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Macaron Coin Purse

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I just couldn’t help not sewing these sweet little Macaron Coin Purses when one of Craft Passion’s Facebook fans showed them to me.

Tutorial on how to sew a Macaron Coin Purse and turn a sweet meringue-based confectionery into a coin purse. A perfect gift to sew.

Thanks to XYZZhandmade for her inspiring handmade and some tutorial links in Japanese, this, this, this, and this. No, I can’t read Japanese, but I can guess from the pictures how to sew it. Here is the English version of the tutorial on how to sew this macaron coin purse where I have added more details on the sewing.

little zipper macaron purse

The space inside the coin purse is quite limited but good enough to place some small jewelry like earrings and rings, maybe to keep some small coins or folded money; a place to keep a small piece of note that wrote your shopping list and reminder, etc.

Or, simply use it as a key chain or hanging ornament. Or, turn it into something enormously cute, like this.

macaron coin purse

I have tried both nylon and metal zippers, and each gave a different feel and effect on the macaron coin purse.

A nylon zipper is easy to sew since you can just cut the zipper to the correct length. Zipping and unzipping are easier on nylon zippers too.

Aesthetic-wise, I like metal zippers though it requires more work to do. If you find zipping on a metal zipper is craggy due to the small circular shape, rub the zipper’s teeth with some wax or candle, then zip and unzip a few times; you will find zipping is smoother after the waxing.

mini coin purse

What’s Next:

Happy sewing!



Yield: 1 3/4″ (Dia.) x 1 1/4″ (H) MACARON COIN PURSE
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Avid Beginner/Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $2 - $5

Just couldn’t help not sewing these sweet little macaron coin purses when one of Craft Passion’s Facebook fans showed them to me. Thanks to my friend for her inspiring handmade and some tutorials in Japanese. Here is the English version of the tutorial on how to sew this macaron coin purse where I have added more details on the sewing.

Enjoy sewing them!


  • Cover Button, diameter 1 1/2″ (38mm) – 2 pairs.
  • Fabric – Polka-dot, 5 1/2″ x 3″
  • Fabric – lining, 5 1/2″ x 3″
  • Fabric – zipper seam binder, 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Batting – 4″ x 2″
  • Zipper – 5″ (I used 6″ metal zipper and shortened in to 5″)
  • Card stock (for tracing) – 2 3/4″ circle and 2″ circle
  • Ribbon – 3/8″ x 2″


  • Sewing kits
  • Pencil and/or fabric marker
  • Wire cutter
  • Scissors
  • Tacky Glue / Mod Podge / Fabric glue


  1. Get ready all the materials and tools needed to sew a macaron coin purse.macaron purse materials
  2. Sew to join the zipper tape together above the top stops. Fold the ribbon into half and sew it on the bottom stop with ends facing zipper end.macaron coin purse

    Fold the zipper right side together and sew to join it into a ring.macaron coin purse

    Trim the zipper ends to 1/2″ seam allowance from the stops. Fold the 1 1/2″ square fabric into half then fold a seam allowance of 1/4″.macaron coin purse

    Encase the seam allowance and bind it by sewing the fabric onto it.macaron coin purse

    Bend the binder to the bottom stop side and sew it on the zipper.macaron coin purse

    Turn to the right side and this is how your zipper is going to look like.macaron coin purse

    Make small running stitches along the edges of the zipper. Pull to gather. Repeat on the other side. Set aside.macaron coin purse
  3. Cut away the button studs from the back plates. Be careful and point the stud away from you and /or anyone while cutting it. This little tiny metal can really shoot far. Set aside.macaron coin purse
  4. Trace circles to the fabrics with pencil or fabric marker. 2 3/4″ circle on main polka-dot fabric and lining fabric, cut 2 from each fabric. 2″ circle on batting, cut 2.macaron coin purse
  5. Apply a thin layer of glue on the cover and attach it to the batting.
    Make 2. Let dry or until safe to work on it.macaron coin purse

    Make small running stitches along the edge of the fabric. Place the cover onto the fabric.macaron coin purse

    Pull the thread and gather the fabric onto the cover snugly. Knot the thread.macaron coin purse

    Repeat the same to another cover and 2 back plates.macaron coin purse
  6. Use an erasable fabric marker to plot a circle along the back of the cover. The line should be on top of the metal edge of the cover.macaron coin purse
  7. Slip stitch the cover to the zipper, about 3/16″ from the center line of the zipper. The further you sew from the zipper, the bigger the coin purse space is.macaron coin purse

    Completed 1 cover, repeat the same to the other side.macaron coin purse
  8. Turn to the inside, place the back plate on and slip stitch it to the zipper. Repeat the same on the other plate.macaron coin purse
  9. A completed macaron coin purse. The storage space is quite small, good for keeping ring, and bracelet. Or, merely use it as a key chain or hanging ornament. If you can find a small circle mirror of about 1″ to 1 1/4″, glue it on the back plate and turn this macaron coin purse into a small cosmetic mirror.macaron coin purse

    View from the bottom stop of the macaron coin purse.macaron coin purse

    Another view when the coin purse is placed vertically.macaron coin purse

Have a nice day & happy sewing 🙂

macaron coin purse


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Sunday 26th of April 2020

I cannot thank you enough for the blog post.Really thank you! Really Cool.


Friday 15th of December 2017

Hello, I absolutely love these! I was looking for cute DIYs for girls my age, and this is so adorably amazing! I wonder if mom would let me make them... Probably not! She never lets me do stuff like this! I hope she does though!!!!! :) LOVE THEM!


Friday 4th of August 2017

Hi, i hope you still read this thread. But i was wondering if you can leave off the inside hard backplate (the bottom one) and instead just make it like a lining sewn inside, so that it will be like a deeper pouch on the inside.


Sunday 6th of August 2017

Ahhh Ok, thank you! Now I understand! I actually made one today, I made it a bit larger than yours. What i did was use jar lids with a low lip on them, and for the backplate I used that plastic canvas that is used for cross stitch and i just cut round circles. Mine measures about 3.5" in diameter and is about the perfect size to hold a pair of earphones, it came out pretty cute, if I do say so myself lol...I used an old zipper that is hard to pull tho, but it was hard to pull before i used it in this., I waxed it a bit, and its a little better....I am going to make more and give them as gifts. So thank you so much for the idea and great instructions and thank you for replying back!

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Saturday 5th of August 2017

Yes Carol, you may leave out the plate but it will not give you any deeper pouch on the inside due to the crossing threads that tightened up the fabrics.

nice borba

Wednesday 17th of May 2017

maravilhosos seus trabalhos! obrigada por compartilhar. Deus continue abençoando suas mãos para continuar sempre assim! beijo

Translation (by Google): Wonderful Your Jobs! Thank you for sharing. May God continue blessing your hands to continue always like this! kiss


Monday 7th of November 2016

What batting did you use? Could I use felt??

Craft Passion

Wednesday 9th of November 2016

yes, you may use felt as alternative to make a surface of the macaron coin purse looks softer.

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