Make a Tooth Fairy Pillow
Wiggly tooth #4 is in the house… actually, it’s well beyond wiggly. If the girl doesn’t lose the aforementioned tooth by this weekend, I will be utterly amazed. When her first loose tooth crept up on us, I pulled out something special from my childhood to share with her – my 28 year old Tooth Fairy Pillow. It’s not fancy, not even very pretty, but I love it. The slate blue fabric with little flower buds is dated at best, but it’s held up amazingly well, and until tooth #4, has served the girl well.
My favorite thing about the Tooth Fairy Pillow is how easy it makes the process of leaving a newly extracted tooth and receiving your reward from the Tooth Fairy. Instead of stuffing your tooth under your pillow – where the Tooth Fairy has to attempt to swap the tooth for the loot without waking up your little ones – instead the tooth is nestled safely in the “tooth pouch” on the pillow and sat either on a nightstand, dresser or just beside your child’s pillow on their bed. The Tooth Fairy can easily scoop up the tooth and leave the loot in it’s place without disturbing anyone’s beauty sleep.
While you could make this pillow super quickly with a sewing machine, there’s something about sewing something as special as this by hand. For that, you will need 2 squares of fabric (at least 5″ x 5″), felt, matching thread, sewing needle, straight pins, marker, scissors and polyfill (stuffing). If you can thread and needle and tie a knot, you’re good to go! This would even be a great project to let your little loose-toother help you with. Yay, life skills!
Start by cutting a square of felt slightly smaller than your fabric squares. On that felt, draw a very basic tooth shape. If you’re not a great artist, don’t worry. Google is littered with tooth images you can print, cut and trace. Once you’re happy with your tooth, cut it out and pin it down to the front panel of your pillow. Careful with those pins – they’re sharp! The pins are important though… they will help keep your tooth straight while you stitch. Using a very basic straight stitch, stitch the tooth onto the front panel. You want to start on one side, stitch down, across the bottom and back up the other side. You will not stitch across the top of the tooth… it needs to be open to create the pocket for your tooth.
Once you’ve stitched your tooth on, lay the front panel flat, tooth-side up. Place your back panel, print-side down, on top of your tooth panel. Using the same basic straight stitch, stitch around the outside edge of the squares (about 1/4″ in from the edge). You want to leave about a 2″ gap at the end so you will have room to turn the pillow right-side out. Tie a knot here to hold everything secure while you flip it right-side out.
Using your fingers, gently flip your pillow right-side out. You will need to stick your fingers in and work with your corners a little to push them out well. Once you’re happy with the shaping in the corners, stuff you pillow with polyfill. After filling your pillow, carefully fold the edges of the fabric in along the bottom and stitch the opening closed. Tie off with a simple knot and you’ve got a finished Tooth Fairy Pillow.
Tooth Fairies Are Real
Did anyone else have one of these growing up, or was I the only one? My great-grandmother loved to sew, so I have all sorts of things she made for me. She’s the one who taught me to love crafts as a little girl. Even though she’s been gone for almost 15 years, I can still give my little girl a piece of her. Maybe she’ll use the new pillow, the one that shows a little more of her personality, or maybe she’ll keep using mine. Either way, I’m happy and she’s happy. The Tooth Fairy will be happy too.