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Kids Eye Patch

My daughter has what most commonly know as "lazy eye". She suffers from it. She really hates patching. Years ago now when she was first diagnosed we tried those sticky bandage like patches to cover her eye. It was brutal. I suspect she was allergic to the adhesive backing, and it routinely left her skin raw when it was removed.

I'd searched high and low for alternatives. They are out there! But I couldn't see spending money on something that I could ultimately do myself. I could make them cute, and sort of bribe her into wearing them. Now that she's six it is still a struggle to get her to wear it. After all, who wants their vision blocked. It's not a pleasant experience for her to have to wear it. Bribery, doesn't work so well anymore. Now we set a timer so she can see how much longer she has to leave it on. 
Her favorite patch, which I embroidered with Hello Kitty, has now seen lots of wear. I'm searching for another cute idea for a new patch with hopes that the novelty of it will entice her to wear it without complaining. At least for a little while! :) 

If you have a patching kid and would like to fashion your own patch but don't know where to start, I'd be happy to share with you the pattern that I use. Just leave a comment and your email address!

UPDATE!: A pattern and tutorial for the eye patch can now be found here. Enjoy! 

8 comments:

  1. Celeste, This is GORGEOUS! My niece is in the same situation with needing an eye-patch and her parents are disabled and on medicade so we are trying to find ways to make some options for them with spending very little. I would LOVE your pattern for this! Mom and I spent a couple hours in the sewing room playing with ideas, but I like this one.

    Also can you tell me, does this patch block light, or just discourage the use of the eye?
    Thanks,
    Jeana

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    1. Hi Jeana,
      I'll see if I can put a tutorial together soon for it with the pattern! In the mean time I'd be happy to send you one similar. My daughter no longer wears them, but I have a few in my craft drawers that she never wore!
      As far as blocking light, it did block the light pretty well. On that particular one pictured I backed it with a very thing piece of black leather to keep the light out.

      If you email me I'd be happy to hook you up! celeste@doodlela.com
      Celeste

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  2. I have twin girls that are 5 and both just began wearing a patch Tuesday. I purchased the sticky kind but I can see where these are going to become painful as well as pricey! I purchased some cute printed felt pieces last night with plans to make patches. Do you have a pattern that you use? This is such a brilliant idea! What an adorable patch you've made in the picture! My email address is walkerbunch06(that's a zero)@gmail.com

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  3. I'm very much interested to make my daughter a patch. She's got lazy eyes too and needs to wear the patch at least couple of hours everyday for a year. Would be happy to get the pattern emailed to me @ mchllbggn@gmail.com. Thank you!

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  4. My son is also allergic to the adhesive. Do you have a pattern?
    6 simmons at sbc global dot net

    the one you made your daughter is beautiful. boys are harder to decorate for!!

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  5. I'd be interested in a pattern as well! :) My daughter needs to begin patching and wants a hello kitty applique on it so I was planning on making one out of felt.

    ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

    Thank you so much!

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  6. I would love to get your pattern. Please email me at slynn013@yahoo.com.

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    1. The pattern and tutorial can now be found here
      http://www.doodlela.com/2013/09/childrens-eye-patch-pattern-tutorial.html

      Let me know if you have any questions!

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