doll house sewing tutorial

October 17, 2017

We made this adorable doll house pillow using Cakies‘ pattern on A Beautiful Mess. (We adapted the pattern a bit. You can find all the details below.)  This pillow is awesome! It’s a pillow + doll house. We used my new Penned Pals and Kona cottons.!

(all photos by Mary Craven Photography, except for 3, 4 and 6)


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doll mermaid tails pattern

October 10, 2017

A mermaid tail is included in one of the Girl Friends Doll Sewing Panel. (It’s Kat’s accessory.) However, one thing I noticed at the doll photo shoot is that the girl models LOVED the mermaid tail. . . like, they all wanted the mermaid. So, I figured I better make a mermaid tail for all the girl dolls. We used my Remix fabric prints for all the tails. You can find the free mermaid pattern below with sewing instructions.


Mermaid Tail:

(photos 2 and 4 by Mary Craven Photography / photos 1, 3, 5 by Kelle)

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free jelly bean desktop wallpaper

October 05, 2017

Hey, jelly bean! How about a colorful sweet design for your computer? Find the links to the free desktop wallpaper below.

Download Jelly Beans (Pink) HERE (for personal use only)
Download Jelly Beans HERE (for personal use only)

(artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2017 / for personal use only)

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a party dress

October 03, 2017

When I first saw the fabric samples of my confetti fabric, I knew a party dress needed to be made. But, not just any party dress. A party dress with lots and lots of ruffles. Enter the Lexi Halter Party Dress by Sew Tuti. It’s the perfect party dress. It has an adorable halter top with a full 4 ruffled skirt with big bows in the back. Plus, it’s perfect for twirling. Find the Lexi Halter Party Dress here.

(all photos by Mary Craven Photography, except for photo 2)

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free doll tutus tutorial

September 28, 2017

Now that the doll sewing panels are in stores, I thought it would be fun to do a couple of accessory tutorials. When I first started drawing Zoe as a kid, she always wore a tutu. So, I thought it would be only fitting that one of the tutorials would be for a tutu. All the Girl Friends agree;) Find the free tutorial below.

(all photos by Mary Craven Photography, except for 2, 3, and 5)

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sew: washable coloring book

September 26, 2017

I love creative ideas! And Caroline of Sew Can She is full of them! She made an adorable Washable Coloring Book Pattern with my Penned Pals fabric. Using washable markers, the coloring book can be washed over and over again. Pretty, neat! Find the free pattern here.

(photos via Sew Can She)

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girl friends doll sewing panel FAQs

September 21, 2017

Thank you so much for all your kind comments about the Girl Friends doll sewing panels. I thought I’d do a follow-up post with more specific information regarding the doll panels. Let me know if you have any additional questions.


Here’s a few sewing tips for the panels from some of my sewing friends:


(all photos by Kelle)

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pitter patter pattern

September 19, 2017


Puperita is an etsy store based in Italy. She has instant download sewing clothing patterns for newborns to kids up to 10 years old. They are some of the cutest patterns I’ve ever seen. Seriously. Adorable. We made an outfit out of my new confetti fabric and Kona solids using Puperita’s Pitter Shorts and Patter Shirt pattern. It’s the cutest! You know how I love a good peter pan collar. And the gathered pleat in the shorts is such a nice detail. Visit the etsy store here. Prepare for cuteness overload;)

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where to buy the doll panels

September 12, 2017

I’ve received a lot of inquiries on where to purchase the Girl Friends doll sewing panels. A great starting place is to check the Robert Kaufman’s ‘Where To Buy’ section to locate stores nearby that you can contact to see if they are carrying the fabric panels.  There are also online fabric stores that are carrying them. I’ve listed a few stores below.  I’m sure there are stores that I’ve missed. If your store is not on the list, please leave a comment or email me. I’m happy to add your store to the list. Some stores have already sold out.

Gotham Quilts
Crosscut Sewing Co. (and here)
E-Quilter (and here) (and here)
Fabric Shack Stores (and here)
Fashionable Fabrics
Firecracker Fabrics
Over The Rainbow
Sew Creative Petersfield (UK)
Strawberry Quiltcake
Studio Jespen
Stitch Stash Diva (and here)
Bless My Stitches Quilt Shop
Tiny Stitches Quilt Shop
Quilt N Things
I Love Kutchi 

(photo by Kelle)

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baby sewing tutorials

September 05, 2017

On the hunt for baby sewing tutorials? You’ve come to the right place. If you’re expecting or sewing a baby shower gift, I’ve rounded up a ton of great tutorials and patterns.  I categorized them to make it easier to sort through. Oh, and did I mention they’re all free sewing tutorials? Yep, 75 free sewing tutorials!

baby bibs:

1. baby bib by Small Dreamfactory
2. baby bibs by Sew Me. Happy
3. basic bib tutorial by Sew Mama Sew
4. bib pattern & tutorial by Heather Bailey
5. diy baby bandanna bib pattern by How Does She
6. drool proof baby bib by Stitched by Crystal
7. easy baby bib yutorial by the Little Fabric Shop
8. elephant bib & pinkie holder pattern and tutorial by Stubbornly Crafty
9. how to sew easy baby bibs by Really Handmade
10. sew creative’s 15 minute baby bib tutorial by Hello Creative Family
11. sweetie pie baby bib pattern by SewVery
12. ultimate free baby bib pattern (with catch-all pocket) by Peek A Boo Patterns

baby bloomers and covers:
13. baby bloomers pattern via CraftHubs
14. baby diaper covers by Made Everyday
15. bubble short bloomers by Fleur + Dot
16. free blousy bloomers by SewCaroline
17. heirloom bloomers tutorial by This Mama Makes Stuff
18. ruffled diaper bloomers by runcibledays


19. baby blanket toy by Sew Toy
20. baby soft block with ribbon tutorial by Zaaberry
21. cat stuffy by Sew Toy
22. cloud pillows by Ann Kelle
23. little fishy pattern and tutorial by The Latest By Lauri
24. plush rattle via Make It Love It
25. stacking ring toy by Detective Houndstooth
26. Rag Quilt Letters & Number by Happy Together


27. big & beautiful diaper bag by Sew 4 Home
28. big pocket baby clutch by Sew Can She
29. diaper and wipes case by Crazy Little Projects
30. messenger bag pattern by Crazy Little Projects
31. “peek-a-boo” toy sacks tutorial by Make It Perfect
32. 15 minute baby diaper clutch by I Am Momma Hear Me Roar
33. wall diaper stacker by The Crafting Nook by Titicrafty


34. baby nest by Yuki Clothing
35. baby wash cloths by SewVery
36. car seat strap covers by Charming Doodles
37. car seat blanket tutorial by Workman Family
38. divided basket pattern by Noodlehead
39. diy changing pad cover by A Small Snippet
40. hanging diaper stacker by Sew 4 Home
41. no scratch baby mittens by Made to Be a Momma
42. nursing pillow cover by Made By Rae
43. pacifier clip by Made Everyday
44. scrappy happy hooded towel by Shannon’s Fabrics
45. sew a 3-in-1 nursing cover, carseat canopy and stroller shade by the DIY Mommy
46. shopping cart and high chair cover by Lil Blue Boo
47. the easiest burp rags by Life With My Littles
48. wooden teether ring by See Kate Sew
49. 5 minute pacifier clip by How Does She


50. baby booties by Ann Kelle
51. mary jane baby shoes by The Cottage Mama
52. reversible baby shoes by Maked Crafts

baby clothes:
53. baby bubble skirt by Delia Creates
54. baby peasant dress by Sew Much Ado
55. cape and boots by Sew Like My Mom
56. diy tiny tunic take 2 by I Candy Handmade
57. diy onsie dress {tutorial} by Shwin and Shwin
58. newborn pants by Made By Rae
59. onesie bowtie and suspender by Make It Love It
60. summer baby top and dress pattern by See Kate Sew

hats and headbands:

61. baby hat tutorial from Zaaberry
62. craft bows by Craftaholics Anonymous
63. diy baby hat by Coral + Co
64. knotted baby head tie tutorial is by How Does She
65. ruffled bonnet by The Cottage Mama
66. sew beautiful reversible baby bonnet tutorial by Sew Mama Sew

baby quilts:
67. color blocked baby quilt by Polka Dot Chair
68. free rainy day jr quilt pattern by Pen and Paper Patterns
69. indian summer free baby quilt pattern by Suzy Quilts
70. little owl baby quilt by Beech Tree Lane Handmade
71. modern ombre + b/w triangle quilt tutorial + pattern by See Kate Sew
72. patchwork heart baby quilt pattern by Just a Bit Frayed
73. ombre baby quilt by Ann Kelle
74. soft n snuggly baby quilt tutorial by Polka Dot Chair
75. 10 minute simple baby receiving blanket pattern by Little House Living

(all photos by Kelle, except for photo 5 by Mary Craven Photography)

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ann kelle apples coloring sheet

August 29, 2017

Apples, apples and more apples!There’s stripes, dots, and even plaid. Happy coloring!

Ann Kelle Apple Coloring Sheet (for personal use only!)

(photo by Kelle)

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NEW Girl Friends Party Fabric

August 22, 2017

My parents were always good for celebrating our birthdays.  At the very least, we’d have “cake and ice cream” with the family. (And by “family,” I mean all of my Mom’s sisters + brother, my cousins and Grandparents). They always made it special, still do actually. This fabric collection is about all things party – confetti, party dresses, streamers and of course, presents. This fabric collection also includes a panel of the Girl Friends celebrating.  (You might remember that I shared the a picture of the Girl Friends at a party awhile ago. It was sweet that we were able to turn it into a panel.) But, let’s talk about the fabric print of the dresses, shall we? The party dresses were my favorite to draw. I got my inspiration from vintage dress patterns. This style of dress attire is my absolute favorite. I would wear each one of them. Proudly add them all to my closet, if I could. Pretty party dresses are the best. Anyhow. This fabric is a ton of fun with lots of color. It ships the end of August. I hope you enjoy the sneak peek!

(photos by Kelle)

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FREE Rainy Day Jr Quilt Pattern!

August 08, 2017

My new Penned Pals fabric is now in stores! Lindsey of Pen + Paper Patterns made an ADORABLE baby quilt using the black and white fabrics. This quilt is pretty much the greatest thing ever, in my opinion. The splash of colors with the black and white prints is perfect. Plus, it’s a great quilt for beginners. (It took Linsey 3 hours to make!) Find the free tutorial here.

(quilt photos by Pen + Paper Patterns, all other photos by Kelle)

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free popsicle desktop wallpaper

August 01, 2017

Cool off from this summer heat, with this fun popsicle desktop wallpaper. It’s available in two colors. Enjoy!

Download Popsicles(Yellow) HERE (for personal use only)
Download Popsicles (Pink) HERE (for personal use only)

(artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2017 / for personal use only)

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the girl friend dolls

July 25, 2017

Say “hello” to the Girl Friends’ Doll Sewing Panels. Man, do I love these girls! The Girl Friends are an adventurous group of friends. Their very first fabric release was in 2012 as mermaids. Since then, they traveled the world as princesses, ballerinas, fairies, superheroes, school kids, athletes, career girls and astronauts. Many of you have joined the Girl Friends’ fabric journey making some of the most amazing goodies. You’ve even reached out to me personally to express appreciation for the girls and share how much they mean to you. Despite following along with their adventures in the world of fabric, a mystery still remains. Who are the Girl Friends? What are their names? Who’s the red head? Do they have any hobbies? Well, the time has come for you to TRULY meet them. So, grab a glass of lemonade, pull up a seat, and allow me to introduce you to the Girl Friends.

Say “hi” to Zoe. Zoe is my lifelong pal. As a nine year old, drawing her never got old. Always sporting a pink tutu with a top bun, Zoe is unapologetically spunky and quirky. Favorite accessory? Her superhero cape, of course.

This is Molly.  Molly has a gentle boldness about her. She is a girl about action. A few of Molly’s favorite things include the color yellow, crafting and sewing.

Meet Elle.  Elle is a perfectionist and a true pet lover. Just ask her pet bird, Charlie! Elle has a huge heart for helping her human and animal friends. When Elle grows up, she wants to be a veterinarian.

Next up we have our girl, Lucy Claire. The culinary genius of the Girl Friends, Lucy Claire believes that life’s menu includes loud laughs with friends, skateboard adventures and a basket of baked goods. You can always count on Lucy Claire to come up with the coolest cookie flavors. This girl’s favorite accessories include her pink and yellow mixing bowls, polka dot apron and her super special skateboard.

XO (pronounced like the letter “X” and “O”) is the new girl on the block in the world of the Girl Friends. XO is wise beyond her years and has a heart of gratitude. XO has a sense of awe and wonder about the world.  She looks forward to having more adventures with her cousin, Zoe, and the other Girl Friends.

Lulu is our quiet adventurer.  A songwriter, Lulu is often chosen to be team captain and is never short on sport analogies that she uses to motivate her friends including her best friend, Zoe.

Full of fun and moxie, Ginger is our resident red head. Ginger is the playful prankster and loves making her friends laugh. She feels like life’s greatest gifts are the moments and memories we share with friends and family. Recently, she and Lulu started a band, however her role in the band is yet to be determined because with Ginger . . . you never know what you’re going to get.

Artist, writer, poet, that’s our girl, Kat. While XO exudes wisdom beyond her years, Kat is the nostalgic old soul in the group.  She enjoys handwritten letters, thank you notes and colorful stationery with matching stickers. Kat loves color and words and is ready to use the world as her canvas.

A special thanks to all the adorable models + Moms. You guys were great to work with and did an awesome job!

(all photos by Mary Craven Photography, except for animated gifs and photos 5, 13, 17, 22, 27, 30, 35, 40-41)

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free bowtie desktop wallpaper

June 15, 2017

In honor of Father’s Day, I created a free desktop wallpaper full of bowties! (Although, bows are cool year round!) Happy Father’s Day to all the dads. Find links to the free desktop wallpapers below.

Download Blue Bowties HERE (for personal use only)
Download Yellow Bowties HERE (for personal use only)

(artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2017 / for personal use only)

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ann kelle popsicle coloring sheet

June 08, 2017

Happy June! I mentioned on Instagram that I’m always listening out for the ice cream truck. And soon thereafter, the ice cream truck came to my neighborhood twice in one week. Score!

Ann Kelle Popsicle Coloring Sheet (for personal use only!)

(photo by Kelle)

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new penned pals (part 2)

May 31, 2017

Welcome to Penned Pals (Part 2). (You can read Part 1 here.) These prints and colors are PERFECT for the little ones in your life.  There is a total of five color ways: 1. pinks 2. blue 3. tan 4. grey 5. black and white. Lot of options! I was so happy we were able to include neutral colors (grey, tan and black/white). Enjoy the peek! This fabric collection ships to stores July 2017.

(photos by Kelle)

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new penned pals (part 1)

May 30, 2017

I’m super-duper happy to share with you my new fabric collection, Penned Pals. There’s not only animals in this collection, but also shapes. I drew the animals several years ago. They were first on stationery. I started getting emails requesting they also be on fabric. So, here they are. I used a hand drawn art style for this collection, which is a little different from my typical drawing style. But, its always good to explore different techniques as an artist and this new direction came natural for me. So, I went with it.  This is a VERY large collection.  Therefore, I decided to share the collection in two blog post. First up, is the black and white color way. This color scheme is modern and very versatile. It will go with sooooo many things! It’s my favorite, I think. There are a four other color ways, which I’ll share in part 2. Stay tuned!

(photos by Kelle)

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free flower desktop wallpaper

May 22, 2017

When I first started out in the design world, I would paint flowers. Over and over again. Once I started dabbling in graphic design, I would draw flowers. Over and over again. This design is from the early days of Ann Kelle. I guess you could call it “Retro Ann Kelle”:) I hope you enjoy it as a free wallpaper download. (Links below.)

Download Yellow Flowers HERE
Download Pink Flowers HERE

(artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2017 / for personal use only)

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bloomer shorts

May 15, 2017

ann kelle panda bloomer shorts

Bloomer shorts are so fun! You could put them under your little gal’s skirt, dress or just wear them as shorts. Little cutie-pie, Ever, is seen here wearing bloomer shorts made from my Urban Zoologie mini pandas. We used a McCalls pattern for these shorts, but below are a few others I found.

ann kelle panda bloomer shorts

ann kelle panda bloomer shorts

We used a McCallls pattern for these shorts. Here are some other great options:

Baby Bloomers Pattern via CraftHubs
Bubble Short Bloomers by Fleur + Dot
Free Blousy Bloomers by SewCaroline
Heirloom Bloomers Tutorial by This Mama Makes Stuff

(all photos via Tiny Kaper, shorts photo by Kelle)

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lets chat about the girl friends

April 06, 2017

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane! My Girl Friends fabric collection is one that is near and dear to my heart. Although, their very first fabric collection debuted in August 2012, I had been drawing one of the girl since I was eight or nine. I would draw her over and over again. She was a ballerina, wore her hair in a top bun and always had on pink. It’s honestly crazy cool to see her on fabric.

The other girls in the fabric collection came a bit later in life. Through the years, I’ve been fortunate to have some really great friends. The type of friends that have your back no matter what. We’ve been there for each other through those gut-wrenching, devastating times and those truly awesome “I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening times.” We each have our own personality. Some have short hair, some long. Others rock fros and then some of us have super straight hair. We’re all different, but the same. Those types of friends are a God-send. And my Girl Friends collection is based on those friendships. We live in different cities, but each time we’re together, new memories are formed and adventures are shared, as shown in the Girl Friends line.


The Girl Friends first adventure was being mermaids.

Next up, they put on their tutus and gathered their hair in top knots as ballerinas.

Then, they were elegantly dressed in gowns while jeweled crowns adorned their heads, as princesses. (April 2013)

The put on their wings and flew around as fairies in January 2014.

Showing a bit more of their personality, they explored careers in April 2015.

They’ve also made appearances in other fabric collections. They were super heros in Super Kids (June 2013), school girls in Back to school (April 2016), dressed in costumes in Pumpkin Fun (March 2016), played all types of sports in Sports Kids (March 2016) and became astronauts in Space Explorers (November 2016). They’re a busy bunch of girls.

There are seven main girls in the group. Each of them has them has a name and their own personalities. And very soon, I’m SO excited to share, that you’ll learn a bit more about them.

(photos by Kelle)

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urban zoologie bundles

March 28, 2017

ann kelle urban zoologie mini bundles
We have two Urban Zoologie mini bundles available now. They include the Urban Zoologie minis as well as Remix fabric coordinates. See all the prints in the bundles below. ann kelle urban zoologie mini bundles ann kelle urban zoologie mini bundles

ann kelle urban zoologie mini bundles ann kelle urban zoologie mini bundles
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an apple a day

March 21, 2017

ann kelle apple fabric / london dressing sewing pattern by shwin designs / toddler dress

We combined two of my favorite things, my apple fabric and the London Dress by Shwin Designs, to make this mighty-fine dress. We’ve made this dress before, but decided to add sleeves. It turned out just as sweet. To make your own, find the pattern here.

ann kelle apple fabric / london dressing sewing pattern by shwin designs / toddler dress
ann kelle apple fabric / london dressing sewing pattern by shwin designs / toddler dress


(photos by Kelle)

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