Whether you call it "soft tech" or "wearables," we can all agree that there has been great advancements in recent years merging fabric-based crafts with electronics. These innovations have changed the way we interact with our clothes, each other and our environment. Be it clothes that aid the blind in better navigating their environment or a piano you can play on your friend, each new stride forward brings into our lives new ways to see, feel, hear and experience the world.

Since this is an emerging field, there are many different people who are all approaching their craft from many different perspectives. Despite the multitude of unique voices, the one thing that almost everyone has in common is the innovative use of conductive fabric and threads. Using this common material as a starting point, allow me to present a small glimpse into the world where craft and technology fuse as one.

Wearable Toy Piano style
A Toy Piano embedded on a T-shirt. It has 8 keys from Do to Do (1 octave). You can play simple music by wearing the shirt and pushing the fabric button on the shirt. All the components from the toy pi...
Conductive Fabric Pressure Sensor style
Sew together conductive fabric and anti-static plastic to make your own fabric pressure sensor!These step-by-step instructions will show you how to make your own fabric pressure sensor. It mentions tw...
Massage me Jacket style
A WEARABLE MASSAGEPAD FOR VIDEOGAMEPLAY- - please also visit www.massage-me.at - -(this instructable is part of a series, please also visit Massage me Custom cable and plug and Massage me Gamepad hack...
Super iPod style
Super iPod pillowcase that plays music and looks like an Apple IPod but is 50 times bigger than Apple iPod. With your completed Super IPod, you will be able to change songs and adjust the volume becau...
Big Warm Fuzzy Secret Heart style
This is a pillow with a secret surprise inside. When you hug it, squeeze it, sit on it, whatever - it vibrates! I made it fuzzy and heart shaped in honor of Code Monkey.I have made a couple of these...
Fabric Paint covering Conductive Thread style
A method of attaching conductive thread to a garment (or whatever) #6
Make a soft 3V battery holder style
This tutorial will show how to make a soft battery holder for 3V lithium coin-sized batteries. You need just 5 pieces of felt and two pieces of conductive fabric.You can cut the pieces with a pair of ...
Interfaces for Games: PunchOut style
This is how to turn Mike Tyson's Punch Out into a full-body workout with real feedback.(how to make reliable, rugged, touch sensors)(how to hack a game controller)(how to make blinding feedback from t...
Bats Have Feelings Too style
Sonar garment to assist the visually impaired with navigating the built environment. Made from Lilypad main board, LV-MaxSonar ultrasonic range finder and a LilyPad vibeboard. The range finder can b...
Cat Burglar Joule Thief style
Make a cat burglar that "steals" left over joules from used batteries. When the cat burglar gets his little paws on a battery his LED nose lights up until all the joules are gone. When drained, recycl...
Fused Fabric with Conductive Thread style
A method of attaching conductive thread to a garment (or whatever) #2
TV-B-Gone Hoodie style
Whenever I bring my TV-B-Gone out to restaurants, I always look real suspicious holding it up and pointing it around, so I've been looking for a more subtle and dinner-appropriate solution. I got zipp...
Analog Fabric Joypad style
How to make an "analog" input device from fabric and a few other necessary materials. "Analog" in parenthesis because, although it is made up of 4 analog inputs, the only analog transition between the...
Teddy Bear Remote Control style
The teddy bear remote sits nicely on your sofa or bed and can be used to control your iPod or computer. It's a cute modification to an RF remote control and is surprisingly soft! The project is diffic...
Conductive Fabric: Make Flexible Circuits Using An Inkjet Printer. style
Extremely flexible and nearly transparent circuits can be made using conductive fabrics. Here are some of the experiments I've done with conductive fabrics. They can be painted or drawn on with resist...
coin slot detector style
by: amy khoshbinwhen your coin slot is exposed, this wearable hip-pack vibrates that area to make you aware of it. you decide to cover up, or let it all hang out.this hip pack is creating intelligence...
Joy Slippers Version 2 style
These slippers have 4 analog pressure sensors embedded. They can be used to feed Up, Down, Left and Right values into your computer replacing your mouse, joystick...Visit the JoySlippers website http...