Needing to wear an eyepatch to correct vision trouble can be a bummer for a kid. A custom eyepatch in their favorite color and design, you can make it a lot more fun, and you can make one for a fraction of the cost of buying a custom made one.
You will need:
Felt or fleece (you can get 8x11 sheets of felt at Hobby Lobby for 25 cents each)
Water soluble fabric marker
Elastic band (cut a hair band in half)
Fabric glue (I used Tacky glue, but it's not really strong enough)
Needle and thread
Decorations, such as bits of felt, fabric paint, sequins, etc.
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Cut two circles approximately 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter. I traced a glass that was about the right size. Use whatever works, it doesn't have to be exact. The circles do not have to be the same color. If your background color is a light color, make sure the back of the patch is a dark color.
Tie knots in the elastic as shown. One piece should be a loop sized to slip onto the temple piece, the other should be large enough to slip over the nose pad. If your child's glasses do not have a nose pad, this elastic will need to be big enough to pull all the way over the lens and rest on the bridge.
Sew the elastic pieces to the back circle, making sure to catch the knots so they cannot be pulled out.
Glue the two pieces of fabric together, making sure the edge is well stuck, especially around the elastic. Use glue made for felt, not the Tacky glue shown. It doesn't hold well enough for an active child who pulls at it. For added hold, you can whipstitch around the entire edge.
Decorate the front with bits of felt, fabric paint, sequins, embroidery, iron-on patches, or anything you like. Make sure the design will be right side up when the patch is on the correct eye. The patch shown is for the left eye.
Slide the small loop onto the temple piece. With the patch behind the lens, hook the larger loop over the nose pad. If there is no nose pad, slide both loops up the temple piece, sliding the larger loop over the lens.