It’s no secret that I LOVE Pinterest! I am always scouring it for new ideas and inspiration and have so many boards on my personal profile it’s ridiculous! But my biggest board by far is definitely my DIY, crafts and things to make one.
I am so eager to make everything I have saved, and to be fair I have attempted a lot of things, but one project that stood out to me that I have been desperate to make since I saw it was a bubble quilt by Awaiting Ava.
This is the bubble quilt that I saw on Pinterest:
Picture from Awaiting Ava
I love the colours, the squishiness (there is no better word for this), everything about it as each little bubble is basically a little pillow, it’s so soft and padded. If you go to the website mentioned above (which I most definitely recommend) there are so many different variations of bubble quilts and in so many different colour schemes.
A quick background story as to why I made it: I went into early labour at 37 weeks with Dexter, but the little monkey didn’t make an appearance until 42 weeks! However, I was told by the midwife at my 36 week appointment that I needed to go on maternity leave ASAP as I was still working and was determined to right up until I gave birth. However, I took the advice of all the health professionals, and my family and took maternity leave. I felt lost as I need to keep busy, I don’t know how to relax.
I sorted out all my fabrics into colour order and knew I wanted to make something with them, then I remembered about the bubble quilt I found and knew what I was going to make.
The reason for this story? To show how quick it was to follow and make, I did it in no time at all, even with a 3 year old in tow and a huge bump between me and the sewing machine!
There are 2 tutorials for this, the first one she did is here and the revised version can be found here. Once you know how to make each individual ‘bubble’ you can make your quilt as big or as small as you’d like. I didn’t copy her ruffle however, I made up my own which I can’t really explain how as I just winged it!
As soon as I finished it my daughter grabbed a blanket, lay down on top of it and went to sleep! It’s so versatile, it can be used as a sleep mat or play mat and it’s great when your baby is learning to sit up because if they fall down it’s very soft like landing on a cushion.
I backed mine with this gorgeous turquoise cotton flanneling fabric, as it’s quite thick it should be quite durable on the back, and Lily-Rose likes to lie on the turquoise side so it’s nice and soft too.
I added different fabrics and textures to mine and both the kids love touching and feeling them. It’s been used everyday since I made it 10 months ago, hence why it’s looking a little flat compared to the ones on Awaiting Ava’s website. To say it was my practice piece it turned out rather well and I’m quite pleased with it.
Here are just a few of the different fabrics I used, there is satin, cottton, silk, seersucker, shiny fabric, sequined fabric etc. It’s great to use up scraps of fabric or fabric you wouldn’t necessarily use for anything else.
I would love to make a huge one to cover our bed for winter, and one with waterproof backing to use outside. It’d be so comfy to sunbathe or picnic on and keep my little crawler off the grass!
Even if you don’t have kids you can make one, I have seen a large monochrome one that’s used as a rug in a living room.
I recommend this to everyone to try whether you are a beginner or an experienced sewer, it really was easy.