Have you ever made a quilt? The whole concept intimidated me, but three years ago I decided I wanted to learn to sew and I wanted to do it before I had babies. I had seen a puff quilt online and fell in love in an instant! I thought it would be easy to learn how to make a puff quilt and although it’s not a traditional quilt, I love how it turned out!!
AND it was way easier than I expected! If this total sewing newbie can figure it out, you can too! Also known as a biscuit quilt, this easy quilt is perfect for even a beginner to make and so cute! They make a great baby shower gift, Christmas present, or birthday present for a new baby.
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How to Make a Puff Quilt
First, I started by buying 8 complementary fabrics of different textures. I knew I wanted to make a fun quilt for my future baby and since my husband had already decided we were going to have a purple and gray nursery for a future baby girl one day, it made it easy.
This quilt is so easy to make, anyone can do it. So here we go. Let’s start with what materials you will need.
What you need:
- 1/3 yd of 8 types of fabrics – having different textures and looks makes the puff quilt fun for babies to play with
- 1.5 yd of cotton-woven scrap fabric – Don’t use anything fancy here. I just cut up an old sheet I had and it worked great!
- 1.5 yds of material for the back and edge
- 1/4 yd of satin ribbon for edging
- Wonder clips – These are seriously amazing and are key to making you not pull out your hair keeping the two pieces of fabric together while seaming your squares together. They also have markings on the flat part of the clip to show you how far your seam allowance is. Plus, they don’t put pin holes in your fabric! Definitely, grab these before you start any sewing project!
1 | Cut Squares
Start by cutting all your squares out. Cut your cotton woven fabric into 4-inch squares. I made an 8 by 10 square quilt so you’ll need 80 squares. Honestly, just grab some fabric you have on hand. I used an old sheet and some pillow cases. Then, take your fabrics for the top and cut the fabric into 5-inch squares. You will need 10 squares of each.
2 | Sew Squares
Once all your squares are cut, line up the corners of your cheap fabric and top fabric and start sewing about a 1/4 inch in. Now, this is one of the nice things about doing this type of quilt as a beginner quilt. It’s super forgiving! Don’t worry about this step too much.
Once you’ve sewn a little bit in, line up the next corner. Since your top fabric is larger than the bottom then you’ll have excess fabric. Fold this over to create a pleat (as shown below). Work your way around the square lining up the corners and creating the pleats in the middle of each edge on three of the four sides.
3 | Stuff Squares
Once all your squares are sewn, take your batting and start stuffing all your squares. This is personal preference on how full you want the squares to be. I wanted them filled but not too full that they weren’t flexible.
4 | Sew Open Edge
Next, sew up each open edge. Again, making sure to pleat it in the middle.
Now is the fun part!
5 | Create a Pattern
Take all your squares and create the pattern for your quilt. I wanted mine to look random with no two like fabrics touching each other. Other people have made obvious patterns or designs with their pattern. Just google puff quilt to see some examples or download the free pattern examples I’ve provided below.
6 | Sew Rows
Once you have your quilt lined up you can sew it all together. Start in one corner of your quilt and put the two squares with right sides together. Now, sew them together making sure your seam is in far enough to cover your first seams creating the square. Keep doing this until you have all your rows.
7 | Sew into Quilt
Then take your rows and clip (or pin) them all together and sew all the rows together. I found these wonder clips work way better than pinning. This is the hardest part of the whole process but believe me, once you’re done with this step you’ll definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel.
8 | Backing & Edge
Lastly, you’ll need to finish off your quilt. I chose to put a layer of batting to make my quilt thicker and then used the same gray minky as my edge on the front and to cover the whole back. Of course, you could choose different fabrics for this if you want.
Honestly, I was technically in labor when my mom and I were finishing this quilt except I didn’t know it. So these next steps are a little blurry. This quilt got finished about 8 pm Monday night and baby Clara was born at 5:12 the next morning. Silly me apparently didn’t realize what labor was. But boy was I determined to finish that quilt before she came! Thanks mom for making it possible!
So, we cut 6-inch strips of the minky to use for the front edge. This got sewn on to the edge of the rows that were already sewn together. Then lay this piece on top of your batting and cut your batting down to size. Lastly, cut minky to fit onto the back of your quilt. If you’re concerned about the batting slipping with use, sew a line down the center of your quilt all the way through all the fabric to hold it in place.
9 | Edging
Then add a satin edging. I couldn’t find the perfect ribbon to do it so bought some satin fabric and cut it into 2-inch strips. Then, sew the raw edges of your edging and quilt together, fold over the edge, and hand stitch the folded side of your ribbon onto the back.
And there you have it! A stunning puff quilt that will surely impress your friends…or at least your husband and hopefully the baby. Besides, it’s so soft and cuddly! I know my little munchkin loves hanging out on her puff quilt. We’ve dubbed it her supervised play mat since it’s too heavy to go on top of her but I love how it turned out.
You could choose to not add the batting and then it wouldn’t be so heavy. It’s going to be a great quilt for her when she is older though and I couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out!
Update: You can see Clara’s puff quilt in her new toddler bedroom here. It makes the perfect comforter for her now!
Now, it’s your turn! Who in your life do you want to make a puff quilt for?
You can see all of Clara’s nursery reveal here.