Annies Soft and Stable

May 18, 2014

I have read about Annies Soft and Stable and seen patterns recommend it, but never been willing to pay out for it. But in the end temptation won over. I am so glad it did!  I was delighted to receive my package for the US (considerable cheaper despite the postage 1 yard £25 UK, £9.50 US)


Just in the nick of time,


Do you remember this California Sunshine Bag? It has become my everyday bag, perfect for work and home alike. Sadly the former linen skirt has not stood up to the test of time.


The original bag was made using Decovil as the interfacing. It’s strong, sturdy, holds it’s shape well, but it’s a bugger to sew… It is cheaper than Annies Soft & Stable (in the UK at least) and easier to get hold of.

California Sunshine Bag

I have made a new bag, with a burgundy remnant I had in my stash – it looks hard wearing:) This time I used Annies Soft and Stable – WOW, what a dream to sew in comparison.

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It is much thicker, but compresses along the stitching line.  As it needs basting in you cannot trim to the seam allowance, I was a little concerned if my machine would tolerate the thickness of layers.


It is very flexible, and therefore happily eases round curves.


Perhaps surprisingly my least favourite part of making a bag is stitching all the components together, will the lining and body of the bag match up? Did I accurately sew the seam allowance on both? I used the walking foot for this part, and my sewing machine coped, sewing through all thickness’s:)



California Sunshine Bag

I have to admit I am a complete Annies Soft and Stable convert, I suspect an order to the US will become a regular occurrence:) Thanks Anna for the advice, and the great pattern🙂

Last but by no means least, here’s today’s helper – he decided he was far more interesting to photograph (I think he may be right!)


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22 responses to “Annies Soft and Stable”

  1. Clare says:

    Your new bag is beautiful! Love the pockets and the lining is gorgeous! The soft and stable looks great to work with, I often have trouble choosing lining for the same reason of not wanting to make it too thick for the machine.
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  2. Ginny says:

    What a great looking bag. I love the pleats, and the very pretty lining.
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  3. Chris Porter says:

    Sounds like good stuff, Vicky – and the new bag is lovely. Your helper is pretty cute, too! Chris # 12 xx

  4. I’ve never heard of annies soft and stable but will be googling it in a few minutes! I love the colour of your new bag. I have just bought a bag-making book which recommends using interfacing in all bags. I am looking forward to making some soon so this may be what I need!
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  5. kukafera says:

    What a nice bag!! so well finished!!
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    • Amylouise5 says:

      Thanks so much for the tips, I shall check them out:) I have to admit I was counting the days for the delivery from the US!

  6. Wow, I wouldn’t have the faintest idea where to start with something like this! The bag looks fantastic. And, yes, your helper makes for some fun photos 🙂
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  7. Emma T says:

    Love the red of the bag, and the lining. The colours you choose go perfectly.
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  8. I love this bag, it’s very pretty 🙂 You are very talented. I’m starting my new sewing class tonight- I’m excited!
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  9. Daryl says:

    Hi I saw your bag on Karen’s blog linky party. I have made several bags using headliner foam, which is practically the same things as Soft and Stable, but a tad cheaper and comes wider too. I buy mine at a fabric shop and it comes in black, gray or tan. You can see if they sell headliner foam at your local fabric shop or even check out where the local auto body shops get theirs for repairing the inside of the car ceilings. You bag looks great!
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  10. Great it worked out for you Vicky! Told you that stuff is awesome 🙂 Love your new bag, that color is gorgeous!

  11. Deborah says:

    Love the bag. My mother used to make leather ones, but I’ve only accomplished simple cloth bags, but I’m trying!
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  12. The finished bag looks lovely, the patten on the inside is gorgeous!
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  13. I love it, it has become like a beautiful bag and I love the fabric.

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  14. I want your bag!!! can I come round and steal it please? I’m pretty sure my sewing skills aren’t up to scratch for this one….gorgeous. recently posted…Review: Monski Mouse Baby Disco Dance HallMy Profile

  15. Hehe, love your little helper!

    The bag looks fab. Its always a bit nerve wracking sewing thick fabrics on a machine isn’t it, i’m glad yours managed okay this time! 🙂
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  16. Frazzled Mum says:

    I love your bag, it looks so professional and very stylish with the colours you’ve chosen. I suspect it’s all down to your very cute helper! Sounds like a great product.
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  17. Lucy Blossom says:

    Your bag is absolutely beautiful, I love your colour choices.

  18. chris says:

    Where did you buy the Soft & stable from in the USA? I bought some from Quilt Direct in Devon at a reasonable price but it is still expensive.

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