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Growth Chart

Why make it complicated when it can be simply made!

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Here is an easy to make boy and girl growth chart. Things you need are as follows:

1. A growth chart pattern from a fabric store

2. Quilt batting (warm bond batting preferably but not necessary)

3. Broadcloth for the back

4. Wooden dowel rod cut to width of chart for top and bottom

5. Pins to hold the material in place before sewing

6. Ribbon or rope for ties.

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First thing you need to do is lay out your chart and trim it. Leave 1/4 to 1/2″ stitching room for the border. Cut the batting to the size of the chart. Lay the batting and chart over the back material like a sandwich. Cut the broadcloth 3/4″ larger on the sides and 1″ larger at the top and bottom. The broadcloth will fold over to frame the chart.  Doing it this way rather than using bias tape for your border is also easier because the dowel needs room to fit into the seam therefore allowing you to cut extra room for that.

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Lay out your material, centering the batting and chart on the broadcloth, and begin pinning.

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Now fold the extended part over twice, pinning as you fold. The corners are a bit tricky but with a few attempts you can get a crisp corner.

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I’m pinning both a boys and girls chart right away so that I have both ready to sew.

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Before you begin sewing make sure you have a zipper foot so that you can get close to the dowel and sew the top and bottom first. You can then change the foot for the sides or use the same one if you find it not a problem to use right through otherwise you have to change it back when you sew the corner folds closed and attach the ties.

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Pin the ties of your choice. For the girls, I used the same ribbon I normally use when I scrapbook because it is decorative. For the  boys, I used a thick, brown twine. The reason I chose to do ties is because I can use anything to hang it on. Some ideas are small deer racks or a thick, painted branch. I used hangers for these so that it can be stored in the closet and brought out when measuring a child. growthchart10 growthchart11

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