Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ByAnnie's Soft & Stable--A Review

I contacted ByAnnie's Soft & Stable about donating a prize for the Big-City Bags SAL late last year.  They gladly agreed to send me a package of their product for one lucky giveaway winner and one for me as well.  I decided February's bag would be the perfect project to test it out on.
In all honesty I didn't think there would be that much difference between the Soft & Stable and the fusible fleece I typically use. 
I hate it when I'm wrong...
It is a bit pricier than the fusible fleece (which I purchase from JoAnn's by the bolt during a sale and with a coupon for an extra percentage off) but it is well worth the extra cost.  Plus it's readily available at one of the LQSs.
The Soft & Stable is much thicker than I anticipated and is actually similar in look and feel to a piece of foam.  Despite that I had no trouble sewing through several layers of fabric and Soft & Sable when completing this bag.  It made turning the bag a bit challenging due to the bulk it creates but I found a way around that.  For this particular bag I simply sewed the interior and exterior pieces together (right sides facing) along the back of the bag only, leaving the front and sides open.  I then turned the bag right sides out through my extra large opening, turned the seams under 1/4" and top stitched around the entire top of the bag, effectively closing the opening.
All in all I highly recommend giving this product a try!  I will be using it on all of the large bags I make in the future (or at least the ones that need a structured exterior).  A huge thanks to ByAnnie's Soft & Stable for letting me test out their product and providing a giveaway prize!!!


  1. I haven't seen your bag yet, where is it? Sounds like a lovely product to use.

  2. I've been curious about Soft & Stable as well. I ordered it last week and I'm waiting for it to come in. Can't wait to give it a try!

  3. Sounds interesting though I have never seen it locally so I would love to five it a try

  4. It is a great product,I used it when making Sara's Soda Pop bag and loved it! I have to purchase it online as the shops around here do not carry it. ByAnnie's Soft & Stable has an etsy shop,which is where I purchase it.

  5. Sounds really interesting. I'll have to check it out too.