Grow Baby Grow-DIY burlap growth chart

Growing up, my parents had a makeshift growth chart on the inside door frame of our kitchen pantry. Nothing fancy, just pencil marks and dates. Naturally I want to do this for L. Since we have yet to find our forever home, I wanted to make something portable. Plus we don’t even have a pantry in our current house. I thought something like this would be perfect for L’s room since she has a few burlap/grass cloth accents in there already. Also the miles of webbing from the fabulous were itching for a project.


DIY growth chart 1

  • 2.5 yards of webbing or burlap ribbon  (I’m using webbing with purple stripe from
  • Measuring tape
  • Sharpies (fine and regular tip)
  • 2″ number stencil
  • 12″ Jute or ribbon
  • Safety pins

Step 1:

Line up the webbing with the measuring tape. Be sure to trim the edge so it’s straight. You can also use some painter’s tape to hold the burlap in place.

burlap growth chart 2

Step 2:

Draw a hash mark at every inch with a Sharpie. I made the dashes longer at every ½ foot and longest at every foot mark.

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*I messed up the hash marks the first time. I made every 5 inches longer instead of 6 (notice in the above right picture). Womp! Luckily, the webbing was two sided. I flipped it over and restarted. Don’t make the same mistake I did!

Step 3:

Stencil on the numbers. I used a fine tip Sharpie to outline the stencil first then filled in with a regular Sharpie.

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Step 4:

Fold the excess webbing to the back. Trim it if you have more than 3-4 inches hanging. Use safety pins or stitch the folded over material in place, creating a loop.

Step 5:

Thread a piece of jute or ribbon through the loop.

Some the burlap growth charts on Etsy come with small gift tags or key tags to record height. I found these small wooden scrapbook sticker flags at Joann’s. I think they go nicely with the burlap and jute.

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I love how it turned out. Now if only L would stand still long enough for me to measure her. My only complaint is that it did make her room smell like burlap after it was hung. But if you happen to LOVE the smell of burlap (ahem Grace) you may not even noticed it.

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Stay tuned for many more burlap projects. In the meantime, share with us what gorgeous/clever burlap creations you have pinned lately.


2 Comments on Grow Baby Grow-DIY burlap growth chart

  1. Rachel
    September 19, 2015 at 12:19 pm (8 years ago)

    Did you know that burlap has formaldehyde in it!? (According to the nice lady at Joann’s Fabric who cut me a lot of yardage for party decor) I love the rustic simplicity of it, but after learning about that I don’t use it for any indoor projects anymore.

    • Rona
      October 1, 2015 at 8:48 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks for the heads up! It’s scary how many chemicals are in everyday items. G actually really loves the smell of burlap. I know! Crazy! She’ll have to stop sniffing from now on.


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