me hearty eye patch tutorial

February 13th, 2012

"I only have eye for you" pirate valentine

me hearty eye patch tutorial

I was going to make super hero heart masks for all the kids in my daughter’s class (like this fantastic one), but they were fussy and each one was taking way too long. My daughter and I came up with the eye patch idea together. An hour later I had whipped up 17 of them. Super fast, super easy, good for girls and boys (and grown ups too), and not full of sugar. Eye patches arrrrgh the best!


  • felt, 2 3in squares per patch
  • 1/8in wide elastic, 16-18in piece per patch
  • straight edge

heart eye patch tutorial

1. Cut two 3in squares of felt for each eye patch you are making. Then cut a heart from one out of each two squares: if you are making 5 eye patches, you started with 10 squares and now will have 5 hearts and 5 squares.

heart eye patch tutorial

2. Take a heart and place a straight edge (I used an envelope) across the middle. Then tilt the edge 1/4 inch up on one side and 1/4 inch down on the other. Make a tiny mark on each edge. This is where the elastic will be attached to the patch. Really you only need to mark 2 or 3hearts. After that you can just eyeball it (ha!). No really.

heart eye patch tutorial

3. Place the marked heart on top of a felt square. Cut a piece of elastic so it’s 16-18 inches, smaller for smaller people bigger for bigger people.  Sew 1/8 inch from the edge all around the heart, inserting the elastic where indicated.

heart eye patch tutorial

4. Trim away excess felt, holding the elastic as you cut (so it doesn’t get cut, silly).

heart eye patch tutorial

5. That’s it! No go make 20 more because Valentine’s day is tomorrow! Here are a few awful pirate puns you can use:

Will you be my matey?

You arrrrgh my Valentine!

I want to capture you, Valentine!

Yarrrr the best!

I treasure you!

I’d walk the plank for you!

Ahoy, me hearrrrty

pirate valentine

18 Responses to me hearty eye patch tutorial

  1. Gretchen SB says:

    Ha! Ha! — “I only have eye for you” — hilarious!! The eye patches are adorable, so are the heart super-hero masks. Thanks!

  2. Melissa Q. says:

    ooh, that is good.

  3. kristin says:

    Argh these are great! Simple + Silly + Sweet = Perfect Valentine. Might have to sew a few up tonight to send with my daughter tomorrow…thanks!

  4. CitricSugar says:

    I could not love these more. Had a great giggle and even gathered people around my laptop to show them.

  5. Carla says:

    That last picture kills me! What a great idea, I love that it’s not candy, not that I really have anything against candy …

  6. So cute! Love that last photo!

  7. oh man, these are great. they don’t do valentine’s at my kids’ school (weird, right?), but I’ll have to file these away for some future heart-and-pirate themed event.

  8. lizajane says:

    Love this! So awesome.

  9. Wendy says:

    These are fabulous–and cracking me up! Love that they’re non-sugar!

  10. shelly says:

    Suuuper cute!

  11. erin says:

    awesome, meg.

  12. rachel says:

    i love this! the puns are awesome. ‘i only have eye for you’ is the best! i’ll have to bookmark this for next year. super cute – thanks.

  13. Holly Keller says:

    I love that we both posted our valentine tutorials the day before valentine’s day–we must be on similar schedules– the one where you are always a week behind where you meant to be…

    • meg says:

      exactly. by the way, the lego jewelry was awesome. You could start a whole lego couture jewelry business.

  14. heather says:

    how awesome!!!! this is the best valentines day idea!!!!