Wednesday, January 12, 2022

How to Make a Puff Quilt

Learn how to make this stunning puff quilt. Sometimes referred to as a bubble quilt or a biscuit quilt, this blanket will add interest to any room you place it in. 

A puff quilt is a type of patchwork quilt with squares of fabric that are stuffed to create lots of tiny cushions. The overall effect is impressive. 
blue and white bubble quilt


This puff quilt pattern is sized to be a lap quilt. Using precut charm packs (5 inch squares) helps this quilt come together so quickly because there's very little cutting to do.

If you'd like more charm pack quilt ideas, I've got a list of over 30 quilt patterns made using charm packs. OR check out these EASY Quilt Patterns!


DIY PUFF QUILT (BUBBLE QUILT, OR BISCUIT QUILT)

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blue and white bubble quilt with text overlay
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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THIS PROJECT

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS FOR A PUFF QUILT


This pattern produces a finished quilt that is approximately 42" X 53".

To make this quilt really easy, I opted to use charm packs. A charm pack is a precut package of coordinating fabric. They are 5 inches square and really simplify the process. I used a line called tea service volume 2. 

To make this quilt you will need:
image of blue and white fabric and supplies for a puff quilt with text overlay


HOW TO MAKE A PUFF QUILT



close up of a blue and white puff quilt with text overlay

I've organized this project into several sections. I suggest reading the post in its entirety before starting. I also have created a video that is helpful. Be sure to watch it.

However as you are working on the project it will be helpful to skip to the section you are working on. Simply click the links below to be taken to that section of the post.

Cutting out the fabric Sewing together the puff blocks Laying out the quilt and stacking the blocks Sewing together the columns Stuffing the puffs and sewing together the columns Adding the back and binding

Note: All seams will be sewn with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

CUTTING OUT THE FABRIC



Since I used charm packs for my top layer, there was not cutting required for these pieces.

If you have scrap fabrics or fat quarters that you would like to use, instead of precuts, simply cut your fabric into 5 inch squares. You will need 108 squares for the top. 

Cut out 108 squares from the white or muslin fabric that are 4 1/2 inches. These will be for the back of each puff.

Cut the binding into 3 inch strips and sew each end together to make one long binding strip. Press it in half lengthwise.

SEWING TOGETHER THE PUFF BLOCKS



The first step is to make the puff squares. Begin by placing a 5 inch square on top of a 4 1/2 inch square. Line them up so that the top and the right side of the square is flush.

layering two pieces of fabric together


Next, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew a little ways down the right side of the block (3/4 of an inch or so)

Line up the bottom edge of both fabrics, then create a pleat near the center of the square with the top fabric.

creating a tuck in the fabric

Continue sewing until you get 1/4 inch away from the edge.

With the needle down, lift up the presser foot and turn the fabric to the next side. Lower presser foot and continue the same process, lining up the bottom edges of the fabric and creating a pleat near the middle of the square.

Turn and repeat this process with the third side of the square. At this point leave one side of the square open so we can stuff it later.

Once you have pleated and sewn three sides of the square, continue this same procedure for all of your puffs. 

blue fabric pleated and sewn to a smaller square of fabric to make a puff quilt


Another alternative, is to chain stitch the squares, working on the first side of many squares all in a row, then moving on the the second side and then the third.

stacks of puff quilt blocks sewn together

LAYING OUT THE QUILT AND STACKING THE BLOCKS



Once all of your blocks have been sewn together, it's time to lay out the quilt. 

I placed them on the floor in a random layout. I placed 12 across and 15 down. 

laying out fabric squares into a random pattern on the floor



I tried to keep the dark and light colors somewhat scattered so there was an even look throughout.

fabric squares laid out on the floor

Next I stacked up each column and labeled them. Beginning at the top, I placed each square on top of the one below it. 

I added a sticky note indicating which column it was. Then I placed a binder clip on each stack to keep them in order until I was ready to sew them together.

stacks of fabric labeled by rows


(I realize I used the word row on the sticky notes, I did work in columns. You can work in rows or in columns, it doesn't really matter, just be consistent throughout the project.)

SEWING TOGETHER THE COLUMNS



Next, sew together all the blocks in each column. 
  • Always keep the open side of the square on the right
  • Sew the bottom of each square to the top of the next. 
  • Always sew with right sides together. 
  • Continue on until the entire column is sewn together.

Once the entire row or column is sewn pin the sticky note back onto the top square.

collage of steps to sew together a column of puff quilt blocks


STUFFING THE BLOCKS AND SEWING TOGETHER THE COLUMNS

Now it's time to stuff our squares. I like to do this one square at a time. 

Add a generous amount of stuffing into the square. Then sew the opening closed, making a pleat near the center. 

Continue all the way down the column of squares until they are all stuffed and sewn closed.

Try to be consistent in the amount of polyfil you add to each square.

adding stuffing to the puff quilt


Once you finish stuffing the first column but before you stuff the next one, sew them together.

It is much easier to sew them together when one of them is not stuffed as opposed to when they're both stuffed.

With right sides together, sew the side you just sewed to the closed side of the next column.

sewing together the columns of the biscuit quilt

Then repeat the process of stuffing and sewing closed the openings of each square.

Continue this process until the whole quilt has been sewn together and stuffed.

BACKING AND BINDING

Now all that's left to do is to add the backing and the binding.

If desired you could add a layer of batting. I filled my quilt so full, that it's already kind of heavy and I didn't feel that it needed any more bulk, so I skipped the batting.

Cut out your backing fabric so that it is approximately 4 inches bigger all the way around.



finished bubble quilt top on top of backing fabric




Next pin the top to the back.

I opted to sew the top, binding and back all in one seam. I felt like it was a little tricky with the puffs and I didn't want to have to go around the whole thing twice. 


With the raw side of the binding lined up with the edge of the quilt, sew 1/4 all the way around the quilt. Be sure to capture the binding, the quilt top and the backing in your seam.

binding, quilt top and backing



Trim the backing along the edge of the quilt. 

trimming off the excess backing

Fold the edge of the binding towards the back and hand sew in place.

finished puff quilt



Hand tie the quilt together, placing a knot at each intersection. I used embroidery thread to do this, but you could use yarn too. I worked so that the ties were on the back of the quilt.


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MORE QUILTING PROJECTS



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blue and white bubble quilt draped over a railing with text overlayclose up of a blue and white biscuit quilt with text overlay


blue and white puff quilt draped over a brown leather chair


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