Guest Post: Embroidered Growth Chart

Today’s guest post is from Emily of The Student/Teacher. I came across her blog when she commented on a post and I saw this wonderful felt and fabric memory game that she made for her kids. I asked her if she would do a guest post for The Long Thread, and happily, she agreed! Emily has made this lovely growth chart for her daughter that is sure to become a cherished family heirloom. I know you’ll enjoy this project.

I love this photo of her daughter looking up at how tall she’ll become. It makes me have an “Oh, how quickly they grow” moment. Thanks for sharing this special project, Emily!


Hello! I’m Emily from The Student/Teacher. I am a writer, crafter, and unschooler living near Washington, D.C. with my husband and our two young daughters. My blog is a journal of love and learning, a place to celebrate childhood and creativity. I use it as a space to discuss alternative education and to share the exciting crafts, projects, and activities that fill our busy days. As far as crafting goes, I am mainly a sewist. Quilts are my current favorite thing to make, but I love sewing clothes, accessories, and home decor, too. (You can read more about me and my blog on my About page.)

I am thrilled to share my tutorial for an Embroidered Growth Chart here on The Long Thread. This project is simply a long, narrow wall quilt designed to be a stylized version of a traditional children’s growth chart. Each patchwork square in the left-hand column of the quilt is one inch long, so these colorful bits serve as pretty stand-ins for numbers. Additionally, the horizontal rows of machine-stitched quilting that cascade down the quilt’s length serve as built-in straightedges; as your child grows, you will embroider his or her ever-changing height measurements along these lines, effectively capturing special moments in time for your family. Click here for the full tutorial!

40 Replies to “Guest Post: Embroidered Growth Chart”

  1. I haven’t stumbled across an idea that has gotten me so “fired up” and enthusiastic in quite some time. This is such a wonderful, special idea. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. This is so cute! It will surely be a great object to remind her of her childhood in the future. Thanks for introducing Emily, she has a wonderful blog – full of inspiration. She also made me think about the subject of “unschooling” again…

  3. This is so sweet and beautiful! I think it would be a lovely shower gift, I imagine you could include a fabric marker in a coordinating color for those moms that aren’t crafty.

  4. Just absolutely beautiful. I love it! I’m hoping my sewing skills vastly improve to make this for some baby showers in the near future! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Is this for personal use or can I make and sell on esty…if I can master
    …wanted your permission. Thanks in advance.

  6. @ Cindy Lewis – Hi! I definitely wrote the tutorial with personal use in mind. Thanks for understanding!


  7. I’d like to make one of these for my niece- do you know how I can access the website? I’m not sure how to get permission for a log-in.

  8. Hi all — yes, Emily was having some issues with her blog, so it is inaccessible now. She is working on it and hopes to have it up and running soon. Check back in a couple of months. Thanks!

  9. Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that my site is up and running and the growth chart tutorial is available once again. I’m so sorry for any inconvenience. Thanks!

  10. I can’t seem to watch or download your tutorial or the directions.

    Help please.

    Thank you!

  11. Could you please post the instructions here on this website. Your website is still not accessible.

  12. Please check the link to this tutorial. Access is blocked. Would love to be able to see how to do this. I’ve been trying in vain at home and can’t seem to get 1 inch squares to line up accurately. Please help!

  13. Yes, so sorry. The blog author has said that she is working to fix her blog and make the post accessible again. I apologize for the inconvenience.

  14. So sad! I remembered pinning this on Pinterest and now the tutorial is not available 🙁
    Is it going to be fixed soon?

  15. Yes – so sad! Ellen – can you even tell us any more about the tutorial? I am making a canvas growth chart for my son. What is between the two layers of fabric – batting, interfacing? I want to embroidered dates etc on my chart, but I’m not sure if I could still easily sew with interfacing or if I should use batting instead. Would appreciate any help – thank you!

  16. I, too, would love to see the tutorial again. I purchased supplies to make this for my son in 2011, and now, two years and one more baby later, I am ready to sew! I was so sad to see the blog was locked. If there is any way to see the tutorial, please let me know.
    Thank you!

  17. Hello, I love the quilted growth chart and would like to make some but the tutorial is gone and her blog is closed. Do you have the instructions or know where I could get them? I can probably guess but would like the real directions

    Thank you for your time and any help you have

    Edie Baldwin

  18. Please let me know where I can get the instructions for the growth chart. Thanks. MP

  19. link to the full tutorial is no longer available…. is there another way to get to it???? other than the link in your post?? thanks

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