I'm teaching a course this semester on technology in libraries, and this year there will be a making / coding assignment using the LilyPad Arduino. This will be an inquiry-based, open-ended, learn-as-you-go assignment. I had never used an Arduino before, nor had I coded in anything other than HTML, before getting my LilyPad kit in the mail a week ago. Since I have a 2-year-old at home, I decided to make a toy with my LilyPad. This is basically a round, two-page, vertical "book" that plays "Twinkle, Twinkle" and blinks white LEDs when the night side is exposed, and plays "You Are My Sunshine" and blinks colored LEDs when the "page" is turned to reveal the day side. To see the toy in action, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ-e5EcD8rU or download the video file below.

Step 1: Materials

Sewing Materials:
  • Scraps of non-stretchy fabric, such as felt or quilting cotton (you will need at least 3 pieces that are at least 12"x12")
  • Approximately 2 sq. feet fusible fleece (Pellon) or fusible web
  • Approximately 1 sq. ft. fusible adhesive (such as Heat 'n' Bond)
  • Embroidery floss (I used black, white, yellow, and orange)
  • Sewing needle
  • Glue-on eyes (2 large for owl, 2 small for birds)
  • Fray-Check
  • Fabric glue
  • (Optional) 2 green gems for leaves on "day" side
  • (Optional) Embroidery hoop (makes stitching easier)
  • Iron
Electronics Materials:
<p>I love this !</p>

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