically to your blog or subject. If they are too broad in nature, they are spam! Thanks again for your fantastic tutorial.

    • Yeah, I’ve changed it so now I have to approve or spam all comments, so hopefully that should cut down on that. It’s so annoying!

  10. Just a quick question, as I am making this for the first time. Why wouldn’t you cut the 2″ slits in the muslin BEFORE pinning them to the top pieces?

    • Yep, that’s what I’ve been doing since making my first one. No chance of slicing your top layer then!

      • Thanks for the reply. I’m about two thirds of the way finished with pinning…I will post a pic when finished. GREAT TIPS!

  11. Thank you so much for this tutorial! You are fabulous for posting this and all the steps, there are still requests coming for this quilt and you may be the only one that gets it :)

  12. Skyler,

    THANK YOU! This makes so much more sense than trying to sew all those big poofs! LOL

    One question. I have been sewing for a long time and although I am no seamstress, I would say I am fairly skilled and have made several quilts in the past. However, I have never attempted one of these and I have someone wanting to pay me for my time to make one. How long would someone of slightly above average skill take to make one of these? Can I ask how long it took you to make the first one and how long it takes you now to make one? LOL I figure with practice it takes you less time to make. :-)

    Thank you again for this tutorial!

    Blessings,
    Dee

    • Dee, it definitely depends on how big of a blanket you’re going to make. Also, like you said, the first one you make will take a lot longer than after you’ve made a couple. The first one I ever made with the original tutorial took me months to finish, but that’s because I got so mad at it, so I really have no idea how many hours it took. A LOT. If I had to guess how many hours it would take a semi-experienced seamstress to do the new method for the first time in that same size, I would guess maybe 10-15 hours? I hope that helps. Have fun!

      • Skyler,

        Thank you for your reply! I am just about done with the blanket and you are about right; it has taken me about 20 hours to make. I am loving it though. Now where did my thread go????????? LOL

        Thank you for your wonderful tutorial and help!

        Blessings,
        Dee

        • Glad to hear it went well (and that my estimate wasn’t too crazy)!

      • I am a fairly experienced sewer and following your lovely tutorial (thank you) I made my first one in 6 hours while the kids were at school.

        Thanks again. You have made this project a joy for me.

        • Glad to hear it! I’m the worst at keeping track of time, so it’s nice for others to hear a time frame for the project!

  13. Oh my gosh I am so totally impressed!. One point is that you showed a video on how to put the fabric together and then it stops and like a good movie I screamed out “NO” I wanted more!! lol =)
    oh my goodness keep these coming with more video!!

    • I know, I keep thinking I just need to record myself making one, nothing fancy, just enough so that people can see what I’m talking about!

  14. I went to a baby shower and the invitation said to bring a children’s book instead of a card. Well, my all-time favorite children’s book is Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. And I just HAPPEN to have a stash of licensed Wild Things fabric in 3 different colorways, green, blue and brown. However, that’s kind of a weird book, and every idea for a baby blanket just didn’t seem “warm and fuzzy” enough for a newborn…until I happened upon your instructions for the bubble quilt. I remember making one WAY back in the ’90s, it was green gingham and a pain in the heinie to assemble.

    Thank you so much for the simplified ideas!!!!! I sliced the muslin before sewing, used Heat ‘n’ Bond and scraps to close, stuffed all but the perimeter puffs when I attached the backing…and I even got all the Prairie Points just right! The points were (I think) more work and fuss than the rest of the blankie, but it looks ADORABLE!!! Thank you again for sharing!!

    • I’d love to see a picture of it, it sounds adorable!

  15. Do u have any tips on turning it right side out when I made my first one it was very hard to flip it right side out and then when I hand sewed the opening together it left a rough edge tht didn’t look very pretty.

    • Defintely make your opening wider than you think you need. I’m usually tempted to keep mine pretty small, but then I strain the edges when I turn it right side out and it gets weird and lumpy there. Also, use a slip stitch (blind stitch) instead of a whip stitch. You can you tube videos of those. Hope that helps!

  16. I was wondering about the backing…..does it pull away from the top or do you tack them together somehow? I absolutely love your tutorial and think this is a brilliant way to put them together!

    • I do tack the front and the back together for my medium and larger blankets, however I don’t usually do it for the little ones! But you definitely can for any size, especially if you’re worried about them pulling away weirdly.

  17. Thanks for the tutorial. My mom brought over a bunch of scraps for me to try this for my girls. I can’t wait to get started….now to get them to take long naps! Do you have a tutorial for that ;)

    • Haha, I wish! I’m so scared mine is going to stop napping soon!

  18. Where do you buy fabric & name if any please first time at trying & have no idea where to start

    • I get my materials from a myriad of places. JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby are good places to start since they are budget friendly and most cities have one or the other. I also purchase fabric online, but that can be more costly. Also, if you want higher quality fabric but want to see it in person, google quilting shops in your area. Quilting specific stores usually have a great selection of high quality and designer fabrics and can give you more one-on-one assistance.

  19. Thank you so much for this tutorial!!! I have never made a quilt before, but I really enjoyed making this for my cousin’s baby. She is having a boy so I chose to eliminate the ruffle, and intended to do an binding, but since I am inexperienced, I didn’t realize until after I had sewn on the back, that I had nothing to bind it to. I think it turned out ok though! This is a great tutorial and I was not lost or confused at all as a beginner. Thanks again!

    • So glad to hear it turned out well for a first time quilter!

  20. Loved your Bubble Quilt presentations! Wish you can make more simple Quilting that easy to follow… God Bless. More Blessings…

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