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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)

Oh that is so cute! I'm smitten with the lilac version. Thanks for the fun!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandie @ crazy'boutquilts
This is so cute!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristine B.
Ooo! Very adorable. Yes, I love how it matches your scissors. I like the brown one best, though all are cute. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnn
So cute and the information is really clear! I think the light pink one is my favorite. :)
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristin S.
that is just so cute!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Your instructions are so clear! Thank you for posting them. I love the light pink version the best.

Thanks for the chance to win!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandy A in St. Louis
I like the CHOCOLATE brown one the best. Extremely cute!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarca Fritzemeier
I have to go with chocolate...however I am sure I would be tempted to want to eat it all the time!! Cute!!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChrista
I have been wanting to make one of these with my daughter. I think that the lilac one is my favorite. Thank you for the tutorial!!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStacy of CF
So stinkin cute!! I think the Lilac, no maybe the Lt Pink,,,,hard choice! Thank you for the tutorial and a chance to win.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkim
Love them all but the light pink would match my scissors. :)
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSue B
They are so cute. I love the hot pink. Thanks for the great tutorial and giveaway.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristine M
I love the pale pink one. I have a thing for pink and aqua right now and that now on top did it for me.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEm
I'm not sure if you are shipping internationally but just in case ....... I love this hot pink one! The others are cute, but this one is divine! Great blog xx
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeb B
Hot pink! How does your brain not explode from the cuteness!?
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Thanks for the giveaway and clear instructions. The light pink is by far the cutest. Thank you.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarina
I love lilac! Thanks for the chance to win!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda pawlak
So very cute! I would love to win the lilac one!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanne Ellingsen
What a fun project!! I love the light pink it but what an adorable idea! They are all cute! Thanks for the tutorial!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
This is cute. However wouldn't this be copyright? It's clearly not your pattern - it's from a bought pattern but now you've written a tutorial that is 'yours' from it. I think this is a bit wrong.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
OH, gosh! It is a toss-up between Lilac and Hot Pink. I'd love to make one of each.

:) Linda
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlinda
Hi Michelle,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this tutorial. I can see how the line might be a bit blurred.

As a pattern writer, I take copyright infringement VERY seriously. I wouldn't claim to be an expert, but I know more than probably the average person because it's part of my job and I did study a little about copyright in school. Believe me when I say I am the last person interested in engaging in a copyright dispute with anyone.

My motivation for writing this tutorial was to share my enthusiasm for the kit. I bought four myself, I've enjoyed making them from the kit and I am happy to share my appreciation of the kit with my readers.

I took great care to ensure this tutorial cannot be used as a substitute for buying the kit. I do not share any sizes or dimensions that are used for the components so the parts of this kit cannot be duplicated based on this tutorial. In fact, this tutorial is only useful to someone who owns the kit.

Also, because the instructions are only in Japanese I think this English tutorial will only help the company that manufacturers it. I am not benefiting financially in any way from this tutorial and I genuinely believe I am helping the maker sell more kits to non-Japanese reading people.

I'd also like to mention there are other free macaron tutorials on the internet that include all the detail necessary to make a macron from scratch. In my opinion, the appeal of the kit I featured in my tutorial is just that - it's a kit. I didn't need to go shopping around for all the supplies. I didn't need to make any templates. This kit is so awesome because it provides you with everything you need ... unless you don't read Japanese and have trouble following a pattern with just the pictures.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I think this tutorial is meant to promote the kit, not to infringe on a copyright for personal gain.

I hope this clarifies things. :)

February 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterKristyne
This is gorgeous! Now I want to make up my own pattern to fit the zippers I have.
I like the light pink kit best.

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Chocolate Brown would be my favorite one.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathy Davis
What a fun little piece and thank you for the tutorial! I felt drawn to the warm brown color, but any one of them could easily find a home here with me! My scissors would surely thank you for the upgrade from their current state of being tied to my sewing table by a puppy dog leash!
Warm regards!
Ruth Lutz
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRuth Lutz
I like the light pink. Boy, those wind up felt dolls are so cute too! Thanks for doing a give away.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHolly
This is just as cute as can be! I love the hot pink and the lilac, so hard to choose!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPamela Danner
what an adorable little project. I love your hot pick and decided the lilac was pretty too. I think the spring colors are working right now. Thank you for the tutorial.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteredith
I've seen these before and thought they were just adorable! Now that you've written this excellent tut on the pattern, I'm really excited to try making one. I always wondered how that zipper was attached; thanks. I partial to pink so either this hot pink or the pastel pink would be my choice.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLJ
I chose Lilac - but it was tough to choose just one!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet W
I love the chocolate brown kit! They are all adorable though. Thank you!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Massie
These are adorable! I would love to win a hot pink one!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
How cute! Thanks for the tutorial, very clear and detailed. Love all the color choices but think I would choose Lilac. Thanks for a chance to win!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Taylor
So cute and you make it look so easy! Thank you.

Hot pink!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara R
I love the chocolate color. Thanks for doing the work to help us make this fun kit.
Also a big thank you for the offer of a free kit.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJan Richards
This is SO CUTE! I love the hot pink. Your tutorial is great! I think I can make this!(I'm really a beginner). Thank you for the giveaway!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterELaine Bagley-Mathewson
Ohhhh...Pale pink, for sure!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia M.
The tutorial is wonderful. I would like the lilac.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVicki H
Lilac is one of my favorite colors. Thanks for the great hints on putting in the zipper.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandy K
I love the classic black Macaron kit as it matches my antique treadle sewing machines. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway : )
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStitchgirl78
Hot pink is the best but I also like the lilac one. Might have to try wrangling a zipper into submission. Too cute. Cindy O bluemoonstencils@yahoo.com
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercindy oneal
Hot Pink is my favorite! It is adorable thanks for the tute
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjo
The chocolate brown is so rich looking. The colors are all pretty though. Thanks for the giveaway!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn
That Hot pink is such a fun color! The yellow and brown is nice as well :)
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi
This is among your very best tutorials! I totally understand it all,it is doable! I applaud your understanding of how to communicate this technical information resulting in this darling project!! That is why you are the boss!
I looked at the colors and the Hot Pink is my favorite! And a scissor fob no less!! I love it!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie Nyquist
I like LIlac the best. Amazing tutorial. Thank you for this chance.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn Knox
I like the rich looking brown with creme one. I'd really like to make one by hand. So many things are done "in the hoop." Looking forward to using your tutorial for help. Thanks!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarjorie Paul
Very cute and different. My favorite is the yellow.
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiann Cornell
This is so adorable!!! Love the Hot Pink the most!
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTerry
Light pink
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
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