My little boy’s tooth has been loose for almost a month and is ready to fall out any day. I have been planning to make him a Tooth Pillow for the Tooth Fairy, so I figured I better get it done before the tooth falls out!
I let him sort through my stash of knits to be recycled to choose what fabric to make it out of. He chose a cute little tie-died onesie.
Here is how I made the Tooth Fairy Pillow:
You will need:
about 1/8 yard of fabric
stuffing for the pillow
something to do the name, you could use embroidery thread, fabric markers or a Sharpie
I cut two pieces 5 inches tall by 8 inches wide, a third piece 2 inches by 12 inches and I cut off one of the sleeves to use as the pocket.
The first thing I did, was just lay everything out and decide where I wanted it to go and marked the placements with my disappearing fabric marker.
For the embroidery, my mom happens to be here visiting with her sewing machine. Her machine does letters, so I did a practice run on some scrap fabric to see the size of the letters and how much room would need. If she had not had her sewing machie here, I would have hand embroidered his name…
Since I was using a knit, I went ahead and added some iron-on interfacing for extra sturdiness for the letters and pocket.
Next, I sewed the hanging strap. I folded it in half longways, right sides together and sewed up the edge. I used a safety pin to turn the strap right side out.
The next thing I did was to add the embroidery. (I wish my machine did letters, I can see how that would come in handy w/ little kids)
Then I trimmed up the material from the sleeve to be the size I wanted for the pocket. To make the pinning easier, I used a washable fabric glue to hold the folded edge of the pocket in place while I pinned it. If you don’t have any of this stuff, I recommend it. It is very helpful for pockets and other slippery materials.
I pinned the pocket securely to the fabric and sewed all around the pocket, adding an extra stitch or two on the top for support.
After sewing the pocket on, place the front and back pillow pieces right sides together and sew along the sides and bottom.
Next, take the strap and pin it as shown in the photo below, it the spot you have marked.
Once the strap is pinned in place, sew up the top, leaving about 2 inches open so you can turn the pillow and add stuffing.
Once you have added the stuffing to the pillow, hand stitch the opening closed with coordinating thread. (I actually just used hot glue. Because of the multi-colored fabric, I could not find any thread that blended in.)
Ta Da! A new pillow for all the teeth he will be loosing!
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About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.