How to Make Lemon Potholders

How to make a lemon potholder

Ever since I created the Memi’s Lemon table runner I have been on a lemon kick. They are just so fun and summery. I decided to make another lemony project with this lemon potholder. Potholders are a great beginner sewing project. This lemon potholder is super simple. There is a free sewing pattern to help you along with this sewing tutorial. If you would like other potholder projects check out my potholder post here.

I used remnants from my other lemony projects for this lemon potholder. The fabrics were purchased from Joann’s but you could head to or to get exactly what you need for your lemon potholder. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

What you will Need: How to Make a Lemon Potholder

What you will need

Step 1:  Cut Your Fabrics

Cut out one lemon piece for the back of the pot holder and the one for the inside of the pot holder. I used a tossed lemon fabric for the back and white for the interior. Cut two of one side of the the half lemon pieces and two of the other side of the half lemon pieces because they are different. I used yellow Kona cotton for this. Cut strips of fabric that measure 2 1/2″ wide x ____” long for the binding or use ____” of pre-made bias binding. Cut one full lemon of insul-bright and cotton batting.  Also, cut 2 half hearts of insul-bright and cotton batting.  Cut a 4″ x 2″ piece of fabric for the hanger.

Cut your fabrics

Step 2:  Create the Back

Lay your outer lemon right side down on your work surface.  Place the insul-bright on top of that piece of fabric and the batting on top of that then the inner fabric piece.  Pin around the edges.  Turn over and mark quilting lines onto the right side of the fabric using an erasable pen or tailor’s chalk.  I chose to do lines using a decorative stitch.  Stitch over the lines that have drawn through all layers.  This is the quilting.  

Layer the fabrics and draw the quilting lines
Quilt the potholder

Step 3:  Create the Front of the Potholder

Layer the front half lemons.  Lay a half lemon right side down then the insul-bright, the batting and then another half lemon.  Repeat for the other side.  Add quilting lines to the top pieces.  I simply used lines to mimic the shape of the lemon. Quilt the lines.

Measure for the quilting lines

Step 4:  Add the Binding to the Potholder

First you will need to create the binding if you are not going to use pre-made bias binding.  I like to make my own using my how to make bias binding tutorial. I could have used a bias tape maker but there was just a small amount to make so I made it by hand. Add the binding to the inner edges of each of the half lemons.  If you are unfamiliar with how to sew on bias binding check out my bias binding tutorial.  For this project I simply sewed the raw edges together.  I then folded over the binding and stitched along edge.  Cut the binding so that it is even with the top raw edges.  Repeat for the other side.

Add the binding to the ends
Fold over the binding

Step 4:  Baste the Front to the Back of the Potholder

Lay the inner side of the back face up on your work surface.  Place the bound lemon halves on top of the back piece and baste the pieces together using a 1/8″ seam allowance.  

Add the ends

Step 5:  Add the Bias Binding

Enclose the raw edges with more bias binding. If you are unfamiliar with how to add bias biding to your project check out the video below.

Add the bias binding
Finished binding
Back of potholder
How to Bind a Round Quilt Inside and Outside Sides


How to make a lemon potholder

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