Saturday, January 21, 2017

Make it: Custom Tooth Fairy Pillows!

My little niece is turning the big number 6 this year and has some wiggly teeth waiting to be yanked out and placed in a super awesome tooth fairy pillow in exchange for some cold hard cash.

I am so excited for her and her first entrepreneurial experience!

Elise's finished Tooth Fairy Pillow!

To help her out and to help out my own pocket book in the same hand, I decided she's getting a custom made tooth fairy pillow for her b-day.

Here's how I made an easy, and inexpensive 2 hour* Do-it-Yourself gift:
*limit the hand sewing to cut your time in half!

The supplies.

The supplies for the project.

In the end I didn't use everything you see here...I was just feeling so inspired!

Pink and glitzy were the main ideas I was going with. You know - traditionally little girlish. Plus a big enough pocket for the moolah. Everything I did use were things I already had on hand. The main fabric of the pillow is a lining of an over-the-top 80s jacket. Everything else is a product of hoarding craft supplies.
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First, make the pocket for the tooth: Pink the edges of the felt, embroider the button hole and hand stitch the pocket to the fabric using a running stitch. Easy peasy!

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Next, pin the pom-pom trim to the right side of the fabric and sandwich it between the two sheets of fabric.

Pin, pin, pin!

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Take it to the sewing machine (or hand sew this part) and stitch around the rectangle. Don't stitch all the way around and leave a hole to turn it right side out.

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After turning the pillow right side out, fill it with fiber-fill. Use a poker or your fingers to shove it inside. Hand stitch the opining closed. (tip: don't have fiberfill? use cut up plastic bags instead!)

Stuffing the pillow.

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Finally, add the name of your lucky little one to the top of the pillow. Trust me, hand sewing each stinkin' sequin was one of those decisions I realized wasn't fastest way to add her name and some glitz...but it looks kind of cool. So as a warning, er, I mean suggestion, you could use rhinestones and glue, puff paint, pre-strung sequin rope, beads...whatever!
Hand sewing the sequins is tedious work.

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I'd love to see other inspired tooth fairy pillows you make. Share your links in the comment section, please!