Hanging Tooth Pillow Tutorial

My 6 year old started losing her baby teeth this year and recently discovered that tooth number 3 is loose and will soon be on its way to the Tooth Fairy!

So, instead of risking her losing her tooth under her pillow, or having the Tooth Fairy wake her at night, I made her this super cute Tooth Pillow that will hang on the outside of her bedroom door.

hanging tooth pillowIsn’t it darling??

Would you love to know how to make it?

It’s super easy, I PROMISE.

Here’s what you’ll need to do this (in addition to your sewing machine and thread of course):Tooth Pillow SuppliesThe reason I chose felt as my choice of fabric is because it does not fray. I wanted to make a pillow without having to turn the fabric. Call me lazy, but I like to sew these little projects quickly. Not having to turn fabric probably cuts my time in half!

Having said that, the first thing you’re going to do is take whatever color you want to use for the actual pillow and cut 2 6″x6″ pieces.Tooth StencilThen you’re going to make a tooth stencil and trace a tooth onto your second piece of felt with a pencil or a marker. I just free-handed a tooth shape onto a piece of card stock and used that as my stencil. Easy peasy!tooth pillow traceOnce you have your tooth shape traced onto your felt, cut it out with a pair of fabric scissors. Try to cut it just inside if your marker line.tooth pinnedOnce your felt tooth has been cut out, pin it to your first 6″x6″ piece.Sew ToothBegin sewing your tooth onto the first piece of pillow fabric at the top corner of your tooth. Don’t forget to backstitch! Sew around the the side, bottom and other side of the tooth until you reach the top of the opposite side of where you started (Don’t forget to backstitch at the end!). You are essentially making a pocket, so DO NOT SEW ACROSS THE TOP OF THE TOOTH. If you do, you won’t have a pocket!tooth pocket This is what your tooth pocket should look like. It’s not perfect, but it sure is cute!pillow ribbonThe next thing you’re going to do is cut off about 12″ of ribbon and pin on the underside of the top pillow piece.  Make sure the ribbon will go below that 1/4″ seam allowance before you begin to sew.tooth pillow seam allowanceYou will want to sew at a 1/4″ seam allowance on all three sides. Make sure you remove the pins right before you sew over the ribbon. Unless you have pins that can be sewn over. Then go right ahead and sew away!tooth pillow stuffedThen, open your un-sewn side and stuff it with batting. Make sure you don’t over-stuff it. If you do, it will be really hard to sew the last side closed. You can close it with your hands and move the stuffing around as a way to check to make sure you can still sew it. I probably used about 2 fists full of batting for this pillow to give you an idea.Pillow Complete Here’s the finished product! Isn’t it adorable? If you have pinking shears and want to make a cute little zig zag design around the edges of the pillow, go right ahead! If I would have made my seam allowance 1/2″, I probably would have done that. But since the seam allowance on this pillow was smaller, I did not want to risk cutting into my stitching. That would have not been good!

I hope this tutorial was easy to understand and that you love the design I came up with. Feel free to make one for yourself and let me know how it turned out! I would love to see your creation!

Hey! Meet Vanessa

A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!


A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!

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  1. Very cute! And a most excellent idea…I have 3 kids, so the tooth fairy has been VERY busy recently!

    1. The Rookie Seamstress says:

      Oh wow, I bet she is very busy! 🙂

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