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How to Make a Macaron Pillow – Free Tutorial

A macaron, pronounced mack-a-rohn (French accent optional 😉 ) is made up of two flat bottomed almond flour cookies, that are sandwiched together with a filling of jam or ganache. I have absolutely no idea what ganache is, but it sounds fancy. Apparently macarons are really difficult to make. I wouldn’t know though, even a muffin is beyond my skill level. But I might just be tempted to make my a daughter this macaron pillow when she asks for one.

Add a little fun to your decor with this macaron pillow. Quick and easy. A one of a kind pillow with step-by-step tutorial from A Crafty Mix | Make it yourself

And she did ask. A while ago. So since this month’s Int’l Bloggers Club (IBC) challenge is “Fabric” it seemed like perfect opportunity to get my laptop butt in gear and figure out how to make her a macaron pillow.

Opportunity is like a macaron dipped in tea. If you wait too long it’s goneClick to Tweet

But before I get into the how to, let me tell you a little more about the IBC.  We’re a small group of international bloggers from all around the world that get together on the last Monday of every month to share a themed project. Last month we had to “Try Something New” which was loads of fun. Can I tell you a secret? I’m dreading the day the challenge is to “bake something”. I’m either going to call in sick for the day or cheat and get my daughter to bake that something 😀 Sshhh don’t tell anyone. Okay onto the macaron pillow.

Add a little fun to your decor with this macaron pillow. Quick and easy. A one of a kind pillow with step-by-step tutorial from A Crafty Mix | Make it yourself

What You Need to Make a Macaron Pillow

  • Sewing machine
  • A dinner plate
  • 1/8 yard of fabric for the jam or ganache filling
  • 1/2 yard of silky fabric for the tops of the cookies. I used a silk-cotton mix
  • 1/4 yard of coordinating furry fabric
  • Stuffing, scissors  measuring tape, and cotton

Add a little fun to your decor with this macaron pillow. Quick and easy. A one of a kind pillow with step-by-step tutorial from A Crafty Mix | Make it yourself

The finished pillow measures 32 cm (12″) in diameter. Use the dinner plate to cut two circles from the silky fabric. Leave a seam allowance of about 2 cm ( ¾”). Edge the fabric if it tends to fray. The lazy mom inside of me decided to skip this step. Hopefully it doesn’t come back to bite me later.

Add a little fun to your decor with this macaron pillow. Quick and easy. A one of a kind pillow with step-by-step tutorial from A Crafty Mix | Make it yourself

Cut a 9 cm (3.5”) wide strip from the fabric you’re using for the filling and two 8 cm (3 1/8”) strips from the furry fabric. All the strips need to be long enough to go around the circles you cut earlier with some overlap. Place the “filling” strip down on a flat surface and then pin and sew the furry strips on either side. Furry fabric can be a bit difficult to sew depending on how fluffy it is, so you may need to adjust your stitch length and tension. Ask me how I know 😉 See those holes in the “filling fabric”…… Yup, I didn’t do that the first time.

Add a little fun to your decor with this macaron pillow. Quick and easy. A one of a kind pillow with step-by-step tutorial from A Crafty Mix | Make it yourself

When you flip the strips over you should end up with something like the piccy above – that’s now officially the right side. With the right sides facing inwards, pin the “fur and filling strips” all around one of the circles you cut earlier and sew together. Do the same with the other circle.

Add a little fun to your decor with this macaron pillow. Quick and easy. A one of a kind pillow with step-by-step tutorial from A Crafty Mix | Make it yourself

Flip the macaron pillow inside out, or in this case, outside in 😉 and stuff firmly. Finish off by hand stitching the stuffing gap closed.

Add a little fun to your decor with this macaron pillow. Quick and easy. A one of a kind pillow with step-by-step tutorial from A Crafty Mix | Make it yourself

It’s as easy as that. My baby girl seems real happy with her macaron pillow, or maybe it’s those gorgeous roses?

Add a little fun to your decor with this macaron pillow. Quick and easy. A one of a kind pillow with step-by-step tutorial from A Crafty Mix | Make it yourself

What do you think, does it look decadent and macaron-ish? I might just make another one. Maybe strawberry? If you enjoyed this  tutorial, please don’t forget to share it with your friends and/or save it to Pinterest.

Add a little fun to your decor with this macaron pillow. Quick and easy. A one of a kind pillow with step-by-step tutorial from A Crafty Mix | Make it yourself

Pinny Please

I can’t wait to see what my friends from the IBC have done for their fabric challenge. Wanna join me? Their links are at the bottom 😉 Oh and if you’re not in the mood to shop around for some of the things I used to make the pillow, I’ve got you covered Disclosure: If you click on the links below, we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us make more crafty stuff.


Plush Faux Fur - Cut Yardage - Lavender Orchid - Shaggy Shag by the Yard - Acrylic and Polyester Fur Accents Fur and Fabric Brand (12''x60'')
Sale Mini Sewing Machines,Portable Handheld Dual Speed Double Thread Multi-functional Household Sewing Machine with 12 Built-in Stitches Needlework Stitch Set
Premium Satin Charmeuse Wedding Bridal Silky Fabric 60' Wide (Lavender)

Hope you have an awesome week and remember, always be a macaron in a cookie cutter world.


Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Int'l Bloggers Club, Quick & Easy Crafts


  • Posted: April 20, 2018 18:53


    Michelle, this macaron pillow looks good enough to eat, lol. Of course you daughter loves her pillow it's super cute. ;)
    • Posted: April 23, 2018 15:32


      🙂 Thank you Keri 🙂
  • Posted: March 31, 2018 03:10

    Journa Ramirez

    What a cute pillow! It looks so comfortable and I love the colors.
    • Posted: April 4, 2018 07:31


      😉 Thanks Journa
  • Posted: March 30, 2018 17:20

    Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled

    Super cute pillow! Great decor for a girls room. Visiting from Sweet Inspiration party.
    • Posted: April 2, 2018 13:47


      Thank you so much Victoria 😉
  • Posted: March 30, 2018 16:09

    Sadhna Grover

    O M G this is awesome, you always create such cute things and you write your post so well, I enjoy reading it. You are right, a macaron is so difficult to make. This fabric macaron is perfect and the colour is my favourite.
    • Posted: April 2, 2018 13:48


      Thank you so very much Sadhna. That lilac is such a pretty color.
  • Posted: March 29, 2018 18:13

    Christina Makri

    So cute! You always have so clever ideas! I have never seen before a macaron pillow. It would be a perfect addition to my granddaughter's bedroom. Thank you for the tutorial :)
    • Posted: March 31, 2018 05:26


      🙂 It's a pleasure Christina, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
  • Posted: March 29, 2018 16:05


    My darling daughter is in love with these kinds of stuffy and fluffies. They are super pricey and they do have a macaroon. I'd rather make one. This is darling!!
    • Posted: March 31, 2018 05:25


      Stuffy and fluffies - love that Kim 😀 My daughter loves them too, I think it's the cuddle factor
  • Posted: March 29, 2018 11:14

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    That is so cute Michelle! It looks so soft, plump, and cuddly. Love the color. I'm not much of a baker either, so I'm afraid the macaron's wouldn't be something that I would want to try.
    • Posted: March 31, 2018 05:24


      Me neither my friend 🙂 Sewing is way easier than baking
  • Posted: March 29, 2018 11:03


    This is a very cute project and another success of yours! I know I can't sew a button, but I enjoy so much your creativity!
    • Posted: March 31, 2018 05:23


      Thanks so much Nati 😉
  • Posted: March 28, 2018 21:21

    Julie Harbour

    I love it. So freaking cute. And what a wonderful group to be a part of too. Such fun!
    • Posted: March 29, 2018 07:49


      Thanks Julie 💕 The IBC bloggers are awesome. It's so much fun every month doing the same challenge across the world and seeing what everyone comes up with
  • Posted: March 28, 2018 15:50


    This pillow is just too cute! I love the colors too. It's like you can take a bite of it! I would love to try and make one too. I have a thing for pillows and this one is a must have!
    • Posted: March 31, 2018 05:19


      A girl can never have too many pillows, right?!!! Thanks so much Carolann
  • Posted: March 28, 2018 15:46

    Tanvi Rastogi

    You had me with that color. It looks so calming and serene. Another great idea there, which I would have never even imagine myself :D
    • Posted: March 29, 2018 07:47


      Thanks so much Tanvi, that lilac is real pretty
  • Posted: March 28, 2018 13:12

    Angela Ricardo Bethea

    OMG!! This macaroon pillow is so cute. I love to try this. You really did an awesome job. and I love the color.
    • Posted: March 28, 2018 13:42


      😊 Thank you Angela 😊
  • Posted: March 28, 2018 10:36

    Elizabeth O

    This is so creative, what a lovely idea. I love the lilac colour its gorgeous for spring!
    • Posted: March 28, 2018 11:23


      It's a really pretty color, I was so happy when I found it. Thanks so much Elizabeth
  • Posted: March 27, 2018 23:00

    Evelyn, Path of Presence

    This is darling and huggable! I love the color and the texture of how this all came together. Your step by step instructions will make it easy for anyone to follow. Blessings, 💕 Xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence.com 🦋
    • Posted: March 28, 2018 04:33


      Thanks so much Evelyn. I didn't realize how difficult it was to take photos while sewing so I hope there's enough to help explain the tutorial.
  • Posted: March 27, 2018 16:44

    Amy-Lynn Vautour

    That's adorable! I love a good DIY pillow!
    • Posted: March 28, 2018 04:33


      😊 Thank you Amy-Lynn
  • Posted: March 27, 2018 16:05


    Mixy-Michelle, another stunning creation. I've never seen macaron pillows before but these are insanely cute. I swear everything you make looks so well executed it could be found in a fancy store with a hefty price tag! I don't think I could replicate this so neat but now I want one for my bed!
    • Posted: March 28, 2018 04:39


      You'll do an amazing job with these Ithi. Your attention to detail still boggles my mind every time I see your nail art. So making a macaron pillow will be a breeze for you
  • Posted: March 27, 2018 15:20


    I love how much we think alike. I was going to make some larger ones for floor cushions. Love these very much.
    • Posted: March 28, 2018 04:35


      That's so cool, I would love to see how yours turns out Leanna. They'll be awesome as huge floor pillows.
  • Posted: March 27, 2018 14:04

    Pooja Kawatra

    You did a wonderful job doing it with such a finesse and I never thought about making one. So cool
    • Posted: March 28, 2018 04:35


      😊 Thank you Pooja
  • Posted: March 27, 2018 13:20

    Laura Ingalls Gunn

    What a cute pillow! Thank you for sharing the tutorial.
    • Posted: March 28, 2018 04:37


      I'm glad you like it Laura, thanks so much
  • Posted: March 27, 2018 10:35


    At one glance I thought it is a yummy macaron. It just look so real. I hope to make few for the my sofa. I think making pastel rainbow colors would look great in the living room!
    • Posted: March 28, 2018 04:37


      Oooooo yes a whole bunch of them would look great together 😉
  • Posted: March 27, 2018 05:36


    How cute! I don’t think I’ve ever had a macaroon, even though they’re really popular and I see them everywhere. I am also not very good in the kitchen either. 😆
    • Posted: March 27, 2018 06:43


      I've never had the real thing either. In fact I've only seen pictures of them 😆 but my daughter says they are super yummy and come in so many different flavors. They're real expensive here. Maybe because they're so difficult to make?
  • Posted: March 26, 2018 21:13


    Lol Michelle, don't you know that if you don't want something you don't have to even think about it? And you said it loud, my head is thinking about baking something, but not only food can be baked ;) The macaron pillow is too cute, I better don't show it to my daughters just in case they ask for one too. You made it seem easy, but my old sewing machine is in rebelion with me... By the way, ganache is a mix of warm whipping cream with chocolate, half and half... huuummm yummy
    • Posted: March 27, 2018 04:26


      😀 I will not think about baking, I will not think about baking 😉 Oh dear I think I may have jinxed it already Pili, but at least I know what ganache is now and it does sound yummy
  • Posted: March 26, 2018 16:49


    Michele these are so pretty they are fit for a baker! I really love how your imagination works and you come up with the most unexpected crafts. It is true that macrons are very hard to make. My girl got it perfect on her first try but hasn't been able to reach that level of perfection since. And they taste as heavenly as your pillow looks to the eye! Oh and I think we can all agree that there won't be any baking on the IBC any time soon! ;)
    • Posted: March 27, 2018 04:30


      Oh yay, no baking 😀 Thank goodness, that's a relief and good on your daughter for getting it right. I've heard they're a bakers's worst nightmare
  • Posted: March 26, 2018 13:02

    Marie-The Interior Frugalista

    I'm afraid these would be the only macaron's I could make too. Thanks to your awesome tutorial, these look far less daunting to make than the baked variety! Such a unique idea for a pillow and oh so pretty!
    • Posted: March 27, 2018 04:32


      LOL, you and me both Marie. I'd far rather by wielding a power tool than a mixing spoon 😉
  • Posted: March 26, 2018 11:55


    This is so adorable. You did such a nice job on the pillow.
    • Posted: March 27, 2018 04:32


      Thanks so much Debra 😉
  • Posted: March 26, 2018 06:37


    Michelle, do you accept orders for these?? Lol, my daughters want one too now. Or I might go and try to make them, thanks to your tutorial it doesn't look too tricky. The macaron looks super cozy and perfect for a girls bedroom, i love the soft purple tone. And lol, let's see that we don't ever get the idea to bake something cause I'd call in sick as well!
    • Posted: March 26, 2018 08:42


      😀 Thank goodness for that Katrin, baking and me are just not meant for each other. So glad you liked the pillow too, they're really easy to make

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