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Project

Tooth Fairy Pillow Craft

Tuck teeth awaiting pickup by the tooth fairy into this simple-to-sew pillow.

Materials

  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • White felt
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • Embroidery needle
  • Black embroidery floss
  • 1/4 yard soft fabric (Martha used a 100 percent cotton flannel in light blue)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Pins
  • White thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Loose batting
  • Tooth template

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Print tooth template on card stock and cut out shape.

  2. Step 2

    Trace shape onto white felt with a water-soluble marking pen, and cut shape from felt.

  3. Step 3

    Embroider face onto tooth with black embroidery floss. The eyes are French knots (get the French knot how-to); the mouth is created with a backstitch (get the backstitch how-to).

  4. Step 4

    Cut two pieces of 9-by-9-inch fabric. Hoop one piece of fabric in an embroidery hoop, and pin tooth in center.

  5. Step 5

    Hand-stitch around the edge of the tooth with white thread, leaving the top open so the tooth becomes a pocket.

  6. Step 6

    Remove fabric from hoop and place appliqued side down on other square of fabric. Pin in place. Sew pieces together around edges with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving a 4-inch opening for turning right side out.

  7. Step 7

    Trim corners of seam allowance and turn right side out. Stuff with batting and hand-stitch opening closed.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, January 2010

Reviews (6)

  • Rosemary and Tina 17 Feb, 2013

    Love the ideas about tooth fairies. If you don't want to make a tooth fairy pillow, there is a super cute one at www.TinaToothFairy.com that includes a note from Teeny Tiny Tina the Teeny Tiny Tooth Fairy, and a gold $1 coin. I also recommend the two award winning books about Teeny Tiny Tina.

  • MeeMaw Pat 11 Aug, 2012

    I will definitely make these for my two special GRANDsons! Think I will use stronger fabric for the "tooth"....and will machine embroider their names on the pillow before I sew together.. Thanks for a great idea!

  • crafty_grandma 25 Feb, 2012

    I had made one for my grandson who recently lost his tooth. His younger sister 2 years younger saw and an argument ensued so I had to make her one but it had to be a ballariina so I added some tulle around the 'waist' - no more arguing...still waiting for her 1st tooth to fall out. both are hanging on their door knobs to their room in anticipation!

  • Chelle_Taylor 23 Sep, 2011

    I stitched a smaller 1 x 1 inch pocket under the tooth in same color of the backing fabric to make it easier for the fairy to retrieve the tooth. Found this was easy for big fingers to find tiny teeth.

  • BEARSJUSTB-CLAWS 9 Sep, 2010

    Adorable idea.

  • jenijokid 24 Jan, 2010

    I made two of the tooth fairy pillows in about 2 hours, for each of my nieces. I did one in light blue flannel, and one in lavender. They are darling and easy to make. I'm going to give them to my sister for Valentine's Day to store away and take out when the girls are "tooth losing age." The pockets couldn't stand up to lots of wear and be played with like toys, but will be really sweet to use on the special occasion of having the tooth fairy visit!