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Twinkle toes! Make LED ruffles to customize your shoes in this CRAFT video. This easy soft circuit project can get you started in wearable electronics and even may help you find your way in a dark parking lot.

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25-closeup.jpgFor this project you need:

  • 2 LED Sewing Kits (available from Maker Shed)
  • silky fabric for the ruffle
  • matching felt
  • sewing needle and regular thread
  • 2 paper clips
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • pliers

Check out the complete step-by-step tutorial over on Make: Projects.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site: sternlab.org


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Yellow is definitely your color.

  2. randy sarafan says:

    Glowing shoes. Nice. They have come a long way since L.A. Lights.

    You should get a matching glowing brooch or hair clip… and then make them all light sensitive… or reactive to methane gas, so it can detect if your date farted. That wouldn’t be awkward. :-P

    1. randy sarafan says:

      Actually… Light-up methane detecting garment accessories. Patent Pending. ;-)

    2. randy sarafan says:

      Actually… Light-up methane detecting garment accessories. Patent Pending. ;-)

    3. randy sarafan says:

      Actually… Light-up methane detecting garment accessories. Patent Pending. ;-)

  3. Big says:

    As a fairly large guy I really have no use for this particular wearable (however it makes reading about it no less fun), But I did have to comment on the fact you look gorgeous in that yellow dress with those light up shoes.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Don’t feel left out, I’m sure you could find heels like that in a size 13 if you look around, Rule 34 and all that ;)

      1. Big says:

        Its actually a size 15 which in women’s shoes if I remember correctly is about a 16.5 ;)

      2. Big says:

        Its actually a size 15 which in women’s shoes if I remember correctly is about a 16.5 ;)

  4. Big says:

    As a fairly large guy I really have no use for this particular wearable (however it makes reading about it no less fun), But I did have to comment on the fact you look gorgeous in that yellow dress with those light up shoes.

  5. Tyniece says:

    Is there a certain fabric I should use, I’m concerned with it causing a fire.

    1. Becky Stern says:

      Nah, even if you short the battery it won’t get hot enough to melt polyester, never mind ignite cotton or wool.

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