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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

310 Comments

  1. Love this tutorial! Sorry if this has already been asked, but did you cut your backing 28″ square because your top was 7×7 four-inch squares and thus 7 times 4 is 28? I’m making one that is 8×8, so could I apply the same logic and cut my backing 32″ square? Thanks! I live in Seattle too :)

  2. When making the above bubble quilt, do you not use any quilt batting on the inside? So there is just the top of bubbles, the back and the ruffle? Just want to make sure I am making this correctly.

    Thank you,
    Tori Maxfield

    • Yep, I never use batting in-between.

  3. Hi Skylar!
    I was wondering when it comes to the minkey do you use one layer or two? Thank you. I’m teaching myself to sew and my daughter saw your bubble quilt so guess who got elected lol. My granddaughter Gwendelyn will love it!! She is 9 months old so it’s perfect for her. Thanks again Michelle Hutcherson (Mimi)

    • I just use one layer of minky. Hope Gwendelyn loves it! Great name by the way!

  4. Am in the process of making a biscuit quilt to your instructions, but haven’t finished yet. It seems to me that the back would be a little loose. Do you tack it in places like tying?

    • Yes, I will tack the layers together if loose, and I always do it on larger blankets as well.

  5. I made one!! Thanks for this!

  6. I found your blanket and fell in love. I have only made one other quilt and I had a lot of help. My first grandchild is due in May and I thought that this would be a wonderful project to try. I so far have the bubbles made and all sewn together, although I can’t do anything small. The quilt is a 121 squares measuring 39 X 41.

    I have a couple of questions:
    I want to make a mitered edge but can’t I make that edge similar on how you do the ruffle? Also what size would I cut the minky?

    Thank you! Very cute project and makes me want to try and make another one…just have to finish this one!

    • Kris, I’m not sure I’m understanding your question fully. When I add a mitered edge to a bubble blanket, I use this exact method:

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

      There are probably other ways to do it, but this is the only way I know how to do a mitered edging. So if you were wanting to use this method, since your blanket measures 39×41 you’ll want to cut your minky to be 49×51. Hope that helps!

  7. i have tried both ways of doing this quilt, and this is the easier one! Thanks

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