Getting Started with LilyPad

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A great way to try out sewing with conductive thread without programming is to create e-sewing projects.

Preprogrammed Circuits

LilyPad LEDs and a LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holder will light up a project, and the possibilities can be expanded to include simple interactive elements like buttons or switches, which you can purchase or make yourself. We recommend e-sewing projects if you are new to sewing or want to create a quick and easy light-up craft.

Here are some e-sewing projects to try:

Light-Up Plush

Craft a light-up plush with LilyPad LEDs controlled by pressing a button and sliding a switch in the creature's hands.

Glowing Pin

Create a quick and easy piece of e-textile art using a LilyPad LED, battery holder, conductive thread, and coin cell battery.

Illuminated Mask

Use LilyPad LEDs, a switched battery holder, and coin cell battery to make a fun light up mask for your next costume party.

Suggested Materials:

  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Felt or Fabric
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Conductive Thread
  • Coin Cell Battery
  • LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holder
  • LilyPad LEDs
  • Optional: LilyPad Button Board, LilyPad Slide Switch, metal snaps, conductive thread