Sewing & Soldering & Week 4 Homework

1. For homework, please practice your soldering skills! Wires, LEDs, switches, circuit boards– try them all! a good resource is the Adafruit Guide To Excellent Soldering.

2. Make a circuit diagram for your plush toy! Phil B’s “Let’s Put LEDs in Things!” guide will come in handy and has additional soldering tips.

3. Acquire materials for your Plush Nightlight project. For your project you’re going to need some LEDs, a switch, and a battery pack (or a battery pack with a switch already on it). Here are some recommended sources:

Order early if you are having anything shipped, so you have time to work and play with your materials!


4. Finish sewing your practice monster from today’s sewing workshop, follow along with the Free Range Monsters guide. Take a photo or two and optionally include them at the end of your homework blog post.

More plush toy sewing resources:

5. Create the first prototype of your Plush Nightlight. The primary objective of this project (and most important evaluation criterion) is an exploration of light diffusion using LEDs and soft materials. All other elements are secondary, including interaction, so feel free to omit your Arduino unless you are 100% satisfied with your light diffusion. Take photos and video of your material experiments, pattern design, and prototype construction, and create a blog post about your prototype (Works in Progress/Proposals category) and be ready to present it at next week’s in progress critique. Blog posts are due 8pm on Wednesday 10/4, and should include photos of your prototype, pattern, and circuit diagram.

Author: Becky Stern

Making and sharing are my two biggest passions! I'm a Content Creator at Autodesk and part-time faculty at SVA. Check out all my Instructables and find me as @bekathwia on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.