The tooth fairy has been a popular topic in our home lately. Some of the older children in my daughter’s preschool have started losing their baby teeth and she is absolutely fascinated by the whole process which inspired this tooth fairy craft.
On our latest movie night we watched The Rise of The Guardians. (Yes, we finally seem to be moving on from Frozen!) And as I was watching the movie I couldn’t help but think what an absolute nightmare it would be to try and find my little girl’s teeth in the middle of the night without waking her up. I figured I could come up with a little something. Et voilà, here it is.
I really liked the idea of sewing little pockets on ‘old’ soft toys because of the symbolism. As children start losing their teeth, they also start losing their interest in their once fiercely loved soft toys.
It would be only fitting to give them that last task of keeping those precious baby teeth safe for the tooth fairy to take home. Snif. It’s hard to let go of our little babies … I know I’m not the only one here!
If you are feeling it too or not quite but are definitely seeing the practical aspect of this little craft, I’ll quickly tell you how I did it.
It’s pretty fool proof, but I must warn you there’s a bit of hand sewing involved. Nothing you can’t handle though, and it doesn’t need to be pretty. The tooth fairy won’t mind a less than perfect finish!
Tooth Fairy Craft
What you’ll need:
- a soft toy (have a think about which one would be perfect for the job!)
- fabric scrap (you can use any old clothing if you haven’t got any fabric scraps handy)
- fabric scissors (little ones from a mini sewing kit will do)
Draw your pattern on a piece of paper. It could be round (like the one in the image) or square or whatever creative shape you want to use really. Just keep in mind that it should hold a tooth, that you want to get the tooth out in the dark and put something small in there instead.
Cut out our pattern and attach it to your soft toy to check for size.
Fold your fabric double and cut out the pattern. So your cut out piece of fabric should look like the one in the image below. Allow for a tiny bit of seam allowance (1/16 inch or 1,5 mm).
We will fold the fabric double and sew it on our soft toy by hand. We fold it double so we end up with a nice edge on top that won’t fray and doesn’t need extra sewing. It will also make the pocket stronger, which is a good thing when little hands force things in and out of there!
Here’s a little look of how it looks when you’re sewing it on. You see it doesn’t have to be perfect! Children won’t notice. Having said that, you do want to make sure you stitch it on firmly enough, by which I mean lots of stitches close together, like shown on the image below.
Once you’ve finished, check if you can get your finger in, have a little poke around to see if it’s firm/strong enough. If the fabric starts coming loose, you might need to do another row and stitch more closely together.
When finished it should look a little something like this:
Make it Your Own!
You can totally freestyle and take this little idea to the next level if you want.
If you were grabbing for the tissue box earlier during my introduction, you could sew tiny pockets on little fabric baby rattles and really drive home the ‘saying goodbye to your baby’ point.
You could sew little pockets on good sized fabric dolls, making them ‘guardians’ of the baby teeth, since they are the only ones who can see the tooth fairy at night, right?
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