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Monday, August 27

DIY Button Growth Chart

I saw an idea for a growth chart in a magazine at the doctor's office and have been dying to make my own version of it.  Luckily, my friend Danielle is having a baby soon, so I had the perfect excuse.

Two Yards of Linen-look fabric 
72 mismatched buttons (one per inch for a girl...for a boy maybe add a few more)
Embroidery Thread
Acrylic Paint
Misc. fabric for backing
Burlap wired-ribbon (to hang from)
Wooden or plastic dowel
Needles, thread, hot glue, chalk

I started by marking off the inches with chalk, plotted my pattern with the buttons and glued them in place.  That's super important, otherwise your toddler will try to pick up all the button and scatter your carefully laid out pattern everywhere. This also allowed me to take the project with me so I could stitch on a car ride and in bed during a teen mom marathon.   Very crucial.

I sewed the buttons to reinforce them, and stitched a backing on.  I used embroidery thread for the inch markers.

I painted the numbers using a stencil I made on the cricut, but I suppose you could be brave and free hand, but that's far too risky for me. 

Danielle was decorating her nursery with an elephant theme, so I couldn't help myself when I found these buttons.

I rolled the extra fabric on the top and bottom around a plastic dowel to weight the bottom and secure a ribbon from the top.

I cover both ends with a wired burlap ribbon and voila!


Olivia Wells said...

Hi Rachel, lovely blog! I'm now following! Hope you can follow back :)

xx Olivia

rachel said...

Thanks for following!! I love your blog, too, that pink skirt is amazing!! Following back !

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