Dads are notoriously hard to shop for, but this year we’ve got the perfect gift idea: a giant pillow of his favourite food! If his favourite dish is escargot a la bourguignonne, then this may get complicated fast. However, if he’s partial to a fresh stack of waffles (we like ours with ice cream), then read on to find out how you can make him his very own waffle pillow. Complete with dad humour 😉
You will need:
- Felt sheets in camel brown & cream white
- X-acto blade
- Fabric chalk
- Needle & thread
- Polyfill stuffing
- Sewing machine – optional but recommended
- Fabric glue – optional
- Waffle grid pattern template (click on thumbnail to expand and print)
Cut out two large circles from the sheet of camel brown felt and four circle quarters from the cream white felt. Large sheets of felt sometimes come folded, so ironing them first helps to make them easier for cutting*. Our brown circles are 18″ (46 cm) in diameter and the the cream quarters were cut from an 13″ (33 cm) circle.
*For tips on how to iron different types of felt, check out this tutorial.
Using an exacto blade and our waffle grid template, cut out four quarters with the signature grid pattern. Small sharp scissors can also be used.
Lay the waffle quarters on one of the large brown felt circles, and stitch into place. Sew by hand or machine (recommended if you have one!), or attach with small dots of fabric glue.
Sew the two large brown circles together around the edge, good sides together*. Leave about a 6″ (15 cm) gap for stuffing, and cut small notches all the way around the edge just shy of the stitching. The notches will help the pillow’s edges look neat once it’s turned right side out.
*Good sides together means that the two sides that will be shown in the finished pillow are squished together facing one another, and the side that we’re stitching on will be the pillow’s innards.
Turn the pillow inside out and stuff generously with fiberfill. Then using a needle and thread, whip stitch the 6″ (15 cm) opening closed – it helps to use a thread that’s similar in colour to the waffle.
If you want to go above and beyond, consider topping this waffle pillow with some of his favourite add-ons: maple syrup, strawberries, generous pats of butter, whatever his heart desires. And if you really want to add a finishing touch, make him a handmade card full of dad jokes to go along with the pillow. Here are a few (waffle) joke ideas.