Materials List: Creating Electronic Textile Art Pins

Each student needs:

To share with the entire class:

  • conductive thread, 2+ feet per student; such as 30-ft stainless steel thread bobbin for $3 from SparkFun at
  • thin fabric (like muslin) to make the pins; ~3 x 3-inch piece per pin; the fabric color and pattern can also vary, as long as the fabric is thin enough for an LED light to shine through; pin shape and size can vary at the discretion of the teacher/students, as long as the 20-mm battery holder and pin fit on the back; see the Fabric Pin Templates-Color and Fabric Pin Templates-B&W for printable patterns
  • felt sheets; each pin needs a piece of felt cut to the same size as it’s thin fabric front
  • assorted items and craft supplies for decorating fabric, such as markers, pens, glitter glue, fabric stamps, sequins, paint, buttons, beads
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • (optional) clear nail polish, to seal any fraying fabric

Note: SparkFun provides a shopping cart list of the necessary SparkFun materials.