My dad used to measure our height in the doorway to his office in the house we grew up in. I remember so vividly the excitement, the fighting over who got to be measured first, the comparisons made between siblings. Sadly, when I was 13 we moved and the doorway remained…all those measurements were lost.
So I got thinking about how I can give my boys the same experience without losing those measurements should we ever move and this is what I came up with:
I used scraps of old khaki/tan colored clothes for the middle section and hand-embroidered the green loopy-line. I envisioned it to be sort of like a vine.
I then sewed the green fabric to both sides, making it like a long tube. I took stiff interfacing and ironed that on to the inside of the growth chart to prevent it from stretching while it hung.
Then I sewed the hanging loops on and finished the top and bottom.
It has been so fun to see my boys get excited and to have a visual comparison of their heights as they have grown up (I cheated and used old records to add their previous heights). I plan to measure them at each birthday and hand embroider a line with their initial and age.
What do you think?
While pondering how I was going to make this, I stumbled across this growth chart and used it for some of the inspiration…thanks!