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

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(photos by Kelle)

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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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fun birthday party invitations

March 14, 2017

ann kelle for tiny prints birthday personalized invitations

Designing birthday party invitations is so fun! I designed these exclusively for Tiny Prints. There’s also address labels, envelope liners, thank you notes, and gifts tags. . . all ready for your next birthday celebration. Find the Party Party invitation here and Lively Confetti invitation here.

ann kelle for tiny prints birthday personalized invitations
There’s also a version in blue, which you can find here.

(photos by Kelle)

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iron on t-shirts

March 07, 2017

iron on letters / ann kelle

I wear graphic tees allllll the time. Like, everyday. So, my BFF and I decided to customize some tees. We got the iron on letters from Michaels in the classically, cool Cooper Sans font. The t-shirts are from American Apparel. It took about 5 or 10 minutes. Super easy! The hardest part was deciding what to put on the shirt.

iron on letters / ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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toddler lounge pants

February 28, 2017

ann kelle space explorers / toddler lounge pant sewing tutorial
Lounge pants were one of the first things I learned how to sew. Using fabric from my Space Explorers fabric, we used the SewCanShe P.J. Bottoms & Shorts (free sewing pattern). They’re outer-this-world!

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(photos by Kelle)

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owl oven mitt sewing tutorial

February 21, 2017

owl oven mitt sewing tutorial / ann kelle

I’m all for having lots of fun in the kitchen! And this little owl is sure to bring a smile to your face. My owls from my Woodland Pals 2 collection served as the inspiration for this oven mitt.  I like to think of him as my little sidekick in the kitchen;) Find the FREE tutorial below.

owl oven mitt sewing tutorial / ann kelle

We lined this guy with my Woodland Pals 2 owl fabric.

owl oven mitt sewing tutorial / ann kelle

owl oven mitt sewing tutorial / ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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ann kelle hearts coloring sheet

February 14, 2017

ann kelle valentines free coloring sheet / for personal use only

Happy Valentine’s Day! I drew these funny heart faces a few years ago. I thought they would make fun coloring sheets. XO, Kelle

Ann Kelle Heart Faces Coloring Sheet (for personal use only!)

(photo by Kelle)

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the fiesta frock dress

February 07, 2017

ann kelle dot fabric / toddler dress / fiesta frock dress pattern by blank slate patterns

Have you seen the Fiesta Frock Dress by Blank Slate Patterns? It has all the elements I like in a dress – full waisted skirt, peter pan collar and puffy sleeves. It’s so versatile.  Although the structure of the dress tends to be more elegant, we made it a bit playful by using my fun Remix dots and Azalea Kona Solid on the collar and buttons. So fun! Head here for the pattern.

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(photos by Kelle)

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free valentines day desktop wallpaper

February 02, 2017

free hearts desktop wallpaper by ann kelle / for personal use only free hearts desktop wallpaper by ann kelle / for personal use only

Hearts are my favorite graphic shape. I’ve liked them since a kid. Add some bright colors to them and I’m all heart eyes! Find the free desktop wallpaper here. (For personal use only!)

free hearts desktop wallpaper by ann kelle / for personal use only
(artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2016 / for personal use only)

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headband tutorial

January 31, 2017


We made these colorful skinny knit headbands using my knit fabrics. For an interesting twist, we used coordinating solids on one side. For the pattern, head here.
headband-tutorial-by-ann-kelle knit headband sewing tutorial by ann kelle

knit headband sewing tutorial by ann kelle

 

(2nd and 4th photo by Kathryn McCrary / all other photos by Kelle)

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fabric sighting: wrist wallet

January 24, 2017

ann kelle houndstooth clutch or wrist wallet

Whenever I go to a concert or festival, I always try to carry a clutch or something small instead of my regular purse. And this bag by Myl & Melo would be perfect! This bag is featured in my multi colored houndstooth cord. The strap is adjustable to fit around your shoulders, wrist strap or with a hand loop. The inside has different compartments for all your necessities. See more here.

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ann kelle houndstooth clutch or wrist wallet
(photos via Myl & Melo)

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free printable notebook cover

January 17, 2017

art by ann kelle / free journal cover download / for personal use only

I’m HUGE stationery fan. Whether it’s journals, cards, stickers, etc., I “heart” them all. I made a few with my own artwork and thought I’d share them with you as well;) Download these two journal covers and we’ll be journal-twinsies! Find links to the artwork below. You can have them professionally bound or below are some ideas on binding them yourself.

art by ann kelle / free journal cover download / for personal use only

Here are a few ways you could bind your notebook cover:
DIY Customizable Notebooks
Free Printable Boss Lady Notebook Cover by Studio DIY
DIY Notebook: Perfect Binding

art by ann kelle / free journal cover download / for personal use only

Download the printable covers:
Ann Kelle Flowers Journal/Notebook Cover (for personal use only!)
Ann Kelle Dots Journal / Notebook Cover (for personal use only!)

(photos by Kelle)

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DIY applique sweatshirts

January 10, 2017

ann kelle diy sweatshirt / urban zoologie

There’s so many things you can do with fabric panels. You could make quilts, pillows, wall art, tote bags, etc. Today I’m sharing with you how to use the panels to make a toddler sweatshirt. To provide a reference on the sizing, the sweatshirts we used are a 2T. For bigger shirt sizes, you could add more than one animal or the entire animal shape. Jump below for the super easy tutorial.

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ann kelle sheep sweatshirt

The sweatshirt applique is so simple. Here’s what we did:

1. Using a piece of Heat-n-Bond Lite cut slightly larger than the animal head, fuse it to the wrong side of the fabric panel centered over the animal head.

2. Cut out the animal head leaving a 1/8″ seam allowance all around it.

3. Remove the paper backing from the Heat-n-Bond Lite and fuse it to the sweatshirt.

4. Using a zig zag stitch with a width of 2.5 and a length of almost 0, stitch over the seam allowance covering the raw edges of the fabric on the animal face.

(photos by Kelle)

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suspenders + skirt

January 05, 2017

ann kelle dot fabric / skirt pattern by violet threads / skirt with suspenders

Skirts with suspenders is a new favorite of mine. For this skirt and suspender combo, we used the Lavina Skirt pattern by Violette Threads. We used this pattern for the skirt’s width and length. (We didn’t line the skirt). We made the suspenders and added buttons to the inside waistband and buttonholes for the suspenders. This skirt would be great year-round and it turned out pretty cute!

ann kelle dot fabric / skirt pattern by violet threads / skirt with suspenders ann kelle dot fabric / skirt pattern by violet threads / skirt with suspenders

Here’s a few photos of the skirt in action being worn by the adorable Ever.

ann kelle dot fabric / skirt pattern by violet threads / skirt with suspenders

 

(photos by Kelle)

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