Lillian has got her first loose tooth, so we had to make this adorable tooth fairy pillow for one of our nap time craft sessions, and it turned out ridiculously cute!
She has this thing where she is really creeped out by certain characters coming into the house or her room, at night, while she sleeps. Those who are denied access to this house are the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and that Elf on the Shelf. Can’t say I blame her… the bunny and the elf are creepy, and the tooth fairy is just strange (what does she do with those teeth? Gross). Mr. and Mrs. Clause, his elves, and Seamus the Leprechaun, are granted access to the first floor only.
The Easter Bunny had to leave the baskets on the porch, and wasn’t allowed to hide eggs inside because we had to meet him at the door. True story. This tooth fairy isn’t allowed access to her own pit-stop Fairy Garden we made in the spring, because Lil’s room is in the back, and that’s just too close for comfort. So the garden will be re-located temporarily (not even kidding) for her pit-stop, and the pillow will hang on the front door. I am not kidding when I tell you that garden is so heavy.
The things we do for our kids, right?
SUPPLIES YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR OWN MODERN TOOTH FAIRY PILLOW
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Pattern: You can print this right here! Open the PDF, then right-click & save as, or drag it to your desktop.
Favorite sewing notions (needle & thread, scissors, pins, pin cushion, seam ripper, etc)
Fiber Fill or other stuffing material
matching ribbon (this is optional for the strap at the top. I used fabric, but you can omit the strap or use whatever you like instead)
HOW TO MAKE THE TOOTH FAIRY PILLOW
Step 1. Print and cut out all pattern pieces.
Print the tooth fairy pillow pattern at 100%. Cut it out along the lines – these include the seam allowance and everything. There is a pattern piece for the tooth and the pocket. The strap at the top is just a rectangle measurement, there is no pattern piece printed. Alliteration!
Step 2: Pin the pattern pieces onto the fabric and cut out.
2 tooth pieces
1 pocket piece
1 strap *no pattern piece, just measurements*
Lay your tooth fabric out, folded in half with right sides together. Place your pattern piece on top, and pin it down.
Lay the pocket square on your chosen pocket and strap fabric close to the edge, pin it down, and cut it out.
For the strap, you’ll cut a rectangle measuring approximately 4″ wide by 7″ long. Lilly has a door knob, so I wanted it to fit over that, but you can adjust the length however you like depending on where you want to hang the pillow. Or omit the strap altogether! It’s up to you!
Step 3. Hem the pocket, make the strap
To hem the pocket, on 3 sides, turn the fabric wrong-side to wrong-side, 1/4″ and pin. Turn the top of the pocket down 1/4″, then over again 1/4″ to hide the raw edges, and pin.
To make the strap, you can do this 1,000 ways. But I always go for this tried and true method, because it’s the simplest and fastest I’ve found. And I hate making a casing and turning it. I have no time for that nonsense! (If you’d rather use a ribbon or string for this pillow, feel free to skip this step.)
- Begin by folding your fabric in half, and finger press. You can absolutely iron this, I just didn’t feel like pulling it out. Lazy sewist. Seamstress. Sewer. What?
- Open this up, then fold the bottom edge, up to the fold, and finger press.
- Repeat for the top.
- Fold it in half, finger press, and pin. It’s like a sandwich of raw fabric ends, hidden inside a sturdy strap.
Step 4. Top stitch the pocket and strap.
Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, go ahead and stitch the top of the pocket, and down both sides of the strap for a nice clean finished look.
Step 5. Attach the Pocket and Strap.
Take one tooth piece right-side up, and place the pocket where you like – it’s not marked on the pattern piece, because I figure you can put it where you like. Pin it down and sew it, with the pocket opening at the top.
The straps, also will attach to the top of the tooth. Make sure the loop of the strap is flat, and pin the ends at the top. The tails of the strap should stick out about an inch or so, and the rest of the strap is facing down toward the center of the tooth.
Stitch the straps using a basting stitch, or if you’re like me… top stitch that thing.
Step 6. Sew the pillow.
Place the tooth pieces, facing right-side to right-side, making sure the strap is in between, like a sandwich, and matching the edges. Pin the fabric, leaving a space open to turn the pillow right-side-out (on my photo, it’s on the side. On the printed pattern, it’s at the bottom, but you could also leave it where you like). I like to use 2 pins at the beginning and ending, so I notice them easier. I’ve been known to just keep going.
Beginning at the base of the opening where your 2 pins are, sew around the edges, using a 3/8″ seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning. Sew around the pillow, and stop at the last 2 pins, and backstitch.
Step 7. Turn it right-side-out, stuff, and close.
Trim your threads, and turn your tooth fairy pillow right-side-out, making sure to push the root of the tooth all the way out.
This is where your loose-toothed-kid comes in. Get them to stuff the pillow with fiber fill, or whatever you’ve got handy. Here’s a fun fiberfill tip – it will be lumpy if you don’t separate it and make it fluffy. You COULD avoid all the lumpiness if you sewed a layer of batting to the fabric, but I already mentioned I am a lazy sewist, so… I didn’t. But you could! So, to fluff this stuff, take small bits, and pull it gently apart… it’ll make it 3x the size of when you pull it out of the bag.
Get that kiddo to stuff the stuffing in there, and try to over-stuff it because it will most definitely spread out.
Step 8. Close it and hang it
To close, fold the raw edges inside the pillow and pin it closed. From here you have a 2 options.
You can either: machine sew it, or hand sew it. I hand sewed this closed with a decorative blanket stitch (shown in my rug tutorial) using contrasting pink embroidery floss, and opted to take it all the way around. You can use a baseball stitch to hide the seams, or use a fancy stitch to see the seams – it’s up to you!
So now we’re wondering when the tooth is going to fall out, and what in the world does the Tooth Fairy bring for a first tooth!? I’m pretty sure when I was a kid, it was a quarter and pack of gum! Leave me a note below and let me know what the Tooth Fairy brings. What’s the going rate for those things!?
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