Well, it’s happened. Just in time for Halloween, he’s become a little jack-o-lantern. In some ways, he doesn’t even look like himself anymore. And he definitely sounds different as he’s adopted a little lisp, although curiously, “MAMA!” still sounds the same. My family is as traumatized as if he had woken up with a bad moustache and his voice an octave lower.
He wiggled his tooth daily and did disgusting tricks for ever, but unfortunately, it still did not spur me to take videos of his antics or to buy any of the cool tooth fairy paraphenalia that I found, such as this adorable pillow or this tooth fairy kit. The day after his tooth fell out, Otis wrote this letter to the Tooth Fairy:
He imagines that the Tooth Fairy is a girl, with black, black hair so that if you accidentally see her at night coming for your tooth, you might mistake her for being bald. Oh, and she takes your tooth, grinds it, makes copies of the pieces in gold, and reconstructs your tooth like a puzzle. Nice trick, huh? Anyways, with no more time to procrastinate, this Tooth Fairy got to work making a bag to hold Otis’s little tooth, and I wanted to share this easy project with you.
ultrasuede or felt (I used a 2 1/2″x 4 1/2″scrap to make a 2 1/2″x 1 5/8″bag, but you can choose whatever size you like)
screw post button stud (like this one sold here, though many fabric stores will sell them with other belt and purse making hardware)
water soluble marking pen or chalk
Fold your fabric so that it is roughly in thirds, but making your flap a little smaller. Mark on the sides where your flap will start, and the center top.
Draw a curve for your flap. You can eye it, or use a curve ruler like I did.
Cut all around with pinking shears, holding the front and back together while you cut so that the zigzags match up. If you prefer straight edges, just use regular scissors instead.
Sew the sides together and use a small hole punch to punch a hole near the center top of the flap for the buttonhole. My hole punch makes a 1/8″ hole.
If your button stud doesn’t fit, then cut small slits in the hole to make for a snug fit.
Mark where your button stud will go by folding down your flap and marking where the hole is.
Punch another hole where you marked with your pen, insert your button stud and you’re finished! We used this for Otis’s tooth, but I can imagine making lots of bags like this for jewelry or other small presents.
The bag I made for Otis has a little tooth appliqued on it, and I think embroidery would also look great. Or it can be left as is for a simple look. Here’s his bag, along with his letter from the Tooth Fairy. Like how I tried to disguise my handwriting? He was pretty excited the next morning when he found the letter, which was a relief since he woke up after F snuck into his room to do the exchange.