Saturday, May 30, 2009

ARGGG....the Princess Pirate!

A friend of mine has a precious little girl in need of glasses and an eye patch to strengthen the muscles of one eye. But the taped on bandage style are sweaty and sticky and tight and annoying. Any patch will be annoying, but to have a reusable patch is much cheaper! So I designed a small patch that fits all ages and can be for play or some medical purposes (not for keeping out light completely or dirt) I want to make a small barrette to hold the ribbon off her uncovered eye and to make it one step harder to throw off. And I figure you might as well mix style with function!

If you want to make one of these, it takes 2 layers of fabric (one in black) and two layers of iron on interfacing. The patch I made has a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

I cut two pattern pieces of interfacing and two squares of fabric large enough to fit the pattern piece.

I then ironed on the interface to the back of each fabric and cut out around the interfacing EXCEPT for the center dart.

At the sewing machine, sew the dart with right sides of fabric facing together and on the interfacing to a point in the middle of the patch.

Now you can trim the un-faced fabric. Do both fabrics this way.

On the colored fabric fronts, sew two pieces of ribbon, 1/4 of an inch from the top corner of each side and as close to the edge of the eye patch as possible. (The ribbons should lay to cross each other, with the front of the ribbons down on the fabric.) Pin the ribbon to the middle of the eye patch and hang the ribbons down to the bottom of the patch.

Place the black piece on top so right sides are together and starting on one side, sew around to the other side and leave the bottom open. Turn inside out and whip stitch the bottom closed!


  1. What a great idea! My son had to wear one of those when he was little. He would have loved one with pirate stuff on it, etc. (Just not the ribbon and barrette. Maybe tied with shoe laces instead?)

  2. What a great idea, and how sweet of you to make it for her!