*Crafted under the influence Warning: Before you read this post please note I have just had my wisdom teeth removed (well half of them anyway) and this project (or at least it’s photography) was influenced by the vicodin I have had to take to keep myself out of the fetal position. I almost didn’t post because the pictures are less than stellar but I think the project is worth it so keep trying and leave me a comment if I left something out or confused you.
It’s official my baby girl has wiggly front teeth. A tooth fairy pillow has long been on my list of things to make and so I knew it was now or never and since my wisdom teeth should have been removed about 2 decades ago it seemed like the perfect time for such a project….Kismet, except the part where my eyes won’t focus and my brain can’t make sentences!
When designing a tooth fairy pillow I knew I wanted something to make the tooth seem special, worthy of a girl who prides herself in her shiny white teeth. I also knew it needed to have easy access for exhausted tooth fairies waking up at 2 am because the plan to stay up and wait didn’t pan out. But maybe most importantly it had to be soft so it could be slept on.
Here’s what I came up with.
It’s heavily influenced by a Tiffany box, but rather than a bow I have given it a little set of sparkly tooth fairy wings.
Inside a cushion to hold the tooth and or the loot and her initial monogrammed up top with a stitch I like to call, “geeze I hope I didn’t sew my finger into that stitch” and a shiny molar.
Since this was all crafted from my beside I just made up the dimensions but the finished box is pretty close to 3″ X 3″. And before you question the judgement of my husband allowing me to use scissors while on Vicodin let me assure you NO one takes this girls scissors NO ONE!
You will need:
3″ x 3″ Foam or 3″ x 3″ batting
1 – 9″ x 12″ felt sheet (outside color)
1- 9″ x 12″ felt sheet (inside color)Please note you may use more or less felt, all I know is I had 2 sheets when I started and my face hurts. See disclaimer above
Embroidery floss (optional)
Glitter (never optional)
Scrap white felt 4″ x 4″
1- foot of trim
Cut thick batting or foam into a 3″ cube, cut 1″ slit into top.
Cut out the wings and molar from the template provided below. Cover with a thin layer of felt glue and glitter or sparkly puff paint. Allow wings to dry for 2 hours or so before adding glitter to back of wings.
Cut all sides to cover cube. (see template)
Create fold in center of inside top piece. Using a running stitch and matching thread sew to create a pocket in the center
Glue or sew tooth onto top piece, embroider initial if desired.
Place top into foam slit and attach 3″ x 3″ sides and bottom.
Attach sides to top & bottom with an overcast stitch and matching thread.
You should now have a pretty block.
Cut outside pieces: (also on printable template below)
Fold box sides down 1.5″ and glue or sew down side so sides now measure 3 1/2″
Attach sides to bottom piece to create a box the same way you did with the cushion above.
Slip cushion into finished box. Add felt glue to the bottom of your tooth fairy box if desired to hold cushion in place.
Double the pieces for the box top either by overcast stitching along one edge to connect the pieces before assembling the top, or glue two pieces together with felt glue. Repeat with top of box.
Assemble the top with an overcast stitch and matching thread.
Hand sew or glue trim to outside of box and top (since my trim was thick I didn’t go all the way up to make sure there were no problems with the top.)
Attach tooth fairy wings to center of your box with felt glue or a few running stitches.
Template: Fit to print on standard size printer paper, enlarge first.
~I love the way this turned out. Here’s hoping it scores me a few bonus points with the tooth fairy!