I embroidered this portrait of my friends Randy and Jenn as a wedding gift! Full tutorial on Instructables.(more…)
To practice sewing upholstery vinyl on my home sewing machine, I whipped up a quick pencil case for holding my bullet journal supplies on vacation in California. Read more in the full tutorial on Instructables.
Behold, the humble hair scrunchie! This fabric hair accessory has a somewhat contested reputation in fashion history, but there’s no denying its practical use as a gentle hair tie and fun DIY sewing project. Whether you’re planning a 90s throwback party or just want to wear something soft while sleeping, scrunchies whip up quickly and require very little fabric. Practice your skills from the Instructables Machine Sewing Class with a small batch of scrunchies.
For this easy sewing project, you will need:
- Fabric of your choice (I’m using polyester satin and silk dupioni to make extra slippery scrunchies)
- Thread to match your fabric
- Iron and ironing board
- Thin elastic
- Sewing machine with needles & bobbins
- Hand sewing needle
- Straight sewing pins
- Safety pin
- Seam ripper (optional)
- Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler (optional)
Create glowing eyes for your costume! This project is ideal for any character with glowing eyes, like the Black Mage from Final Fantasy, Jawa from Star Wars, or Orko from He-Man. Two NeoPixel Jewels can appear any color or animating pattern, and they are driven by a GEMMA microcontroller powered by a 500mAh lipoly battery in a 3D printed pocket.
Before you begin, check out these prerequisite guides:
- Introducing GEMMA or Introducing GEMMA M0
- NeoPixel Uberguide
- Adafruit’s Guide to Excellent Soldering
- Let’s put LEDs in Things
For this project, you will need:
- Two NeoPixel Jewels
- Adafruit GEMMA or GEMMA M0 microcontroller
- Silicone coated stranded wire (30awg recommended)
- Soldering tools and supplies
- Sewing pins
- Tailor’s chalk
- 19awg galvanized steel wire
- Coat fabric for hood/cape
- Translucent fabric for face panel
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
- SemiFlex 3D printing filament
What’s a wearable project without LEDs? Designed specifically for wearables, bright RGB LEDs are paired with a constant-current driver chip. The contacts are easily sewn with conductive thread. Use this guide to test your first pixel and start on a blinding wearables project with Circuit Playground Express, FLORA or GEMMA!
Each pixel draws as much as 60mA (all three RGB LEDs on for full brightness white). In theory, FLORA can drive up to 500 pixels at 30 FPS (above which it will run out of RAM). Circuit Playground Express can drive more than that. However, above about 20 pixels (and/or if the overall length of conductive thread exceeds ~6 feet/2 meters), the nontrivial resistance of the thread adds up and can affect the power supply. For large quantities of pixels over 20 or if you need to insulate your circuit, you should upgrade to silicone coated stranded core wire, which will provide better conductivity for the pixels – the current draw will add up fast!
Before you begin, familiarize yourself with the following tutorials:(more…)
Sleuth out unexpectedly-conductive materials at the fabric store with a multimeter!