With the warmer breezes and trees blossoming, I am starting to get excited about summer. Although we still have a few more weeks of cooler weather where I live, I decided to get my porch in the mood for summer with this lovely Lemon Slice Pillow. The bright yellow colors just make my heart happy. Could your porch use a splash of citrus sunshine? I have the tutorial for you!

Lemon Slice Pillow Tutorial


lemon slice pillow applique pattern

Fabric requirements:

  • large yellow scraps for the lemon rind, and lemon slices
  • 1/8 yard pink fabric for shine and seeds and inner border
    • Cut 2- 1 1/2″ X 12 1/2″ strips
    • Cut 2- 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″ strips
  • small white scrap for pith
  • 12 1/2″ square for applique background
  • 1/4 yard yellow fabric for the large border. I used yellow scraps from my pile and sewed them together to create strips for the border. The scrappy look- and the addition of tiny hints of pink- were really fun, but they do add a bit more sewing to the project.
    • Cut 2- 3 1/2″ X 14 1/2″ strips
    • Cut 2- 3 1/2″ X 20 1/2″ strips
  • fabric for pillow back using your favorite method. I used this hidden zipper tutorial for my back and it requires 1/3 yard of fabric and an 18″ zipper.

Other supplies:

Prepare Applique Pieces

  • Print off the pattern onto the paper side of the EZ print Featherlite sheets
  • Cut out around each pattern piece leaving a slight margin.
  • Gather the fabrics for each pattern piece. *this is a good time to see if there will be any shadowing behind the large lemon, lay the lemon rind fabric over the top of the background square- if you can see the design of the background fabric, you may choose to add interfacing.

  • If adding interfacing, cut a piece of interfacing slightly larger than the lemon pattern piece.
  • Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the lemon rind fabric.
  • Take your lemon pattern piece and fuse it to the interfacing on the wrong side of the lemon rind fabric.

  • Fuse the remaining pattern pieces to the wrong side of the corresponding fabrics.
  • Cut out all the pattern pieces along the printed lines.
  • Remove the paper backing of the large lemon piece and place it on the background piece as desired.
    • Fuse into place.
    • Sew around large lemon with a straight stitch or narrow zig-zag stitch.
  • Remove the lemon slice rind and pith piece paper backings and position into place overlapping the lemon.
    • Fuse into place.
    • Sew around lemon rind and pith using the same stitch as the large lemon piece.

Positioning Lemon wedges onto slice

  • Position the lemon wedge pieces on the pith of the lemon slice. The pieces should fit together in order 1-4 but they will go from right to left, not left to right. (see the numbers on the seeds in the picture for reference)
  • One at a time remove the paper backing from the wedges and return to the correct position.
  • Fuse all the lemon wedges at once.

Add Lemon seeds and shine and Finish the Applique

  • Remove the paper backing from the large pink heart for the shine and the small seed hearts. Make sure to position the seed hearts on the corresponding wedge.
  • Fuse the shine and seeds into place.
  • Sew around the lemon wedges, seeds, and shine to secure into place.

Add Borders and Finish Pillow

  • Sew the two 1 1/2″ X 12 1/2″ pink strips to the top and bottom of the appliqued background fabric.
  • Sew the two 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″ pink strips to the sides of the background fabric.
  • Sew the two 3 1/2″ X 14 1/2″ yellow (or pieced) strips to the top and bottom of the pink borders.
  • Sew the two 3 1/2″ X 20 1/2″ yellow strips to the sides of the pink borders.

Quilt Pillow front and finish pillow

  • Spray the pillow front with basting spray.
  • Lay the pillow front right side up on top of the fleece interfacing
  • Quilt the pillow front as desired.
  • Trim the pillow front to 20 1/2″ square.
  • Add the pillow back and add a pillow insert.

This pillow definitely brightens up my front porch. Now, could someone please pass me the strawberry lemonade? Happy Sewing my friends! xoxo, Amy

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