Family Chore Chart for Kate

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I’m grateful to friends for helping me find my crafty voice. Take this family chore chart, a design collaboration with my coworker-turned-friend Kate. Last year, when I sought sympathetic testers for custom sewing projects, she approached me with this idea.

Kate wanted to organize chores for her three young children. She’d browsed online and identified options for a wall chart. Her wish list: a) burgundy to match her kitchen, b) woodland creatures for the kids, c) a design for Mom and Dad that’s not too cutesy, d) several chore rows with 3 columns each, and e) an overall size of 16″ x 48.”

Kate made kid-friendly cards. When enough tasks move to the completed column, that child gets to "shop" for something in the family store.
Kate made kid-friendly cards. When enough tasks move to the completed column, that child gets to “shop” for something in the family store.

Armed with these parameters, I set off on the challenge. For me, part of the fun is figuring out how make something from nothing. (I couldn’t find a pattern to follow, so I gathered ideas from a variety of related projects.)

That weekend I was heading to my childhood hometown of Austin, Texas. “How’d you like an excuse to visit your favorite fabric store when I’m in town?” I asked Amy, a crafting mama I’ve been friends with since 5th grade. I think you can guess her answer.

My first homemade bias tape!
My first homemade bias tape!

While there, we discovered this bear pattern, which came in green, brown, and blue. I bought all three. Of course, though, I had to mix it up. For the pocket borders I wanted fabrics that weren’t obvious but complemented the design. The modern, mustardy-yellow pattern would add sophistication to the childlike bears.

The biggest challenges were learning to make bias tape and working with vinyl “fabric.” Overall, though, I’m pleased with how it turned out.

What’s a DIY home project you’ve been browsing?