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)
- 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)
- (optional) wire stripper
- (optional) needle-nosed jewelry pliers
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