Sewing this little blanket made me wonder about the history of the tooth fairy. She certainly existed when I was a little one, wiggling my tooth out dreaming of the loot I would haul in. I was very surprised to find out that she is a fairly new 20th century North American concept. She does not have a long tradition and its only in recent years that children have been taught that the cleaner the tooth is the more reward it’s worth. If you want to read up more on the history you will find it here.
To make this little tooth faerie blanket you will need:
two pieces of coordinating flannel, 12 ” by 12″
two small pieces of felt 3″ by 3″
a small piece of iron on interfacing 3″ by 3″
a small piece of quilt batting 10″ by 10″
12″ of lace
I think it would be very nice if you had a left over receiving blanket or two that you could repurpose into this blanket. Unfortunately those days are long behind me.
Fold the felt in half and cut out two pieces of felt the shape of a tooth. Place the interfacing between the two layers of felt and iron.
Trim edges neatly.
Cut your flannel pieces 12″ square, and seal all edges with zig zag or serger to prevent fraying.
To create the pocket, sew the tooth to the good size of the flannel with the sewing machine. Finish with blanket stitches using embroidery thread. ( 3 strings)
Pin good sides together and sew on three sides leaving the edge open.
Turn inside out and press.
To make the mattress. Cut your quilt batting into a 10″ by 9″ piece and fold in half along the short side so its 4.5″ by 10″. Sew around all sides. (This makes the mattress long enough to fill in the length and a little bit narrow on the width leaving and extra inch to fold over for cover.)
Insert the mattress into the flannel making sure the back corners are aligned. Sew long the middle of the flannel to secure the mattress in place.
Turn the edge of the open seam in and press. Insert and pin the lace into place. Sew along the edge to close.
The tooth fairy I used on the printable is courtesy of Clipartkid
You can download a copy of the letter here.
Remember brush and floss….. 🙂