Do you have Tooth Fairy trouble at your house? Do teeth sometimes fall off the bed before she arrives? Or, are your kids such light sleepers that the Tooth Fairy can't seem to find their teeth without waking them up? Do the kids sometimes wake up to find their tooth gone, but the money nowhere to be found because it fell on the floor or behind the bed? I've got an easy solution for you that the kids will love: an easy DIY Tooth Fairy Pillow!
No more lost teeth or lost coins!
Seriously, this project is so easy that I did it while the kids were getting ready for bed. (It probably took less than an hour--but that will depend on your blanket-stitching skills.)
Step 1--Find a pattern
Go online and find a simple shape you'd like to use for your pillow. I used a really simple outline of a bear. (I would recommend choosing something with larger hands and feet. The hands and feet on mine don't hold the stuffing very well, so they are pretty flat. The kids don't mind, though.) Find a clip art image and enlarge it as much as you can on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.
Step 2--Cut out the basic shapes
Trace and cut out the basic body shape on two pieces of felt. Cut out a heart and other embellishments on a coordinating color of felt.
Step 3--Stitch on the embellishments
Using a basic blanket stitch, attach the bottom two-thirds of the heart to one piece of felt. Stitch on the rest of the embellishments. (I added a simple white x to the eyes to give them more depth.)
Step 4--Stitch and stuff
Lay the two body pieces of felt on top of each other (wrong sides facing in--you will not be turning this inside out). Using a basic blanket stitch, sew two-thirds of the way around the outside edge of the body (leaving a hole large enough to add stuffing). Stuff the body with batting, fabric scraps, or whatever you have on hand. Seal the hole by continuing your blanket stitching.
Your Tooth Fairy Pillow is done!
Now, here's the best part . . . Let your child put his or her tooth inside the pocket (we put ours in a baggie first). Place the pillow somewhere in the bed where the Tooth Fairy can easily find it. In the morning, the tooth will be gone, and the Tooth Fairy will have left something special in it's place!
Because we want the Tooth Fairy Pillow to be something special, it only comes out when someone has lost a tooth. The kids are always excited when they get to use it.
So what's your best Tooth Fairy mishap story? My oldest once searched all morning for her coin, only to find it later in her shoe! Clumsy Tooth Fairy!
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