A fabric chart is such a great idea because you can simply fold it up when no longer in use and tuck it away as a keepsake. You could even later incorporate the baby growth charts into baby quilts - to be given to your adult child when they have children. (but lets not get ahead of ourselves!)
Use felt and you can cut out simple shapes that will make up your design. Sew the edges down with a zigzag stitch onto bottomweight cotton canvas.
I suggest making your height chart between four and five feet long. Consider that a standing baby (around one years old) is usually around two feet and an adult male is usually around six feet, so you'll want a span of four feet to mark the growth between two feet and six feet. I made mine 5 feet to be safe...he might be really tall!
To mark the height you have two options:
- Permanent Fabric Marker - any permanent marker will do, but test on a scrap of fabric for any bleeding first
- Embroidery - embroider the line and date on (first mark it with a pencil) but remember that you'll need to keep taking the height chart down so choose an easy access hanging method.
You could do a simple geometric design or use image shapes as your design. Try to think of images that are long and could extend the height of your height chart.
Some Image Ideas:
- Basketball Hoop
Hang the finished piece two feet from the floor. Another idea is to use the height that the baby was at birth and hang it that distance from the floor.
Hanging options include using thumb tacks (make sure they are secure and out of baby's reach!) or inserting a wooden dowel into the top and hanging with a ribbon.
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