A stitch in time

24 October 2015

Caroline Gardner designs are all about quirkiness, colour and mismatched patterns. These are Caroline’s passions and have translated into all kinds of projects. She’s collected off-cuts of vintage fabrics whenever she’s come across them and uses them to make these dolls. It’s the added details that make them so endearing; one has a little lace petticoat, one a miniature pocket on its dress - more visibly stitched and obviously up-cycled the greater the charm.

I sometimes make these on holiday with my daughter out of scraps of vintage fabrics collected from flea markets and vintage shops from my travels. The quirky shapes and mix of pattern make sweet little pieces. I sometimes sit them in unexpected places or hang them by a thread over the side of a long landscape canvas painting or even mount them in box frames and give to friends…
- Caroline

How to…

  1. Collecting fabric samples. Floral prints, gingham check or tweed, traditional or modern motives; the more assorted the better.
  2. Put 2 pieces of fabric together with the pattern facing inwards
  3. Stitch around the edges of the shapes that make up the body of your doll, turn right side out, leaving a small gap through which to invert the shape and fill it with stuffing.
  4. Stitch together adding ears, arms, legs and add little clothes.

They’re ideal handmade gifts for children or could sit on your desk and perk up your mood with their presence.

About Caroline Gardner

Caroline Gardner is best known as one of the UK's leading and most prolific stationery and gift designers.

Her distinctive designs now stretch across various product categories, including paper, accessories and lifestyle, all linked by her design hand print of quirky use of colour and placement.

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