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Sew — and Code — a Light-Up Headband with Kathy Ceceri

January 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PST

 - $55.00

What You'll Do:

Sew a simple earwarmer/headband from an old sweater or piece of fleece — then make it dazzling with lights! In Week 1, follow along as we use basic hand sewing and embroidery techniques to construct the headband and attach a string of LED lights to make a dazzling wearable! Then in Week 2, add an inexpensive Adafruit Gemma M0 microcontroller and program it to sparkle and flash with free online Microsoft MakeCode.

This class is best for teens (or tweens with some hand sewing experience). For help, check out my book Fabric and Fiber Inventions. (Watch my quick video on a trick for threading a needle here.) No coding or electronics skills are required, but knowledge of electric circuits and block programming is helpful.

What You'll Need:


  • battery-powered LED light wire strand, any color (such as these) -- can be AA, AAA, or coin cell because you will cut off the battery pack
  • Adafruit GEMMA M0 - Miniature wearable electronic platform
  • coin cell battery holder for two CR2032 batteries with an on/off switch (such as this)
  • two 3-volt CR2032 coin cell batteries (if not included with light strand)

Sewing/Craft Materials

  • strip of fleece or felt long enough to fit around your head, and twice as wide as you want the finished headband to be
  • (optional) extra fabric shapes or scraps to cover Gemma M0 board and/or lights
  • needle and thread (embroidery floss and a needle with a large eye work well)
  • scissors
  • (optional) wire stripper
  • (optional) needle-nosed jewelry pliers

About the Facilitator:

Kathy Ceceri teaches online, at-home robotics and Maker workshops using everyday crafts supplies and household materials. She is also an experienced homeschooling coach, and author of more than a dozen books of hands-on learning activities. Kathy has created kids’ STEAM activities for the Girl Scouts of the USA, Adafruit Industries, Wired.com, and Make magazine. Website: https://www.kathyceceri.com Twitter: @KathyCeceri  Facebook: Author/Educator Kathy Ceceri and DIY Homeschool Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/KathyCVids


January 23, 2021 - January 30, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am PST
Series Details:
2 weekly sessions starting on January 23, 2021
Age Range:
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Email us at makercampus@make.co


14-18, 12-14, 8-12


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Ticket - Sew a Light-Up Headband Ear Warmer!
Ticket price covers both sessions. Week 1: Sewing and lights Week 2: Programming lights
$ 55.00

Have questions or comments – email us at makercampus@make.co