21st Century Fashion Kit: Inflation

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Contributors: Dia, Member #313449
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Introduction

Inflatables are a great way to make fashion that transforms shape, or has a large exaggerated silhouette. A model with an inflatable skirt is my favorite thing to send down the runway, as she walks her skirt inflates growing larger and larger. But inflatables are also a fun way to prototype superhero outfits with your kid. This tutorial will teach you how to make an inflatable shape that you can turn on with the push of a button, using parts from the 21st Century Fashion Kit.

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Tools and Materials

Craft materials first:

  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Long scrap of cotton fabric (a 7” x 36” strip is great!)
  • Scissors
  • Ballpoint Pen
  • Wire Cutter
  • Wire Stripper
  • Soldering Iron
  • Solder
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • Felt (Optional, if you choose to make the soft circuit button)

From the 21st Century Fashion Kit, you will need:

You'll also need the lace tablecloth in the kit, which isn't available separately on our storefront.

In this project, I've added a Soft Circuit button, which is strictly optional. You can also use a pre-made momentary button, either sewable or not.

Suggested Reading

Here are a few topics you might want to familiarize yourself with in preparation for this tutorial: