Friday, September 23, 2011

Handmade Tooth Fairy Pillow

It's rare that I have a true 'sewing emergency' but we had two this week.  

The first one happened when I realized my son was out of clean school uniform shorts which caused me to quickly convert a pair of his old pants from last year.  It's still roasting hot here.

The second one came yesterday morning when he said, "Mommy, my front tooth hurts, and it wiggles!"  Oh my goodness, I haven't made him a tooth fairy pillow yet and the big event is coming soon!!

I have been waiting for this happy day since the moment I became a parent.  I was so filled with maternal pride the day his first baby tooth made it through his gummy smile. 

I am even more thrilled now that he is on the verge of a visit from the tooth fairy.

You could of course buy a tooth fairy pillow, but I have been looking forward to making one for so long that it was a real treat to actually sit down and sew it together. 

There's a pocket for the tooth, and the first initial of his first name on the pocket.  I used embroidery floss to give the little tooth a face.  All the fabrics are hand dyed felted wool.  The handle on top is PurlSoho's Linen Ribbon (a dream to work with, really).

We have been reading a couple of books in anticipation of this happy day:

The Tooth Book by Theo Lesieg - a real classic, even reminds you not to bite your dentist.

My Milk Toof by Inhae Lee - our overall favorite book right now.  Just hilarious, well done, awesome photos, entertaining for both kids and adults.  I must have in your children's library.

One final word of wisdom that will make my dad smile, and you groan:  (apologies and advance)


Sharon said...

How exciting! The pillow is so cute!!

ray said...

The Tooth Book is one of my favorites, too.

I'm sure you know this, but Theo Lesieg is the name that Dr. Seuss used anytime he wrote the text but didn't do the art. His real name is Ted Geisel which, backwards, gives Lesieg.