½ yd of green felt by the yard 60”
Fat quarter for center of flower
Scraps of fabric for petals (about 3 fat quarters)
Water Soluble pencil
Rotary Cutter and Rulers
1. Cut a strip of 6” x 60” of the green felt.
2. Using your water soluble pencil and ruler, draw 1 inch markings along the right side of the vertical length of the stem.
a. For the inch markings, stitch a 1” inch line
b. For the ½ foot markings, stitch a 1 1/2” inch line
c. For the foot markings, stitch a 3” inch line
Special Note: With the measurements given you should be able to create a growth chart starting at 6” at the base going to just over 6’ tall. I am only 5’4” so I imagine my daughter will be around that height. If you have a taller family, you may want to mark the bottom as 1 foot or even 1 ½ feet tall. You will need at least five inches at the top of the stem to attach and overlap the flower.
Creating the leaves:
1. I created 12 leaves in hope that she will still let me mark her growth at 12 but who knows! I would rather have too many leaves than not enough. I also changed the directions for every other leaf to be on the opposite side of the stem.
a. Load the vip embroidery file into your embroidery software. Add the years with your text functions. Depending on your hoop size you may be able to create more than one leaf at a time.
b. After stitching out the designs, cut out the leaves.
3. By Hand:
a. Use the attached template to trace the leaves on to your excess felt.
b. After cutting out a bunch of leaves use whichever method you like the write the ages on the leaves
You are done! Measure carefully on your wall to hang. Measure your little flower and place the leaves at her mark!
I apologize for the odd spacing of this post. If you would like a pdf version of this tutorial, as well as the VIP embroidery files for the leaves, please email me at 'email@example.com'