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Ecouture – Electronics in Textiles! From one little led – great things will glow 


Be able to use textile components to make an electronic switch.

Today we are going to make a simple circuit without using a circuit board or soldering.

Using metal press studs / poppers they will be the switch, and when pushed together they will complete the circuit.


Be able to use textile components to make an electronic switch. Resources needed to make this sample •One LED •Two metal press studs / poppers •One 3v cell / battery •Two small pieces of conductive material (Zelt) •Length of conductive sewing thread •Large piece of felt (approx A6) for the background. •Smaller piece of felt to make the battery pouch. •Small nosed pliers. •Normal sewing machine thread.


Be able to use textile components to make an electronic switch. Making the battery holder. 1.Fold the small piece of felt in half, and sew the zelt on each side with normal sewing machine thread. 2.On the reverse of the felt sew the male part of the press stud, with normal thread through only two of the holes. 3.With conductive thread, overstitch to one of the pieces of zelt and take a line of running stitch up to join one of the press studs. Connect the thread to the press stud by sewing round through one of the empty holes. 4.Do the same on the other side – making sure the thread does not touch each other.

The inside of the case

The outside of the case

zelt Fold line zelt


Be able to use textile components to make an electronic switch. Fold the felt in half, to sandwich your battery between. You are going to stitch around the battery with normal sewing machine thread using running stitch – BUT not until we have finished sewing the circuit. We need to make sure we have the battery in the correct way around. ď Š So put that to one side until we have made the rest!


Be able to use textile components to make an electronic switch.

Prepare the led! Get the pliers!

The led has a long leg and a short leg – Diagram 1. The short leg connects to the negative. The long leg connects to the positive Gently split the legs to look like diagram 2. With the pliers gently wrap the short leg around the pliers twice to make a complete circle. Wrap the long leg around to make a complete circle.

Diagram 2

Diagram 1


Be able to use textile components to make an electronic switch. Using conductive thread sew one of the led’s circles down and then do a line of running stitch (White line) At the bottom attach the female part of the popper, sewing on through two of the holes. Start a new line of stitching and join the second led circle down, then create another line of stitching at the other side. Before sewing the press stud on check the placement. Push the press studs together – checking the led lights up. If not flip the battery over. Then sew around the battery holder.


Be able to use textile components to make an electronic switch.

Think about using metal zips, hook & eyes, trouser bars to complete your circuit and turn on the leds! ď Š


Electronics in Textiles