Losing a tooth is a big deal for kids, and when it happens they can’t wait to exchange that tooth for some cold hard cash. These tooth fairy pillows are a fun way for kids to leave a tooth for the tooth fairy, so the tooth fairy to leave a treat in exchange.
Tooth fairy pillows are easy to make and fun to personalize for your child. I’ve got an easy sewing tutorial below, as well as a free cut file for 4 cute tooth fairy face designs.
The cut file includes a goofy face, a princess face, a superhero face, and (my favorite) a kitty face. You can choose any one of them for your tooth fairy face, or mix and match the pieces to make a custom face.
The simple pillow design works well for boys or girls. Just choose fabrics in your child’s favorite color and let them choose how they want their tooth fairy to look!
Here’s a close up of each design. First off, the goofy face.
The princess face
The superhero face
And the kitty face!
There’s a pocket across the back where your child can put their tooth (and maybe also a note for the tooth fairy), and the tooth fairy can leave a little cash. The pocket is big enough that you can get your adult sized fingers in there to retrieve the tooth. That’s important when you’re trying to conduct tooth fairy business without waking a sleeping kid!
Finished dimensions are approximately 5” wide x 6” tall.
How to a tooth fairy pillow (with free cut files):
- Pillow Front/Back – 2 pieces quilting cotton, 5.5” wide x 6.5” tall
- Pillow Pocket – 1 piece quilting cotton, 5.5” wide x 8” tall. You can use the same fabric as the Front/Back or use a contrasting fabric.
- Polyester stuffing (e.g., Poly-Fil)
- Door hanger ribbon – 7.5” grosgrain ribbon or twill tape. Be sure to use a ribbon that won’t melt under the heat of an iron.
- Heat Transfer Vinyl – white, black, and accent colors. Accent colors will vary depending on the design you choose.
- Scrap of corrugated cardboard 4.5” x 6”
- Free tooth fairy cut file: .svg format (for Cricut) or .studio3 format (for Silhouette)
The face details in the cut file have some pretty thin lines. For easier weeding, use a slower speed and 2 passes to cut the file. In my Silhouette I used a speed 3 and 2 passes. Adding weeding boxes around the designs will also help make it easier to weed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: DON’T add the heat transfer vinyl design to the Pillow Front yet. We’ll do that later on in the tutorial. I tried adding it at the beginning and found that the design got all wrinkled when I turned the pillow right side out, so I changed things so you add the heat transfer design AFTER you turn the pillow right side out.
RST = Right Sides Together
Fold the Pillow Pocket in half the short way wrong sides together to create a piece that’s 5.5” wide x 4” tall.
Place the Pillow Pocket across the bottom of the Pillow Back, raw edges aligned. Baste in place with 1/8” seam allowance.
Being careful not to twist the ribbon, place the ends of the ribbon at the top of the Pillow Back, raw edges aligned and ¾” from each side. Baste in place with 1/8” seam allowance. The bottom of the hanging loop will be facing the inside of the pillow.
Place the Pillow Front on top of the Pillow Back, RST. Sew around all 4 sides with ¼” seam allowance, leaving 2” open at the bottom.
Clip corners and turn the pillow right side out.
Give the pillow a good press to get out all of the wrinkles.
Now, slide that scrap of cardboard into the pocket on the Pillow Back. This helps create a smooth surface for your heat transfer vinyl. (Without the cardboard, the bulk of the edge of the pocket might create a line across your design.)
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to add the heat transfer vinyl tooth fairy design of your choice to the Pillow Front.
Now that you’ve added the tooth fairy design, go ahead and stuff the pillow.
Close the turning hole with a ladder stitch.
Your tooth fairy pillow is done!
If you love this adorable tooth fairy pillow from Anne then you will love these other projects from her as well: