Watch Me Grow Chart




Hello everybody! I'm Vanessa Wilson, a.k.a- Crafty Gemini.  I am sooooo excited to share my first Moda Bake Shop recipe with you! Enjoy!






1 Jelly Roll in MODA Lollipop by Sandy Gervais
1/2 yard cream fabric (7521 441 from Lollipop)
1 1/4 yard fabric for backing & binding (17555 13 from Lollipop)
Batting measuring ~15" x 85"
5" strip of ribbon
Spray basting spray (recommended)




I came up with this idea earlier this year after watching the season finale of Desperate Housewives where Mike used a crowbar to remove the panel off the front door jamb that was used as a growth chart for Julie because they had to move out of the house.  A light bulb went off in my head! I can make a quilted growth chart that is portable yet permanent.  Since nowadays almost no one lives in the same house for their entire childhood, I thought to make a quilted one that can be rolled up and transported but keeps the sentimental value and history intact. Here is my step-by-step tutorial! I hope you and your family enjoy this project for years to come!

Note:  You can make this growth chart any length you want.  I made this one 80" long because it's for my son and we anticipate him having his family's height genes. All seams are 1/4" unless otherwise specified. 

1.  Take 4 jelly roll strips and lay them next to each other lengthwise in a combination of your choice.  Sew together lengthwise. Press seams toward darker fabric.  Repeat with 4 more different strips to get 2 strip sets.


2.  Trim selvages and cut 4" wide units from both of your strip sets.  You can get 10 cuts out of each strip set for a total of twenty 4" units.

TIP: When you are cutting these 4" units line up the lines on your ruler with the seam lines that run perpendicular for a more accurate cut.

3.  Rearrange 10 of your 4" units to get two long strips in a combination you like.  For my son's growth chart, I made four strip sets (instead of just two) to get more variety with the fabrics. Jelly Rolls have so many fabrics that you can play around with these strip sets as much as you like.

4.  Sew together the 10 rearranged 4" unit pieces to make one continuous strip.  Repeat with the remaining 10 units.  You will end up with two continuous patchwork strips that will measure 80" when finished.  (You can trim now if you don't want yours as long.)
5.  From your cream fabric (I used #7521 441 from the Lollipop line), cut two strips measuring 5" x WOF (width of fabric). Trim selvages and sew strips together along their short sides.  Press seam open.


6. Line up all three of your pieced strips with the cream strip in the center and sew together. I recommend sewing with the patchwork strips on top so you can help those seams lay in the right direction as you sew. Press seams toward the outside (patchwork strips).

7.  Backing: Cut two strips measuring 14" x WOF (width of fabric). Trim selvages and sew strips together along their short sides (just like you did for the cream strip). Press seam open.

TIP: My two-ruler shortcut: The backing strips are wider than my rulers so, I line up a ruler that is long enough to cover the width I need by placing the ruler's 14" mark on the right-side edge of my fabric and then line up another ruler perpendicular to the horizontally placed ruler. Now remove the horizontally placed ruler and cut fabric.



8.  Lay your backing piece on a long table or floor with the pretty side of the fabric facing down.  Then layer your batting piece on top and finally your front.  I used two aerosol cans as weights to hold the backing flat, then use a basting spray to help the layering process along.  Smooth out all the air pockets until your quilt sandwich is completely flat.  Pin all over to secure the layers together. 


9.  Quilting: Using your walking foot, stitch around the entire perimeter of the quilt about 1/8" away from the edge.  I make the stitch line nice and narrow to make sure my binding will cover up those stitches. Stitch-in-the-ditch on the right and left sides of the cream center strip.  Trim away excess batting and backing.



10. Binding:  I like to make my own binding from 2 1/4" x WOF (width of fabric) strips.  You will need 5 strips if you are making a growth chart as long as mine.

11. Make and attach your binding (using your preferred method) to the front of the quilt only. Cut a 5" long piece of ribbon, fold the ends together and pin to center back of the underside of the binding. You may want to fold the quilt in half lengthwise to get that center mark. Stitch back and forth a few times to secure those ribbon edges to your binding. Then stitch your binding down however you like and your loop should be facing down.   

TIP: In case you are wondering about the zig-zag stitches... I zig-zag my edges to help make it easier for me to hand stitch the backing on the back.  It flattens out the three layers beautifully.

Note: If your batting is thick or really heavy you may want to make two end loops of ribbon instead of one center one to hold it up better. 

Ta-dah! Your Watch Me Grow Chart, quilted growth chart is complete!  Just stand your kids up next to it and mark with a permanent pen that is safe for fabrics.  I plan to make one of these for each of my kids so they can keep it for years and years. 

Here is my son, JRW, looking at his 13 mo. old mark on his new growth chart!



 1 easy-to-make Watch Me Grow Chart that is sure to be in your family for decades!


Vanessa Wilson
{Crafty Gemini}


37 comments:

Lianne Carper said...

This is ADORABLE! Thanks so much for the idea. I absolutely love it.

Cameron H said...

What a terrific idea!

Sascha said...

Thank you so much!! Just last week, I was actually trying to decide how I could replace the crappy paper growth chart I bought. Yippee!! Perfect timing. :)

Julie said...

What a great idea! We had to leave our closet door frame when we moved out of our last house...with my son's measurements from 2-9. It was hard to leave. Wish I had this back then. He is 13 now. hee!

Фгюп_Trillian said...

Love it! I just made a girlfriend the baby pinwheel quilt with the prairie points (from the Bake Shop) using this same fabric. I think I'll use the scraps to make her this too! Thanks!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Sooooooo Cute!!

Billie

Ruby Blue Quilting Studio said...

What a great idea to give as a baby shower gift?! With so many friends having babies it's hard to not give the same thing as everyone else! I think this will do the trick! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Quiltjane said...

Great idea. I love the Lollipop fabrics.

sariah said...

What a fresh, adorable, yet practical idea! We are now with a company that moves us frequently so this is the perfect thing to chart the growth of my 6 kids as we go from place to place. :-)

Tiffany said...

Such a cute idea and great way to use scraps! I love it!

PenglipurLara said...

adorable idea...If only I was into quilting 15 years ago..then i would be able to make this for my kids... but definitely can still do it...for my future grandchildrenn....if I get to live longer... :) great stuff!

Modern Male Homemaker said...

Absolutely awesome idea! Now I've got yet another idea from the Bake Shop to add to my growing list of things to make for my sister's baby shower!

Dilla said...

Cute! :) Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea.

Babs said...

I LOVE this idea! I'm getting ready to make coordinating bedding for my 4 year old and newborn as they will be sharing room. I love the idea of using my scrap pieces to make this!
Thanks so much!!
-Babs

Sandie said...

Adorable! My children are teens now BUT this would make a great baby shower gift for friends who are just starting their families :)

Sandra said...

This would make a lovely gift for a fundraising basket. What type of pen would you recommend?

Crafty Gemini said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments! Glad I could help! :o)

Sandra: I recommend a Micron pen. They are permanent on fabric.

Crafty Gemini said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments! Glad I could help! :o)

Sandra: I recommend a Micron pen. They are permanent on fabric.

Stephanie said...

How much fabric from the jelly roll did you have left over? I would like to make a few of these and am wondering how many I can make per jelly roll.

Crafty Gemini said...

Stephanie: depending on the length you decide for your growth chart you can make at least 3 with one jelly roll! Cool, eh? ;o)

pixiesand said...

What a great idea! I am going to make one for my youngest son and for my 6 youngest nieces and nephews.
My teen sons are over 6 feet tall, so I will need to make mine long like yours.
Apparently, boys double the height they were at age three. My almost 3 year old is 38 inches!

kim taylor - - - the sassy crafter said...

Love it! Thanks for the great instructions Vanessa!

Borboleta Serrana said...

What a great idea!
Thank you for sharing:)

Borboleta Serrana said...

What a great idea!
Thank you for sharing:)

Melissa L said...

My mom and I have just finished 5 of these charts for Christmas preseants this year. This is perfect for any military family since they travel around so much!

Crafty Gemini said...

No problem! I'm glad you all enjoyed it!
@Melissa: wow! 5 of them?! You ladies have been busy! I hope the recipients love them! :o)

julie said...

what a great idea! I blogged about it here: http://craftyjules.weebly.com/1/post/2010/12/growth-chart-keepsake.html

thank you!

Borboleta Serrana said...

I made one;)
Here it is

http://pontosemno-sofia.blogspot.com/2011/01/watch-me-grow-chart.html

Thanks

Nichelle2571 said...

Great Idea. I Love CraftyGemini!

julie said...

I love it! I made three of these for my children. I blogged about it here:
http://craftyjules.weebly.com/1/post/2011/03/project-accomplished-growth-chart-keepsake.html

thank you!

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

featured this on my blog today.

www.kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

Unmove-AbleInHisWord said...

LOVE it!!! I must try this 4 my babies.

Vidya said...

What a great idea!! I love it and I am going to do one for soon to be 2 year old daughter. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea, I've lost so many markings over the years. What a great idea for a military family that has to move a lot and much more durable than the paper ones available!

Anonymous said...

This would make a really nice, unique baby shower gift. So many gifts at baby showers are for the newborn baby. It would be lovely to give something like this that would bring back the memory of the shower each time used throughout the life of the child. Thanks for sharing!

grayfox said...

We move a lot so I always worried about how to keep a growth chart of my children. Now I know! Thanks so much for this wonderful, transportable idea.

Linda said...

Vanessa, that is such a great idea. I'm a little late as I just found your site last week or so and I have been on it waaaay too much...I love it. I am thinking of making a growth chart for my first great granddaughter, she's 1 yr now, wish I'd have found it sooner. Thanks for all your great ideas.

Borboleta Serrana said...
I made one;)
Here it is
http://pontosemno-ofia.blogspot.com/2011/01/watch-me-grow-chart.html

Thanks

January 10, 2011 3:34 AM

Hi Borboleta,
I love your growth chart. I don't read spanish (or other language) but I wish I knew what it said. Very cute!