Tooth Fairy Pillows

A recent rash of lost teeth prompted me to make my own tooth fairy pillows.  (I often sew them with my youngest students, but these are merely one pocket sewn to two squares.)  As I was sewing mine, I quickly realized how this project would be a great project for beginning sewers.

The front features the recipient’s initial and a little pocket for holding the tooth/money/gift.  There is a little tooth appliqued on the pocket.  The back has a little envelope–the perfect size for any tooth fairy correspondence.  When I give these pillows, I include a note from the tooth fairy.  The poem inside reads:

Dear [name],

In the pocket, place your tooth that fell out

And in the morning you will shout!

For I will visit and you will find

I’ve left a surprise for you behind!

And for the teeth that are not in a rush,

Don’t forget, you still need to brush!


The Tooth Fairy

Since these pillows are small, you can easily practice with remnants you already have.  While I am not going to give you a precise tutorial, I will let some photos do the talking.  The skills you will develop by sewing tooth fairy pillows are:

  • continuing to develop cutting and straight-line sewing skills
  • adding a pocket
  • applique
  • inserting a basic handle

Supplies needed:

  • your basic sewing supplies
  • 7″ x 7″ squares of fabric (one plain, one printed)
  • Heat n Bond (for applique)
  • 4″ x 6″ (wide x high) rectangle for pocket
  • 5″ x 3.5″ (wide x high) piece of white felt
  • another small fabric remnant (for initial) and white felt remnant (for tooth)
  • 8″ of ribbon

Ideas for future:

Add buttons, ribbons, ric rac, ruffles and more to add even more dimension.


(You can click on any photo to enlarge it.)

Have fun experimenting–I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

A ribbon handle is perfect for looping over a bedpost or, more importantly, a door knob. It’s a nice touch for the tooth fairy who may not want to risk waking the child!

Close up of the front. A little pocket on the left is the perfect size for not only teeth, but also can hold money, lipgloss, a small toothpaste or toothbrush. An appliqued initial personalizes the pillow, but isn’t necessary.

Close up of another style–have fun with placement of extras like buttons and trim!

A close-up of the envelop on the back of the pillow. You stitch the “flap” on first–before you sew the pocket onto the pillow back. If you don’t it won’t be a pocket!

Adding a note from the tooth fairy is a nice touch!