Did you ever wish you had a eye patch for a special occasion but couldn’t find one? My son wears sticky patches and other than drawing directly on them or sticking stickers on them they aren’t exactly the easiest thing to customize. We decided to make our own cool patches. They are easy to make but we normally only make them for a special occasion like birthdays, football games and holidays.
To start out you are going to need a couple things. There are two ways you can go about making the patch. My favorite is printing on the fabric, it creates a bright clear image or text but you can also color on the fabric with markers. I will show you an example of each.
Lets start with printing on fabric.
For the purpose of making this tutorial I used photo fabric which you can buy at any craft store. This is pretty pricy and If you have the time I would suggest making your own. Below I have posted some other tutorials I have found to print on your own fabric. This will just add a little extra work on your end. (note -I do not have a good printer so my pictures are a little splotchy)
Here are some tutorials for printing on your own fabric:
1. Print a design on fabric– I created a couple simple designs to show you as an example. It can be anything from a super hero patch or something for your little one to wear to a Mickey mouse birthday party. You get to choose.
2. Peel the backing off of the printed fabric.
3. Cover your patch in hot glue – Try to make it as even as you can. Its not easy and don’t worry about it too much. I use the simple skin colored patches from a local pharmacy. I don’t like these patches a whole lot because they do not stick as well, if I know I want the patch to stay REALLY well I always go with Ortopad and just cover up a design I do not like. Work fast and don’t burn yourself!
4. Stick patch to fabric – Before the glue dries flip the patch over and stick to the wrong side of your fabric.
5. Cut the patch out- Try not to cut into the patch and use sharp scissors.
NOW YOU ARE DONE! Just chaise your little patcher down and enjoy the fun. You are sure to get some fun comments.
If you don’t want to print your design can always draw on the fabric. If you want it to look a little nicer than just drawing directly on the patch.
Just gather a couple markers and some fabric. Color your design and then follow steps 3 though 5 shown above. This is what I do if I am in a big hurry. Like I wanted something fun for Scott to wear to the 4th of July parade….
*UPDATE*— Find another version of this method using heat bond to attach the fabric to patches. Visit Krafty Patches Australia here: http://www.kidseyepatches.com.au/1/post/2013/09/a-little-extra-fun-with-krafty-eye-patches.html
We tried the Heat Bond on a set of patches recently and it worked AMAZING!!!! Try it. You will love it.
For the heat bond iron on adhesive I just cut out a piece, Ironed it onto the eye patch. (the head does not ruin the sticky) and then I ironed the patch onto the fabric with my design. From there I just cut around the patch! It worked great and holds up amazing! I used a ink jet printer on this round of patches and they printed a LOT better!
These are so much fun for special events and things like PO visits, Birthday parties, Holidays, EUA’s and MORE!
If you are looking for some fun designs check out some of our post where we have free downloadable designs:
Valentines day patch designs: http://eyepowerkidswear.com/valentines-fun/
Thanksgiving Patch designs: http://eyepowerkidswear.com/happy-thanksgiving/
Easter Eye Patch Designs: http://eyepowerkidswear.com/easter-eye-patches-coloring-pages/