Covering Exposed Safety Eyes

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Covering Exposed Safety Eyes

Postby Ally » Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:02 am

So, I've made this hat (a beanie-type thing) and I've used safety eyes on it that can't be removed now. I was wondering if anyone had any advice/ideas on how to cover the exposed points the safety eyes have (the part that gets shoved through the yarn/fabric) that point through the inside of the hat and potentially stab foreheads. I was planning on covering them with felt, but I don't know whether or not felt would be sturdy enough. Any ideas would be appreciated :)

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Re: Covering Exposed Safety Eyes

Postby katdun » Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:08 am

I don't think covering it with felt would be enough to not poke you in the forehead. You could try to cut some length off the posts inside the hat, but then you'd have to sand them down so they're not sharp on the cut edge. I think doing that would screw up the yarn in your hat.

Depending on what your hat looks like, could you cover them with batting/fiberfill and then felt over the top? Maybe it would have enough bulk to keep the points away from your forehead?

I think what I would do is try to remove the safety eyes altogether and use buttons instead. I imagine it will be a real pain to get them out, but it has to be possible somehow! Just my opinions, hope that helps!
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Re: Covering Exposed Safety Eyes

Postby Ally » Mon Nov 30, 2015 8:54 pm

Thanks for the advice, katdun! I ended up trimming the pointed part back (much easier than I anticipated!), covering the blunted point with a bit of cotton wool, and hiding the area with felt. I did try to remove the eyes, but they don't call them 'safety eyes' for nothing! No one on earth is getting those things off once they're on!
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Re: Covering Exposed Safety Eyes

Postby Clarington » Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:16 pm

I know you already sorted this out, but I just thought I'd share that I have the hubby take his Dremel (rotary tool) to the plastic points to shave them off. Turns the point and the extra length of the post into a nice smooth nub. So if you happen to have access to any power tools, I highly recommend it :D
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Re: Covering Exposed Safety Eyes

Postby Ally » Tue Dec 01, 2015 5:04 pm

Clarington, using a little rotary sander was my first thought, too, but I couldn't get access to one at such short notice, since the hat is a gift to be given away today! I was going to nick my brother's one, but he's off with his girlfriend's family, the traitor. I've seen a few miniature rotary sanders in stores, though, so I might buy one anyway; the seem like they'd be handy to have :)
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Re: Covering Exposed Safety Eyes

Postby katdun » Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:52 am

Great advice about the dremel tool, Clarington! Glad you got your project finished, Ally! :wave:
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