merriest christmas

December 23, 2015

merry christmas and happy new year / ann kelle

I hope you all have a very lovely Christmas. I’m taking some time off to spend with family + friends. Hugs! kelle

(graphic by Ann Kelle)

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the girl friends / christmas caroling

December 21, 2015

the girl friends / ann kelle / merry christmas

(January / February / March / April / May / June / July / AugustSeptember / October / November)

For the past year, I have shared monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends. Today marks the 12th illustration! There were months that I wasn’t sure I would be able to do an illustration, but I thankfully, I was able to contribute to the monthly series (even if it was very last minute). I hope you’ve enjoyed them! You might see some of them in the future! To review all the post, I’ve included links above.

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christmas placemat tutorial

December 17, 2015

christmas placemat sewing tutorial / ann kelle

A few weeks ago I shared a tutorial for fabric ornaments. Well, while perusing the Sew Very blog, I also found this adorable placemat tutorial. (I told ya, SewVery has some really cute free Christmas sewing tutorials!) We made one to sit out on Christmas Eve for Santa treats. It would be really fun for Christmas morning breakfast or dinner, too. Find the free here. (Also, while editing the photo, I saw one of the raspberry was shaped like a heart. So cool!)

(photo by Lulu)

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new jingle 4

December 15, 2015

new jingle fabric / ann kelle

My new Jingle (4) fabric will be the on the shelves soon for all your Christmas projects for next year. We’re on our fourth addition of Jingle. (Remember these?) Here are links to my past Jingle collections : Jingle 1 / Jingle 2 / Jingle 3. A few of the older prints of them are still in print! The newest Jingle prints ships to stores in June 2016.

new jingle fabric / ann kelle

new jingle fabric / ann kelle

One of the things I’m most excited about with this collection are the new stocking panels!

new jingle fabric / ann kelle

new jingle fabric / ann kelle
new jingle fabric / ann kelle

We also have regular panels with some of my holiday critters in their seasonal attire.

new jingle fabric / ann kelle

new jingle fabric / ann kelle

Christmas cowboy boots, anyone?
new jingle fabric / ann kelle

We’ll also be releasing the below prints in flannel.

new jingle fabric / ann kelle

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it’s cuddle time

December 14, 2015

cuddle jingle blanket / ann kelle

Boy oh boy, I’ve been pretty bad at not sharing my new Cuddle fabric. Sorry about that! Many of my designs, such as Princess Life, Urban Zoologie, and Jingle, are also available on Cuddle fabric. To keep up to date on what cuddle fabric I have, my friends over at Shannon’s Fabric has the latest cuddle news. They manufacture all of my cuddle fabrics. Pat Wodskow of Cuddle Soft Kits made me an early Christmas present that I absolutely LOVE. It’s pretty much my go to quilt these days! It’s been perfect for naps, extra warmth at night or just for cozy time on the couch!   If you’re interested in sewing with cuddle fabric, Cuddle Soft Kits is a great resource for all things cuddle. There’s a pretty large assortment of cuddle quilt kits (including the cuddly goodness I’m snuggled with). She also has readmade cuddle quilts (including Christmas)! Below are some of my other Jingle cuddle prints. You can see all of my cuddle designs here.

cuddle jingle blanket / ann kelle
cuddle jingle blanket / ann kelle

 

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creative maker supply case pattern

December 10, 2015

creative maker supply case pattern by sew sweetness / fabric by ann kelle
Are you looking for something awesome to make for the crafty one in your life? Look no further. Sara of Sew Sweetness has these Creative Maker Supply Cases that would be a great option! The cases come in three different sizes. Sara used my Rainbow Remix fabric and they turned out so happy! Sew up one (or a few) and fill them will all sort of crafty treats! There’s space to hold the color pencils or markets, as well as pockets to hold paper, coloring books, stickers, scissors and all sorts of goodies!

creative maker supply case pattern by sew sweetness / fabric by ann kelle
creative maker supply case pattern by sew sweetness / fabric by ann kelle

creative maker supply case pattern by sew sweetness / fabric by ann kelle

creative maker supply case pattern by sew sweetness / fabric by ann kelle

(photos by Lulu)

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fabric christmas ornaments

December 08, 2015

fabric christmas ornament sewing tutorial / ann kelle

fabric christmas ornament sewing tutorial / ann kelle

There are so many great simple sewing tutorials out there. Veronica of SewVery has several cute sewing Christmas tutorials, such as these fabric ornaments. We used some of my Remix fabric to make a few. Although they’re ornaments, you could also use them as a gift topper. She has a Simple Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial and a Simple Candy Cane Ornament Tutorial. (She also has a Santa hat and Stocking ornament tutorial). Tis the season, friends!


fabric christmas ornament sewing tutorial / ann kelle
fabric christmas ornament sewing tutorial / ann kelle fabric christmas ornament sewing tutorial / ann kelle
(photos by Lulu)

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holly jolly christmas stocking

December 03, 2015

holly jolly christmas stocking / ann kelle

A couple of weeks ago, over lunch, my Dad asked me what the my color scheme was going to be for my Christmas decor. I had been telling him how I was going to put up my Christmas tree early this year (like before Thanksgiving!), which he thought was a great idea. My Mom changes her colors up from year to year. But, I’ve been working on this “happy-bright-colorful” theme for awhile. And I haven’t grown tired of it yet! Each year, I add a new decor item. One year, it was a Christmas tree skirt. Another year, it was painted ornaments. This year, it was stockings! 

holly jolly christmas stocking / ann kelle

My friend Lindsay has the most adorable Holly Jolly Christmas Stocking tutorial. She made me three stockings out of my Rainbow Remix fabric. And I couldn’t wait to hang them up! Find the pattern here.

holly jolly christmas stocking / ann kelle
We mixed in matched the fabrics. I think they turned out great!

holly jolly christmas stocking / ann kelle
Looking for a couple of ideas for stocking stuffers for your crafty loved one? Here are a few ideas:
– How about a cute macaroon measuring tape for the sewer in your life?
– Paint! You could get water colors, acrylics, etc.
– Colored pencils are always great idea!
– Make an activity case to hold all your crafty goodies.

holly jolly christmas stocking / ann kelle

(photos by Lulu)

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On the Go Bags blog tour + giveaway

December 02, 2015

On the Go Bags book

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for On the Go Bags—15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers by Lindsay Conner and Janelle MacKay (Stash Books). The book is available this month at CTPub.com and January 7th on Amazon! Add it to your holiday wishlist now, and comment below for your chance to win a copy! I took a peek at the book and it’s full of so much goodness.  There are 15 clever projects designed for the girl on the go. UPDATE: Thank you for all your comments. A random winner was selected. Congratulations to Barbara! Thanks again to all your comments!

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One of my favorite projects, is the Hipster Pocket Scarf. My friend and co-auther of the book, Lindsay, made one for me in my Heart knit fabric. For a couple of years, I ran long distance. (Hello, fellow half marathoners!)  Running in the 40 degree weather was my ideal weather. I would be close to freezing when I started out, but by mile 4 or so I’d start shedding excess layers. This pocket scarf would have been perfect to hold my keys and other essentials. Although I’m not running any more, it’ll be perfect for those day when I don’t want to carry a purse or jam things in my pocket.  The book includes projects for beginners to more advanced sewers. There’s also all sorts of truly unique projects to help us stay organized! Enjoy the preview below and be sure to enter the giveaway below!

Lindsay and Janelle are offering one copy of the book to one of my blog readers. The giveaway will end 12/15.  U.S. winner will receive a hard copy, and winner outside the U.S. will receive an e-Book.

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2015 holiday party invitations

December 01, 2015

holiday party invitations / ann kelle for tiny prints

I’m happy to share with you a few of my holiday party invitations I designed exclusively for Tiny Prints. I designed several holiday party invitations with different themes in mind. From a cookie party to a christmas tree decorating party.  Similar to my holiday cards, each party invitation has several different options. We provide you with various color options and a ton of component pieces (address labels, thank you cards, gift enclosures, envelope liners, etc.). You can see my entire collection here. I’m so happy Christmas is just around the corner!
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(photos by Lulu)

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2015 holiday cards

November 30, 2015

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

I’m happy to introduce you to my 2015 Holiday cards designed exclusively for Tiny Prints. I started designing these cards awhile ago, so it’s fun to see them up on the Tiny Prints website. After the initial design is done, we spend a lot of time making sure that each card is perfect for you. For many of the cards, we provide several options for the color, card size, sentiment and number of photos.  Most of them also come with component pieces, such as address labels and envelope liners. I took a bunch of pictures of the designs. But, to see my entire collection, head here. I also have party invitations, which I’ll share tomorrow.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints I had to sneak a little pink into my holiday cards. This is one of my favorites. It’s called “Cheerful Trinity“. It’s available in three colors and there’s a bunch of options for card sizes and the number of photos. 
holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

This is a trifold card, which is perfect for when you have a lot of photos to share. It comes in 3 other color ways. There’s also a coordinating address label.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

These are two also my favorites. Joyful Craft is available in 3 colors and gives you the option for 1 or 3 photos. Boldly Blocked is also available in three colors. There are a ton of formats for you to choose from the card size to the number of photos. You also have the option of choosing from three different styles address labels!

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

I tried to make sure to have the more “traditional” christmas colors, but both of these designs also come in a more fun non traditional color option.  Dab O’Chalk and Patched and Happy  comes in 3 colors ways. Both of these designs are available in various card sizes and photo amounts. Patched and Happy  also comes in another sentiment.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

One of the funnest parts of designing these cards are the backs. All of the cards have a design on the back.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

Throwback Flurries kinda reminds me a retro diner. It’s also available in two other colors.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

Here are a few of my more colorful designs. All of them also come in the traditional “red and green” color. Pictured above are Boldly Backed , Boldly Blocked and Patched and Happy.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints

As I mentioned, we like for you to have lots and lots of options. Throwback Flurries  has lots of options! This is a good example of the different card sizes, number of photos and sentiments available.

holiday cards / ann kelle for tiny prints
All of the cards come with the option of envelope liners. They really add a nice little pop to your perfectly selected holiday card. As I mentioned before, I didn’t photograph my entire collection. To see the entire line head here

(photos by Lulu)

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happy thanksgiving

November 25, 2015

thankful / ann kelle

I’ve been waiting for Thanksgiving since . . .  well, since last Thanksgiving. It kicks off my favorite time of year. And although I try to practice gratitude everyday, it’s nice to have a time that’s all about thankfulness. There’s so many things I’m thankful for. This year hasn’t been without the “not-so good things.” But, there have so many really great things. So much so, that my eyes fill with tears and my heart is filled with gratitude to God. I’m thankful to and for God for so much. He’s a good, good Father. I’m thankful for my family. My friends. God’s love. His peace. Hope. And because they’re thankful too, the Girl Friends wanted to be in on this post. (See below.) I can’t believe it’s already November, friends. This year I’ve been sharing monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends. I only have one more to go! I hope everyone in the States has a very Happy Thanksgiving!

we are thankful / ann kelle

(January / February / March / April / May / June / July / AugustSeptember / October )

copyright 2015 Ann Kelle

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princess life sewing projects

November 17, 2015

ann kelle fabric / princess life fabric

My Princess Life fabric started shipping to stores earlier this year. I went down a rabbit hole the other day while on Craftsy. I was just planning on sharing with you these nifty princess life fat quarters they have, but found a few really cool projects that I wanted to share with you. On top of all the goodness I found, they’re currently having a 50% off sale on these fabrics and projects. So happy sewing + shopping!

ann kelle fabric / princess life fabric

1. Princess Life Sparkling Throw Quilt Kit. This quilt is what my dreams are made of. The Princess Life fabrics are showcased so lovely with all the yummy kona solids. The kit includes the pattern and fabric!

Princess Life Sparkling Throw Quilt Kit / ann kelle fabric Princess Life Sparkling Throw Quilt Kit / ann kelle fabric

2. Princess Life Fat Quarters. Pre-cuts make sewing projects so much easier.  Coordinating Remix prints and kona solids are mixed in these fat quarter bundles. To see more pictures head here. (They also have a 2 3/4 yard of the crown fabric here.)

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3. Princess Life Carriage Appliqué Wall Hanging Quilt. This would be so sweet in a room. It’s the right amount of fun and sweetness for you little girl’s room. The wall hanging is 38 x 38. Included in the kit is a pattern, as well as the fabric.

Princess Life Carriage Wall Hanging Quilt / ann kelle fabric Princess Life Carriage Wall Hanging Quilt / ann kelle fabric
Princess Life Carriage Wall Hanging Quilt / ann kelle fabric

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pouch sewing tutorial

November 10, 2015

ann kelle fabric / pouch tutorial

I’m a big fan of pouches or mini bags. They help me keep things organized. In my purse, I have a ton of mini pouches to keep everything nice and organized.  For this free tutorial, we used my Rainbow Remix fabric.  I kinda went crazy with all the different fabric combos.  I think they turned out super cute.  We even used a really pretty gold leather on one of the bags. Enjoy the pics! The free tutorial is at the bottom of the post.

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pajama slumber party

November 05, 2015

pajama slumber party/ annkelle

I have several new party invitations that I have designed for Tiny Prints and I was more than excited to add a slumber party card to the mix!  I’ve designed a slumber party invite before. But, I designed a new slumber party invitation that would be suited for year round parties. This little invite is dedicated to the tradition of getting together with your friends, eating popcorn, and painting toe nails.  This collection also comes with custom gift tags stickers, address labels, and thank you cards. I’ve also included a couple of pictures of things that inspired me for this invite below. Pajama slumber party mask/ annkelle

We had a sewing tutorial for the cat mask.  However, due to technical problems, we lost the tutorial. Boo hoo!

ann kelle tiny prints slumber party invitation

Funny little slippers are a must for slumber parties!

slumber party tiny prints/ annkelle

These little stickers would look so good on a party favor bag for your sleepover guests! Find the party invitation and coordinating pieces here:
– pajama jam party invitation
– pajama jam gift tag stickers
– pajama jam address label
– pajama jam thank you card

(photos by Kelle and Lulu)

 

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apron sewing tutorial

November 03, 2015

apron sewing tutorial/ annkelle

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. (And I’m so excited!!!)  I’m the baker in my family.  I usually bake homemade rolls and cakes from scratch.  When I saw my new Remix Wide fabric, I thought it would make a really cute apron.  So, I enlisted the help of Veronica at Sew Very.

apron sewing tutorial/ annkelle

One of the things that’s really neat about this apron, are the straps. You can adjust the length of the apron by pulling on the straps. You can also make the straps long enough to tie in the front as we did. Find the free tutorial below.  Happy Sewing!

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the girl friends / costumes + pumpkins

October 31, 2015

pumpkin and costume fun / ann kelle

(This year I’m sharing monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends. See all of them here: January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August/September)

Umm, how is it already the last day of October?  For this month’s illustration, the girl’s gathered together to pick pumpkins, while dressed in costumes.

(copyright 2015 Ann Kelle)

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inspiration / cheekwood harvest

October 30, 2015

checkwood nashville / ann kelle
I’ve been trying to plan more inspiration field trips for myself.  For several years, I’ve wanted to visit Cheekwood during the Fall. Last week, I was finally able to make it over there. It was jaw-dropping-beautiful. Fall is my favorite season. But, for some reason (maybe it was a very late summer vacation I took in September/October?) made Fall seem less like Fall.  It still felt like Summer to me.  Anyhow, my little visit to Cheekwood definitely helped cure my confusion with the seasons.

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

All the colors, pumpkins and mums put me in the Fall mood. My favorite part of the Cheekwood Harvest was the “Mum Explosion.” There were 5,000 chrysanthemums. So gorgeous! I took soooo many pictures and left full of inspiration. If you’re in Nashville, Cheekwood Harvest will be going on through November 1st.

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

Oh, and for my sewer friends, if you’re looking for a great skirt to make this Fall, try the Madeleine skirt from Victory Patterns. We used Robert Kaufman’s Indigo Denim (which is so soft and comfy) to make this skirt. We even lined the pockets with some of my fabric. It’s the perfect Fall skirt.

checkwood nashville / ann kelle

checkwood nashville / ann kelle
checkwood nashville / ann kelle

(photos by Lulu and me)

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urban zoologie flannel and slicker

October 27, 2015

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My new Urban Zoologie 6  started shipping to stores this month.  (And the minis will ship in November). We’ve also selected a few prints to add to slicker and flannel.   While we only released a limited number of prints on slicker and flannel, my fingers are crossed that you’ll see something you like.  Happy Sewing!

uzflannel square

(photos by lulu)

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made for you

October 22, 2015

 

madeforyou white

“Made for You” is a new fabric group that is shipping to stores this month.   This fabric group is all about tags and labels that you can use in your handmade projects. “Made for You” comes in three color ways. Within each color way, the tags come in lots of different colors, shapes, sizes and styles. I hope you enjoy incorporating these labels into your sewing projects. Below are some example of using the labels. On many of the labels there’s space where you can use a fabric pen to personalize a message. You can view Made for You fabric here on the Robert Kaufman website.

madeforyou bag


madeforyou nametag madeforyou black

(Photos by Lulu)

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baby caps and headbands

October 20, 2015

baby hat tutorial / fabric by ann kelle

Some of the best tutorials are simple, quick and at the end of them you have cute stuff that you can share with family and friends.  We could barely get through this photo shoot, because I kept gushing over these itty bitty hats and head ties. We found the Baby Hat tutorial from Zaaberry.  The Knotted Baby Head Tie tutorial is by How Does She. A few sewing tips from Lindsay: I used a Serger as shown in the hat tutorial for clean edges, but you can also use a regular sewing machine since knit fabrics won’t fray.  Both tutorials are suitable for beginners!  Have fun with the ears.  You can cut different shapes (bear, cat, rabbit, etc.). Be creative!

baby headband tutorial / fabric by ann kelle

baby hat tutorial / fabric by ann kelle

baby headband tutorial / fabric by ann kelle

baby hat tutorial / fabric by ann kelle

(photos by Lulu)

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treats and more treats

October 08, 2015

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I have a few new Halloween goodies that I designed for Tiny Prints.  One of them is based on my never ending admiration for candy corn.  I have been doing good this year with the whole candy corn thing.  Years back, there were rumors that I would skip breakfast and lunch and would eat an entire bag of candy corn.  This year, I  can actually say that I have only had five pieces of this delicious candy.  While the love affair is still there, I’ve been doing good with not over indulging. Anyway, I really hope you enjoy this new design. There’s also a coordinating address label, thank you card and gift tags. It’s also available as a kids classroom card. (I also have this fun hayride design!). I don’t really like tricks so I’ll just say “treat and more treats”!

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patchwork princess quilt

October 06, 2015

patchwork princess quilt / free quilt pattern / ann kelle

Every princess needs a quilt, a “princess” quilt that is.  This quilt is really adorable and I am so happy that my “Princess Life” fabric line gets to be apart of it . . . my yellow plus signs from the “Remix” collection also make an appearance.  This quilt was designed by Amanda of The Craft Junky.  Don’t miss out on the fun, you can make a quilt for yourself or the little or big princess in your life, you can find the free pattern here.


patchwork princess quilt / free quilt pattern / ann kelle

patchwork princess quilt / free quilt pattern / ann kelle

patchwork princess quilt / free quilt pattern / ann kelle

patchwork princess quilt / free quilt pattern / ann kelle
(photos by Lulu)

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the girl friends / ballerinas

September 29, 2015

girl friends / ballerinas / ann kelle

(This year I’m sharing monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends.  See all of them here:  January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August)

For this month’s illustration, the girl’s gathered together to take a ballet class.

(copyright 2015 Ann Kelle)

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