I should start by saying that I’m really far from being an expert in any area that involves sewing. In fact, the last time I actually attempted a sewing project was in eighth grade Home Ec and I almost failed the class—the only class in my entire life that I’ve been even remotely close to not getting at least a B in.
That said, when my baby’s first tooth started wiggling I became obsessed with the idea of making her a tooth fairy pillow. Don’t ask why. I mean, they’re adorable. And she’s adorable. And the combination of all of that adorable made my brain feel like it might explode. It had to be done.
So I did it.
It is by no means perfect, but it came out a lot better than I anticipated. And it was easy. I even had all of the supplies on hand (I’m a little bit of a craft supply hoarder. Don’t tell my husband I admitted that). Here’s what I used:
White scrap fabric (I wanted to use felt but had none left in white)
Needle and thread
To be honest, you don’t need to use the same materials I did. You can get creative with this little guy. I was on a little bit of a time constraint (that wiggly tooth fell out and I wanted to have the pillow done by the time my toothless wonder got home from school).
First you need a template. You can draw it freehand unless you have absolutely no drawing skills (like me!). If you’re better at tracing, hunt down a template. I did a Google image search for “tooth fairy pillow template” and also poked around on Pinterest. I settled on this one from mmmcrafts because it was the best fit for the picture I had in my head.
I took my template and made sure I had enough fabric to fold it over and cut out both pieces at once. Then I traced it lightly with pencil and got to cutting.
Next, I stitched on my embellishments. I cut out two pink felt circles for cheeks and a half circle (ok, mine is more like a half oval) for a pocket on the back to hold the tooth and eventually the money the Tooth Fairy leaves. Next, I used a Sharpie to draw the mouth, teeth and eyes.
You can get way more creative here than I did. You can make the eyes out of buttons or glue on some googly eyes. You could embroider the face on. The possibilities are endless. I kept it simple since I was trying to do it quickly.
Next up is sewing it together. Now, like I said, I am no master seamstress. I wasn’t even exactly sure what type of stitch I should use to make sure the stuffing didn’t come flying out while she slept. I poked around on Google a little more, watching videos (like this one) and decided to just go for it.
I put my two pieces together with the sides with the embellishments facing in (that way you can turn it inside out when you’re done and the stitches are on the inside—pretty essential if you’re as messy and amateur as I am).
So I sewed around the edges, leaving a gap in the top to fill it with stuffing. I turned it inside out, filled it with stuffing and stitched the top closed. I kind of wish I had watched this video and attempted a slip stitch at the top because it would’ve looked prettier, but that’s ok.
I had a very happy little customer who asked if she could please please please use it for every tooth she loses. That’s really all that matters in the end, right?
This little project has bitten me with the sewing bug and I’m considering signing up for a Craftsy class to learn some sewing basics… or maybe I’ll take a knitting class instead? Little projects like this one are what launch me into full blown obsessions. I can’t be the only one. Am I?