For people who never picked up a needle before this will take about an hour and a half. For folks with a bit of hand sewing experience it will take about 30 min.
I made a bunch the other day with kids at Curiosity Hacked in Oakland it it was quite fun.
This instructable is a mix of photos and illustrations.
To make this project you will need these materials:
embroidery thread, fabric paint, pens (optional for decoration)
Fabric ornament form (including bit for battery)
sewing needle (large eyed)
Small round neodymium ring magnets (You could also use nickel plated snaps)
And these tools:
Needle nose pliers (round nose are best)
Step 1: Cut Out the Fabric Ornament
Attached is a PDF file to cut out the form by hand as well as a .dxf file for those with access to a laser cutter.
Whether you use the paper pattern or a laser cutter and a dxf file you will need to cut out one ornament piece and one battery pouch piece.
If you cut it out using the paper pattern use a pencil or a piece of tailors chalk to trace the path of the circuit.
Step 2: Place the LED
(Leads are the anode and cathode wirey bits that stick out of the LED bulb)
The front of the form will not have the traced circuit.
Tip: Gently wiggle the leads through the polyester fabric. Leads are fragile and you can snap them off. Also be careful to make sure the leads do not touch.
Step 3: Prepare the LED for Sewing
Use the round nose pliers to twist the leads into loops for sewing.
Step 4: Sew the First Magnet in Place
Using conductive thread to sew the magnet in place evenly along all sides.
Tip. tie a knot in the end of the thread and snip the end. Once you have taken the first stitch you can use a dab of nail polish to seal the knot.
Step 5: Sew From the Magnet to the LED Lead
Use small stitches to keep things in place.
Step 6: Connect to the LED
Tie it off in a knock and cut the excess thread. Tip: Use clear nail polish on the knot to avoid fray. Allow to dry.
Step 7: Sew a Contact Pad on the Battery Holder
Step 8: Place and Sew the Second Magnet
Step 9: Connect to the Second LED
Step 10: Sew on the Battery Pouch
Step 11: Turn on Your Circiut and Decorate
I have used embroidery thread to decorate it. But you could use fabric paint, beads or fabric pens to decorate your ornaments. Avoid metal beads and decorates as you may short you circuit.
Tip: Make sure you place the positive side of the battery toward the lager ornament form.