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Space Invaders Tote Bag from Fashioning Technology

Skill Builder Series: Advanced MaterialsIn honor of our Advanced Materials theme, we’re sharing an excerpt from my favorite book on smart materials, Syuzi Pakhchyan’s Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting. If you’re interested in checking out the potential in soft circuits, sewing your circuits in using conductive thread, the Space Invaders Tote project is a fun place to start. This simple how-to guides you through making a playful tote bag where the Space Invader’s eyes are sensitive to the electromagnetic waves of mobile phones and light up with incoming calls. Turn off your ringer, throw your phone in the bag, and get a little twinkle when you receive a call. We’ve shared the full build with you on Make: Projects, so head there to get started. And for lots more info on working with smart materials, pick up a copy of Fashioning Technology.

From the pages of Fashioning Technology:

With “smart” materials, unorthodox assembly techniques, and the right tools, you can create accessories, housewares, and toys that light up, make sounds, or do even more. Fashioning Technology offers jargon-free primers and lots of how-to projects that will have you making functional works of art. This book demonstrates how to blend sewing and assembly techniques with traditional electronics to assemble simple circuits using conductive thread, solder joints for snaps, and switches for buttons. With the sewing machine as a viable substitute for the soldering iron, you can craft a new generation of objects that are interactive, quirky, and fashion-conscious.

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.



  1. Totes says:

    Will surely recommend this site to some friends! Very interesting site and articles. Really thankful for sharing. Regards,

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