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DIY Tooth Fairy Pillow Pattern | Tutorial and Video

A tooth fairy pillow is not only a charming idea but it certainly makes life much easier. Imagine the fiddling to get the gift from the tooth fairy under the pillow of a sleeping child, silently praying the child does not wake. Imagine destroying the child’s illusions when they wake in the night to realize it was mummy or daddy and not a ‘real fairy’. In the old days the gift from the tooth fairy or tooth mouse was left in the child’s shoe, probably not the most hygienic spot! Welcome to the tooth fairy pillow – a delightfully whimsical receptacle for the tooth fairy’s gift.

This tutorial includes a DIY tooth fairy pillow pattern which can be downloaded and printed as is or scaled to suit the size of the tooth pillow you want to create.

diy tooth fairy pillow

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial how to make a toothfairy pillow with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

What I love about our tooth pillow pattern is that you don’t even have to have a sewing machine. If you choose felt, instead of cotton or fleece fabric, you can simply over-stitch around the edges and voila, a pillow is born. For those sewists who want to work this pillow with a sewing machine follow the step by step instructions. The instructions for hand sewing will be included in brackets.

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How to make a toothfairy pillow

Supplies and tools

tooth fairy pillow template and supplies

  • fabric – 1/4 yard of white fleece or cotton
  • fabric – small piece of red or colored fabric for the mouth/pocket
  • tooth fairy pillow template (download for free below)
  • stuffing (you’ll need a lot more than you think you’ll need!)
  • matching thread
  • scissors (or rotary cutter and a cutting mat)
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • iron and ironing board
  • sewing clips or pins
  • sewing machine

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How to Sew Tooth Fairy Pillows

Watch the diy tooth fairy pillow video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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TOOTH FAIRY PILLOWS VIDEO TUTORIAL

DIY TOOTH FAIRY PILLOW INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Cut out the tooth fairy pillow pattern

Cut out the tooth pillow pattern pieces. You’ll end up with three template pieces – main body piece, mouth piece and the eye piece.

Assemble sufficient white fabric to cut two identical pieces of the tooth, and one suitable printed piece for the pocket or mouth, according to the size of the pattern pieces provided.

tooth fairy pillow pattern cut out of paper

TIP: If you don’t have a printer, or have run out of ink, you can simply trace the tooth fairy pillow pattern on your screen using a soft tip pencil or freehand the design on a piece of paper.

STEP 2: Cut out the fabrics

Fold both fabrics in half and lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric fold. Pin or clip in place before cutting them out.

Cut out 2 identical pieces out of the white felt for the body and one piece for the mouth from the colored fabric.

cutting out fabrics according tot he tooth fairy pillow patterns

( If hand sewing you will use white felt for the tooth, and possibly one red or pink piece for the mouth or pocket in which the coins will be placed. )

STEP 3: Stitch the mouth

Once you have the two identical tooth pieces cut, put them aside and place the pocket or mouth shape right side to right side along the fold. Stitch around the edge leaving a ½ to 1 inch gap through which you can turn the fabric right side out.

(Hand sewers will have just the one piece of felt for the pocket).

stitched mouth for the diy tooth pillow

STEP 4: Clip and turn right side out

Before turning, clip around the curve with short cuts towards the stitching – this will allow for the fabric to lie flat when turned.

Turn the mouth/pocket piece right way out and press flat, turning in the seams at the opening when pressing, then either pin the opening or slip stitch it shut.

STEP 5: Pin mouth to body

Place the pattern on top of one body piece and align the mouth as indicated on the pattern.

Line up the center of the mouth piece with the center of the tooth and pin in position, right side facing you. The mouth or pocket bottom edge should be just above where the root pieces of the tooth divide. Feel free to move up or down with positioning the mouth/ pocket, until you are happy, before committing to the pinning, then pin in place

how to make a toothfairy pillow - pinned mouth and eyes

STEP 6: Stitch the mouth to the body

Once pinned, sew around the edge of the pocket leaving the top part unsewn so that you can safely slip in the coins or tuck in a note.

(Hand sewers can do a running stitch around the edge of the pocket.)

STEP 7: Position the eyes on the body

Now to position the eyes, mark the center of the tooth with a pin, cut two small pieces of 1/8 (3mm) black ribbon and place them above the /mouth/pocket. Place them according to the pattern or move them up or down, closer together or further apart until you are happy with the expression. If you don’t have ribbon and prefer to embroider the eyes I would suggest marking their position with a pencil. Eyes can be either open or closed – for closed eyes use a longer piece of ribbon and finish with  a couple of stitches to indicate lashes at the corners.

STEP 8: Stitch the eyes

Hand stitch the pieces of ribbon, tucking in the edges for a smooth finish, or embroider the eyes with black thread. If you just happen to have those plastic stick-on eyes available in craft shops then by all means use them. For closed felt eyes, cut a little fringe in black and attach at the top to indicate lashes.

STEP 9: Stitch tooth pillow body

Now place tooth pieces right side to right side, line them up and stitch around with your machine carefully on the wrong side leaving a one inch gap at the top for turning.

where to stitch around the tooth fairy pillow

(If hand sewing, then have both sides facing outwards and use a fine running stitch or a slip stitch to join the felt together, leaving an opening at the top of the tooth to allow for stuffing.)

STEP 10: Clip and turn right side out

Machine sewists should make small cuts along the curves so the tooth will lie flat once turned.

Turn right way out, making sure the tooth pillow is even and all points are pushed out, then give it a quick press.

(Hand sewers – you will not be turning the pillow so you won’t need to do this.)

STEP 11: Fill the tooth pillow with stuffing

Push the stuffing into the tooth pillow ensuring you fill the roots section using smaller amounts of stuffing at a time to get an even filling, then work your way up to the crown of the tooth.

filling the tooth pillow with polyester stuffing

STEP 12: Stitch the gap closed

Hand sew the gap closed, turning raw edges in and using a slip stitch for an invisible finish. (Hand sewers will close the gap with a running stitch or a slip stitch, consistent with the way they stitched the tooth pieces together.)

stitching the side gap of the tooth fairy pillow closed

Don’t delay on making this cute tooth fairy pillow for youngsters. Download the printable toothfairy pillow pattern, find some suitable left over bits to use, or buy the supplies listed in our handy materials list at the top of these instructions to make the sweet DIY tooth fairy pillow. I used to add a note written in tiny writing on a very small piece of paper, purportedly from the tooth fairy, thanking the child for such a lovely tooth. My kids kept those miniature notes for years!

finished tooth fairy pillow on top of salmon colored silk fabric

FAQs + Tips for the tooth fairy pillow pattern:

  1. If you have a child that is a very light sleeper then before closing the top after stuffing, add in a ribbon loop, long enough so that you can hang the tooth fairy pillow over the bedroom door handle. This will make the tooth fairy’s delivery so much easier.
  2. You might want to add a tiny fabric bow below the mouth of the tooth as a finishing touch.

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Michele Morin - January 9, 2021

Very sweet idea!

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Sarita - January 13, 2021

This is super cute! Thanks for sharing at The Homestead Blog Hop!

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Donna Powell - January 13, 2021

Such a fun and adorable project! Definitely something for kids to treasure and pass down. Thanks for sharing again this week at #HomeMattersParty

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Shelbee on the Edge - January 13, 2021

This is so cute! We had a tooth shaped pillow for my kids, too, but ironically it was only used twice! My older son is so completely grossed out by teeth when they fall out that he promptly tosses them in the trash because he cannot bear to have the gross thing under his pillow! And my younger son didn’t lose his first tooth until he was almost 8 and didn’t believe in the tooth fairy any longer! Thanks for sharing and linking with me!

Shelbee
http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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Marie-Interior Frugalista - January 15, 2021

Does your adorable tooth pillow bring back memories. I made my kids one when they were little. Seeing yours reminded me that I probably still have it in a bin somewhere and should find it for my grandkids. Thanks for sharing this at the Snickerdoodle Party, you are my feature this weekend.

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    Helen - January 15, 2021

    Thank you so much, Marie! I’m so glad I was able to make you smile.
    Grandkids would love it!

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Naush Samama - January 18, 2021

These are so adorable Helen !
Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
Have a wonderful week.
Naush

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Beth @Creatively Beth - January 21, 2021

Super cute Tooth Fairy Pillow, Helen!
I would love for you to join me over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday https://creativelybeth.com/creative-crafts-linky-party-25/
Have a great week,
Creatively, Beth

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    Helen - January 22, 2021

    Thank you so much, Beth! I will join you!

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