How to Make a Tooth Fairy Pillow
Little ones with wiggly teeth deserve special pillows for their treasures. True to form, this Tooth Fairy Pillow sports a fun bicuspid shape, has a large pocket (big enough to hold money, dental floss, fairy dust, etc.), and a large hanger so the pillow can be easily placed on a bedpost or doorknob for easy tooth retrieval. After all, we don’t want the tooth fairy to miss it.
- 1/4 yard white fabric (cotton, flannel, or recycled and felted wool sweater)
- White all-purpose polyester thread
- Water-soluble marker
- Hand-sewing needle
- Polyester fiberfill
- Size 80/12 Universal (all-purpose) sewing machine needle
- Quarter-inch (1/4ʺ) foot (BERNINA Patchwork Foot #37 or Patchwork Foot with Guide #57)
Supplies for optional embroidery
- Embroidery machine
- Tooth fairy-themed embroidery design such as OESD #CK980, “Note to the Tooth Fairy,” from the Tooth Fairy collection #12124 (available at embroideryonline.com)
- Embroidery thread
- OESD LightWeight Cut-Away Stabilizer
- Size 80/12 Embroidery needles
Step one) Prepare the fabric pieces.
Download and print the pattern: tooth_pillow_pattern_123014.pdf
Cut out the template.
Using the template, cut two tooth-shaped pieces from the white fabric.
Cut one 4-1/2ʺ x 8-1/2ʺ rectangle of white fabric for the pocket.
Cut one 2ʺ x 10ʺ rectangle of white fabric for the hanger.
Step two) Embroider the message (optional).
Embroider a design, name, or saying on the pocket piece, in the upper half of the rectangle. (Optional)
Step three) Construct the pocket.
With right sides together, fold the pocket in half.
Stitch around the sides and top, leaving an opening for turning along one side.
Clip the corners.
Turn pocket right side out; press.
Center the pocket on one tooth-shaped fabric piece. Pin.
Stitch close to the side and bottom edges of the pocket, leaving the upper edge free from stitches. (This stitching also closes the opening used to turn the pocket right side out.)
Step four) Make the hanging loop.
With wrong sides together, fold the hanger rectangle in half lengthwise. Press, then open the fold.
Fold the raw edges in to meet the crease; press.
Fold rectangle in half along the original crease; press.
Stitch close to the outer edges of the hanger strip.
Fold the hanger in half to form a loop.
Place the hanger on the front of the tooth, centered along the upper edge. Baste in place.
Step five) Construct the tooth.
Place the two tooth-shaped pieces right sides together, matching the raw edges.
Stitch around the outer edges using a 1/4ʺ-wide seam allowance, leaving a 2ʺ‒3ʺ opening along one side for turning. Take care not to catch the hanging loopin the stitching!
Clip the curves.
Turn the tooth right side out.
Firmly stuff the tooth with fiberfill. Fill the “roots” first, then the main body of the tooth.
Hand-stitch the opening closed.