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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Flip the macaron pillow inside out, or in this case, outside in 😉 and stuff firmly. Finish off by hand stitching the stuffing gap closed.
It’s as easy as that. My baby girl seems real happy with her macaron pillow, or maybe it’s those gorgeous roses?
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.
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.
Hope you have an awesome week and remember, always be a macaron in a cookie cutter world.