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Friday, June 15, 2012

Fabric Growth Chart

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!

I’ll be linking up to Sew Crafty Saturday, Show and Tell, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Friday Fun Finds,

1 comment:

  1. I love this idea! I've been measuring my daughter on her bedroom door way and I think she's been measuring something when I'm not looking because it's all written on.