Tron Bag with EL Wire

Craft & Design

Tote your Thinkpad and port your Apple in style with our custom TRON-inspired laptop bag tutorial. With a little soldering and sewing skills you can have your own light up satchel, sure to impress geeky friends. So grab your sewing needle and soldering iron and follow along.

This project is a collaboration between ladyada and Becky Stern.


There’s a getting started pack at the adafruit shop with some EL wire, inverter and connector and other small bits you need. Read more about soldering to EL wire and designing and finishing your Tron bag.

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

Check out the full Tron Bag tutorial on Make: Projects as well!


8 thoughts on “Tron Bag with EL Wire

  1. John Baichtal says:


  2. Susan says:

    Wow! Now I want one of my own! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. pete says:

    Electronics are addictive but they ‘aint crack. Put that lighter away and buy a heat gun for your heat shrink tubing.

  4. Marcella Nucci says:

    Wow!!! The bag is really cool! Your tutorial is so clear, that i will probably try to make such a bag myself =)

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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