Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tooth Fairy Please Stop Here

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Williams

Hey Girls,

Look what's happening at our house:

It's the moment I have feared for a very long son's first loose tooth.  You're wondering what's so scary about a loose tooth, right? In everyone else's world, probably nothing.  But for me, I have always been skeeved out by wiggly teeth.  And with my own son, sadly, it's no different.  (It takes every ounce of my strength not to yell, "Don't touch it!" each time he approaches me to show me the tooth.)  I did try to create a bit of loose-tooth-distraction this morning when I got to work on a Tooth Fairy Pillow.

Here's a picture of the final product.  It's hanging on the side of his bed because I was afraid my novice Tooth Fairy skills would wake my son up if we ended up putting the tooth below his regular pillow.  There's two pockets on this guy.  One pocket (the one with the tooth) is to store the tooth and the other pocket (with the black dots) is for notes written to the Tooth Fairy and the loot.

If you have some loose teeth at your house (I so feel for you) and you want to make one yourself, here's how:

First, draw a tooth on a bit of white felt.  This tooth is drawn on a 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 piece of felt.

Next, find some fabric for the pillow and two pockets.

Then, cut out two squares of fabric (3 3/4 inches x 3 3/4 inches) for the tooth pocket.  Applique the tooth to one of the squares.  (Applique is just a fancy word for zigzag stitch around the shape.)

Once the tooth is appliqued,  place the right sides of the fabric together and sew around the square on three sides.  Then, turn it right side out.  Sew the open side shut once it's right side out.

Cut two fabric squares (6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches) for the money and note pocket.  Take the pocket with the tooth and center it on one of the pieces of fabric you just cut out.  Sew around three sides, leaving the top open. 

Now, repeat the same process to make this pocket:  place right sides together, sew around three sides, turn inside out, sew the open side shut.

Once again, cut out two squares of fabric (9 x 14 inches).  These pieces of fabric are for the pillow.  On one of the pieces of fabric, center the note and money pocket.  Sew around three sides, leaving the top open to create this pocket.

Now, find some string or ribbon (about 14 inches long).  Pin the string on the right side of the fabric.  The ends of the rope should be pointing towards the top of your pillow.  (Check out the picture for a visual.)

Then, repeat the same process:  place right sides together, sew around three sides, turn inside out.  Finally, it's time to get stuffing.  Stuff the pillow and then stitch the stuffing hole shut.

My last step was creating some notes for the Tooth Fairy.  One version has blanks to fill in.  The other version is just filled with lines.  You don't have to do this step.  If you pass us a note, I'll send you both versions.

It looks like we're days away from this sucker coming out.  Anyone know what the Tooth Fairy's going rate for a tooth is these days?

Wish me luck,

Note from Mrs. Kelly:  How can the tooth fairy NOT come to your house with a pillow/note combo like that?!    And, who knew about your aversion to loose teeth?

Note from Mrs. Gosling:  We have a few loose ones over here.  If I make a pillow, will it encourage them out?


David said...

There are few things more terrifying in this world than trying to do the tooth/dollar swap. Last time I did it, I thought my son would wake up to the sound of my heart beating out of my chest. Last time, I was so worried I would wake him that I wound up slipping in the dollar and leaving the tooth, to much confusion the next day ("uh, the tooth fairy had too many teeth last night, she couldn't carry yours"). So what I'm saying is, I want one of those. Maybe you need to give Mrs. Kelly another sewing machine tutorial. ;)

Moe said...

We found out the going rate of teeth the day our son lost his first tooth, when he very adamantly told his father and I that the Tooth Fairy brings golden dollars. I suggested that maybe these days the Tooth Fairy just brings regular dollars. Nope, he said. Only golden dollars. Otherwise, it's not really from the Tooth Fairy. Many many bank tellers later, golden dollars were procured in the form of Susan B. Anthony's, and yes I have extras socked away.

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