Earlier this week my two oldest kids had their regular dental check-up. They LOVE going to the dentist. It’s something they look forward to actually. If you live in San Diego, Dr. Femme Ambrosio in 4S Ranch is absolutely amazing! While at this appointment, I discovered my oldest has two loose teeth that are expected to fall out in the next few weeks. I’ve been casually brainstorming ideas for a tooth fairy pillow in the last few months, but loose teeth sped up my plans.
I wanted the pillow to be a regular size throw pillow. I figure when it’s not being used as a tooth fairy pillow, she can turn it backwards and use it as a throw pillow in her room. I chose this floral print from Michael Miller fabrics for the pillow fabric. It probably looks familiar because I used the same fabric last week when I made my pajama shorts. One of my favorite parts of this pillow is probably the gold metallic piping. It is a tooth fairy pillow after all! A little shimmer was in order. So let’s get started…
- Pattern for tooth applique and pocket
- 2 13″ x 13″ squares for main pillow + about 3″ x 5″ for pockets (x2) (I used this)
- 8″ x 11″ for tooth applique (I used this stripe minky)
- 8″ x 11″ interfacing for applique
- embroidery thread (I used a deep navy, since the background of my floral fabric is navy)
- 55″ of piping (I used Wright’s bias tape to create my metallic gold piping)
*All seams are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted.
1. First cut out all your pattern pieces. 2 13″ x 13″ squares, 2 pocket pattern pieces and the 8″ x 11″ pieces of the white material and the interfacing.
2. Iron the interfacing to the back of your white material according to the manufactures directions.
3. Cut out the tooth applique using the pdf pattern provided.
4. Next, using a simple backstitch, embroider the eyes and mouth onto the tooth. If you place the template behind your cut pattern piece and place on a window, you can trace the eyes and mouth from my template.
5. Now it’s time to prepare the piping. If you already have your piping made, go ahead and skip ahead to step 7. If you would like to have gold metallic piping like my pillow you can follow steps 5-6 to create the piping. I had this gold metallic bias tape on hand already, so I used it to create my piping. A fair warning, this bias tape is very sensitive to heat, so make sure your iron is on a low setting before you touch it to your bias tape. I’m not going to bother using an iron at all to create the piping. Simply open up the bias tape and lay your cord into the middle. Close the bias tape, trapping the cord inside. Don’t bother with pins. They will snag this tape and I find pins to cause my piping to not be as snug.
6. Attach your zipper foot to your sewing machine. Starting from one end, sew as close to the cord as you can. Use your fingers to guide the tape through, making sure the cord is secured within the inside of the tape. You will need to periodically push the cord back inside the tape as you sew.
And, there you have it! Some lovely gold metallic piping.
7. Next, we’ll be creating the little pocket that will sit behind the tooth. Sew the two pocket pieces together along the red line, right sides together, leaving the top open as well as 1/2″ before you reach the top on both sides. I went ahead and stitched up the U-shape twice to make the pocket extra strong.
8. Now we’re going to attach the pocket to the tooth. Pin back one top side of the pocket. This is to prevent the material from catching when you attach the pocket. Kind of roll the middle down a little extra, since you’ll be sewing a dip.
9. Place the pocket on top of the tooth, with the pinned side facing the tooth, matching the raw edges together. Sew the seam along the top, being extra careful not to catch the back pocket piece. You may need to pull it down a little while you sew. You can always hand stitch this part as well, but my hand stitching is not pretty, so I try to avoid it. 🙂
10. Clip along the upper curve of the pocket.
11. Fold the pocket up and iron the seam with the clipped seam being under the tooth. Fold the pocket behind the tooth, making sure to create the nice curve. Unpin the back pocket piece and have it lay flat. Iron everything flat.
12. Now we will be attaching the tooth and pocket pieces to the main pillow piece. I recommend just hand stitching this step. Hopefully, your handstitching looks better than mine! The important part is making sure you’re placing everything in the center. In order to do this make a mark on your pillow piece 6 1/2″ in from the side and 2″ down from the top. The red dot in the picture below will be placed on the mark. I recommend using your cutting board to make sure everything is straight before you start pinning. Handstitch along the dashed red line.
13. Clip the seams.
14. Fold the tooth down onto the pillow cover, making sure it is centered on the cover. Pin and iron the pocket.
15. Topstitch along the outside of the tooth, about an 1/8″. Make sure to not topstitch over the pocket opening!
16. Next, we will apply the piping to the the pillow. If you used the same gold metallic piping as I did, there’s a 1/4″ from the edge of the piping to the edge of the cord. So, place the piping 1/4″ from the edge of the pillow cover.
Criss-Cross the piping at the bottom center of the pillow.
If you’re unfamiliar with applying piping, make sure to make a notch at the corners, so you can turn the piping around the corner.
17. Attach your zipper foot again. Sew the piping onto the pillow cover, making sure to sew on top of or inside of the stitch you sewed when creating the piping.Trim the loose ends of piping.
18. Place the pillow cover front and back right sides together. Pay attention if you have directional fabric. Have the pillow front on top so you can see the stitching from when you attached the piping to the pillow cover. You will use this stitching line to guide you. Sew the two pieces together around outside, leaving a 3″ space. Make sure to sew on top of or to the inside of the previous stitch lines.
19. Clip the 4 corners.
20. Turn the pillow cover right side out, making sure to push out your corners. Iron. Make sure to have your iron on a low setting if you are using metallic piping!
21. Fill your pillow with the poly-fil. Make sure to get into the corners.
22. Handstitch the 3″ gap closed.
23. Fluff and enjoy!
Let me know if you create this tooth fairy pillow! I would love to see how yours turns out! Also, do you have any tooth fairy traditions you would like to share? I’ve got a couple more weeks till my daughters teeth will fall out, so I want to be prepared!