Does your child have to wear an eye patch for amblyopia, also known as lazy eye? Use this easy tutorial to sew a handmade eye patch for kids. Choose fabric patterns and colors according to your child's interests to make eye patching more fun!
With the child wearing their eyeglasses and a piece of paper carefully positioned behind the affected lens and temple, (from nose to ear), use a marker to trace a simplified patch shape around the lens and temple (arm).
Cut on the traced line and use this shape as a template by pinning it onto felt and cutting around it. Repeat to cut one more out of felt and one out of fabric.
Trim about 1/4-inch off the edges of the fabric shape so it is slightly smaller than the felt shapes.
Place the fabric shape right-side-up onto one of the felt shapes and stitch along the edges using a zigzag stitch or blanket stitch.
Fold the fabric/felt shape at the approximate location of the eyeglass hinge (fabric-side inside fold) and then sew across each corner about 1/4-inch in. Repeat with the other felt shape.
Position the fabric/felt shape on top of the felt shape with all sewn-corners inside the sandwiched shapes, and straight-stitch 1/4-inch in along the top and bottom edges.
Slide the eye patch onto the temple and lens of the eyeglasses.
Kids Eye Patch Tips and Tricks
A couple of tips to help ensure your child will actually want to wear their new homemade eye patch...
Choose a fabric print in your child's favorite theme (e.g., trucks, dinosaurs, Disney) or let your child choose their fabric themselves.
Make several eye patches at once while you've got the supplies out and you're in the groove; you'll want backups in case any get misplaced.
Make various eye patches in different fabric patterns/colors to give your child a choice and feeling of empowerment.
Use fabric scraps to sew a small eye patch onto your child's favorite doll or stuffed animal.