It took almost six and a half years, but the tooth fairy finally had a reason to visit our home this week! In preparation, I stitched up a small tooth pillow. My son was amused by it, but said to me, "You're really excited by this!" We discovered that his bottom tooth was loose a week and a half ago when he was talking and I noticed that he had a tooth growing behind his baby tooth. He didn't even realize his baby tooth was loose. I told him he could wiggle it as much as he wanted as long as it didn't hurt. He worked on that tooth for over a week! He came home from school on Tuesday and announced that his tooth came out at lunch! The lunch helper gave him a teeny purple tooth treasure chest to keep it and taped it shut so he wouldn't loose it before he got home. He found a gold dollar coin in his tooth pillow this morning, along with a receipt from the tooth fairy and a new tooth brush, paste and flossers.
Tooth Pillow tutorial:
- two pieces of white felt, approximately 8" by 11"
- small piece of red felt, about 3" square
- white thread (I used embroidery/crochet thread, but regular sewing thread works too)
- sewing needle and a few pins
- pinking shears
- small amount of fiberfill fluff
- tooth pattern (see step one below)
- I started by sketching out a basic molar shaped tooth on a piece of paper, cut it out and pinned it onto the white felt. I cut out two tooth shapes from the white felt using pinking shears.
- With the red felt, I cut out a heart shape, using a small cookie cutter to trace the shape first.
- Using white thread, I stitched my son's first initial on the heart. Then I sewed the bottom of the heart onto one of the felt tooth shapes, leaving the top open to act as a small pocket.
- I then pinned the two felt tooth shapes together with the wrong sides facing each other. I stitched the two together with white thread using a running stitch. I loosely stuffed the "roots" of the tooth while stitching it up and before it was completely sewed together I finished adding the fluff.
Having the pillow with the tooth in it under his pillow made it very easy for the tooth fairy to find it in the dark!