E-Textiles Snail Tutorial

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Intro: E-Textiles Snail Tutorial

The steps below shows you how to create an initial, textile model of a snail; with the intention of developing the design with the introduction of E-Textiles (Electronic Textiles).

Step 1:

To create a textile snail, you will need:

  • Your choice of material.
  • The electronics paper template.
  • Embroidery scissors.
  • Paper scissors.
  • An unpicker.
  • A pencil.
  • The snail pattern.
  • Tailor’s chalk.
  • Pins.
  • Thread.
  • A Bobbin.

Step 2:

Cut out the pattern pieces.

Step 3:

Pin the paper templates to your chosen fabric and cut out.

Step 4:

You should have:

  • Snail antenna parts (x4)
  • Snail stalk parts (x2)
  • Snail body parts (x2)
  • Snail shell parts (x2)

Step 5:

Pin the shell to the body. Sew the pieces together.

*Top Tip: Remember to reverse the direction of your stitching.

Step 6:

Repeat step 5 for the other side.

Step 7:

Draw the swirl of the snail’s shell using Tailor’s chalk

Step 8:

Follow this line with stitching.

*Top Tip: Remember to reverse the direction of your stitching.

Step 9:

These are how the electronic components will fit in the snail.

Step 10:

Pin the two snail pieces together and sew all around the whole product.

*Top Tip: Remember to reverse the direction of your stitching.

Step 11:

Sew the snail stalks to the snail body. Sew the eyes to the stalks.

*Top Tip: Remember to reverse the direction of your stitching.

Step 12:

You have successfully created a textile snail.

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