Q: What to do with daughter’s cute stripy tights when they’re outgrown?
A: Upcycle them into Tooth Fairy pillow toys!
How cute are these little toys?? They’re made from two pairs of woolly tights which were otherwise due for the fabric scrap heap. There’s also a small amount of felt, some toy stuffing, embroidery thread and a recycled cloth nappy liner (which looks just like white felt).
My daughter’s Owl Soft Toy…started out as me not wanting to throw out these gorgeous navy & pink tights. But once I’d cut the foot off them, stuffed and stitched it up, it just looked like a foot…!
Stuffed foot of tights, but what to do next?
I decided to fold the footy part in on itself and the owl shape just evolved from there! Then it was just a case of cutting out eyes and a belly and embroidering owly designs on them.
The more observant amongst you will notice that the finished item has an embroidered beak instead of the yellow felt I originally cut out. I just preferred the homemade look of embroidery, plus I thought a felt beak might get in the way of the pocket. The owl’s belly is a tiny pouch (unstitched at the top) for the all important Tooth to go in, ready for the tooth fairy to collect :)
The owl starts to take shape
Assembled parts for the owl’s face and belly
Tights tucked into base of toy for shape and structure
For my son’s Monster Tooth Cushion…it was a little more complicated (but not much more).
Tooth fairy pocket monster
I wanted to make the monster’s mouth a pouch or pocket for the tooth, so I sewed a sausage shape for the body and folded the fabric up a bit, sewing in the teeth and stitching the sides to hold it in place. The arms and legs are made in a similar way and tacked on rather haphazardly to the body.
There are some lovely tutorials on Pinterest for sock monkeys, which this is roughly based on, but with several short-cuts as you can probably see from the pictures! But “homemade” and “rustic” are badges of honour here at ShabbyShe. We don’t do perfect ;)
Tooth pocket made by rolling tights up
Legs are snipped from one foot of the tights
Sewing on the monster’s arms
Sewing it all together – monster’s body and legs
This was my third foray into making toys for the children from their old outgrown clothes – see this post
and this one
from last summer.
The kids love them and I have to regularly put them back on a higher shelf so they don’t fall to pieces before another tooth fairy visit is due!
Owl tooth pillow with pocket
Best buddies – just like my kids! <3