I still make birds! And they still like to dress up like pirates (find the sewing pattern to make your own here). I’m particular about eye patch placement and I also like to make sure they stay in place, the little string especially. The patch is made from black card stock with glitter because they are those sort of pirates, the glittery eyepatch sort. I use embroidery thread for the string and I sew it in place before gluing on the patch.
Start at the back and leave an end hanging. Make a tiny stitch at the back of the head.
Make another anchoring stitch at the temple and again where you will place the patch.
Finally come around to the back and knot again where you started. Glue the patch on and wrap floral tape around to hold it firmly place while the glue dries.