DIY: Urban Zoologie softies

July 22, 2014

ann kelle softies tutorial
One of the things I was most excited about with my new Urban Zoologie panels, was that you’d be able to make softies. I had a couple made . . . okay, more than a couple, to give you an idea. This is a pretty easy tutorial. But, to see if this would be a kid-friendly sewing project, I gave a panel to eleven year old, Abby (daughter of The Southern Institute). She was able to sew a few softies (not pictured) without even using the tutorial! Abby’s main tip: Make sure you give yourself plenty of room around the animal, especially around skinny areas, such as the legs or tails. Otherwise, it can be hard to stuff. Great advice! Find the free tutorial here.  They make really great gifts for kids. I babysat for friends a couple weeks ago. And let me tell you, the baby just stared and stared . . . and then of course, put it in his mouth.

urban zoologie softies / ann kelle

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(photos by Kelle)

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tutorial: the bow pillow

April 02, 2014

the bow pillow tutorial / ann kelle

I’m pretty excited about this tutorial . . . you know how I adore bows. Well, my sewer friend, Laurie, is back again with a free tutorial that includes a big pretty bow! She came up with this sweet bow pillow and was kind enough to turn it into a tutorial, which you can find here.

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6 bunny crafts projects to try

March 31, 2014

bunny crafts / ann kelle

I rounded up some adorable bunny crafts for you to try with your little one. All of them are quick, easy and super cute! I also created a “easter crafts” board which you can find these, as well as tons of other crafts.

1. diy paper easter bunny  treat pouches by The Sweetest Occassion
2. bunny plate by Ishtar Olivera
3. diy bunny mask by Petit a Petite & Family
4. diy mitty wall art by Shop Sweet Things
5. bunny basket diy by Mer Mag
6. diy bunny shoes by Jewelry & Stuff

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tutorial: curling iron holder

July 03, 2013

curling iron holder tutorial / ann kelle

When I’m traveling my curling iron is always the last thing to pack. It’s usually still hot, so figuring out how to carry it is always a bit tricky.  I came up with the idea to have a heat protectant holder for my curling irons. I carried a holder on my last trip and it worked perfectly. Brooke was kind enough to write-up a tutorial for you, which you can find here. curling iron holder / ann kelle

curling iron holder / ann kelle

 

(photos by Kelle)

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slicker baby bibs

June 10, 2013

baby bibs tutorial / ann kelle

Looking for a simple baby shower gift to sew up? How about some baby bibs. For these bibs, Brooke used my Slicker fabric (laminated cotton) for the front and chenille for the back. It’s so soft and comfy with the chenille on the back. The Slicker fabric makes for easy clean-up. To make your own bib, below are some tutorials for you to check out. We used Heather’s Bailey’s tutorial for the smaller bibs and drew out a larger bib template for the toddler size. See below for Brooke’s additional tips. It was super easy and took less than 45 minutes.

baby bibs tutorial / ann kelle

Brooke’s tips: I cut the pattern out of just the laminate.  Then lay the laminate bib piece, right sides together over a larger piece of chenille.  Then using my walking foot, sew 1/4 inch seam, leaving an opening.  Then I cut both the chenille and laminate to reduce bulk and make turning right side out easier.  When top-stitching the bibs, I used a Teflon foot.  After the bib is finished, I tossed them in a warm water wash and then into the dryer.
Free Bib Tutorials: 
Heather’s Bailey’s Bib Pattern & Tutorial
Sew Me Happy Baby Bibs
Small Dreamfactory Baby Bib
Sew Creative’s 15 Minute Baby Bib Tutorial
Sew, Mama, Sew Basic Bib Tutorial
The Little Fabric Blog’s Easy Baby Bib Tutorial

baby bibs tutorial / ann kelle

baby bib tutorial / ann kelle

baby bibs tutorial / ann kelle

featured prints: urban zoologie “owls” slicker / urban zoologie “cows” slicker / urban zoologie “birdies” slicker / urban zoologie “pigs” slicker / girl friends “mermaid” slicker

(photos by Kelle)

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tutorial: cloud pillows

June 03, 2013

cloud pillow / ann kelle

We all need a little sweet hug every now and then. I worked with Amanda to create this super easy Cloud Pillow tutorial, which you can find here. Hug them, hang them on the wall, or give them as a gift. They’d make a sweet baby shower gift. Not all clouds are dark and dreary.

cloud pillows / ann kelle

cloud pillows / ann kelle

cloud pillows / ann kelle cloud pillows / ann kelle

Fabrics used:
- Remix “sky” dots
- Remix “sping” dots
- Remix “peony” dots
- Kona cotton solids

(first and fourth photo by Angela Crutcher / all other photos by Kelle)

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tutorial: wall kite with pockets

May 15, 2013

wall kite / ann kelle

Flying kites was always a treat for me when I was a kid. It was always a sweet surprise when my parents took my sister and I kite flying. I remember going to an open field and getting so very excited when my kite was finally in the air. Based on these childhood memories, I came up with the idea to design a wall kite made with my fabrics. This wall kite is not only pretty to look at, but also has pockets for storage. Perfect for storing little accessories. Amanda Hall was sweet enough to write a pattern, which you can find here. A complete list of the fabrics used in this kite are listed below.

wall kite / ann kelle

wall kite / ann kelle

Fabrics used in wall kite:
- robert kaufman kona solids
- remix “spring” flowers
- remix “spring” dots
- urban zoologie “spring” birdies
- remix “spring” stripes
- urban zoologie “spring” butterflies

(photos by Angela Crutcher Photography)

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tasseled pillow covers

December 04, 2012

tasseled pillows / ann kelle

I’ve got a tutorial to share with you from Designlovefest. Their team put together a tasseled pillow cover tutorial that I couldn’t wait to try with my new Remix fabric! (They come up with some pretty fun tutorials).  I followed the tutorial pretty closely, although I didn’t use yarn for the tassels. To make your own happy pillows, find the tutorial here.

tasseled pillows / ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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super hero cape tutorial

November 28, 2012

super hero cape sewing tutorial / ann kelle

Anna from The Joy Cottage  is here sharing another awesome sewing tutorial. This little super hero cape is sure to put a smile on your little one’s face. Get your free tutorial here.

super hero cape sewing tutorial / ann kelle

super hero cape sewing tutorial / ann kelle

(photos by The Joy Cottage)

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tutorial: shower curtain

October 23, 2012

shower curtain tutorial / ann kelle

My sewing buddy Kelly made this adorable shower curtain for her boy’s bathroom using some of my Urban Zoologie Slicker fabric, along with coordinating cottons fabrics (Remix and Kona solids). Fun + bright. Find the free tutorial here.

shower curtain tutorial / ann kelle

(photos by Kelly)

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my washi wall

October 16, 2012

washi tape wall / ann kelle

It’s no secret that I’m wild about stripes. Not only will you find them in many of my designs on both stationery and fabric, but they’re also on my wall! My washi tape wall is one of the many house projects I’ve worked on since moving.

washi tape wall/ ann kelle

There was no method or plan to washi-ing my wall. I just got a chair, grabbed some tape and got to work. I didn’t measure anything or sketch out the color scheme for the stripes. Whatever color I reached for, was what I put up next. It felt a lot like designing. Some of the stripes came out uneven, which I’m fine with.  Washi tape is so forgiving. I was able to pull it off and on as many times as needed. The only tape I had problems with was the yellow striped tape, which I ended up using rubber cement to secure it to the wall.

washi tape wall / ann kelle

It’s been a little over a month, the tape hasn’t fallen off and I still haven’t grown tired on the stripes. They’re the perfect punch of color and happiness!

(photos by Kelle)

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tea party story (+ free table runner pattern)

July 25, 2012

tea party

Boy, do I have a sweet treat for you today! Brooke of Silly Mama Quilts made this beyond adorable table runner.  And I liked it so much that I decided to host a little tea party for some friends.

tea party

Four of my stuffed friends gathered for some tea. And when they arrived, they all agreed that the table runner was over the top cute.

tea party

As a child, I never liked using play food for tea parties. So, I decided to get real food for our special occasion.

tea party

I don’t think Mr. Owl liked the real food though. He didn’t touch anything.

tea party

tea party

Foxie tried to convince Mr. Owl to eat, but he wouldn’t eat a thing.

tea party

I turned my back for half a second and before I knew it, food started to fly. It was a food fight!

tea party

After cleaning up, they were all  put in time-out . . . I now understand why play food is used at tea parties.

tea party

And although they were silent when questioned, I’m quite sure Mr. Giraffe started the food fight. It’s written all over his face.

tea party

To make your very own table runner, head here for a free tutorial. As I mentioned, this table runner is the cutest! So much so that I’m refusing to send it back to Brooke. I think my stuffed friends’ behavior wore off on me a bit. And to see these stuffed friends and others, head over here.

(photos by Kelle; special thanks to Jill and Brooke for their awesomeness)

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christmas in july: stocking tutorial

July 20, 2012

I hope you all have enjoyed the “Christmas in July” series featuring my Jingle and holiday Remix fabric. A huge thanks to all the awesome sewers and quilters who participated. On Monday, I have a special treat  for you guys. Until then, have a great weekend! — Kelle

christmas in july: stocking tutorial

The final tutorial in the “Christmas in July” series is a stocking tutorial.  This tutorial is really very easy.  We’re practically “winging it”! – Anna Joy from The Joy Cottage

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christmas in july: lounge pants sewing tutorial

July 19, 2012

lounge pants sewing tutorial

As we continue our Christmas in July series, this sewing project speaks to my heart. I love lounge pants. In fact, I have a collection of Christmas themed pj bottoms that I only wear Christmas Eve. (I like to think this will score me extra points with Santa). I can’t wait to add some “Jingle” lounge bottoms to my collection. So, hop over to Hopeful Threads to learn how to make these lounge pants. (She’s even got a pair with ruffles!) Plus, her sweet children are modeling them.

(photo by Lovely Day Photography)

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christmas in july: christmas trees quilt

July 18, 2012

christmas trees quilt pattern

This is such a clever, modern quilt for Christmas. Christmas trees for a Christmas quilt! Laurie Matthews is the creative brains behind this quilt and has written out a free pattern just for you. But, her awesomeness doesn’t end there. With the left over scraps, she also has created a fun Christmas tree skirt and stocking for her new arrival. Head here to see all her other loveliness. Lots of great inspiration!

(photo by Laurie Matthews)

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christmas in july: applique christmas apron

July 17, 2012

christmas apron sewing tutorial

Today we have the super-talented Vanessa Christenson of V and Co.  Vanessa used my holiday Remix fabric to make this adorable apron. How fun would it be to bake Christmas cookies in this little apron? To learn how to make one head over here, and be sure to check out all of Vanessa’s awesome work.

(photos by V and Co)

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christmas in july: advent garland

July 16, 2012

(First up, in the “Christmas in July” series, we have my friend, Morgan making adorable advent garland. Be sure to read her brilliant idea on what to put in the bags.)

advent garland sewing tutorial

I love Christmas time, celebrating the birth of Christ and making new memories with my kids. An Advent calendar has been on my to-do list for awhile, so when I saw Kelle’s new ‘Jingle’ line of fabric, I thought this would be the perfect project for it. I played around with a couple ideas before settling on this Advent garland. I really am pleased with how it turned out, and it couldn’t be easier. Thank you, Kelle for inviting me back for another fun tutorial! – Morgan (Sweet Stitches).

advent garland sewing tutorial
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christmas in july

July 16, 2012

I’m interrupting summer fun, to bring you a series all about my favorite time of the year . . . Christmas! Yep, Christmas. So, put down your lemonade and get out of the pool, so we can talk a bit about Christmas. You’re probably wondering why I’m jumping seasons. I’m blaming it on my local quilt shop. It was during a visit last September, that one of the shop owners told me that her Christmas fabric is usually sold out by the end of the summer. I was quite surprised. Then, I glanced around and saw the empty shelves with little to no Christmas fabric in stock.  With this news in hand,  I thought it would be fun to have Christmas sewing tutorials for all of you early-Christmas sewers. So, there you go. Each day this week there will be a Christmas sewing tutorial. Did I mention they are all free? Yep, free. Okay, you can go back to sipping your lemonade. But, be here later today for our first sewing project.

(Special thanks to all the well-wishes for my vacation. I’m refreshed and tanned. — Kelle) 

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decorating a shared kid’s room {ann kelle style}

July 02, 2012

shared gender neutral nursery

I’m so, so excited to finally share with you the shared nursery/room I decorated. Some of you may have seem the room on Chic and Cheap Nursery, but I wanted to share some additional photos and a “Behind the Scenes” video made by my little brother’s team. It was beyond fun decorating for my friend Angela Crutcher. The room is a shared room for her nine year old daughter, Gaby, and soon-to-be adopted baby.  But, I couldn’t have done it without the help of some awesome people. So, indulge me while I brag on them a bit . . .

shared gender neutral nursery

First off, I’m a huge fan of Colette from Raw Art Letterpress. She made three custom prints from Gaby’s favorite quotes from the play Wicked. Beneath the prints, we placed mini storage baskets from  The Spotted Barn. They are so sturdy and cute. Christie mixed and matched the fabric for a playful touch. The dresser was found on craiglists. All it needed was a fresh coat of paint and new knobs. Elbow grease goes a long way!

shared gender neutral nursery

The crib bedding and curtains were made by Carolyn of Miss Polly’s Piece Goods. I went back and forth on which fabric to use for the crib bedding. I finally decided to use the gray argyle and yellow dots. The elephant fabric is from Premier Prints. I had two squares sewn in the crib’s skirt for cohesiveness.

gender neutral shared nursery

The color blocked curtains look great against the gray walls. Made from yummy Kona solids.

shared gender neutral nursery

gender neutral shared nursery

Heidi of The Honey Bear Lane made this adorable puffy chevron quilt.  This puffy chevron quilt is so bright and comfy. If you’re interested in making yourself one, you can purchase this pattern and leave a note in the comments for directions to make the chevron version.

shared gender neutral nursery

Oh, how I love garland!  The room just wouldn’t have been complete without it. This scalloped garland was made by Shelly of Lemon Tree Studio. We placed the garland above the antique toy chest and the sweet little birdie was made by Virginia of Gingercake. (I really wanted to keep him for myself).

shared gender neutral nursery

Next up, is the play tent. The tent was such an important element to the room, as it pulled the entire room together, with all the different colors and prints. I worked with Cherie of The Red Pistachio to make the tent cover. It turned out awesome! We mixed in my designs with Kona solids. It’s Gaby’s favorite thing in the room. To make the tent, we used Cakie’s instructions as a starting point. But, we adapted them a bit. And did you notice the dachshunds peeking out of the tent? Gaby has a thing for Dachshunds. So I had her one made with Ann Kelle fabric.

After decorating the room and “revealing” it to Gaby, she disappeared for awhile. She came back and held up a drawing (pictured below). It was the perfect end to a great experience.

gender neutral shared nursery

My little brother works in film. His team captured “behind the scenes” footage while I decorated.  Here’s a peek of me in action.

Room Resources:
crib bedding Miss Polly’s Piece Goods
scalloped garland by Lemon Tree Studio
zig zag puff quilt by Honey Bear Lane
custom artwork: Raw Art Letterpress
storage basket fabric bins: The Spotted Barn
owl stuffed animal: Gingercake (pattern available here)
bird stuffed animal: Gingercake (pattern available here)
tent cover: The Red Pistachio (adapted tent instructions by Cakies)
patchwork pillow cover: The Red Pistachiostuffed dachshund toy: Friends of Socktopus
Paul Frank sheets, crib, shade/pendant light and teal end tables: Target
toy trunk:  thrift store
Paper Lanterns: Amazon
dashund Lamp: Offi

(photos by Angela Crutcher)

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free tutorial: ipad, kindle & nook sleeve

June 12, 2012

ipad, kindle, and nook sleeve sewing tutorial

My Ipad needed something pretty to cover it. So, my friend Anna made these adorable sleeves. She’s pretty awesome.  There are 3 different FREE patterns (for the Ipad, Kindle and Nook).

What I love about this sewing tutorial is that there are several options. First, you have the option to have a button or zipper closure. On “The Ruby” pattern, you get to choose where you’d like the diagonal part. And finally, they are instructions for the Ipad, Kindle and Nook. Lots and lots of options. See why I think Anna’s awesome?

ipad and kindle sleeve sewing tutorial

ipad, kindle and nook sleeve sewing pattern tutorial

Pick your favorite look and have fun sewing!
1. The “Claire” pattern
2. The “Penelope” pattern
3. The “Ruby” pattern
4. The “Ruby” pattern

ipad and kindle sleeve sewing tutorial

ipad and kindle sleeve sewing tutorial

ipad and kindle sleeve sewing tutorial

ipad, kindle and nook sleeve sewing tutorial

ipad sleeve sewing tutorial project

(Please note: For added support, add as much cushioning as you want. This sleeve is to be used as a case. Additional protection may be needed to keep you ipad, kindle, or nook safe.)

(photos by Anna Pham and Kelle)

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glitter crafts

May 15, 2012

It’s messy, hard to clean-up, but oh-so pretty.  Glitter makes things extra special, wouldn’t you say? Here’s some of my favorite craft projects with glitter. I think the last one uses glass microbeads. Maybe that’s not as messy?

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free skirt tutorial

May 08, 2012

kangaroo skirt

Our teacher for the day is Miss Darci Barnhart. She made an adorable skirt tutorial for me to share with you guys. She combined three of my Remix dots prints, which I bet Julie is going to love.  It even has pockets! I personally think all skirts and dresses should have pockets. So, in my book, this skirt is perfection. Find the free tutorial here.

(photo by Darci Barnhart)

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DIY bolster pillow

May 01, 2012

bolster pillow sewing tutorial

Hi everyone! It’s Morgan here from Sweet Stitches.  I hope you enjoy this fun bolster pillow! It adds a little extra and whimsy to your pile of normal square pillows.

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DIY pom pom pillow

April 16, 2012

the pom pom pillow tutorial

Hello again! It’s Morgan is here from Sweet Stitches. I am here again to share with you this super fun pillow. Trimmed with pom poms and made with bright, happy fabric, this pillow is sure to make you giddy just looking at it!

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

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