Hey sewing besties! Welcome back to the blog! Today, I wanted to share my most recent Janome America project with you and show you how you can create your very own puff quilt puffer coat this winter! Before we get started, if you’re new here, hi! I’m Lillia. I’ve made it my mission to spread my love of sewing here online through my blog, tik tok, instagram, and YouTube! I share beginner sewing tutorials, along with things that I sew. You can subscribe to my newsletter to stay up to date with all things sewing and for free sewing content sent right to your email!
What is a puff quilt?
A puff quilt, also known as a biscuit or bubble quilt, are quilts that have individual squares that are filled with polyfil to make them fluff up. They’re great if you need to use up your scrap pile in a creative way! For me, puff quilts are a super cozy way to quilt that isn’t too terribly complicated. Fun fact, the “Biscuit pattern”, also known as a “puff quilt,” was one of the most popular quilts of the American Victorian Era during the 1876’s-1914‘s. Most commonly made of satin and velvet, they were considered a sign of social position and affluence. Today though, they’re great for cozy bedding, newborn blankets, and now puffer jackets!
Materials to make a puff quilt
For my project, I ended up going to estate sales and Thistle Creative Reuse to get my materials. In particular, here’s what I used:
- 1/4 Yard of 7 fabrics
- 2 yards of muslin for back of squares
- 2 yards for lining
- 1/2 bag of Polyfil
- 1 seperating zipper
When it came time to cut the pieces, I cut my top squares at 4 1/2 inches (11.4 cm) out of my patterned top fabric. Then using the muslin, I cut my bottom squares at 4 inches (10 cm). Roughly speaking, I had around 150 squares in total for my design. However, depending on your pattern, you may need more or less!
Heres the video where I detail all my materials and How To!
Making the pattern for my puff quilt puffer coat
For my pattern, I ended up knocking off y old navy puffer coat I’ve ad in my closet for a few years now. However, thanks to this post on threads, I was able to find a few patterns for puffer coats that I am sure you’ll love to use when making your own puff quilt puffer coat! All of these patterns can be cropped to make a coat as short as mine with ease.
My personal favorite from the above is the Nurit coat! with it’s detachable collar, its a great pattern to make a chunky puff quilt puffer coat, just in time for the winter weather!
Heres the video where I detail my pattern process!
How hard was this?
This project challenged me! It made me think about size and dimensions in a whole new way. Plus, I was able to reuse materials that would otherwise be destined for a landfill. One pro tip with this project, is I probably didn’t need to stuff everything so big.. While sewing, I definitely got a little “stuffing happy” and over stuffed quite a few of these biscuits. Making the sewing process that much harder. In the end though, it was so much fun getting to experiment with this centuries old technique for quilting. I love to experiment, and am always excited about the lessons I learn along the way. Both about myself, and the project!
Will you make a puff quilt puffer coat?
If you do, be sure to tag me so I can see your beautiful creations living their best Me Made lives!