Product Review: Soft and Stable Used in Mom’s Margo Handbag

Lazy Girl Designs Margo Handbag made with
Soft and Stable from By Annie’s
in place of fusible batting.

Lazies, I made this tone on tone Margo for my Mom recently. What’s different about this Margo is that I used Soft and Stable in place of batting for this bag. Look at her beautiful posture! She stands up tall and straight.

Soft and Stable
Soft and Stable is a product that can be used in place of batting in purse, craft and smaller quilt products. It’s a layer of foam, sandwiched between two layers of thin knit. By Annie’s offers it in several size cuts and two colors: black or white. It is a sew-in product, not a fusible.

Here’s Margo unzipped. You can see the black zip sandwiched between
the black/gray fabric on top and the
light gray fabric below. I simply
replaced the 1.5″ strip of lining fabric with cover fabric.

About Margo
The Margo Handbag (LGD127) has been our top selling pattern since its release nearly two years ago. Mom tested the prototype the year before and couldn’t love this bag more. In fact, she’s been carrying a Margo since the prototype in October 2009. So, when it came time to make Mom a fresh Margo, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try out Soft and Stable from By Annie’s

The two front pockets are very functional with easy access to your phone or keys. Margo’s zipper installation sets the zip just down from the top edge of the bag for a beautiful and clean finish. Don’t forget the loads of inside pockets. Size is just over 10″ x 9″ x 4″.

A look inside reveals light gray fabric for the lining and pockets.
Pockets are topped with piping made from the
cover fabric for easy visual access.

Working with Soft and Stable
The Soft and Stable is a thicker material than the fusible batting I usually work with on all of my bag designs. Being thicker, it makes the space for the inside of the bag just a tad smaller. That means the lining needs to be smaller in order to lay flat against the outside of the bag.

Toward that end, I took a seam allowance between 1/2″ and 3/4″ for the side seams of the lining. It still wasn’t enough. The impact – the pockets at the side seams are smaller, still good for pens, etc. And the lining is still a bit wavy. I used a lightweight fusible interfacing on the lining fabric because that is all that was needed for this size bag combined with the support of the Soft and Stable.

To use with my designs, baste in place around the edges where you would normally use a fusible batting/fleece. Soft and Stable would be great to use in handles.

Lining is a little wavy due to smaller size of inside space.

The wave is noticeable when you are looking for it.
However, the bag stands up like a champ!

Last but not least, I used purse feet by Nancy Zieman
for Clover. Mom loves the ka-klink sound
her purse makes when she sets it down.

Soft and Stable support from By Annie’s. Available in black or white. Good stuff!

For more info about Soft and Stable
Check out: our blog post about Soft and Stable
Check out: By Annie’s website here: Soft and Stable

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11 Responses to “Product Review: Soft and Stable Used in Mom’s Margo Handbag”

  1. Arlene Caterino — March 5, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    I have made that bag from Batiks & love it. Will try it again with soft & stable, really like that in place of fusible batting. Made a I-Pad case using soft & stable it really protect the I-Pad.

  2. Nancy Znamierowski — March 5, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Margo looks beautiful with her new stability! I too have been using Soft and Stable on some Runaround bags I’ve been making as gifts to take on an upcoming trip to visit my daughter in Michigan. It just adds that little bit of “tooth” we love in our bags!

  3. Judy B. — March 5, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    Thanks for the Soft and Stable tips. I just bought some at the Sew Expo last week after going to Annie’s seminar. The samples she shared were very impressive. She showed bags with this product in the handles and it worked really well. I can hardly wait to use it on my next bag.

  4. Kathleen Barden — March 5, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    I’ve taught two classes (16 students total) using Candace. Would you suggest shortening the lining approximately .5 inches to take up the slack in my next -#3 – bag. Would it be too thick in a cross body strap with a slide?

  5. Dee — March 5, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    Love the tone on tone look of your Mom’s new bag! What size of the purse feet did you use? I tried some one time, but I must have used too small a size because they looked puny compared to the bag itself.



  6. nurit — March 5, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    The bag is beautiful & I like your finishing.

  7. Sherry MayLee — March 6, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    Love your Mom’s Margo bag! Thanks for the info about using Soft n Stable! I like the piping & feet idea too. I recently made this pattern & love it!

  8. karen spencer — March 13, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    Soft and stable makes my bags look great. Now if it would just come in a fusible… 🙂

  9. Rose — April 10, 2012 @ 5:06 am

    Hi, my name is Rose and am an Ethiopian, Africa. I always follow ur page. I have an intersest on designing dress and making bags. I don’t have education. I am currently stay at home mom. How can I contact show u my work.
    Thank u so much in advance

  10. Edie O. — March 16, 2015 @ 10:00 am

    I love the bag and will purchase the pattern. I really like the feet on the bottom. I have been taking a class in which we are subbing Soft n. Stable for some of the Decor Bond in a briefcase pattern. What the teacher had us do was cut the Soft n Stable smaller than the fabric for the bag to allow for the 1/2″ seams on all sides. Then we fused it to the fabric using Steam a Seam or Heat and Bond. The briefcase stands up beautifully.


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