Fused Fabric With Conductive Thread




A method of attaching conductive thread to fabric.

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Step 1:

Place a piece of fabric right side (fashion side) down on your ironing board.

Step 2:

Place a piece of paper backed iron-on adhesive on top of your fabric.
The paper side should be up facing you.

Step 3:

Preheat iron to silk setting.
Iron the paper backed side of the iron-on adhesive to the wrong side of the fabric.

Step 4:

Let the paper/fabric cool.
Peel off the paper backing.

Step 5:

Place conductive thread on top of your fabric.

Step 6:

Gently place a second piece of fabric right side (fashion side) up on top of the conductive threads.

Step 7:

Gently press the iron onto the fabric heating the adhesive and bonding the two pieces together.
Once the fabrics are sticking together iron completely.

Step 8:

This is how the fused fabric with conductive thread should look.
Depending upon the fabrics used you can see the threads outlined.

Step 9:

Use a voltmeter to test your conductive threads for a possible short circuit.
Then make something groovalicious!



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    13 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 5

    this looks like a very good idea. it appeared to me a wise idea to stitch the ends into the fabric though so that they do not get tugged outwards before the square gets used but i realize the idea is probably to fuse the whole circuit this way.
    PS enabling multiple layers for overlap w/out shorting.

    1 reply
    Lynne Bruningapender

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 5

    Yes indeed! For a final project you would want your edges secure and clean.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is neat! I wonder if it would be possible to add more layers to create layered circuits. You'd need a reliable way for components to poke through a bunch of layers at once...

    3 replies
    Lynne Bruningnagutron

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Wondering if you have a layered circuit image/diagram that you would send over? I would like a fun example for my next ible.

    And why you're at it...... would you please send over those tasty looking summer roles Those look YUMMMY!

    nagutronLynne Bruning

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Ah, well, I was speculating kind of wildly, there. I actually know very little about electronics. I imagine that a very simple example would be arrays of threads, laid crosswise to make a matrix of points. Each point would be a potential connection or something.

    ... == Me.talkingOutOfOwnAzz();

    Oh, and those rolls are most definitely yummy. Too bad they would survive the post, though!

    Lynne Bruningnagutron

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yes you can! I would suggest as you make your layers thread the conductive thread thru a needle and bring it to the layer you want. Its a little bit of planning and thinking in 3-D space, but imagine the possibilities! I'm seeing a holiday ornament............


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Fabulous idea, I am sure this can be layered giving indeed unlimited possibilities to create more complex textile circuitries on a smaller area. Hope to have some time later this year to try it out.

    2 replies

    I've been thinking...... Design your circuit, print the layers on separate sheets of paper, transfer the design to fabric (depending upon your method the circuit might end up backwards be careful here) or better yet print directly onto the fabric begin making the layered circuit with the iron-on adhesive. Lordy....I have made more work for myself today! Do you have a circuit you want to use as an example....please, save me some time and send it on over.

    Great, thanks for the offer to experiment with multilayer circuits. I still have to digest the infinite possibilities based on your concept. Need to start thinking is 3D and bring it to paper :D Will get in touch with you if I have something sensible together ;-)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    neato... btw, if you are contemplating to seal batteries inside, contemplate again. they can burst, ruining your favorite jacket.

    1 reply