Functional Products: E:textiles Free Resources

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These projects all use e-textiles to add a function to the product


Animal Nightlight

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As featured on The Sewing Directory website

Click here to download the free instructions & buy the components



Hollywood Glamour Make Up Bag

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As featured on The Sewing Directory website

Click here to download the free instructions & buy the components



Owl Nightlight Doorstop

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As featured in Sewing World magazine

Click here to download the free instructions & buy the components



Night Light Bunting (as seen at Festival of Quilts, NEC, Aug 2014)

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A high tech twist on a traditional craft product (Advanced level)

Click here to see free instructions 



Sockie Reading Light

June 2013

Creating a reading light out of a sock

This project originally featured in Sewing World magazine

Click here to download the article

The sockie uses a flasher control unit which, at the time the article was written, was the only cell holder you could get with a latching switch that turns things on and off when you push it. A better version is now available from Kitronik. It doesn’t have the LED on the surface of the board (which you don’t need anyway) and it doesn’t have the 4 programmes that make the LEDs flash.


 Rocket torch 

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Reflective fabric on this rocket torch helps you find your keys in your bag in low light conditions as well as working as a torch when you push the rocket wing (Intermediate Level)

Click here to see instructions  (I designed this resource for Kitronik & the link will open a new page on their website)



Beanie hat with standard LED

LED hat

Be seen in the dark with this easy first project that is ideal for anyone starting out with e-textiles (Beginner Level)

Click here to download the PDF tutorial (I designed this resource for Kitronik & the link will open a new page on their website)




Beanie hat with a PCB LED

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Be seen in the dark with this easy first project that is ideal for anyone starting out with e-textiles (Beginner Level)

Click here to download the PDF tutorial (I designed this resource for Kitronik & the link will open a new page on their website)




Be seen be safe belt band

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Make a quick and easy band to hook onto a belt or bag (or anything you can loop something around) to help others see you in the dark. This project requires no specialist e-textiles knowledge at all. (Beginner Level)



Click here to download the PDF tutorial (I designed this resource for Kitronik & the link will open a new page on their website)

Click here to view a You Tube video tutorial 


Be seen be safe armband

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Create an arm band for wearing when cycling, running or walking in the dark. The arm band uses a popper as an on / off switch (Advanced Level)

Click here to download the PDF tutorial (I designed this resource for Kitronik & the link will open a new page on their website)



Back pack cover with light sensor

Create a back pack cover that lights up automatically when it gets dark (Intermediate Level)

Click here to download the PDF tutorial (I designed this resource for Kitronik & the link will open a new page on their website)



Create your own conductive glove


Practical activities and ideas are provided as a starting point only. Students should use these as inspiration as part of an iterative design process developing the idea further themselves. Credit should be given to the original source where appropriate.


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