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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)

I am not a fan of pastels so that hot pink is definitely the cutest!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterApril
I am so excited about this tutorial. Your photos and instructions are so very helpful. Thank you! I think I like the hot pink one the best.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDH
Oooh thanks for the tutorial! I might have to buy a kit or two myself as I'm a beginner at this type of project. I would love a hot pink or chocolate one though :)
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommentercRAfterChick Niki
The Hot Pink is gorgeous and sassy at the same time! I like that!!!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Stout
So adorable! Love the lilac and light pink ones! So charming and sweet! I would hesitate buying a kit without English instructions, but with your little tutorial, it looks doable! Sweet!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie
Your work is beautiful as always. Does this mean that you will be able to provide a tutorial for the little Japanese bag you posted on January 28. Just wondering because I would still love to make some of those darling little bags like you did. Thank you in advance.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
I absolutely adore the light pink!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLawana Whaley
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! I LOVE it in the hot pink! I love it because it is little! ;p
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterina
They're so cute! I love the hot pink the most!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArchiethewonderdog
Is ther any other color but PINK
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGinger
Love the Hot Pink! Your instructions are so clear - feel like I could make it right now :D
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVicki K
love love the little macaron. It is amazing and I love the hot pink. Great tutorial. Makes me keen to make one
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Schulz
I like lilac, thanks for translating the tutorial.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMara
So sweet! I like the hot pink best, lilac a close second :)
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNita
I like the pink and lilac ones, but I think my favorite is the yellow one -- so cheerful!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeadgirl
Ooh, j'aime les macarons! That hot pink just winked at me, the little devil ;)
I saw these gorgeous macarons some years back and fell in love with them then. I can't recall the site, but the kit looks familiar. So thankful for your tutorials as you really do simplify the patterns. As well, you iron out all the snags one often encounters when attempting a new project.
Your wee scissor keep is truly a 'keeper' :D
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (mtl)
Oh, it would have to be the hot pink color! Yum!

Thanks for a fun giveaway!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoan
i love the hot pink!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdonna altieri
Loving this tutorial you make me want to make Everything you post! especially love the lilac colour, reminds me of spring.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEdie Williams
Looks like fun - I'd have to go with brown! Thanks for the chance to win!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngela B.
Oh! what a lovely giveaway! Chocolate brown would be totally edible! x
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaula
This is adorable! I love the Light Pink one!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie @ Quarter Incher
Love the lilac one. Thanks for the tutorial, Kristyne. And the introduction to The Cloth Parcel.
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Shackleford
Hot pink because I'm in love with all things pink and it's so sweet with the floral handled scissors you have pictured with it. Your site is beautiful and I'm thrilled to see so much wonderful hand work coming back into vogue!
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCFQuilter
I'm a purple girl, so lilac would be my color of choice (although the hot pink is adorable, too.)
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaryann
I like both pinks!!!
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
The lilac one is so cute! Love it!
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy Swetz
Hot pink is my fave. Glad to have ideas this early for next Christmas - thanks!
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commentershari
Sew cute!! My first color choice would be teal, I think that would make a cute macaron! As for the cloth parcel colors, Lilac!

Thanks for sharing this tutorial!
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmerauld
The light pink macaron is verrry cute.
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarji
Hot pink is my favourite as in your tutorial. Thanks for the chance.
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandraR
I am fairly new to your blog and I have so enjoyed reading and making some of the items you've posted.
I love to make hand made items for gifts etc. and you do an awesome job of inspiring me to be creative.
I thought all the macron's were adorable but the hot pink would probably be my favorite. Wishing you continued joy in your sewing.
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCyndie in Ohio
wow! what a cute little macaron! my favorite is the one you made in that fuschia color -- too stinkin' cute! thank you for the chance to win! these would be sweet in pastel colors, like lime green or milk chocolate.
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrita
I like the light pink , would also be cute with a small embroidery....wonderful tutorial. Thanks.
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristin F.
Bravo love the tutorial! Seriously pick just one favorite color? I really like the pale pink but it's a toss up between that one and the lilac! Thanks for the tutorial. I ADORE everything you make as well as the smiles you make me have you are a delight to read!
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNicole Kelly
You know that they have a tutorial on how to make these on The Cloth Parcel's website? It just seems like a wast of time for you to write one while there is a perfectly good one out there for everyone to use!! Whatever, that's tour wasted time not mine...
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPBHisnotsocool
I like the chocolate brown.
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathie Craig
So cute, I love the pale pink!
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarybeth
hot pink!
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
The chocolate brown is my favourite. Thanks for this chance.
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAurea's Kitchen
I like the lilac one because it is close in color to periwinkle, which is the color for the support ribbon for Pulmonary Hypertension, a rare disease of the lungs My sister suffers from this, and I would make this lilac macaroon for her.
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRosa Taylor
This Macaron is super cute!!! Love the hot pink the best...

February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanine
DARLING! I'm going to Paris in April (for the very first time ... maybe only time) and I think I need to take one of these with me! I love the hot pink colouwise but, flavourwise, I love the CHOCOLATE!!
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeather A
I love the light pink one. Thanks for the give-a-way!
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCorina
Love the hot pink colour! I nearly bought this kit when you featured it previously but wasn't sure how I'd go with no/little instructions. Your tute is fantastic, will definitely try this even if I don't win, thanks :)
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKym
I think this is the cutest little cookie I have ever seen. I would like the lt. pink one as It is my favorite color for breast cancer.
February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLetha Gunter
they are all wonderful but i think i have to chose lilac! i'm thinking the macaroon would look very sweet with some embroidered flowers on teh top rather than the bow & bead.
February 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkaren
Pink is my favorite color and to have 2 shades to pick from! I'll go with hot pink! Thanks for the tutorial, too!
February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa S
Seriously cute ... and the brown one looks like a real cookie ... Love It!
February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJane @ Handiworking
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