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Traffic Light Stoplight LED Scarf - Safety Scarf of Righteousness

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Multipurpose like a traffic light, this one keeps you warm and blinks to make you more visible in the night.  Stop traffic with this fun scarf worn around your neck.

Repurpose a dollar-store bicycle safety flasher to embed in the scarf.  Simulates the light changing pattern and does other fancy sequences.  No arduino needed.

The technology is borrowed from the earlier Lithium Rain Radiant Beacon of Righteousness (Blinking I-hoodie).


 
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Step 1: Stuff to make it

This scarf is made from the remants of my stash of robo-fleece.  I think I had bought about 3 yards of it for various projects and it still hasn't all been used up.

You can use any soft fabric that doesn't stretch too much as long as it is comfortable to touch when you wear it.

You need something that equates to a strip of fabric about 12" wide by 60".  The fabric is doubled over lengthwise for a finished scarf width of about 6 inches.  It can be shorter or longer as you like.

Use remnants to piece together the scarf for a more varied look.

The electronics in this scarf is based on a dollar-store bicycle safety flasher.  It is a self contained unit to house the batteries, has a switch to cycle the light patterns and contains 5 red LEDs.

You will need to mod it to add yellow and green LEDs.  Some flashers may have all white LEDs which you can adjust by the filter material but you will still need to mod the flasher unit to extend the LED from the circuit board.  Soldering skills are required.

You will need some clear plastic adhesive shelf liner paper.

You will need a plastic shopping bag in red, yellow, and green to use as color filter material. Come to think of it, none of them are really "green".

You can hand sew this but a sewing machine is much more efficient.  I also use a serger which is great for simple projects like this.
josemilk2 years ago
realy nice scarf I'm gonna make it to my self
:-D Me gusta!
painting1892 years ago
Quite a skillful girl.The LED scarf must be very warm and very suitable for a girl in the dark light.
Awesome...as always...

Now I know what I will make for my sister.
That is awesome! Great caution too!
fjordcarver2 years ago
Cool.
Very fancy! And my goodness she is all grown up. :D
caitlinsdad (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thanks, you did kick off the robo-fleece scarf making season.
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