When I’m cycling (particularly at night) and taking a tricky right turn off a busy main road (we drive on the left in the UK), I’ve often thought I needed a bit more visibility or bling, so I decided to make these ‘indicator gloves’ for those long dark winter nights. The 2 yellow flashing LED’s are powered by a small coin cell battery and have a conductive fabric switch sewn onto the glove between your thumb and forefinger.

I’ve taught a bunch of primary school boys who can’t sew how to make these so they are pretty simple to make but it does help if you know how to thread a needle!

Your could adapt them to other purposes quite easily though... how about glowing red eyes for a halloween puppet, or a simple torch.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

This is what you need to make 1 indicator glove (the right glove is most useful if you live in the UK).


  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Small pliers or strong tweezers


  • A glove (a lined glove is better if you have one, so the LED’s don’t scratch your hand)
  • Ordinary thread (same colour as glove if you have it)


Kitronik.co.uk sell an electro-fashion sewable light kit (£2.64) which contains everything except the conductive fabric. This is the easiest and cheapest option. Proto-pic.co.uk also sell these components.

  • Sewable coin cell battery holder (for a CR2032) (costs about £1.20) or a small piece (5cm x 2cm) of stretchy fabric (like spandex or lycra, bought or recycled from an old swimming costume/ladies pants) to make a battery pouch
  • Coin cell battery (CR2032) (usually about £1.50 for pack of 5)
  • 2 metres of conductive thread (costs about £2)
  • 2 flashing yellow LEDs or 2 sewable LEDs (5mm LED’s with a wide viewing angle if possible, Forward voltage drop of between 2 and 3V) (about 30p each)
  • A small patch (3cmx 1.5cm) of conductive ripstop fabric (This usually comes in much larger sheets and costs about £9 for a square- Sold by Kitronik.co.uk or proto-pic.co.uk) but you can make do without it (optional)
<p>YES! Practical solution for children.. It will also be more aware of riding safely and arriving safe..Good idea.</p><p>If the youngsters are involved in making the project with a parent...All the more effective</p><p>malc</p>
<p>I've also made a 'hat torch' along similar lines.</p><p>The hat looks normal with a couple of poppers on the front. The 'torch' is a small bit of fabric containing LED's, battery and two poppers that connect the circuit once it is attached to the hat. (this way you don't look like a nerd, and the hat can be washed). i haven't got around to writing up the instruct able yet though, but follow me and it'll turn up some day soon!</p>
<p>I need to find where to get the &quot;electro-fashion sewable light kit&quot; or all the components in Canada so I can make this...</p><p>I voted for you! Good luck. When I make this, I will post pics!</p>
<p>This place sells the thread and LED's.. A quick google search for conductive thread also turned up a load of other places in Canada.</p><p>http://www.canadarobotix.com or https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10867</p>
<p>its a very good one...have ANYONE try it with a RING?</p><p>ill try it this weekend(check first with the wife!!!)</p>
<p>This is simple yet brilliant design. Great job! :)</p>
<p>I've seen different designs for biking turn signals and they all deserve recognition.This is by far the simplest design which is perfect because that makes it accessible to more people and therefore protect people. Excellent, thank you.</p>
<p>This would be excellent for horse riders too. :)</p>
<p>great.. got my vote...</p>
Do you have something to illuminate, light up, your bike wheel? For those winter time dark commutes.
<p>Good idea!</p>
<p>Combines two of my favourite things: bikes and LEDs. Could only be improved by the addition of cake.</p>
<p>good idea- shall try to come up with cake dispenser (like those water rucksac thingy's?) with LED alert when cake level runs low :)</p>
<p>This is simple, effective, and it meets a need. Nice! :)</p>
I like this a lot. Anything to make biking safer!

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