Wednesday 8 May 2013

Pirate Accessories...

Every well dressed pirate needs an eye patch and a bandanna. You can make both of these accessories for a couple of little pirates in less than an hour, from start to finish.

The eye patches take a couple of minutes each to make and that includes cutting out. For the patch itself, I used the Comfy Pirate Eye Patch template, over at Hopeful Threads. Kristy shows how to easily line the patch with cute pirate fabric. I've taken the easy option and have sandwiched the elastic in between two layers of felt.
  • Measure child's head to determine the length of elastic needed. I cut mine to 17".
  • Securely sew each end of the elastic to one patch piece. I sew back and forth a few times.
  • Put both felt pieces together and stitch them together, sewing about 1/8" - 1/4" from the outside edge. Again, I go back and forth over the elastic as I sew.
As the eye patches were so quick to make, I've made half a dozen so the little pirates can pick and choose which colours they would like to wear. 

You can see how rough and ready my cutting out is, in the photo above. I suppose I could trim them, but I'm guessing the little pirates won't notice.

For both the dark and light brown patches, I used the felt I made myself from old woollen jumpers.

The bandannas are just a 19' x 19' square of fabric, which ends up about 18" x 18" when hemmed on all sides. And yes, pirates wear pink!!!

I've had a very quick look around to see how else we can expand the pirate wardrobe and also make some fun pirate necessities. There's loads of activities on the Internet. Here's a few that caught my eye and look like they'll be worth exploring, to see if they're age appropriate and will suit our little pirates.

Have you made dress up clothes for kids? I'd love you to add them to the Pretend Dress Up Clothes link party, here at Threading My Way... 

... Pam


  1. Love them Pam! So glad the template was helpful! They look great! :)

  2. Pam there's a treasure chest "snappy" bag tutorial @ - I've had it pinned for a while - I thought it would make a great addition to a pirate themed gift I'd like to eventually do for one/some/all of our great-nephews :D

    Love the eye patches - I just added that idea to my To Do list - and I completely agree that pirates DO wear pink!

  3. Love the eye patches! Thanks for the template link.

  4. Argh! They look great and I'm sure they are much more comfortable than the plastic ones you can buy at the store.:)

  5. awesome! I'll definitely making these for the dress-up bin.

  6. hi,
    I am following you at We Made That Wednesday. Lovely idea - very realistic.

  7. These are so cute. They will hold up so much better than the things you buy at stores, too.

    1. Thanks, Lyn. They should be more comfortable, too...

  8. Nice , our national maritime sea in Haifa ,,, has a pirate exhibition

  9. Wow this is great! My granddaughter is very into the pirate princess but must all be pink theme. Yo ho ho and a bottle of (strawberry) milk to you!


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