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Main fabric: 35x60cm (14x24in). We suggest:

Contrast fabric: 25x20cm (10x8in)

Kite tail fabric: 20x112cm (8x44in)

Heavy weight interfacing: 40x30cm (16x12in)

Ribbon: 5mmx1metre, (1/4x40in)

Fabric tape measure: 150cm (60in)

Felt: for bows, see instructions for details

Wooden pegs

Basic sewing kit

Use a 1cm (3/8in) seam allowance unless otherwise stated.


Kite Height Chart

Have your little ones reaching for the sky with this lovely simple sewing project.

Bright and funky, this kite height chart makes a fun addition to your play room decor. This project was first featured in Simply Sewing magazine.


Cutting the Fabric

Trace the kite shape from the pull-out pattern sheet. To make the individual kite shapes, trace each of the four triangles separately (A, B, C, D) then draw a line 1cm (3/8in) outside these all the way around. Cut out to make your pattern pieces.


Place your drawn patterns onto the wrong side (WS) of the fabric. You need to cut A and D from the main fabric and B and C from the contrast fabric.


Cut a 40x30cm (16x12in) piece of the main fabric for the kite back.


Cut two strips measuring 7x112cm (23/4x44in) from the tail fabric.

Making the Kite

Place A and B right sides (RS) together along the vertical straight edge and stitch together. Repeat with triangles C and D.


Place the joined A and B pieces RS together with the joined C and D pieces and stitch together along the horizontal edge (image 01).

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Press your joined kite shape with seams pressed open, then place the interfacing glue-side down on top of the WS of the kite and press into place to stiffen your kite.


Place the ribbon centrally on top of the vertical seam and topstitch into place. Repeat to topstitch on top of the horizontal seam (image 02).

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Place the kite back fabric RS together with the kite front. Stitch together all the way around the edge, leaving a 6cm (23/8in) turning gap on one edge.


Trim the points then turn RS out and press the turning gap under. Topstitch all the way around to neaten and close the gap.


Cut a 12cm (43/4in) length of ribbon for the hanging loop. Fold it in half then slip stitch the ends to the top of the back of the kite.

Making the Kite Tail

Stitch the two fabric strips RS together along one short end.


Fold in half lengthways RS together and stitch along one short edge and down the length. Turn RS out then turn the other short edge under by 1cm (3/8in) and slip stitch closed.


Place the tape measure centrally down the tail strip, making sure it’s exactly level with one short end. Clip this into place as you won’t be able to pin it easily.


Topstitch the tape measure into place through the centre. Most tape measures are printed with inches on one side and centimetres on the other so you can choose which side you want to show on the front (our tape measure had both!).


Pin the top end of the tail behind the kite so the 150cm mark comes just below the lower point of the kite and slipstitch into place, making sure your stitches don’t come through to the front (image 03).

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Making the Bows

For each bow you’ll need a 5x8cm (2x31/8in) piece of felt. You need to make one fabric bow for each member of the family! Cut a 4x8cm (15/8x31/8in) piece for the main bow then cut the corners into neat curves.


Cut a 1x3cm (3/8x11/4in) strip for the knot.


Pleat the centre of the main bow piece and stitch to hold. Wrap the felt knot strip around the pleated centre and oversew neatly to hold the bow in place (image 04).

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Glue the back of the knot of each bow to the centre of your peg, then clip onto your kite tail to mark the height of your child. For a mark that lasts, draw a line on the tape measure with a pen, too.

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First published in Simply Sewing Magazine.