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Five years ago this week our very first shipment of ByAnnie's Soft and Stable arrived. Twenty 50-yard rolls of black ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™ (the only color we offered for the first year) were delivered to the dock at the Superior Threads warehouse. Annie spent the next several hours ferrying the rolls three at a time across town to her home's garage. Her vehicles were quickly relegated to live in the driveway because the garage was full!
With no employees and her husband Al away on the Montana ranch, Annie was (to put it mildly) a bit overwhelmed! She hired a young man to carry the rolls upstairs to her cutting table and to help cut and package each roll. Within a day or two, she was on the phone to Al saying, "I think I've made a huge mistake! This stuff takes up a lot of room and it's a lot of work!"
Fast forward to five years later: ByAnnie.com now brings in 58' trucks full of ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™ on a regular basis. Annie has a staff of 14 to cut, package, fill orders, and help keep the business running smoothly and efficiently. This past spring Annie got her home — and garage! — back when we moved our operations into a warehouse location. We ship to faithful customers around the world and earlier this summer we opened a distribution facility in Europe.
Some things haven't changed: The best foam/fabric stabilizer on the market, ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™ continues to be proudly made in the USA. Increases in our sales volume have enabled us to absorb several price increases over the years, so we are able to sell ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™ at exactly the same price set when we introduced the product five years ago. We still pride ourselves on excellent customer service and do our best to fill orders quickly and efficiently.
As the creator of this unique product and a dedicated sewist and pattern designer, Annie continues to develop enticing patterns and techniques for making the most of this awesome stabilizer. Though we have grown significantly, we are still a small, family-owned operation. We work hard to take care of our customers, always striving to maintain quality and consistency while offering fairly-priced products. We're also dedicated to respecting our employees and staff by providing a happy workplace with flexible hours, competitive wages, and opportunities to develop and improve their skills. Annie's hands-on involvement in the business assures that quality and service are never sacrificed for profits or the bottom line.
All of us join Annie in saying a big THANK YOU to each of you for your support over these past five years. We appreciate your patronage and are inspired every single day by your excitement and encouragement. Thank you for joining us on this journey!
We'd like to send hugs and a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make a difference in little Emma's life. We were able to raise over $5,000 for her and her sweet family. Wow! Thank you all.
You can continue following Emma's fight on Facebook through the page updated by her strong and caring mom, Shelly. Blessings to Emma and all of her family as they navigate the days ahead!
Please use the link below and continue to support the family by donating to their GoFundMe page. Thank you!
The deadline for submissions to the Road to California Bag Challenge is coming up soon. Please submit photos of your project by October 1, 2015.
Having trouble submitting your entry? Click on the link below and then go to page 2 of the entry form for step-by-step instructions.
Cash prizes and merchandise totaling $1,000 will be awarded for purses or bags made from the 20th Anniversary fabric designed by Alexander Henry Fabrics.
The purse or bag may be any size or style, uniquely designed or made from a pattern, and can include other fabric, embellishments, hardware, or stabilizers.
No doubt you've seen the many quick-to-make baskets which are all over social media these days. We especially love the beautiful variations that our dear friend Grete of Stoffsalat made.
Grete recently filmed a class with Bernina in Switzerland and featured these baskets. We love the details that Grete included from the embroidered words around the upper edge of the baskets to the incredibly detailed quilting on the bases. These colorful baskets are perfect to organize all the colorful fabrics in her stash!
These would not be a quick project, but the results are beautiful and worth every bit of effort. You can read more about Grete's baskets here:
Are you waiting to find the perfect fabric for your Open Wide Bag?
Daryl from Patchouli Moon Studio recently made some wonderful Open Wide bags by essentially making her own fabric! She started with a fairly plain hand-dyed fabric which she embellished with decorative machine stitches and fun threads and yarns. She made some other fun modifications, too, such as including fabric pockets instead of mesh pockets.
If you want to make a bag that's uniquely yours, be sure to check out Daryl's posts using these links.
Open Wide Introduction:
Open Wide with Fancy Stitches:
The Stash and Dash Bag Challenge winners were announced on September 14. You can see the winning entries on our blog here:
Thank you to everyone who participated. We will be highlighting and showcasing the bags on Facebook and Instagram, so if you'd like to receive inspiration be sure to follow along there.
Although the step-by-step tutorial will stay active on our blog, please remember that the Stash and Dash pattern is free only until October 1. You'll want to download it now before it becomes a for-purchase pattern!
Things have been busier than usual for all of us at ByAnnie.com this past month. With much of our staff back in school and lots of preparations underway for Market and Festival in Houston, there never seem to be enough hours in the day. . . or days in the week! Fun patterns are being written, samples are being sewn, new products are being designed, and we have lots to share.
In the midst of all that, Annie, Casey, Glo, and Liam enjoyed some wonderful family time in Montana where Annie's daughter was married in early September.
Though we'd had consistent rain for several days, the sun reappeared on wedding day and Havila got her wish to have the ceremony in the meadow. The beautiful snow-capped peaks of the Mission Mountains made the perfect backdrop.
A true renaissance couple, Havila and Jack spent the summer building an amazing barn in which to hold the reception, grew all the flowers for the bouquets, and truly made it a BIG Montana day!
Organize, store and display all your bling when you make this versatile double-sided organizer.
Bling It On! offers easy storage for all sizes and types of fashion accessories and makes a great gift.
Features include vinyl slip pockets and zippered mesh pockets in a variety of sizes as well as two earring bars and a dozen necklace tabs.
ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™ gives great body and stability to the organizer.
The organizer takes up less than 2" of closet space and stows easily for traveling.
Save time and money with a Bling It On! Finishing Kit.
Kits include all zippers, extra zipper pulls, strapping, mesh, vinyl, vinyl mesh, and hook-and-loop fastener for one Bling It On! hanging jewelry organizer.
Begin by choosing a finishing kit in black or white (color applies to mesh and hook-and-loop); then choose from zippers in 48 colors.
Bling It On! Finishing Kit - BLACK
Bling It On! Finishing Kit - WHITE
You spoke, we listened. We have expanded our collection of 40" double-slide handbag zippers and Zippers by the Yard to include 32 gorgeous colors.
Now you can get eleven more of the most-loved colors from our 24" single-slide and 30" double-slide selections in the larger sizes, too.
The new range includes:
Fun and easy to make, these
nesting baskets in three sizes
will hold a multitude of treasures.
ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™ gives
body and stability and makes
construction quick and easy.
Quick and easy to make, these
handy little zippered cases
are perfect to store and carry
quilting supplies, art supplies,
knitting needles, crochet hooks,
and lots more.
Simple and secure,
this handy padded case is
perfect for carrying your iPad,
tablet or other electronic gear.
It's the perfect companion
for day trips around town!
Wonder Clips and ByAnnie's
Soft and Stable™ are a
perfect match —they go together
like love and marriage!
We can't imagine assembling
a bag without them.
These handy chalk markers are
the perfect tool for marking
temporary lines on fabric or
on ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™.
Our favorites are the white,
blue, and silver.
This handy roll of soft
flexible, fusible fabric tape
is perfect for joining pieces of
ByAnnie's Soft and Stable™.
Available in white
or in black.
In honor of ByAnnie's Soft and Stable's 5th birthday, we are offering FREE (OR DISCOUNTED) SHIPPING* on orders (retail or wholesale) for the next week.
You choose the products, we'll choose the shipping method (you may pay extra for faster methods), and we'll celebrate together!
*U. S. CUSTOMERS
Place an order (retail or wholesale) before midnight MDT on Sunday, September 27, 2015, enter the discount code HAPPYBDAY, and we'll pay for shipping within the United States.
To get the discount, you MUST enter the code HAPPYBDAY in the discount box at checkout. Be sure to hit APPLY to apply the discount.
Place an order (retail or wholesale) before midnight MDT on Sunday, September 27, 2015, enter the discount code HAPPYFIVE, and we will pay 50% of the shipping cost.
To get the discount, you MUST enter the code HAPPYFIVE in the discount box at checkout. Be sure to hit APPLY to apply the discount.
Sample Spree: October 23, 2015
Market: October 24 to 26, 2015
Festival: October 29 to November 1, 2015
Find us at Booth #711
We'll have FOUR booths this year so lots to show and share!
January 18 to 24, 2016
Monday, January 18, 2016 - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday, January 22, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
February 25 to 28, 2016
Find us in the Showplex in Booths 405-407
Thursday - Saturday, February 25 - 27, 2016 - 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
As always, we'd love to see what you've been doing with ByAnnie's Soft and Stable, Texture Magic, or any of our patterns.
Please email pictures and your story to us at email@example.com.
Until next time, happy stitching!
Annie and the ByAnnie.com Team