DIY Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial [Video and FREE pattern]
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 DIY tooth fairy tutorial includes a printable pattern which can be printed as is or scaled to suit the size of tooth fairy pillow you want to create.
Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.
What I love about this 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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Table of Contents
- 1 How to make a tooth fairy pillow
- 2 Supplies and tools
- 3 How To Sew tooth fairy pillows
- 3.1 TOOTH FAIRY PILLOWS VIDEO TUTORIAL
- 3.2 INSTRUCTIONS:
- 3.3 STEP 1: Cut out the tooth fairy pillow pattern
- 3.4 STEP 2: Cut out the fabrics
- 3.5 STEP 3: Stitch the mouth
- 3.6 STEP 4: Clip and turn right side out
- 3.7 STEP 5: Pin mouth to body
- 3.8 STEP 6: Stitch the mouth to the body
- 3.9 STEP 7: Position the eyes on the body
- 3.10 STEP 8: Stitch the eyes
- 3.11 STEP 9: Stitch tooth pillow body
- 3.12 STEP 10: Clip and turn right side out
- 3.13 STEP 11: Fill the tooth pillow with stuffing
- 3.14 STEP 12: Stitch the gap closed
- 4 FAQs, Tips and Troubleshooting:
How to make a tooth fairy pillow
Supplies and tools
- fabric – 1/4 yard of white fleece or cotton
- fabric – small piece of red or colored fabric for the mouth/pocket
- 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
STEP 1: Cut out the tooth fairy pillow pattern
Cut out the pattern pieces. You’ll end up with three 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.
TIP: If you don’t have a printer, or have run out of ink, you can simply trace the 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.
( 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).
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
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.
(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.
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.)
Don’t delay on making this cute tooth fairy pillow for youngsters. Download the printable 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!
FAQs, Tips and Troubleshooting:
- 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.
- You might want to add a tiny fabric bow below the mouth of the tooth as a finishing touch.
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