Things you will need:
A pair of gloves (cycling gloves of your preference but must not be fingerless)
High visibility/ Reflective fabric (150mm x 50mm)
Base fabric - Black cotton (200mm x 50mm)
Velcro strips x 2 (30mm x 80mm) – Preferably in the same colour as base fabric
*Thin Plastic – Top layer (200mm x 50mm) (Not essential if you don't need your gloves to be waterproof)
Conductive thread- 3 metres
20 Sewable LEDs (kitronik www.kitronik.co.uk/c2714-electro-fashion-led-boar...
Glue – (All Purpose)
White non-conductive thread
Black non-conductive thread
Tools and Equipment:
Iron and Ironing board
3V coin battery x 2
*Scalpel and cutting mat
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Step 1: Get Ready...
- Collect together all of the equipment and materials listed above.
- Print and cut out paper templates on A3 for actual size.
- Layout the templates onto the different fabrics and cut out all necessary pieces. (will be helpful to pin the paper templates onto the fabric and cut around or use tailors chalk to draw around the templates).
Step 2: Stitch on Your Velcro
- Stitch the softer half of Velcro onto the base piece fabric of the arrow by machine or by hand (using the sewing machine will make the join stronger).
- Note: You may need to cut the velcro down to size.
Step 3: Marking Out the LEDs
- Use tailors chalk to mark out the positioning of the LEDs using the paper template.
- Glue the LEDs into place checking that they line up with the holes in the reflective layer arrow.
- Allow glue to dry for at least 20 minutes.
Step 4: Whilst the Glue Is Drying...Make Your Soft Battery Holders
You will need:
Non-conductive fabric (40mm x 120mm) – Cut out from template
4 Strips of conductive fabric (8mm x 35mm)
4 Strips of bondaweb (8mm x 35mm)
- Iron the bondaweb strips onto the non-conductive fabric as shown with the rough side down.
- Peel off the paper layer of the bondaweb and iron on the conductive fabric strips.
- Sew, by hand, through one piece of non-conductive fabric with conductive thread (ensure it goes all the way through to the other side so it will touch the battery).
- Stitch the two pieces of non-conductive fabric together on the sewing machine using non-conductive thread along the three sides of the square (See template).
- Sew battery holders inside both of your gloves using non-conductive thread. (Ours have been sewn into the inside/top of the glove so that they are on the back of the hand).
Step 5: Sew on Your LEDs
- Sew LEDs that have been glued onto the base piece of fabric using conductive thread in the pattern shown on the template.
- You want to connect all of the positives together and then all of the negatives together so that the circuit is joined in parallel.
- Place your two 3V batteries into the battery holder and check that your circuit works. (that the LEDs light up)
- Note: MAKE SURE YOUR CONDUCTIVE THREAD DOES NOT TOUCH WHEN TWO THREADS CROSS OVER.
Step 6: Glue on Reflective Arrow
- Use a small amount of glue on the reverse side of the reflective arrow to stick it down over the top of the LEDs.
- On the reverse side of the arrow stitch through with conductive thread to attach two small squares of conductive fabric.
Step 7: The Glove
- Sew the other side of the Velcro onto the glove using non-conductive thread.
- Sew two small squares of conductive fabric onto the velcro with conductive thread (to match up with the pieces on the LED arrow).
- Note: The right square should be attached to the bottom LED through the positive connection and the left square through the negative connection of the bottom LED (ensure that these squares of conductive fabric are not touching).
- Stitch the two finger tip pieces of conductive fabric onto the outside of the glove using non-conductive thread.
Step 8: Connecting the Finger Tip Switch
- Sew with conductive thread from the positive side of the battery holder through to the square of conductive fabric on the rough side of the velcro (the small square of conductive fabric on the outside of the glove).
- Then connect the negative side of the battery holder up to the tip of the thumb (connect this to the conductive fabric on the tip).
- Stitch from the negative side of the arrow up to the index finger tip (connect to the conductive fabric on the finger tip).
- Note: It is advisable to sew along the seam of the inside of the glove so that the stitches are not visible from the outside and will not interfere with using the glove