How to make a tooth fairy pillow out of felt for your kids
With our printable pattern, a little felt, your sewing skills and fiberfill, you will have a tooth fairy pillow finished in no time!
Although tight machine stitches are best to make this pillow last for years, you can still hand stitch it with embroidery thread, or even hot glue parts of it. So don’t worry if you don’t have a sewing machine!
It’s easy to personalize with initials or accessories to make it a true custom design. Add a tulle ballerina skirt for the dancer in the family or ditch the lashes and wings in exchange for a cape for your little guy’s favorite superhero. Your child will eagerly await a visit from the tooth fairy, knowing his tooth is safely tucked away.
All this talk of tooth fairies made us wonder how this custom got started. It seems there’s a bit of sorcery involved, where witches thought they could control people by throwing a part of the body (like hair or teeth) into a fire and casting spells. Teeth were also considered good luck charms as far back as the Viking era, although it’s not uncommon to see beachcombers with a shark’s tooth necklace today!
The early 1900s brought us folklore and the tooth fairy, perhaps to allay the fears and provide comfort for little ones going through this necessary rite of passage. Gifts of sweet goodies or coins were left behind in place of the tooth. Today, as with everything else, inflation has caused the price of a tooth to go up (especially for molars!).
Do you remember how much the tooth fairy left you when you were young?
- CherylStyle DIY tooth fairy pillow pattern
- 9" x 12" white craft felt sheet for the tooth
- gold felt for the crown
- scrap felt for the face
- sewing pins
- sewing machine
- polyester fiberfill
- embroidery needle and floss
- hot glue gun and sticks
- Download the CherylStyle DIY tooth fairy pillow pattern and open in Adobe Reader.
- Cut the patterns out and pin the tooth shape to the white felt (2 shapes), the crown shapes to the gold felt (3 shapes total) and the wing shapes to the glitter felt (4 shapes total).
- To make it easier, stack the felt (right sides together), pin the pattern to the felt stack and then cut out the pattern so you only have to cut once!
- Cut out eyes, nose and mouth from felt. Sew the facial features to the pillow front. (If you don’t want to sew, you can hot glue the pieces to the face as one of the last steps.)
- Pin the 2 pieces of the tooth together then sew around the perimeter of the felt, starting at the top and removing pins as you go. (Take your time when feeding the felt through your sewing machine…there are lots of curves with this pattern so move the felt along slowly). Make sure to leave an opening at the top that will be big enough to stuff with the fiberfill—you’ll have to get down into the roots of the tooth with the fiberfill, so allow enough room to fit your hand or a tool to be able to do that.
- Once you’ve sewn most of the tooth together, push a small amount of fiberfill into the roots of the tooth using your fingers or the handle of a wooden spoon. DON’T USE ANYTHING SHARP!
- Once the roots are filled, continue taking small amounts of fiberfill to fill up the tooth. Make it as full as you can then set it aside.
- If you want to personalize the crown with the recipient’s initial or name, now’s the time to do it. Sketch out the letter(s) with tailor’s chalk or a pencil and thread your needle with embroidery floss. Create the letter with a split stitch or backstitch. If you don’t feel comfortable stitching, you can always use glitter glue or puff paint and write the letter(s) on the crown.
- Once the personalization is done, stitch the edges of the crown securely together—the tooth is going to go in here to await the tooth fairy’s visit. If using a sewing machine, you can either place the right sides together, sew and turn inside out to create the crown or put the wrong sides together, sew, and leave the stitches exposed. If using an embroidery needle and floss, really give it some character! It’s up to you and what your preference is.
- Once the crown is stitched together on all sides, pin it to the opening at the top of the tooth. Fold in the raw edges, pin together to close then hand stitch the opening closed with a needle and thread.
- Adhere the front and back of the wings together with hot glue. Trim any areas that are a little off then sew or hot glue the inside edge of the wing to the back of the pillow.
- If you didn’t sew the facial features on earlier in the process, attach them now with hot glue.
- Your pillow is now ready to give as a gift to that little one who is starting to lose her teeth!
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