Easy Pirate Eye Patch Tutorial

July 14th, 2011 by Dionna | 3 Comments
Posted in Adults, Carnival and Special Series, Children, Eclectic Learning, Families, Create!, Just for Fun/Miscellaneous, My Family

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The theme for the July Families, Create! blog carnival is “Swashbucklers,” which essentially means “adventurers.” Kieran has been begging me for a pirate eye patch, so I’m sharing the easy tutorial with you so that you can make one for your own little adventurer!

Materials Needed

  • Felt: you’ll need one color for the patch (I used black for one, green for another) and white (or another contrasting color) to make the skull and crossbones;
  • Embroidery thread, regular thread, and needle: I used embroidery thread to stitch the skull and crossbones on, and regular thread to put a few stitches around the head band before ironing the two pieces of felt together;
  • Stretchy head bands: I used a scunci brand head band from CVS (they were $4 or $5 for 10). They’re not “no slip” – they are round and wrapped in bright colors. Unfortunately I can’t find a link to them anywhere online. Just be sure to bring your child with you when you select head bands – some of them are tighter than others.
  • Heat n Bond Iron on Adhesive

Instructions to Make Your Own Pirate Eye Patch

Pirate Eye Patch 1

1. Cut felt to size. I made my patches about 2.5 x 1.75 inches. I cut out two pieces of felt for each eye patch (front and back). I eyeballed a skull and crossbones on paper, then used that to cut out my white felt. I cut each bone separately – when I tried to make them one big piece, it tore apart very easily.

2. Embroider skull and crossbones on to one piece of felt. I used 3 strands of black embroidery thread to stitch the skull and crossbones on.

3. Secure head band to front piece. I used regular black thread and a needle to put a few stitches around the head band. I stitched it to the very top of the eye patch – I didn’t want the head band to go down over Kieran’s eye, that would be very uncomfortable. As it is, the head band rests slightly above his eyebrow, which is just about perfect.

Pirate Eye Patch 2

4. Cut Heat n Bond to size and iron two pieces of felt together. I cut enough Heat n Bond that it almost completely covered the piece of felt, then I laid the other piece over it and ironed per the directions.

5. Give to child and teach him/her a few pirate phrases! Let the fun begin.

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There’s still time to contribute to the Families, Create! blog carnival – just be sure to publish your post on or before July 31, 2011. More details in our Call for Submissions post.


Our Family Creates! from Code Name: Mama and Living Naturally With Children

Our theme for July’s Families, Create! Make and Play Carnival was “swashbucklers.” Check out what our participants created this month:

  • With cat-like tread, upon their way they steal, Zoie at TouchstoneZ‘s sons are inspired to perform a little dramatic piracy as captured in pictures.
  • Brittany at Mama’s Felt Cafe shares a tutorial for making an easy hand sewn felt pirate crown. No fancy stitching required!
  • Argh, mateys! Dionna at Code Name: Mama has written ye a tutorial to make easy pirate eye patches.
  • Lauren at Hobo Mama presents parrot play (sprinkled with humor) for your petite pirates.
  • A trip to a local botanical garden turned into a dinosaur safari at Living Peacefully with Children.
  • Shiver me timbers! If you have a pirate lover, check out “How to Make a Pirate Treasure Hunt Plus Other Fun Pirate Crafts and Activities” from Dionna at Code Name: Mama.

    Be sure to join us for August’s carnival, our theme is “Weird and Wonderful.”

3 Responses to:
"Easy Pirate Eye Patch Tutorial"

  1. This is adorable.

    I just finished my superhero cape though.

  2. Brittany@Mama's Felt Cafe   mamasfeltcafe

    What a great eye patch! I have several of those rubber band headbands around and I never would have thought to use those for something like this!

  3. Zoie @ TouchstoneZ   TouchstoneZ

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m so glad I participated this month. I’m usually not feeling the crafty-self. But, this month’s pirate theme is inspiring me to give it a go. My kids will love these!

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