EL Wire Pants

Contributors: bboyho
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The design and build time of this project depends on your experience manually sewing, the length of EL wire used, and where you are sewing it to. This can take about ~1 - 3 hours if you are following the side of pants.

In this tutorial, we will sew standard EL wire onto a pair of pants.

EL Wire Pants

Required Materials

To follow along with this tutorial, you will need the following materials. We will be using standard EL wire on the pants. You may not need everything, depending on what you have and your setup. Add it to your cart, read through the guide, and adjust the cart as necessary.

Panasonic Alkaline Battery - AA

Panasonic Alkaline Battery - AA


EL Wire - White 3m


EL Inverter - Battery Pack

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At a minimum, you will need a needle. If you are making an extension cable, you will need a soldering iron, solder, and general soldering accessories.

Needle Set

Needle Set


You Will Also Need

  • Pants
  • Clear Thread or Fishing Line
  • Binder Clips, Pins, or, Tape
  • Scissors

Suggested Reading

If you aren’t familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing.

Getting Started with Electroluminescent (EL) Wire

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Planning a Wearable Electronics Project

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How to Make a Custom EL Wire Extension Cable

In this tutorial, we will make a custom EL Wire extension cable as an alternative to splicing wire.