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Gingham Nursery Characters Collection: {Free Patterns}

This is a vintage set from the 1940s featuring three adorable animal characters (baby bear, donkey and puppies). They were originally intended to be used for kitchen towels but they can also be used to embellish a variety of items for the nursery such as baby quilts, receiving blankets, curtains, laundry bags, whatever you like! There are eight different patterns in the set, I’ve scanned and uploaded each of them for you to enjoy.

Here are the details that came with the set…

Nursery Characters Collection

This pattern contains motifs to be worked in cross stitch and simple embroidery to be used on kitchen towels, cloths, or curtains. Linen or some other toweling should be used for towels; linen or cotton may be used for other articles and six strand cotton for embroidery. The motifs are to be done in two shades of one color and black or a variety of colors.

Yardage for Articles:

Six strand cotton in each color to be used.

Arranging Motifs:

Embroidery: Follow Color Suggestions and work continuous lines, outline stitch; crosses, cross stitch; single lines, single stitch; eyes, noses, mouths and hoofs, satin or single stitch; loops, lazy daisy stitch and dots, French knots.

Color Suggestions: Work crosses in two shades of predominating color of kitchen, rest of motif, black. OR: Work crosses in two shades of brown or grey for donkeys; brown, tan or black for puppies; brown for bears; outlines in black or brown; eyes, black or brown; noses, pink, black, or brown; tongues, red; dish and glass, a bright color; leaves, stems and grass, green; daisies, orange with black centers; tulips, red, yellow, orange, pink, or purple with yellow centers; pansies, violet and yellow, brown and yellow, or all one color with yellow centers; roses, shades of red, rose, tearose, pink or yellow; mushroom, grey or light brown; finish motifs in black.


Directions: Click on desired image to access larger pattern (jpg format), right click and then save to your desktop. Each of the patterns have already been flipped so you can trace directly on top of them when transferring to fabric. You will find transfer tips here [1].

To Print: Uncheck your printer’s equivalent to “Print to Page” and “Maintain Aspect Ratio” so that each pattern stays true to actual size and will fit on a single sheet of paper.

Baby Bear With Bottle & Flowers

Donkey Playing In Flowers

Donkey Tiptoeing Through Tulips

Kicking Donkey

Baby Bear Fishing

A Pair of Puppies

Snoozing Pup

Bear On A Stroll

Stitch Samples

Embroidery Stitches Used - Click Image To View Larger Size