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Inspired by Becky Stern's Electronic Embroidery Tutorial, this pattern uses LEDs as the string of lights on a felt Christmas tree applique.

I've included a tree pattern that fits 8" or 6" embroidery hoops, or you can make your own shape.
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Step 1: Materials

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You will need:
  • Embroidery hoop (8" or 6")
  • Fabric
  • Green felt
  • Star shaped button
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Round/needle nose small pliers
  • 8 LEDS (5mm for an 8" hoop, 3mm for a 6" hoop)
  • LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holder (if this is too big for the 6" hoop pattern, a sewable battery holder will also work)
  • 3V 20mm coin cell battery
  • LilyPad Slide Switch
  • Conductive thread
  • Ribbon
  • Glue gun

Step 2: Prepare tree design

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Place your fabric in the embroidery hoop and trim any excess.

Cut out a tree shape from felt and center it on the fabric, pin in place. Design your own tree or print the PDF pattern I attached.

Step 3: Sew applique

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Using embroidery floss, sew your tree onto the fabric using a blanket stitch (or decorative stitching of your choice).

Futuregirl Craft Blog has a great tutorial on the blanket stitch if you are new to it.

Step 4: Attach LEDs

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Carefully poke LEDs through the felt/fabric to create a 'light string' design. If you are having trouble getting the LED legs through the fabric, poke holes with your needle first.

Arrange the LEDs with the longer leg (+) facing the top of the hoop, and shorter leg (-) facing the bottom. Poke an LED through the holes in a star button at the top, with the + leg on the right side.

If you don't have a button, you can use yellow felt for the star.

Step 5: Prep LEDs for sewing

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Turn your hoop over and use pliers to bend the LED legs flat against the fabric. Hold the LED with one hand to stabilize it while you bend the legs with your pliers. For the top LED, fold the legs to the left/right.

Once all the LEDs are bent, use the pliers to spiral the legs into loops for sewing.
how lovely!
ChrysN4 years ago