You know that your little one is growing when….
… her first tooth starts loosening!
We are exactly in that moment of our lives when one of her teeth started to move, we went to the dentist and she said to alert the Tooth Fairy… so this is what we did!
Let me introduce you a new softie in Serger Pepper House:
the Tooth Fairy Cushion
(refashioned from baby tights!)
– white baby tights (but you can use any colour!)
– scraps of fabrics, leftovers are perfect: red/fuchsia for the mouth, white for the tooth and the other layer of the inside of the mouth (I used a white muslin that stabilizes the seam around the mouth too!)
– a couple of buttons
– thread, scissors, sewing machine, pins, pen
– filling from an old cushion
or you can get a bag of new one here:
First step is to draw a big smiling mouth for our tooth… you can sketch it on paper (mine was roughly 10 cm or 4″ wide by 5 cm or 2″ height) and then on the white scrap of fabric (pin your muslin mouth in place on the right side of the tights):
I drafted it directly on the fabric because I love the risk… and have a secret weapon: Frixion Pens (heat vanishing)
Tip: you should better draw it slightly higher on your muslin than I did… in order to have a pocket/mouth below the mouth opening instead of above and below… as I noticed it later 😉
Sew all around the mouth with a short stitch length (2 is perfect in my book), just a mm or 1/64″ on each side.
Turn the white muslin to the inside of the tights, through the mouth:
Better pin it and press it to secure it in place!
Turn the tights inside out and take another piece of fabric (this time in red), same measurements as the white one.
Lay it above the other one, aligning the edges; put it right side down, toward the inside of the mouth.
Sew (or serge, like I did) all around, to close the pocket/mouth:
This is optional, but I really loved the oddity of a tooth with a tooth…!
Just take a piece of muslin, fold in half and sew all around with a U shape (mine was roughly 6 cm or 2 1/2″ long by 2.5 cm or 1″ wide). Press, trim seam allowances and turn inside out, then press again: here’s your tooth!
It’s time to put it in place. I liked how it looked slightly off-centered. We’re going to stitch it in place while topstitching all around the lips!
Tip: use a short stitch (2 was good for me) and a triple straight stitch… it will be stretched multiple times from those tiny hands 😉
The head of the tooth
As you can see, my baby tights were cut off-grain… so when I went to chopping off their upper edge (the waist elastic) it ended up being off-centered… maybe you have better tights to use!