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. They’re perfect for bridesmaids, too.

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For 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.



Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( 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”).

  • tammy

    FAB! and perfect for halloween too. (becky’s dress is also amazing! did you make or buy?)

  • kat

    Awesome! I love that you can remove the battery. The fabric also makes the LED light less harsh.

  • Rachel Hobson

    I love it! Such a fun project, and so well taught, Becky. Frilly-Tech FTW!
    And I agree, that dress is amazing – you look beautiful!

  • Stacey

    I am also in awe of the dress! Where did it come from?

  • http://stumbleupon Nitya15

    gotta work like this!!!!