Martha Stewart Living, January 2011
Place front and back fabrics, right sides together, on work surface (front fabric on the bottom); top with batting. For larger pieces, pin edges.
Using a sewing machine, sew around edges of the 3 layers with a 1/4- to 1/2-inch seam allowance, leaving an opening on 1 side. Clip corners on the diagonal. Turn the piece right side out. Use a point turner or other blunt tool to push corners into shape from the inside.
Stitch the opening closed by hand.
We used a method known as "stitch in the ditch." This involves stitching along the piecework seams. Make a running stitch along the seams, stitching through all the layers of fabric. Or use a sewing machine. With either technique, you can use a contrasting color or one that blends in.
Make log cabin homes for your everyday items. The peach eyeglass case is sewn from wool-rayon felt. The phone cover is denim. Both are "stitched in the ditch," one with matching thread, the other with contrasting thread.
After you've finished this project, use the technique for sewing fabric to a backing for our quilted pot holders.