Thanks for visiting my site! Creativity is an integral part of my life! I have always loved working with my hands to create beautiful objects. As a child, I would break the needle on her mom’s sewing machine making barbie dresses, hide in the closet writing plays, and doodle to my heart’s content. As an adult, I try very hard to include beauty in her life whether with her three children, in her designs, or home.

You’ll notice that I like to jump around from medium to medium. I love designing sewing patterns as much as teaching a class!


carinagardner_webCarina has a Ph.D. in Design from the University of Minnesota. She taught design at the University of Minnesota for five years before starting Carina Gardner, Inc. She has taught Graphic Design Foundations, Typography, Design Theory, and Packaging Design at the University of Minnesota.

Carina is the founder and owner of MiniLou, a line of creative toys for children. See more at

She designs fabrics for Riley Blake Designs and is the Creative Director for Carta Bella Paper Company. She manufacturers and designs a line of sewing patterns that can be found in quilt shops around the world.

She has designed wallpaper and dishware/jewlery/home decor for Deseret Book. She currently designs digital scrapbooking products( and digital die cuts (Silhouette and DigiPlayground). She also teaches Illustrator, Silhouette and design courses (visit the shop!).

Carina is originally from Clarksville, Tennessee. She currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and three children.



Carina Gardner, Inc. was established in January 2008. Over the years, Carina has designed for many different industries. Her team now focuses on sewing patterns, clothing, svg files, MiniLou, fabric, and paper. To see pictures of 2015-2016 offices check it out here: