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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.

Subscribe to the CRAFT Podcast in iTunes, download the m4v video directly, or watch it on YouTube or Vimeo.

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

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • Anonymous

    Yellow is definitely your color.

  • randy sarafan

    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

    • randy sarafan

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

    • randy sarafan

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

    • randy sarafan

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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DMUO6Y64CZUTZHAL3J7GX63E4U Big

    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.

    • Anonymous

      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 ;)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DMUO6Y64CZUTZHAL3J7GX63E4U Big

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

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DMUO6Y64CZUTZHAL3J7GX63E4U Big

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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DMUO6Y64CZUTZHAL3J7GX63E4U Big

    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.

  • http://www.swaggerboutiqueonline.com Tyniece

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

    • Becky Stern

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