Backstory: I had seen this growth chart at whipperberry.com and thought it looked really cute, but I wasn't totally sold on the safety pins and was having a hard time finding the supplies.
I folded the top edge over and inserted two grommets so the growth chart can be hung in a doorframe or on a wall. If you've never inserted grommets before, they are two pieces of metal that make a neat hole through fabric (like an eyelet, except an eyelet is only one piece). Most come with a little setting tool you bang on with a hammer or mallet, or you can use a plier set specifically designed for inserting grommets. For the jute (and many other fabrics) I suggest using an awl (or start with a pin, pencil point and then use a chopstick) to stretch the fibers around a space big enough for the grommet shaft to go through. You could punch a hole, but then risk tearing out or fraying because the threads that make up the fabric are broken. This is easy to see with the jute, where you can actually see the vertical and horizontal threads.
What I learned: I should have probably marked the foot measurements first, but if I had I might have had a problem fitting the inch measurements. I also learned that a thoughtful gift can make the appreciative recipients tear up, so including tissues is something you might want to consider.
What I might try next time: I'll probably not change anything. Maybe do a different stencil, maybe try the smaller numbers for the inches. I am actually going to be making another one for next weekend, so I'll post an update about how that one turns out.
Final Thoughts: This was really cute, didn't take a terribly long time, and the recipients loved it. I think it'll get tons of use and it definitely can be used for multiple children and even multiple generations. It's a great project!