I was already knitting a wrist band / pulse warmer when I thought: wouldn't it be fun it this could light up?! So I added some LEDs and a switch. This guide does not teach how to knit, as I assume you want to add lights to a piece you've already made.
In addition to the lights, switch, and battery, you will also need some conductive thread or some really thin wire for this project. This example was made with a ready-made kit from
http://www.aniomagic.com or you can learn how to make your own kit from http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~buechley/diy/diy_e_sewing.html
Disclaimer: the author sells the ready-made kits on Aniomagic's website.
Step 1: Materials
- conductive thread
- two hand-made LED sequins
- a hand-made cloth switch
- a small, flat battery
- battery holder made from regular and condutive fabrics
- small patch of fabric
You can also get parts from other suppliers:
- Silver coated thread from Lame Lifesaver
- Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs): purchase from Digikey or your local RadioShack
- Tiny plastic switch from Digikey or your local RadioShack
- CR2032 battery: purchase from Digikey part #: P-189-ND (not shown in picture)
- CR2032 battery holder: purchase from Digikey part # 1061K-ND
See http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~buechley/diy/diy_e_sewing.html for further instructions, materials and tools if you decide to make your own kit.
Step 2: Arrange
Step 3: Lights to switch
Step 5: The Switch
You must cut the thread after connecting the lights to the switch. If you just continue without cutting, your project won't work. This is because the electricity will go through that thread instead of through the switch or the lights. We call this a "short circuit", and you don't want that.