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macaron tutorial & giveaway

So.  How long have I been meaning to write a tutorial for this cutest ever little macaron kit?  Too long.  But I finally got down to business and wrote it because The Cloth Parcel wants to give a kit away to one of you!  I'm very excited about this. :)

Ok.  For starters, this kit is cute cute cute.  I bought four for myself a "while" ago.  This is the second I've made and now I can hardly wait to make the other two.

Here's what comes in the kit:

You will also need a sharp needle with an eye big enough to thread 2 plies of embroidery floss and thread scissors.  I also recommend white embroidery floss, but it isn't necessary.

The kit comes with instructions, but they are not in English.  The graphics are pretty clear, but if you need a little more explanation, this tutorial will help. 

One other thing - this macaron is assembled entirely by hand.  All the sewing is done with the colored embroidery floss that comes in the kit.  I always separated one ply of floss, folded it in half, threaded the ends and knotted the loop for all my sewing so I stitched everything with 2 plies (one ply doubled).

Step 1:  To make the first lid, sew a running stitch around the edge of one LARGE felt circle. 

Gather it slightly. 

Divide the wad of stuffing in half.  Set one half aside.  Place the other half of the stuffing onto the cupped felt circle. 

(Note:  If you want the inside of your macaron to be a little puffy, don't use all of the stuffing in this step.  But I like the outside of my macaron to be super puffy so I used all of my stuffing for the outside.  You can always cut a few little circles from scrap quilt batting to fill the inside hollows, if you like.)

Then place a white cardboard circle on top of the stuffing.  Gently pull the running stitch until it is snug.  Tuck the stuffing under the cardboard as best you can.  Secure the running stitch.

Make the second lid.

Step 2:  To make the zipper into the circle shape, first mark the seam line. 

The instructions say to stitch the seam 5mm from the teeth clasp. 

If you work in inches, your seam should be a generous 3/16" from the teeth clasp. 

THIS MEASUREMENT IS VERY IMPORTANT (she said speaking from experience).  If your seam allowance isn't just right, the zipper will not fit properly.

I marked my stitch line with a pen (which will not be seen).

Pin the ends of the zipper (right sides together) and then following the stitch guide in the instructions, sew the ends of the zipper together with a backstitch. 

NOTE:  This step is where I would recommend using white floss.  It's not necessary, but it does make your seam invisible from the outside.

Step 3:  Sew a running stitch along both sides of the zipper and gently gather them. 

Step 4:  Slip stitch one lid to each side of the zipper.

Note:  The instructions say to stitch the zipper 3mm (or 1/8") from the teeth.  If you look carefully at the zipper, you will see a woven pattern.  I've drawn a mark along the stitch line.  Try to sew on that line.  And you also want to match up the stitch line on the zipper with the edge of the cardboard circle inside the lid.  You can feel it easily with your fingers.  I know this sounds like a super fiddly thing to do, but it will make a difference in the finish. 

Step 5: Slip stitch one small felt circle to the inside of one lid.  (This is where you can add a bit more stuffing if you like.)

Tip:  Fold the teeth back towards the outside to make it easier to sew.

Repeat for the other side.

Step 6:  Attach the beads and ribbon. 

You're all done!  Super cute. :)

I'm going to use my macaron as a scissor fob.  It's the perfect size to hold a bobbin of thread for binding, English paper piecing, hand quilting, ... ... ...  Plus the colour of the felt matches some of the flowers on my scissors.  I know you get how awesome that is!

I will put a link to this tutorial in the Tutorials & Free Patterns link in my navigation bar at the top of this page so you will always be able to find it.

If you'd like to win a macaron kit, please pop over to The Cloth Parcel by clicking here to see all the available colors for this kit.  Then come back here and leave a comment (not an email) telling me which macaron color is your favourite.  This giveaway closes Sunday March 2nd and I'll announce the winner Monday the 3rd.  Good luck to you!


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Reader Comments (161)

Hot pink and thank you for answering the hard copyright question I am sure you struggle with doing not only the correct thing but the moral thing also. I have 5 grandchildren and try to live both correctly and morally with kindness and love.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterColleen
Just to cute! Love Lilac.... Fits my personality... want to use one for my handwork classes.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAvis W.
I really liked the hot pink and regular pink but I would like to get all of the colors. They are extremely cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha K.
Lilac is my fav! Thanks for the chance. Great tut!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJean
I like the hoy pink. Great tutorial.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Woodlee
I've wanted to make a macaron coin purse since I first saw one months ago. A kit like this would be just perfect! I like the hot pink that you chose.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJackie
Adorable! The yellow one stole my heart! Thanks for a great blog!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Halcomb
Love the lilac. Thanks for the chance to win such a cute kit!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterToni P
I like the hot pink, lilac and light pink. These are so cute!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam C
Oh my, it is so cute-- love the chocolate brown! The zipper part looks a little scary, but doable--so sweet.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren in Breezy Point
I think my favorite is lilac! But they are all so cute! I actually saw a tutorial on how to make this (if you didn't have a kit) it's on a blog called Craft Passion http://www.craftpassion.com/2012/01/macaron-coin-purse.html
Ahh so cute! I really would like to make a bunch and take pics of em!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDita
HoT Pink! Would love to make one of these for a girl on my team to keep her earrings in while we have practice.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
Lilac. Lilac.. Lilac. Because lilac is such a happy word that reminds me of spring... And boy could we sure use spring here in Minnesota!

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlori hunstad
These are so cute and unique. I love the lilac coloured kit.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLorrie
The hot pink macaron! A beautiful fun kit and a great giveaway! Thanks for the tute, by the way...you are THE BEST!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNickie
I can't decide between the hot pink and the light pink......so cute.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeb H.
These are so cute! I can just see one with eyes and a tongue dressed as a monster, that would look hilarious!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmily C.
Lovely lilac! Looks so fun to make :)
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoy
The hot pink is definitely my favorite. Thank you for the chance!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlynn m
I love the light pink. So sweet and feminine.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoan Consiglio
That's a tough choice I would say the Lilac though.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterColette
Thanks for the tutorial! My favorite is the hot pink!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLauraH
Cute!! hot pink!! Love it
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
They are all pretty but I think I would choose lilac
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn
I did go look but the hot pink still calls my name. I have often looked at Japanese books and put them back because I wasn't sure I would be able to understand the instructions. So thanks for the tutorial.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Balek
Thank you for the English translation, it will help A LOT! I love all the colours but my favourite has to be the lilac as then it will match most things in my sewing room.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChrissie
thanks for the instructions are very clear! my favorite color is lilac
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaniela
So cute!
I can't decide between the lilac and the hot pink!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGill
These are sooooooooo CUTE!!!! Love the lilac one. Thanks for the tutorial. :)
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnneMarie
Hi Kristyne - I think these little kits are so cute and would definitely choose the pale pink or lilac. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter into this giveaway!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa
So sweet! I love the hot pink one:)
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterM
So sweet, love the hot pink version.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteruk city crafter
i am obsessed with pink so i would pick the light pink first, hot pink second.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlesley
I really like the light pink kit,,,, AND the chocolate one too!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJowyn Jenson
Although chocolate would be my favorite if it were edible.....I'd have to say the hot pink is the one that got me excited! Great tutorial, by the way...thank you!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Grabowski
I made a smaller version awhile back from a pattern I found on line. It was very small..couldn't put anything larger than a quarter in it..this looks much more practical...love the lilac...
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpeggy hendrick
I've been wanting to make one of these and your tutorial is great. I love the lilac one on her website. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuperMomNoCape
Thank you for a sweet giveaway, I like the lilac one best. Thank you also for helping out with the instructions, particularly the details on how to do the zip.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKay
Love the lilac macaron...but did you see the pink rabbit wind up doll???? Had me a little giggle on that one. Thanks for sharing the site, I am off to spend some money now....
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLee
I have to say I still like the hot pink the best, although the lilac would be fun! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJudith
This is just an adorable and awesome idea! It's just perfect when I need to do some hand sewing away from my sewing room. I'm always sticking pins here and there and often wonder if I picked them all up when I go back to the sewing room. My choice color would be lilac as that's my "signature" color!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathy E.
I think the brown one is lovely, what a great "treasure" keeper.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDana
Well, first of all they are all sooooo sweet, thanks for bringing sweetness and beauty in your blog. If I had to pick I choose pale pink. Kind regards, Mary
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary
Definitely the hot pink - it's so cute! I've been admiring these little macaron purses for months and I'm definitely getting a few kits for myself!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMalerie
I think the Hot Pink is the way to go!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterColette
Oh how sweet!! I really like the light pink one. The aqua blue bow compliments it so well (especially paired with the pearl and gold beads!!!). LOVE!! Thanks so much for sharing! I think that if I don't win the giveaway, I'll buy like 20 of these things anyways. They would make such cute gifts, any age range!!!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
I really like the lilac. Thanks so much for the tutorial and giveaway opportunity!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
Love the lilac and I am so ready for mine to bloom even though it is still going to be a while before that happens! Thanks for the opportunity.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLouise
So cute. I like the hot pink one the best but the others run a close second. I might have to treat myself to one of these kits if I don't manage to win one.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWendy W.
I love the Lilac. This macaroon it just to cute!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGina S.
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