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Tips for Sewing a Large Bubble/Biscuit Quilt

I did it. I tackled a ridiculously large bubble quilt for my brother. It ended up being 462 bubbles, roughly 7.5 feet by 8 feet and weighing 15 pounds. This blanket took me 60 hours to complete (I know, I have one lucky brother).

Why did I make this for my 20 year old brother you ask? Aren’t these blankets for babies? Well, they’re not just for babies, they are crazy comfortable and warm. My little brother lives in a shanty in the desert. He’s not homeless and into peyote, he goes to Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and they make them live in cool shacks that other students have built. Anyways, I thought he needed something warm and cozy to protect him from the desert nights and the scorpions that crawl into his shanty. Plus, he asked me to make him one. He has a beautiful blog here if you’re interested in architecture or beautiful photography.

Here are a couple of pictures of his shanty.

Any who, here are some tips for making your very own gigantic bubble blanket.

Make all your puff casing like usual, using the new and improved method. Lay out your design and then sew together small sections at a time. So you can see here that I have one section of 6×7 and one 8×7. It’s like making several smaller bubble blankets.

Make all of your smaller sections, I had nine. Don’t sew them together yet.

Now you’re going to want to cut all the slits in the back and stuff the inner bubbles. Leave a boarder of unstuffed puffs all the way around each section.

Sew up the ones you stuffed. Repeat on all your small sections.

Then start sewing the sections together. Each time you sew a section together, stuff and sew the puffs that won’t be along a sewing edge again. I sewed groups of three together so that I had three long strips. It’s a little hard to tell, but you can see that all of the inner puffs are stuffed and sewn except for the outer ring of squares.

Pin and sew the large strips together.

This picture gives a good view of how after I sewed the strips together there are two strips of unstuffed bubbles. At this point I would stuff and sew all of those.

Continue until the whole thing is finished. Look at all that handsewing!

I used the mitered edge method to finish this bubble quilt. You could also easily bind it like a regular quilt, but a ruffle would be pretty horrible to do!

You’re also going to want to tack the layers together so it’s not all floppy and weird. To do this, I double threaded a needle and handstitched a few stitches about every 3 square bubbles (shown in red dots here).

46 Comments

  1. Wow! This is awesome! I’m making a huge one as well. My first attempt at sewing anything! It’s about 500 puffs and I’m making it out of my daughters old baby clothes, alternating it with coloured squares. I wanted something she could keep from her childhood that would look awesome too! It’s not as professional looking as yours but still a fun project!

    • I wish I had known how to do this back when I had my boys baby clothes.. It sounds like it will be lovely. I would love to see the finished project. Maybe I will be able to do so with my grandbaby’s

    • What a great idea!!!! I’ve been saving some of the kids’ t-shirts that I really loved when they were little and that would be a great way to put them to use. I thought about a regular quilt but maybe this would be better.

      • That would be so soft and cozy!

  2. I wanted to make a bigger one,bcus I just made a 66 square one,but it just was not big enough,or should I say wide enough. Can you give me measurements for a bit bigger one,I’m so bad with math. And how big I should get the back blanket / minky.

    • Melissa, so here are a couple options for you:

      A 8×10 bubble blanket would have 80 total bubbles and be about 32″x40″ when sewn together, so that’s how big the backing would need to be.

      A 9×11 blanket would have 99 total bubbles and be about 36″x44″ when sewn together, so that’s how big the backing would need to be.

      Let me know if you have any more questions, or if you were thinking of doing something much bigger!

      • Thanks for the lenght and width size but how much material did you need for the additions.. or how much did you buy for your brother blanket the bubbles and for the backs.. and the edgingaround the blanket..

        • Well, this size is a 21×22 rectangle for a total of 462 bubbles. That works out to be 11 yards for the bubble fabric top squares and 6.5 yards for the base squares. For the backing, since it’s so wide, I had to piece it in two parts. I think I used 5 yards, maybe 5.5 for the backing/edging.

  3. Thank you so much! (: so far my blanket has turn out so great! I am excited!

    • I’m so glad it’s going we’ll! I’d love to see a picture when you’re finished to put on the website if you’re interested!

  4. Hi Skyler. I am so inspired to make one!! They are beautiful. Just to clarify, the hand tacking that you’ve done around every 3 square bubbles, that’s to secure that top “bubble” layer to the backing, thus being visible from the under side?
    Thanks!

    • Yep, it’s just a little tiny stitch that holds the layers together. You can see it from the front and the back, but it’s pretty much invisible on the front, and just a little pucker on the back. Hope that helps!

      • So cute!! I have a girlfriend who is expecting and I am excited to try my hand at a bubble quilt for her. I think I’ll hand tie it with ribbons and leave the ribbon tags for the baby to play with–like the ribbon tag loveys that I’ve seen all over the baby crafting world. Thank you so much for the idea and all the tips to make it work!!!
        Laura

        • Laura, I think doing the ribbons is such a cute idea, the baby will definitely love to yank on them. I’ll have to give that a try one of these times. When you’ve finished, I’d love to see a picture!

  5. This is great, I have wondered how to make the bubble quilt. now I am going to make one. Thank you so much.

  6. I’m super excited to try this! Your brother seems very lucky to have such a wonderful sister! What a great gift knowing you put so much time and effort into it!! Love the greys too! :)

  7. Hi Skyler I,ve followed your bubble quilt and did a 9across 11 down and using your new tutorial it’s working out great , but the one thing I added was 5 inch borders before stuffing and now have only the outside row to do . I was hoping to add some light batting and bind it but I don’t think in hindsight its going to work, where the bubbles are packed hard and tight, the borders will flop and not have equal density so I was looking at your mitered edge method and wondered with such a large quilt how much of opening did you leave for turning? Also my bubbles were 3.5 x 5 inch and they came together very nicely. Do you have any suggestions?? Thanks Lou

    • Lou, I think that the borders would probably work just fine after you added the batting, but I’ve not tried it. Someone sent me a picture of one they did with a boarder around the puffs and then a regular quilt binding and it looks great. It’s not as large of a border as yours, but you may want to check it out. You can see the picture on my Bubble Quilts page almost all the way down it’s from Barbara K. It’s a square rainbow quilt with a green border. If you’ve decided that you want to try the mitered edge instead, the size of the opening kind of depends on how full you stuffed the puffs, but I usually do about 3 squares or about 12″. Hope that helps!

  8. I’ve never seen this method used. Did you just sew on top, with the two layers together?

  9. I have never seen this process so clearly and simply shown both visually and your directions are so clearly easy to understand. I want to thank you for sharing I have desired to make this quilt style for years but have never seen it look so easy and understandable. You certainly have a knack for giving directions you would make a perfect teacher at a quilt store. I will make this project this year after waiting forever to try it. thank you so much
    Debbie Black

    • Debbie, that’s a really nice thing to say, I’d love to teach a class on them someday! Thanks :)

      • I am not a seamstress, nor have the time to try, but my special needs son word die for a large blanket like this! I haven’t been able to find any large ones for sale, only baby blankets. Would you be interested in making one for sale?

  10. Hi Skyler!

    Love your tutorial(s)!!!!!!
    I do have a question on the bubble quilt though!?

    I have a few requests to make one of these bubble quilts (so basically I am making 3 different sizes)…..what is the general rule when cutting the top & back (that you won;t see) squares to size? The bigger bubble quilt, I will have 6 1/2in squares for the top fabric……so how small should my under/back fabric(squares) be?
    The mid size quilt will be 5 inch square cuts….how much smaller should my under/back squares be?

    Thank you ever so much !
    Have a Happy Day! :)

    • Honestly I just made up the sizes I used. At first I tried a 7×7 top with at 4.5×4.5 bottom and I thought it was too bulgy, so I changed it to a 6×6 top with the 4.5×4.5 bottom. I think you can just use some scraps to see what looks good to you. Off the top of my head I would say that you could still use the 4.5×4.5 with the 6.5×6.5. For the 5×5 I would probably do a 4×4 bottom. Test some, stuff them and see what you think!

  11. HI SKYLER,

    Where did you get yur fabric to make your brothers quilt. I am new to this so even shopping for supplies are difficult.

    Thank you ,
    Ling

    • Ling, I got the fabric for my brother’s quilt at a little shop when I was visiting Colorado. I actually have no idea what it was called. The type of material is called batik, and most quilt stores carry batik lines, and of course many online stores as well.

  12. Love this idea! How many puffs across and how many puffs down did you do for this one? Also what size bed would it fit?

    • For this blanket I did a 22×21 rectangle and it fits a standard full mattress (with overhang, like a comforter).

  13. Thank you so much Skyler for your easy and simple instructions on how to make this… I’ve only just starting quilting..well I started in February and have made myself a queen size quilt, a mystery lap quilt,some table runners and some bags and am enjoying it so much….I’m going to give this a try as it’s simply gorgeous..Thank you again xoxoxo

    • Good for you! Have fun!

  14. Hi, I found your page for this bubble quilt and I am anxious to try this out. I would be making it for a california king bed Can you tell me how much material I would need and how many bubbles it would take. I am making it blue and white to match my bedroom. Thank you in advance for your help.

    • Annie, according to my google search a california king mattress is 72″x84″ and the suggested quilt size for that bed is 106″x94″ That corresponds to roughly a 25×25 bubble square for a total of 625 bubbles. If you are doing just two fabrics, blue and white, you’ll need approximately 7.5 yards of each fabric.

      • Is that the amount of material just for the bubbles? and is that including the backing of the bubbles? Sorry for all the questions but I went out and bought the material today and started thinking about all these questions. lol

        • Annie, that was just for the front squares. For the backing squares, you’ll need just under 9 yards, so I’d just round that up to an even 9 just to be safe.

  15. Ok, just out of curiosity, how much would you charge for one this size like you made for your brother???

    • Hmm, for that size, I’d probably charge around $600 or so. Honestly though, one that size is more a labor of love :)

      • I understand, and that’s what I was thinking for the cost. :)

  16. HI i love the owl one you did I am wondering what are the dimensions and how much fabric of each color did it need?

    • The owl blanket was a fun one. It ended up being a 15×16 rectangle for a total of 240 puffs. All finished it was approximately 60″x64″. Here’s the different colors I used and the amounts:

      White: 10 puffs – 3/8yd
      Orange: 11 puffs – 3/8yd
      Off-White: 18 puffs – 3/8yd
      Brown: 34 puffs – 7/8yd
      Tan: 46 puffs – 1 1/6yd
      Black: 54 puffs – 1 3/8yd
      Green: 67 puffs – 1 2/3yd

      I hope that my count is correct! Have fun!

  17. I’m halfway through making a king size – that’s 450 puffs if you’re counting…your web site has been invaluable on how to do this. Thanks!

    • Wow, that’s impressive! I’d love to see a pic when you’ve finished it!

      • Me too, I’d love to see a picture!!!

  18. I love these quilts. I have also made them into pillows. I am also working on a quilt for a cousin of mine born a month ago with a blood clotting disorder for him to use for tummy time and any other floor time so he does not get any injuries. Thanks for such a great idea.

  19. Thank you very much for your tutorials. I am looking forward to start quilting again.

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