Project by Stephanie Marsh
You will need:
Approx 4 x 1m fabric
Approx 2M plain fabric
Approx 2m plain sheeting
Pins and Needles
Rotary Cutter (optional)
Cutting Mat (optional)
Quilters Ruler (optional)
Iron and Ironing Board
1. First of all you need to decide how big you want the quilt to be, each puff is 4” square. The finished size will be divisible by 4 with ½ inch on all sides for the binding.
2. Once you have decided on the finished size work out how many puffs you need by dividing the finished width by 4 and then the length by 4, times theses and that will be how many puffs you need.
3. Now work out how you would like the layout of your puffs, see below. Mine was 13 x 10, totalling 130 puffs. Using 4 fabrics I cut out 33 squares in 2 of the colours and 32 squares in the other two colours.
A. Feathers – 33 B. Gingham – 33 C. Flowers – 32 D. Commets – 32
4. Cut out 130 6 inch squares from the plain sheeting and 5 inch squares in the 4 fabrics (see numbers above. For quickness and accuracy I found it best to use a rotary cutter, mat and quilters ruler.
5. Take one of the back squares and place it in the back of one of the front squares, wrong sides together.
6. From the right side of the front square match and pin the corners together.
7. Take up the excess of the front square fabric by forming a pleat, pin into place, ensuring you fold all the pleats in the same direction throughout. Pin all the patches, or a row at a time as it can use a lot of pins.
8. Now lay them out as the finished design.
9. Sew each patch together to form the rows, you also need to sew closed the edges that don’t have any patches on any of their sides, this is to keep the stuffing in place. Press all the seam allowances in once direction. On the following row press them in the other direction and continue in opposite directions from the row above, this is so you can lock the patches together when sewing the rows together.
10. Now sew the rows together, checking that you have them in the right order.
11. Make a small cut in the back of every back patch, only about 1.5 inches.
12. Stuff each patch with the same amount of toy stuffing, to make sure I had an even stuff over all the puffs, I used 10g in each one. You can vary this, depending on how firm you want them.
13. Stitch each slit closed by hand, this doesn’t have to be neat, an overstitch will be enough.
14. Place the plain fabric, right side down on a flat surface, lay the quilt on top of it, right side up. Pin in place in-between the puffs. You may find it easier to work with if you either use safety pins or tack in place between some of the puffs.
15. Place to one side.
16. From the remaining top fabric cut 4 inch wide strips, enough to go around the outside of the quilt. You may need to join some strips.
17. Fold the strips in half lengthways, wrong sides together. Pin and stitch these around the quilt enclosing, raw edges matching. Due to the bulkiness of the quilt, I found it easier to sew these on by hand using a back stitch.
18. Fold the strip over, enclosing all the raw edges then hand stitch in place. I found it best to do the long edges first, then the short edges. At either end enclose the raw edges.
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Made by Stephanie Marsh for The Craft Cotton Company 2020