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With our Geek Chic theme in full swing this month, we just had to offer an excerpt from our favorite book on smart crafting, Fashioning Technology by Syuzi Pakhchyan. This DIY Intro to Smart Crafting is precisely that: it offers everything you need to get started blending “traditional and unorthodox crafting techniques with new, intelligent materials to create objects that are interactive and responsive.” The book starts out with a 75-page primer including graphical materials and tools indices as well as tutorials covering everything from building a simple circuit to choosing a power supply and sewing soft circuits.

The Space Invaders Tote is a fun, simple project that involves a little soldering, a little desoldering, and gets you started sewing soft circuits. When you’re done, turn off the ringer on your cellphone, throw it in the tote, and your Space Invader’s eyes will light up when you’re getting an incoming call.

Download the Space Invaders Tote PDF for the full project.

In the Maker Shed:



Fashioning Technology


LED Sewing Kit

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.