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Stitch LEDs onto your needlepoint to add visual interest and enhance the scene. I'll show you how to add light-up fireflies to this frog embroidery. I use conductive thread to connect the battery, switch, and LEDs.

If you're having trouble finding some of the components for this project, you can purchase them as a kit from my store (six colors available).

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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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carbon paper
wooden embroidery hoop
two LEDs
switch or snap
coincell battery
sewable battery holder
conductive thread
embroidery floss
regular thread

needlenose pliers
embroidery needle

If you want to get the high quality frog template design, you may download it for free here:

Step 2: Prep work and standard embroidery

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Download the pattern provided, or make up your own. Transfer the design onto the fabric with carbon paper: place the black side of the carbon paper on top of the fabric, then the design template. Trace over the lines of the pattern with a pen or pencil (press down hard). Embroider the scene with traditional floss using whatever stitch you like. I used a backstitch for this one.

Step 3: Prepare the LEDs

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Now we're going to prepare the LEDs so they're sewable. Bend the longer lead in a square fashion, coiling it towards the cap. Coil the shorter lead in a round fashion up towards the cap. Repeat the process on the other LED. The difference in coiling style is so that you can tell the difference between each side of the LED, because it's going to matter which lead is which when we sew them.

If you're using a standard toggle switch, now would be a good time to solder on some leads and coil the ends. If you're using a snap, just move along.
NachoMahma6 years ago
. I agree with uguy - excellent.
uguy6 years ago
You go girl! Extremely well done ible. Love the design.
PKTraceur6 years ago
Nice! You got featured! What is conductive thread, anyways? Do you know where I can get cheap/bulk? -PKT
bekathwia (author)  PKTraceur6 years ago
You can get it by the spool from Sparkfun or Lame Lifesaver. I prefer the latter, as it doesn't fray as much.


It's used industrially for producing fencing outfits, among other things.