DIY Baby Gift ~ Portable Growth Chart Kit

I grew up with a Mom who religiously made those cute little tick marks inside a door frame every year to mark our growth.  Sadly when we moved we didn’t get to take the door frame with us.  Sooo, I thought I would make a portable growth chart kit for my kiddos that can stay on the wall or be tucked away and taken out on special occasions.  Here is what you need…

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  • Jute Webbing {I got mine at Wal-Mart for $2.97 for 6 ft.}
  • Sharpie Marker & Sharpie Pen
  • Key Tags {you can find these at most office supply stores}
  • Large Safety Pins
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler
  • Stencil
  • 1 large grommet

I started by measuring the jute webbing and marking off for each foot…

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I then marked off each inch…

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I made mine 6 ft. because I want to hopefully keep up the tradition through college for my little guy {that is if he will let me!} 

Won’t it be a fun gift to pass on to his wife when they start to have kiddos of their own. 

Anyway… once you have the tick marks all you have to do is use a stencil to stencil on the numbers.  I created mine using my Silhouette and some card stock.

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Stencil on the numbers and your kiddos name…

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Next using my grommet tool I added a grommet to the top…

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Now, all you have to do is put together the kit for the gift.  I use key tags that you can buy at the office supply store to write all of the pertinent information on and then affix it to the chart with a large safety pin…

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The nice thing about this is that you can roll it up and store it in the box when you don’t want to have it out and the pins and tags stay protected and in place.

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For the gift, I found a fun box at Target and put together a little kit…

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… with safety pins and tags tied up with some Divine Twine, it’s a perfect gift for a new mom!! 

What is your favorite new mom craft project?

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This post was originally posted on Sew Dang Cute during Tam’s July Jamboree


  1. says

    I love it! The last baby shower I went to, I did a cross stich poem about baby and God for the baby's room. Usually I get the mom 3 or 4  sleepers in the 6 to 12 month size, because everyone else buys newborn sizes and they usually do not fit long. I made the cross stich for the last one becasue it was for a very spiritual family, and I wanted something that had meaning to them. I love this idea, though. I have not seen the Jute Webbing around here, and Wal-Mart took out their crafts. I will have to check out Michael's or the Fabric store! 

  2. says

    This is adorable!  I just wish I would've seen it about 2 weeks ago when I was putting together a shower gift for a friend!

  3. says

    What a wonderful thoughtful gift!  I love that you can just roll it up and pack it away with you when you move from home to home.

  4. says

    absolutely LOVE this idea :)  And the pin/tags are brilliant.  Very well done!!  I'm going to start looking for supplies to create these…I know my friends and family with new little babes would love it!

  5. says

    Super idea…I will be making this for sure!  A little late for my  children who  are 20 and 18 but thinking this would be a great shower gift!   So cleaver ….LOVE IT!  Thanks for sharing!

  6. says

    This. is. Great!  I can't wait to make one!  We use a 1×4 at our house and stick it in the closet when we aren't using it.  It is bulky and ugly.  If only I had seen this earlier!
    Thanks for the great idea!

  7. says

    I have a new Gbaby and can't wait to make one for her and one of besties just had a baby and I have to make one for her too!!!  Too cute!

  8. says

    What a fabulous idea!!! I need to make one for my grandchildren! Love your website. Did you do away with your grab button? What love to put it on my website.

  9. says

    LOVE this idea! I just posted it to my blog :) Thanks for sharing. I love making a handmade personalized gifts for friends and family that are expecting a little one! I will be making one of these soon I'm sure!

  10. Shelly says

    Darling idea!  I Will be making some for gifts.  What font did you use for the name and numbers?  It is perfect for the project.  Also, what section of Target was the carry case found?  So cute.

  11. says

    This is PERFECT. I am in a bind for a gift for Sunday. I need something AWESOME but inexpensive. Thanks so much for all of your awesome ideas. I think that i will be making several of this tomorrow.

  12. sarah r says

    just a quick question/observation: the jute webbing appears to be longer than six feet as the grommet sits above the 6 foot mark.  i needed a quick baby gift and ran out to get the webbing – bought six ft, but now that i look at yours again, it seems as if i should have gotten 6 1/2 feet… ?  super cute project, thanks for the inspiration!  next time i'll buy a little extra! ;)

  13. Addie Albertson says

    Oh my goodness!  I was just telling my husband that we needed to get a growth chart for our son who is 18 months old.  This is the perfect thing and what a great gift idea.  Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. says

    Wal-Mart doesn't show the jute webbing online. I wonder if they carry it here? Also, Target doesn't show the Vaultz acrylic pencil box either. Bummer. Where did you find the tiny clamp lid container for the safety pins? I love this idea, but may have to order everything online and have it shipped since the stores here in Tulsa don't seem to carry these items.

    • says

      Oh bummer! I found all of my stuff at local stores. Well… Jute webbing is easy to find at any fabric store and the beauty of this type of project is that you can put your spin in it. Find containers that work for your style and it will be even better!!

  15. Ann-Marie says

    I am in love with this idea, and I fully plan to make one for our little one (due in October) and for my best friend's little one (due in January). Where did you find that adorable little jar that you used for the pins? It's ideal!

  16. Darlene says

    We move every few years with the Coast Guard….I’m going to make this and transfer my kiddos heights to it! I usually just have to take a pic of our heighth chart wall and paint over it when we move. This will make perfect gifts for military moms ;)

  17. says

    Absolutely adorable!  Love that it can be gifted to them as well!  Brilliant my friend…but I am not surprised ;)  Still planning my little idea…be in contact with you about it soon :)  Hope you are doing well!!

  18. says

    Thank you so much for this step-by-step tutorial!  =)  I went to our local Walmart and I did not find the jute webbing in the fabric department.  Is there another place you can suggest other than online stores?  Thanks and keep up the great work with this blog. Thank you for being everyone's inspiration!  =)

  19. karen says

    hi – i have just had two grandbabies and love this chart!  i am struggling with finding a good stencil – i know you mentioned "silhouette" – is that a ready made stencil with the alphabet?  do you know where i can find it (i have been to michaels, hobby lobby, wal mart…also – what size letters and numbers did you use?  because i don't own any stencils i want to make sure i am buying the correct sizes
    many thanks!


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