Popo started wearing glasses when she was 2.5 years old. Astigmatism – just like the rest of my family. As if that wasn’t hard enough this diagnoses was closely followed by migraines. Yes, a 3 yr old can have migraines and they’re actually worse for little heads than big ones. Which meant that she had to wear prescription sunglasses too, 12 months a year thanks to the harsh Karachi weather.
The true challenge came when we tried to figure out how to send both pairs of glasses to school. One on her face and one in…? A traditional glasses case? Nope. The soft ones didn’t protect well enough and the hard ones could catch tiny fingers. My solution: handmade felt pouches made like a tiger! And I swear, just for these, wearing glasses became such a cool trend in her class that she never wanted to take her glasses off like most kids do – infact all the other kids started bugging their mom for some cool shades too!
Here’s how I made it. Warning in advance – these are just guidelines not step by step instructions. And it would be a good idea if you had experience with big needles and hot glue otherwise you might end up bleeding and burning yourself. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
1. Cut the front and back as shown below. Note that the front will fold over and become the closure for the glasses as well:
2. Cut out all the details of the tiger and use a hot glue gun to put them onto the front of the body. Try not to glue anything where the closure will fold over to the back. Specifically you’ll want to have:
- A cute little hair do
- Wiggly Eyes
3. Now this is optional, but to really add a stuffed toy feel to the whole thing you’ll want to stuff the paws. Doesn’t take too much time but totally worth the effort. Once you’ve stuffed the paws, you’ll stitch the front and back together. Buttonhole stitch the sides and straight stitch the paws to hold the stuffing.
4. You’ll want to add a Velcro closure using the hot glue gun to the front and back – and that’s it!
I found that the stuffed legs really added character and safety to the glasses. She’s dropped them a BUNCH of times and they’ve never broken. We finally lost the pouch and I’m sure it’ll turn up somewhere – or I’ll make her a few more. But he was with us for two years and we miss him dearly.