What is that saying? Waste not want not…make do, do without, use it up…Oh, something like that! My friends all know I am a great scrap saver and saver (hoarder) of all things that might be used later. It is a good thing I have a hubby who keeps me in check. I have been known to save the littlest scraps of paper and fabric. Well my “hoarding” saved the day when it came to making a tooth fairy pillow for my BBF friend, Francie. It was not for her exactly, it was for her grandson Dereck. She had been telling me for about a month that he had a loose tooth and was going to need a tooth fairy pillow. I got on Pinterest and couldn’t find one that looked “manly”. So I got to thinking and came up with the idea to make one out of a pair of jeans. The original idea was to make one with an old pair of HIS jeans, but his tooth kept getting looser and the jeans never appeared. I started looking in my “hoard” and found the legs of a pair of Cassidy’s jeans that we had cut off to make her shorts earlier in the summer. (didn’t work though, got them way too short) Have I mentioned that she is a lot taller than me? I had a long length of jeans to work with. I decided to make it easy on myself and use the existing seams, so I just cut off the ragged bottom of the jeans and cut about a 8 1/2 inch length of jean.
Next I was going to need a tooth. I am not that talented when it comes to drawing, so I went to my trusty Cricut and found a tooth on “A Child’s Year” cartridge. It was a little “pointy” for my taste, so I cut it out of freezer paper and rounded the “roots”. I then ironed it onto felted wool to use for my tooth pocket.
Now I needed a pocket for the all important money. I drafted a jeans pocket on freezer paper and cut it out and ironed it onto a scrap of jean fabric from the upper part of the leg of the same pair of jeans. Make sure your “tooth” will fit on the pocket.
I then cut out the pocket leaving @ a 1/2″ around each side.
If you look closely at the picture, you can see I ironed the freezer paper pocket to the right side of the jean material. I then took the pocket to the ironing board and pressed the sides to the back using the freezer paper for my guidelines.
I guess my shadow got in the way on this picture, but I hope you can get the idea. Two sides are pressed to the back in this picture.
Once all sides are pressed, sew around the pocket to keep the sides in place.
Now blanket stitch the wool tooth to the pocket, leaving the top open.
Now the tricky part, I pinned the pocket on the jean and carefully sewed the pocket to the pillow part of the jean leg. I admit this was pure laziness on my part. Then turn the leg inside out and sew one open end completely across. Sew the other end and leave an opening for the stuffing.
Turn the pillow right side out and press.
Forgot to save the rotated image, but you get the idea! Now stuff your pillow and slip stitch it closed.