Craft Preview: February 26, 2022 Issue

MARK DAVISON © suffolk puffs

We have a lovely patchwork throw featuring Suffolk Puffs for you this week.

Suffolk Puffs are great to add interest to your textile work, or in this case to make a complete project.

There are various ways to make these puffs and we have shown how to do them with a yo yo maker and without.

In all you will need 27 different fabrics each measuring 28 cm by the width of the fabric. We used double gauze fabrics but you can decide what you would like to use. In all, you will be making 12 puffs from each fabric, 324 puffs in total.

suffolk puffs

Photograph courtesy of Search Press.

We recommend you create a layout diagram so that you remember what you want to place where. It is easy to mix them up.

Then, following our step-by-step instructions, you stich the puffs together to create four-puff squares. You then join them.

This design came from the book, “Quilt As You Go” by Carolyn Forster, published by Search Press, RRP £14.99. There is an offer in the magazine which allows you to order direct post free. For more details on this title and other Search Press books, visit

We hope you enjoy making our throw, it is the perfect way to use up some of your store-cupboard fabrics.

Find the full design for these Suffolk Puffs in the February 26, 2022 issue of “The People’s Friend”. On sale this week!

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Liz O’Rourke

Liz is part of our Features Team and her hobbies include knitting and crafts, reading and foreign travel which are also her main responsibilities on the “Friend”. If you walk into the office you will soon spot her desk, it’s the one piled high with knitwear and balls of yarn!