"I am often complimented on the professional appearance of my bags and purses. Though I'd love to say that they look good because I'm such an excellent seamstress, I really can't take all the credit. Using the proper tools and supplies makes all the difference between a project that looks store-bought and professional versus one that looks homemade.
ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™ is by far the most important element used in any of my purses, bags, or other projects. Using ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™ in place of batting or other fusible interfacings gives my project a firm foundation. The bag isn't slouchy or wrinkly. Yet, because ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™ is so lightweight, the purse (when it's empty anyway!) weighs hardly anything.
I love using ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™ in handles, too— that soft, cushiony feeling is so nice for shoulder straps or handles.
The other advantage to using ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™ is that I do not have to quilt the fabric to the batting/foundation unless I want to. I often choose to quilt the fabric to add a decorative element to the finished piece, but it is not an absolute necessity.
For instance, when I designed the Serenity Shoulder Bag, I wanted all of the focus to be on the texturized flap. Had I used batting in the bag, I'd have had to quilt the fabric in the body of the bag. Not only would those quilting lines detract from the finished appearance of the bag, but the bag would be slouchy when put together.
With ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™, I am able to attach the fabric pieces used for the body of the bag to the ByAnnie's Soft and Stable ™by sewing just around the edges. No quilting lines! When I'm done, my bag stands up beautifully, supporting that gorgeous textured flap.