Introduction: Seahawks LED Bracelet

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I'm in! Sew your own LED Seahawks bracelet and wear it for the Super Bowl! Your bracelet will light up when you snap it together and close the circuit. 

Step 1: What You Need

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Materials
a - conductive thread, 2 yards
b - needle threader
c - sewing needle (embroidery size 7)
d - battery holder
e - CR2032 coin cell battery
f - green LED
g - hole snap ("innie")
h - prong snap ("outie")
(g and h are available in pairs. I used size 3 snaps.)

cadet blue, navy, and white felt

round nose pliers
scissors
fabric glue or hot glue
blue and white thread
ruler

Step 2: Test Your Circuit

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The LED, battery holder, and battery have polarity.
That means there is a positive (+) and negative (-) side to each component.

LED
  • positive (+, longer): The positive leg of the LED is longer.
  • negative (-, shorter): The negative leg of the LED is shorter.
BATTERY HOLDER
  • positive (+, "E"): The positive end of the battery holder looks like an "E" shape.
  • negative (-, with slot): The negative end of the battery holder has a slot.
BATTERY
  • positive (+, with writing): The top side of the battery has writing on it.
  • negative (-, blank): The bottom side of the battery is blank.
To test the LED and battery:
  1. Touch the LED positive (+, longer) leg to the battery positive (+, with writing) side. See the LED light up!
  2. Touch the LED negative (-, shorter) to the battery positive (+, with writing) side. It won't light up.



Step 3: Twist the LED

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To make your LED sewable, twist the legs into circles with your pliers.
  1. Twist the LED positive (+, longer) leg into a larger loop.
  2. Twist the LED negative (+,shorter) leg into a smaller loop.

Step 4: Cut the Felt

Cut the felt so that it fits your wrist, about 2 inches by 8-9 inches. The bracelet should overlap about an inch when worn.

Cut a 2 inch by 2.75 inch piece for the battery cover.

Step 5: Make Your Logo

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Access to a laser cutter can make you a crisp logo. Here are several vector files that have the Seahawks logo and the 12 outlined.

If you're cutting the logo by hand, you can still get a pretty recognizable logo with a simplified version. I traced the logo and simplified it. Cut the designs out of paper and then cut them out of felt.

Use white felt for the logo background and 12.
Use navy felt for the main part of the logo.
Use cadet blue felt for the accent part of the logo.

Glue the logo components together. Glue the 12 to the battery cover.

Step 6: Lay Out the Components

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Lay out your components as shown.
  1. Make sure that the LED negative (-, smaller) loop matches the battery negative (-, blank) side. Place the LED where you want the eye of the logo.
  2. The prong (outie) snap will be sewn on the top of the bracelet, nearest you.
  3. The hole (innie) snap will be sewn on the bottom of the bracelet, away from you.

Step 7: Step 6: Sew the Components

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Advice on Sewing
  • Sew all of the parts tightly, with small stitches. Use running stitch (sew in and out).
  • Avoid long stitches: Longer stitches will make your circuit too floppy, and the connection may be bad.
  • Try on the bracelet so you can check the length, and make sure that the length is sufficient for the circumference of your wrist.
How to Sew the Circuit
Start sewing on the top of the bracelet:
  1. Thread the needle with conductive thread, and tie a knot in the loose end of the thread, opposite of the needle.
  2. Position the prong (outie) snap on the top of the felt, facing you. The second picture shows a close-up of the prong (outie) snap, after sewing.
From prong (outie) snap to LED positive (+, larger) loop:
  1. Start sewing with conductive thread at the prong (outie) snap.\
  2. Sew from the prong (outie) snap to the LED positive (+, larger) loop.
  3. Sew through the LED positive (+, larger) loop three (3) times.Knot and cut the thread.
From LED negative (-, smaller) loop to battery holder negative (-, with slot) end:
  1. Make a new knot on the loose end of the conductive thread, opposite of the needle.
  2. Start again at the LED negative (-, smaller) loop, sewing through the negative loop three (3) times.
  3. Sew from the LED negative (-, smaller) loop to the battery holder negative (-, with slot) end.
  4. Knot and cut the thread.
Start sewing on the back side of the bracelet:
  1. Make a new knot on the loose end of the conductive thread, opposite of the needle.
  2. Position the hole (innie) snap on the back of the felt, away from you. The hole (innie) on the snap should face out so the snap (outie) prong can fit in it.
Before sewing the hole (innie) snap, test fit the bracelet to find the snap's position. Mark the spot on the bracelet.

From battery holder positive (+, "E") end to hole (innie) snap:
  1. Start sewing again at the battery holder positive (+, "E") end.
  2. Sew from the battery holder positive (+, "E") end to the hole (innie) snap.
  3. Sew the hole (innie) snap on to the back of the felt, away from you.
  4. Knot and cut the thread.

Step 8: Testing

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Test out your bracelet!
Does it turn on when you snap it together?

If not, let's trouble shoot.
Do you have thread running across any component?
  • The LED positive (+, larger loop) should not be connected to the LED negative (-, smaller loop).
  • The battery top (+, with writing) should not be connected to the battery bottom (-, blank).
  • If they are, then cut the thread, and resew each point.

Does your circuit flicker?
  • Your stitches may be making intermittent contact.
  • Add some short stitches between components, or sew more stitches to tighten them down.

Are your components floppy?
  • Add stitches to tighten them down.

Step 9: Finishing

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Sew down your embellishments
  1. Sew around the logo with white thread.
  2. Sew the battery holder cover on both sides of the battery holder using blue thread.

Wear it for the big game!

Comments

volodya00 (author)2014-01-26

Great diy for Seahawk fans!

bitwiseOwl (author)volodya002014-01-26

Thank you!

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