new collection: girl friends

August 13, 2012

mermaid fabric / ann kelle

I’m so happy to share with you my new line of fabric, “Girl Friends.” The inspiration behind this line comes from my closest friends, a group of five girls. We live in different cities, but each year we get together. New memories are formed and adventures are shared, just like my new line Girl Friends. Their first adventure . . . mermaids.

mermaid fabric / ann kelle

There’s seven main characters of the collection, each with their own little personality.

mermaid fabric / ann kelle

I started drawing this girl when I was eight or nine years old. I would draw her over and over in my sketch pad. She was a ballerina, always wore her hair in a bun and loved the color pink. It’s such a sweet feeling to see her on fabric.

mermaid fabric / ann kelle

mermaid fabric / ann kelle

Fabric shops can order beginning mid-September. It will start shipping December.

(photos by Kelle)

posted by kelle at 8:08 am
(40) Comments


  1. Kristy says:

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE this! Love the story behind it too! I’m going to have my little artist read this and be encouraged. To see you living your dream, and in a way that we can all enjoy it too is such an inspiration!!! Marked my calendar for these lil’ gals!

  2. This is definitely my favourite collection to date of yours (and I have only seen this sneak preview)….I am in love…I have 3 daughters 4 years and under who will LOVE this on their clothes, quilts and dolls!!!! Your story of sketching the little ballerina since you were young rings true to me, as I have 2 little characters I have drawn in the exact same way since I was 6…they are doodled on EVERYTHING to this day….(maybe I will have some of mine printed on fabric at spoonflower!)…

  3. Christi Walter says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!! Don’t know what I will make with it, but I gotta have some! Don’t know if I can wait until December.

  4. Lindsay says:

    My daughter is going to freak out when she sees this! 🙂

  5. kristina says:

    Oh my goodness! How sweet is this fabric?! Love it, Kelle! 😀

  6. I can barely sew on a button, but I LOVE your gorgeous fabric!!!

  7. Laurie says:

    Ohmygosh! I am SOOO excited. I am so happy I had a little girl – she needs this. Thanks for sharing – can’t wait to see the rest!

  8. cricket deas says:

    I can’t say precious enough!!!! I am in love with this adorable fabric!!! Truly enjoyed the story behind it as well!!! I am always a fan of your designs- can’t wait to make some cute girl clothing!!!!!

  9. Cherie says:

    Oh, those are adorable! Can’t wait!

  10. Brooke says:

    so, so cute!!! Love the inspiration story!!

  11. Korfela says:

    Ola Ann … I love this your collection … This would be something for my little daughter … maybe for both my girls … good work … good idea … the story …

    Thank You


  12. Kristen says:

    SO CUTE! my girls were just asking for a mermaid bedrooms.

  13. Jan says:

    Love ’em, too.

  14. Mary ann says:

    Love these little girls and their diversity! my red headed granddaughter always loves to see herself in groups too. And the little one with glasses…hurrah!

  15. stefanie says:

    kelle – these are so cute, it’s ridiculous! can’t wait to get some of this to make jammie pants for my niece, josie!

  16. I am absolutely swooninng, Kelle! WOW!!! If you need any samples made up from this line, my brain is about to explode with possibilities right now. 😉 Honestly, this is my favorite line to date. Great work! Love your heart so much!

  17. Stephanie J says:

    My little girl will love this!! I keep waiting for you to design a line I’m not completely in love with, but it hasn’t happened yet. 🙂

  18. ellen says:

    Love, love, love this. You read my mind–I’ve been looking for mermaids! Can’t wait for September!

  19. darci says:

    So adorable i could cry- hope i dont sound weird actually saying that out loud 🙂

  20. precious! I can’t wait Kelle. This is so cute!

  21. Shelly says:

    Am I dreaming???? Love, love, LOVE these little sweeties!
    Can’t wait to get my hands on this line, kelle:)

  22. Cathy K. says:

    LOVE this collection!!!

  23. Nayeli says:

    HI!! I have just reached to your face and I’ll really would like to buy them, I from Mexico, it’s the first time I have contact. Hope you could answer as son as posible, to know where could I get the?????? pleasee someone could answer me!!!

    • kelle says:

      Hi Nayeli, It’s not in stores yet. It will start shipping to stores in December. Have a great day!

  24. Rhonda says:

    OMG! Love this. It looks like a real group of girlfriends, all different shades of people. I can’t wait to make my little girl a dress out of this. I wonder what the rest of the collection will look like?

  25. I forgot to ask in my previous comment from last week….are there going to be new Co-ordinates available to go with this line? Or do they go with some of the previous, urban zoology and remix ones? I am in Canada, and I want to make my 3 daughters mermaid bedding (quilt, sheets, pillowcase) with this fabric and since it doesn’t come out till December and takes 3 weeks to ship from the US to Canada in December, I need to have my plan READY ! (to make them in time for xmas!) Keep up the excellent work…I lOVE it all!
    Thanks 🙂

  26. kelle says:

    Hi Michelle, That is going to be so cute. My sister wants bedding made out of the mermaids, too:) Yes, they will coordinate with some of the previous lines. Which one are you planning on using and maybe I can give you a little bit more help.

  27. Well, it looks like there are 3 colourways on the mermaids…so I was thinking a different one for each daughter (to elimanate the inevitable fights)…and then 1 or 2 co-ordinates for pillow case trim and the quilt binding. I was thinking a “whole cloth” quilt would be easiest and fastest. Which of the previous lines would match with the colours in the Mermaids? I like dots, stripes and chevron…

  28. kelle says:

    Hi Michelle, They would go with the aqua, pink, yellow, orange and lime green Remix dots. As far as stripes and chevron, you’d probably have to make that call for yourself. I think you might be able to make the one with the pink and orange work with the Remix “garden” collection, but it the green is slightly differently in the Mermaid fabric. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

  29. Julie H. says:

    This is the cutest fabric I have ever seen! My daughter (almost 3) loves mermaids, mainly because of the bubble guppies. This will make a darling dress (and so much more!). As a mom I especially appreciate that these sweet mermaids are modest, no belly’s hanging out. LOVE LOVE LOVE that! Can’t wait!

  30. Amber says:

    Where can I get this? I didn’t see it listed in your store. I LOVE It.

  31. Maree says:

    Hi there Ann!

    I have just stumbled across this range and would love to feature it in the Fave Fabric Friday section of my blog. Would it be okay if I use a couple of the pictures here (I will of course provide a direct link to here as well).

    Hope to hear from you soon!

  32. Tammi says:

    Any hope of a Girlfriends Fairy print being added in the future?

  33. Kristen says:

    I was wondering where I can find the blue/green and pink/orange mermaids with white background. I’m only seeing the pool and tropical fabric.

    • kelle says:

      Hi Kristen,

      I believe this blue/green color way was discontinued. However, the tropical color (pink and orange) way is still available.