Santa Door Banner

Finished size: 25” x 49”

Do you believe in magic? I certainly do, because even after 20 years this project is perennially young! For a fantastic finish to the celebration of my 20 th Anniversary in business, I'm returning to my roots with this very special project from my first book, the Magic of Santa. The Santa Banner is still one of the most requested, most beloved, designs of my career. I hope that this Santa banner will become one of your family's favorite Christmas keepsakes.

Fabric Requirements

(Directional fabrics are not recommended)

Cutting The Strips And Pieces

Pre-wash and press fabrics. Using a rotary cutter and see-through ruler, cut the following strips and pieces. If indicated, some strips will need to be cut again into smaller strips or pieces. 44” is the approximate width of the fabric. Measurements for all pieces include 1/4” seam allowance.

Fabric A (Coat & Hat)

Fabric B (Background)

Fabric C (Coat Trim)

Fabric D (Boots & Gloves)

Two 3 1/2” squares and two 2 1/2 ” x 4 1/2” pieces.

Fabric E (Beard)

One 7 1/2” x 8” piece and two 2” squares

Fabric F (Face) – One 2” x 4 1/2” pieces

1/2” Accent Border – Four 1” x 44” strips

Scrap Border – One 2 1/2” x 44” strip each of four fabrics

Binding – Four 2 3/4” x 44” strips

Section One (hat & face)

1a. Refer to Quick Corner Triangles to sew one 3 1/2” Fabric B square to one 10” x 3 1/2” Fabric A piece. Press.

1b. Sew an additional 3 1/2” Fabric B square to unit from step 1a. Press.

2. Sew one 1 1/2” Fabric A square to one 3” Fabric B square. Press.

Section Two (arms, beard & gloves)

For the left arm, sew one 3 1/2” Fabric B square to one 3 1/2” x 13 1/2” Fabric A piece. For the right arm, sew a second 3 1/2” Fabric B square to a second 3 1/2” x 13 1/2” Fabric A piece. This corner triangle is sewn in the opposite direction as the first one. Refer to diagram for proper placement. Press.

2a. Sew one 2” Fabirc A square to one 7 1/2” x 8” Fabric E piece. Press.

2b. Sew an additional 2” Fabric A square to unit from step 2a.

3a. Sew one 1 1/2” Fabric B square to one 3 1/2” Fabric D square. Press.

3b. Sew one 1 1/2” Fabric A square to unit from step 3a. Press.

4a. Sew one 1 1/2” Fabric A square to one 3 1/2” Fabric D square. Press.

4b. Sew one 1 1/2” Fabric B square to unit from step 4a. Press.

 

Section Three (coat trim, boots)

1a. Sew one 1 1/2” Fabric B square to one 16 1/2” x 3 1/2” Fabric C piece. Press.

1b. Sew an additional 1 1/2” Fabric B square to unit from step 1a. Press.

 

2a. Sew two 1 1/2” Fabric B squares to two 4 1/2” x 2 1/2” Fabric D pieces. Press.

2b. Sew two additional 1 1/2” Fabric B squares to two units from step 2a. Press.

 

Assembling the Sections

Throughout this section, refer to the Fabric Key above to identify fabric placement in the diagrams. Pay close attention that corner triangles are positioned the same as shown in diagrams. Use 1/4” seam allowances and press in the direction indicated by the arrow in each diagram.

Section One (hat & face)

  1. Sew one 4 1/2” x 2” Fabric F piece between two 2” Fabric E squares. Press
  2. Sew one 7 1/2” x 1 1/2” Fabric C piece to unit from step 1. Press.
  3. Sew one 3” x 3” Fabric A/B corner triangle unit to unit from step 2. Press
  4. Sew one 10” x 3 1/2” Fabric A/B corner triangle unit to unit from step 3. Press.
  5. Sew one 2 1/2” x 6” Fabric B piece to unit from step 4. Press.
  6. Sew one 5” x 6” Fabric B piece to unit from step 5. Press.

Section Two (arms, gloves, beard, coat)

  1. Sew two 2” Fabric B squares to two 2” x 6 1/2” Fabric A pieces. Press.
  2. Sew one 7 1/2” x 8” Fabric A/D corner triangle unit between two units from step 1. Press.
  3. Sew two 3 1/2” x 2” Fabric B pieces to two 3 1/2” x 13 1/2” Fabric A/B corner triangle units. Press.
  4. Sew two 3 1/2” x 1 1/2” Fabric C pieces to two units from step 3. Press.
  5. Sew two 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” Fabric A/B/D corner triangle units to two units from step 4. Be sure to refer to diagram for proper corner triangle placement. Press.
  6. Sew two 1 1/2” x 11 1/2” Fabric B pieces to two 2 1/2” x 11 1/2” Fabric A pieces. Press.
  7. Sew two units from step 6 to two units from step 5. Be sure to refer to diagram for proper placement. Press.
  8. Sew 2 1/2” x 22 1/2” Fabric C piece between two 4 1/2” x 22 1/2” Fabric A pieces. Press.
  9. Sew unit from step 2 to unit from step 8. Press.
  10. Sew unit from step 9 between two units from step 7. Press.

Section Three (boots, coat trim)

  1. Sew one 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” Fabric B piece between two 4 1/2” x 2 1/2” Fabric B piece between two 4 1/2” x 2 1/2” Fabric B/D corner triangle units. Press.
  2. Sew unit from step 1 between two 4” x 2 1/2” Fabric B pieces. Press.
  3. Sew one 16 1/2” x 3 1/2” Fabric A/C corner triangle unit to unit from step 2. Press.

Assembling Santa

  1. Sew Section One to Section Two. Press toward Section Two.
  2. Sew unit from step 1 to Section Three. Press toward Section Three.

Santa will measure 16 1/2” x 40 1/2”.

The Borders

Background Border

  1. Sew 2” x 44” Fabric B strips to sides of quilt. Trim excess. Press all seams toward border.
  2. Sew 2” x 22” Fabric B strips to top and bottom of quilt. Trim excess and press.

1/2” Accent Border

  1. Sew 1” x 44” accent border strips to sides of quilt. Trim excess. Press all seams toward accent border. NOTE: You may need to piece your strips to get the necessary length for the sides. If so, cut one 5” pieces from each of the two remaining 1” x 44” strips and sew the 5” pieces to each of the two side strips.
  2. Sew 1” x 44” accent border strips to top and bottom of quilt. Trim excess and press.

 

Scrap Border

  1. Arrange the six 2 1/2” x 44” scrap border strips (one each of Fabric A & C and four other fabrics) in a pleasing order. Sew the six strips together, alternating sewing direction with each strip sewn. Make a 12 1/2” x 44” strip set. See Diagram A below. Press all seams in one direction.
  2. Cut this strip set in half. Re-sew the halves together to make a 24 1/2” x 22” strip set. See Diagram B below. Cut this strip set into six 2 1/2” x 24 1/2” strips.
  3. For the side border strips, sew four 2 1/2” x 24 1/2” strips together in pairs to make two 2 1/2” x 48 1/2” strips. Using a seam ripper, remove two squares from each of the two strips to make two strips with twenty-two squares each. Fit and sew scrap border strips to sides of quilt. Press all seams toward accent border. HINT: If scrap border doesn’t fit, take in or let out a few seam allowances (1/16” or less) to make it fit to the quilt top.
  4. Fit and sew two remaining 2 1/2” x 24 1/2” scrap border strips to top and bottom of quilt. Press.

Layering the Quilt

Arrange and baste the backing, batting, and top together following directions for Layering the Quilt.

Binding the Quilt

Cut one 10” piece from each of two 2 3/4” x 44” binding strips. Sew one 2 3/4” x 10” binding piece to each of the two remaining 44” binding strips to get the length necessary for binding the sides. Using the two 2 3/4” x 54” (approximately) binding strips for the sides and two 2 3/4” x 34” (approximately) binding strips for the top and bottom, follow the directions for Binding the Quilt.

The Finishing Touches

Machine or hand quilt in the seam line around Santa’s suit, hat, face, beard, trim, gloves and boots. Quilt in seam line between the sleeves and coat. Using a purchased template, quilt swirls in Santa’s beard and scallops in the coat trim. Quilt a 1 1/2” grid in the suit and hat. Be sure to offset the grid in the sleeves to help differentiate the sleeves from the rest of the coat. Quilt a 2” diagonal grid in the background. Quilt in seam line on each side of accent border and between the squares of the scrap border. Hand sew two 3/8” buttons to Santa’s face for eyes. Hand sew one 1” button to the tip of the hat and four 1” buttons to the coat trim. If you choose, you can hand sew an ornament to Santa’s left hand as shown in the color photo.