Newborn Baby Banner

for  Craft Marketing Connections

size: 32"x19"


  • Avatrex Quilt Attitude Inkjet Film, 8-1/2”x11”, two
  • Fabrics: white or cream, 1/4 yd; green gingham, 1/3 yd.; pink gingham, 1/3 yd.; blue gingham, 1/3 yd.; pink floral, 1/3 yd.; backing fabric of choice, 5/8 yd.
  • Lightweight low-loft batting, 22”x30”
  • Matching threads
  • Digital image of baby, 8”x8”
  • Curtain rod of choice, 26”-48”


  • Self-healing cutting mat, 18”x24”
  • Acrylic rulers: 12-1/2” square, 6”x24”
  • Sewing machine with new 70/10 or 80/12 needle and optional 1/4” quilting foot
  • Computer with inkjet printer
  • Fusible webbing, light or sew-in weight, 9”x16

Basic Supplies

  • rotary cutter, straight pins, needle, iron and pressing surface, pressing cloth

Project Instructions

  • Note
  • 1. Fabric reference is white (A), green gingham (B), pink gingham (C), blue gingham (D), pink floral (E), and backing (F). Machine-sewing is used throughout unless otherwise noted.
  • Banner
  • 1. Using computer, create 8-1/2"x11" document with two 4"x6" word art areas that include birth statistics and family information. Following manufacturer's instructions, print mirror image on glossy side of film at photo-quality setting. (Note: Handle printed film by edges only. Wait to remove backing sheet to reduce edge curling.) Let ink dry completely, at least three hours.
  • 2. Following manufacturer's instructions, print mirror image of baby on film as in Step 1.
  • 3. Cut baby film to 8-1/2" square and word art to two 4-1/2"x6-1/2" panels using 12-1/2" square ruler and rotary cutter on cutting mat. Cut one 8-1/2" square and two 4-1/2"x6-1/2" panels from both Fabric A and fusible webbing.
  • 4. Following manufacturer's instructions, attach fusible webbing square to right side of Fabric A square. Position baby photo film on panel, printed side facing webbing. Cover with cloth and press, sliding iron slowly and consistently with light even pressure for 30-60 seconds until all areas have been covered. Remove cloth, peel away backing, and let cool. Repeat to attach word art film to fabric panels.
  • 5. Use rotary cutter and 6"x24" ruler on cutting mat to cut six 1-1/2"x44" strips each from Fabrics B, C, and D. Cut four 1-1/2"x44", two 3"x44", one 2"x44" strips from Fabric E.
  • 6. To make chevron strips, sew set of 12 strips together using 1/4" seam allowance, offsetting each strip 1" lower than previous strip in following pattern (See Diagram 1): E 3", D, C, B, E 1-1/2", D, C, B, E 1-1/2", D, C, B. Sew second set of 12 strips together in the same manner, in reverse pattern to create mirror image set (See Diagram 2). Press seam allowances in same direction on both sets.

  • 7. Place 45º line of 6"x24" ruler along seam lines of one strip set, as close to offset edge as possible. Trim, creating 45º edge. Continue, cutting seven 2-1/2"-wide strips. Repeat with mirror-image set.
  • 8. For center panel, cut two 8-1/2" lengths from 2"-wide Fabric A strip in Step 5. Sew one strip across top of baby image panel; repeat at bottom. Alternating chevron strips with mirror image strips and matching patterns, sew four strips together to create chevron pattern using 1/4" seam allowance. Using photo as guide for placement, cut off approximately six to seven chevrons from bottom edge of panel; set top of chevron panel aside. With right sides facing, sew chevron panel to bottom edge of center panel using 1/4" seam allowance. With wide floral end at top, match and pin one chevron strip each along left and right edges of photo panel with right sides facing. Stitch strips to photo panel.
  • 9. Cut batting to 14"x21". Layer quilt top and batting on work surface. Hand or machine quilt as desired. Trim excess batting.
  • 10. Cut 3"x9" strip for hanger sleeve. Fold in edges and stitch 1/4" on each short end. Fold in half lengthwise and press. Center raw edge along top edge of quilt and baste.
  • 11. Measure quilt top; cut backing fabric to same size (approx. 12"x19"). Pin quilt top to backing with right sides together. Sew around edges, leaving 6" opening across top center. Trim seams, clip corners, and turn right side out. Press. Hand-sew opening closed. Fold sleeve to back of quilt and slipstitch into place.
  • 12. For side panels, repeat center panel process using two strips instead of four and replacing solid fabric strips above and below photo image with remaining chevron strips. (Note: Hanger sleeve strips will be 3"x7".) Hang panels on curtain rod as shown.
  • Tip
  • 1. For a washable banner, create central fabric panels that can be attached with buttons or hook and loop fastener. Inkjet printed panels cannot be washed.