Does a little person you know have grommets? If so you have probably heard of or seen neoprene bands to hold their ear plugs in place. This neoprene bands keep the ear plugs securely in place without the need for a swimming cap. Which makes them great for in the bath or shower too, you can still wash their hair! This tutorial comes with a free printable pdf pattern and all the instructions you need.
My lovely little niece who has grommets and uses these ear bands to help keep her ears dry. They are very simple to make, the only sewing required is to attach the velcro! And I have a sneaky little trick to hold that in place without the need for any pins. The size of the pattern fits her perfectly and she is 3 years old. So I would say this would fit from 2 to 4 years, maybe a little more either way as the velcro closure is very adjustable. If you want to make a larger one you can add a little extra on the fold of the pattern.
Materials for Neoprene Ear Bands for Swimming with Grommets
- Neoprene – 3mm (I used 2mm from a wetsuit with a broken zip – it is a little thinner than I would have liked)
- Velcro – Hook and Loop 7.5cm (3”) x 2cm (3/4”)
- Matching Thread
- Ear Bands for Swimming with Grommets Pattern
Please Note!!! These bands are NOT waterproof. You will need to use the recommended ear plugs under these. These bands keep the ear plugs securely in place while the child is wearing them. For little ones it can also help keep them from pulling the ear plugs out.
1. Print and Cut Pattern
Print and cut out your pattern. You will need to make sure to print in actual size or make sure the scaling box is unchecked. I have added a 2.54cm (1”) test square for you to measure to be sure it printed correctly. You can print the pattern on both A4 and Letter paper.
2. Cut Your Neoprene
Fold your neoprene along the grainline and line this fold up with the straight edge marked ‘Fold’. Trace around your pattern (or cut directly around the outside if you are feeling brave!) and cut our your band.
3. Attach Velcro
Cut your velcro to size 2cm (3/4”) x 7.5cm (3”) and round off the corners. Rounding is optional but it takes off the sharp edges! Work out the position for your velcro, the hook (scratchy) side of the velcro goes on the right side of the band. The soft loop side of the velcro goes on the wrong side of the band.
Imagine half the velcro done up as the child grows, you can see from the photo above that the soft loop side of the velcro would be touching their head. If this was the hook side it would be scratchy and get tangled in the childs hair. To put these on a child with long hair you just tie the hair up and place the band on. You can then un do the hair if it needs washing.
To hold the velcro in place I use glue stick! It works really well and makes it so much easier for fabrics you don’t want to pin.
Sew around the edge of the velcro to hold it securely in place. You can even hand stitch this if you don’t have a sewing machine!
Enjoy the water!