I've discovered that the best way to be successful when it comes to a lost tooth is having an executable plan — and lucky for all of us, Phase 1 doesn't even have to be stealthy! I received my warning from the dentist, informing us at Big Sister's bi-annual check-up that a tooth would likely be gone within 6 months.
That got me thinking about tooth fairy pillows. From there I was able to work out what I envisioned for the pillow. So when she showed me the adult tooth already making its way through her gum, despite the baby tooth still in place, I was ready and had the pillow done the same night! :)
It can even be a lot of fun to include your child in the fabric choices. I let Big go through my fabric stash picking out her favorites for each piece of the house. As I said before, this part doesn't have to be a secret!! In my world, that greatly adds to my chances for success! Since I love you all so much, I've helped out with Phase 1. I've put together a pattern & tutorial for our Tooth Fairy House pillow. You can follow along here, or I've made a Printable version, along with the Pattern pieces that you can download by clicking on the image below:
You are totally going to rock this Tooth Fairy thing!!
To get started: Print out the Pattern Pieces. Cut out all the pattern pieces, ensuring that they have printed at 100% by checking the measurement of the line at the bottom of the page in the box titled Print Test. It should measure 1 inch.
Cut a piece of fusible interfacing slightly larger than the house front.
Follow the instructions included with the interfacing & adhere it to the house front fabric, then cut the piece out. Cut out remaining pieces as indicated on the pattern piece.
Prepare the pieces to be assembled:
Place the Door Front and Door Back fabric RIGHT sides together and pin in place. Stitch a 1/2” seam along the curved edge as shown by the dashed line on the pattern piece, leaving the bottom open. Using a piece of interfacing that is just smaller than your stitching & 1/2” shorter (you can use the light grey portion as a pattern), iron interfacing to both sides of the door. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4” and clip the curve as shown. Turn the door right-side-out and Press flat. Turn the open edge inside 1/2” and stitch closed 1/8” from the edge.
Fold the Pocket fabric RIGHT sides together and pin in place. Stitch a 1/2” seam up each side, leaving the top open. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4” and clip corners as shown. Turn the Pocket right-side-out and Press flat. Turn the open edge inside 1/2” and stitch closed 1/8” from the edge.
Fold the Tab fabric in half, RIGHT sides together and pin in place. Stitch a 1/2” seam up each side & across the top. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4” and clip corners. Turn the Tab right-side-out and Press flat. Following your sewing machine’s instructions, make a button hole, centerd on the Tab ~3/16” from the closed edge.
Assemble the House:
Center Ric-Rac or any other embellishment on the dashed line indicated on the pattern. Pin in place and stitch.
With RIGHT side down, align edge of Roof to the dotted line indicated on the pattern piece and pin in place. Stitch a 1/2” seam along the pinned edge.
Fold Roof up and press seam. Flip the House Front over and cut the Roof fabric to match the shape of the House Front.
Pin the Roof to the House Front & Baste 1/4” from edge. Using the dashed lines on the pattern piece as a guide, pin the Window in place and closely stitch around the raw edge a couple of times with a contrasting thread, adding window panes if you wish. As with the Window, pin the Pocket in place. Stitch in the same way along the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.
Before attaching to the House front, stitch around the door the same as you did the Window & Pocket. Using the dashed lines on the pattern piece as a guide, pin in place and sew along the Right edge, creating the door hinge. Allowing enough room for the button, fold the Tab around the door as shown. Use the dashed line & circles as a placement guide.
Open the door & pin Tab in place. Stitch where indicated by dashed line. Trim excess as needed.
With RIGHT side down, place House Back on top of House Front. Pin into Place. Stitch a 1/2” seam along the edge, leaving open between circles as indicated on the pattern piece. Clip top corners.
Reach inside the house to pull open the cut-out corner on one side. Flatten so that the seams match up, with the seam allowances folded in opposite directions. Pin in place. Stich across with a 1/2” seam.
Repeat on the other side, making sure that the seam allowance on the bottom of the house is folded in the same direction on both sides.
Turn the house right-side-out & stuff. Close the turning hole with a ladder stitch.
Put a tooth in the pocket and you are ready for the Tooth Fairy!!
Now that the pillow's done, it's on to Phase 2. The money & the note. But don't worry, I'm here to help on those as well! Check out our Tooth Fairy Note Kit available in the shop! Your kids will love it!
xoxo Lori Danelle