Why Make Suffolk Puffs?
Suffolk puff quilts have that special vintage feel we associate with the comfy, home spun atmosphere of days gone by. They’re such an easy patchwork technique to learn and they make the ultimate scrap quilt, which is great for using up all those pretty floral scraps we can’t bear to part with! Imagine coming into a light filled room on a summer’s evening and seeing a pretty Suffolk puffs quilt laying on the bed – bliss! But you can also applique the puffs to a quilt sandwich or stuff them individually to add warmth for chillier evenings. That’s where the name Suffolk puffs comes from: the wool used to stuff the puffs came from the Suffolk sheep breed. The breed originated in Suffolk on the east coast of the UK. They’re also known as ‘yo-yos’, especially in the US, and as well as quilts they make fun appliqué decorations on anything from cushions and bags to hats and lapels.
Very Easy Patchwork!
Suffolk puffs are great for easy patchwork projects because all you need is a circle of fabric and a needle and thread – no fancy gadgets in sight. They’re great to make with children, or even for an on-the-go project – just put a few circles of fabric in your bag with a needle and thread and you’re good to sew!
What will you make with yours?
The tutorials below show you how to make a several different versions of Suffolk puffs and how to sew them together for a quilt. They’re easy to personalise too: make them with a wider centre and decorate them with buttons or beads, or a contrasting fabric underneath. Then turn them into pretty brooches by layering different sizes together and adding a pin on the back. Once you’ve mastered the basics why not have a go at the lavender filled pillow, which is an easy patchwork project for beginners? The straightforward step by step instructions are towards the bottom of the page. There are so many things you can do with them that it’s hard not to get carried away and sew them to everything in sight! So, what will you make with yours?