How to Make Puff Quilt or Biscuit Quilts

Puff quilts, also known as biscuit quilts and bubble quilts, were popular quilts to make in the 70’s and 80’s.  They are becoming quite popular again, and it’s no surprise!

These quilts are so luscious and fluffy, warm and fun!

A puff quilt is a type of patchwork quilt made with squares of fabric that are stuffed to create little cushions.  These quilts, comprised of individual, puffy squares give the quilts a texture that calls out to be squeezed!  

Sew up one of these easy and cute free puff quilt patterns that look like a lot of little pillows sewn together.  Some might think of the puff quilt as more of a comforter since there is no quilting involved.

Scrolling down this page, many puff quilt patterns and projects can be found.  The one thing you’ll notice is that not only are there patterns for biscuit quilts, but patterns for other items using the puff quilt technique.

There are puff quilt baby blankets, totes, pillow covers, a pet bed, throws, and doll blankets, too.

One interesting pattern below involves using squares from sentimental clothing or other items to make this a very special puff quilt to gift.

The puffs for these puff quilts can be made several ways. Some of the free puff quilt patterns have each individual puff completed. Once all of the puffs are done, they are sewn together in rows.

Other patterns will show the puffs being stuffed with the poly-fil as they are being sewn together.  

The doll puff quilt is sewn together as a regular quilt normally would be and then the stuffing is added when getting to the quilting step for this pattern.

Be sure to look at several different articles to see the various ways to make a puff quilt.

Is making a puff quilt for beginners?

Making a puff quilt or biscuit quilt is for a beginner to intermediate sewing level.  There are some trickier parts which include:

  • Matching up the corners of the squares
  • Keeping the sewing straight while feeding a lot of bulk through the machine
  • Being able to sew a scant ¼” seam
  • Finding  a way to fill the squares that is easiest for the sewer

Pros of making a puff quilt

  • Crooked stitching is easily hidden among the puffiness
  • The quilt sandwich is only two fabrics instead of three
  • There is no need to iron seams
  • Easy to customize size and design
  • Result is a warm and cozy blanket

Cons of making a puff quilt

  • A lot of cutting is involved since many squares are needed
  • The work is repetitious and time-consuming, but it is easy enough to do while watching television or listening to an audiobook
  • Note that using an Accuquilt Cutting Machine will lessen the time it takes to cut out the many squares.  See our page on the Accuquilt Go! Cutting System.

The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, and I encourage you to try this fun puff quilt for yourself or to give it as a gift.

How to Make Puff Quilt or Biscuit Quilts

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Bubble Quilt Step-by-Step

Bubble quilts are a good sewing project for beginners because they’re mostly straight sewing. Learn how! Sewing Society

DIY Puff Quilt

Head over to this tutorial to learn how to make a puff quilt. Mage Menagerie

Doll Puff Quilt

When making this doll puff quilt, you'll sew the whole thing the way you normally would and then we'll add some extra stuffing to make the puffs when we get to the quilting step. Pieces By Polly

Lap Size Puff Quilt

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Learn how to make Lap Size Puff Quilt at Joann's with these free instructions. Affiliate Link to Joann

Making A Puff Quilt

This blog explains how to make a puff quilt along with the pros and cons of making this quilt. Grandeur On Grove

Ombre Puff Quilt

Learn how to create a stunning ombre puff quilt with this beginner-friendly tutorial. Lo and Behold Stitchery

Ombre Puff Quilt Tutorial

Here is a brief tutorial (which is all that is necessary) in order to learn how to make an ombre puff quilt. Bayhill Studio

Pillow Quilt (Puff Quilt)

Pillow Quilt (Puff Quilt)

Sew up an easy and cute quilt that looks like of lots of little pillows. This tutorial shows how to make a slightly more complicated puff quilt since it uses a combination of squares and rectangles. Sew Can She

Puff Baby Quilt

This puff textured baby quilt is perfect for a beginner to make and is so cute, soft and cuddly for a baby. Make a great baby shower gift or gift for a baby nursery. A Crafted Passion

Puff or Biscuit Quilts

Here are instructions on how to make a puff or biscuit quilt. The Spruce Crafts

Puff Quilt

Learn how to make a stunning puff quilt with these comprehensive instructions. Adventures of A DIY Mom

Puff Quilt Pattern or Video

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In this video and with the pattern learn how to breeze through making and filling the puffs, adding the backing, stitching on buttons or decorative stitches and sewing it all together. Affiliate Link to Annie's Catalog

Puff Quilt Pet Bed

This tutorial makes a soft, pillowy pet bed 15" x 11 1/2' but the pattern can easily be adjusted to make it larger. Quilts By Deda

Puff Quilt Tutorial Part 1

This method for making a puff quilt, which is all machine sewn, is extremely easy to make - even for a beginner. Buzzing and Bumbling

Puff Quilted Pillow Cover

Puff Quilted Pillow Cover

Using these free directions learn how to make an ultra-textured pillow cover by stitching together squares stuffed with hi-loft fiberfill. A Beautiful Mess

Puff Tote

Combine the fun fluffy style of the puff quilt into a quick sewing project, a puff tote bag. Wyldwood Creative

Puff Tote Bag

Here is a creative idea for making a tote bag with a puffy quilt section. Handmade by Lorelei

Puffy Pillows Baby Quilt Pattern

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You won’t find a softer quilt to cuddle up with than this fun and easy puffy quilt! Affiliate Link to Accuquilt

Quilt As You Go Puff Mat

This puff mat tutorial is constructed a little differently than most puff quilts. The puffs are stuffed as the backing is sewn on. Cook Clean Craft

Rag Puff Quilt

Do you like rag quilts? Then you'll love this tutorial on making a rag puff quilt. Bella Crafts Publishing

Rainbow Puff Quilt

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This unique puff quilt pattern from Annie's is set on point and alternates puff squares with quilted flat squares. Affiliate Link to Annie's Catalog

Sew a Puff Quilt

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In this class, Faith Hale will teach you the methods of piecing, stuffing, quilting and binding this vintage-inspired quilt. Affiliate Link to Creative Bug

The Puff Quilt

A puff quilt is easy to make. Here is another tutorial to peruse. Jo's Country Junction

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