Monday, 10 May 2010

The sun in my eyes

My poor sun visor has seen better days and needs chucking out. It has faded with the sun, and is starting to fall apart. I wear it nearly every day when I am out, I hate the sun in my eyes, and wear it even when it isn't sunny. It's great when I am driving, my own personal sun visor, I don't need the one in the car.

I have prescription sunglasses, but it is such a pain to keep changing them when I go in and out of buildings. I thought about getting some specs with reactolite lenses but they seem to take ages to change from light to dark and back again. So my visor is the best for me. I have searched in every shop in town to find a replacement but no luck. So, only one thing for it, I will make another one. First of all take the old one apart and rescue the stiffener in the peak.

I have a tie I bought from the charity shop for 50p. Measure from the narrow end a piece to go around my head with a bit extra for the velcro fastening at the back, cut it off. Then unpick the stitching in the broad end, remove the liner, and iron out the creases giving a flat piece.

Use the stiffener as a template, mark around it on the wrong side of the fabric, and cut it out with extra for the seam. Make two of these. Then sew them together around the outer edge wrong side in, and turn it inside out. Insert the stiffener, pull it tight. Attach the band with pins, and stitch into place.

I put a strip of extra fabric on the inside to hide the join. Then sew each end up. Make sure it will fit your head before you sew the velcro into place.

And there you have it, a lovely purple silky sun visor. It looks great.


  1. That is not only very frugal, very green, but that is actually very cool and trendy - lovely colour too

  2. Great idea, well done you !!
    Twiggy x

  3. Amazing!! You never fail to amaze me Ilona with your creatuvuty. The new one is definately better than the old one, no doubt about it.

  4. that's great,you are so clever!!!

  5. I`m amazed that one tie could hold so much fabric. You`d never imagine it could be turned into something so useful, until you get Ilona picking it to bits, lol.

  6. At last...
    a practical use for the tie.


  7. Love the new visor, when I needed a new visor, I bought a ladies base ball cap from the car boot and took the top off, neatened the raw edges and voila! a sun visor.
    Not as classy looking as yours but does the job.

  8. SOOOOOO much better than the original!