urban zoologie 2018 minis

January 16, 2018

Three cheers for more minis! In addition to the new colors of the regular sized Urban Zoologie critters, we’re also re-releasing a handful of the minis in new colors. Fun! These ship to stores March 2018.

Above is an example of the regular size versus minis.

(photos by Kelle)




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new urban zoologie 2018

January 09, 2018

Happy 2018! I hope the new year is off to a great start for you! I have several new fabric collections in 2018. (Yay!) First up, we’re re-releasing some of your favorite Urban Zoologie fabrics (including minis) in new, fresh colors.  There are a total of 8 fabrics. They ship to stores in March 2018. Take a peak below.

(photos by Kelle)



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merry christmas and happy 2018!

December 25, 2017


Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  xoxo, Kelle + The Girl Friends

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free lion rattle sewing tutorial

November 14, 2017

I have a free lion rattle sewing tutorial to share with you today. We used Penned Pals lions as the inspiration, adorned with ribbons all around his little head. He turned out so sweet! Find the free sewing tutorial below.


(photos by Kelle)

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diy party hats and horns

November 07, 2017

There’s always a reason for a celebration. Whether it’s celebrating a birthday, milestone or just surviving the week! I made a bunch of colorful printable party hats and horn to accompany your next party. They come if all sorts of colors! Find the links to the printables below.


Printable Party Hats Instructions:

  1. Download the printable party hats here.
  2. Print party hats on card stock paper
  3. Cut out party hats
  4. Fold flap along the line and secure with adhesive to other side of party hat
  5. Add a yarn pom pom to the top using an adhesive

Printable Party Horns Supplies:


  1. Print out party horns and cut out. Fold tissue paper and cut a block  approximately 4.2 inches wide (same width of the bottom of the party horn).
  2. Cut fringe out of tissue paper. I left a small section on the top of the tissue paper un-fringed.
  3. Place party horn cutout on top of fringed tissue paper
  4. Tape or glue tissue paper to party horn
  5. Trim excess tissue paper from horn around the sides.
  6. Roll paper and glue horn closed. Take store bought party horn and place printable horn in plastic horn section.

(photos by Kelle)

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girl friends dolls costume fun

October 31, 2017

The Girl Friend dolls are ready for all the treats. Okay. So, I had waaaayy too much fun coming up with the costumes for the Girl Friends dolls.  One of the great things about dolls are the clothes and these costumes were a blast! All of their costumes reflect the girls personality. Have a great day full of sweets!

Kat is a pumpkin and Ginger is a cat. (I totally forgot to make her tail!)

Baker entrepreneur, Lucy Claire is a donut.

Crafty girl, Molly, as an astronaut.

Lulu is a ballerina/dancer. (Look at her leg warmers!) Elle is a princess.

Cousins, Zoe and XO. Zoe is a super hero and XO is a rainbow.


(top photo by Mary Craven Photography, all other photos by Kelle)

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The Pitter Romper

October 24, 2017

Today I’m sharing with you another one of Puperita’s patterns. (She has so many good sewing patterns!). For this romper, we used the Pitter Romper. The fabric is my Urban Zoologie minis lined with Kona solids. It’s such a fun romper! Would it be too much to try to make this in my size? Yeah, probably;) Head here to see some more of Puperita’s patterns. So much goodness!

(photos by Kelle)

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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. So.much.fun!

(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)
Fabric.com (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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