Plush Nightlight Prototype: Beating Heart

Once I get a bit better with Arduino, I want to make a boy doll that has a red beating heart. That might be a bit creepy though, so to start, I want to simply make a red heart that pulses red when you turn it on.

Here’s my circuit sketch:

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When I first drew this, I realized that the LEDs and resistors didn’t have a positive line connecting them, so it looked like this before I went back and drew what’s above:


I made my heart in class using 1 piece of red felt, 1 piece of grey fleece, some stuffing, and a needle and thread.


I drew a heart pattern on a piece of paper, cut it out, and then used a pen to lightly trace she shape onto both pieces of material.

After carefully cutting out the shapes, I began stitching them both together about 1/4in from the edge. I wanted the fluffy side of the fleece to be exposed, so I stitched it facing in.

Once the heart was nearly sewn all the way around, I flipped it outside in and stuffed the inside with polyester stuffing.

Finally, I sewed the last remaining bit with a new piece of thread.

Xuan Blushing mask prototype1

1.About Idea.WechatIMG56

This blushing mask is made for someone who is shy to talk to others(so a mask can protect her) but wants people to know that she is too shy to talk(blushing light means notice me and talk to me!).

2.circuit diagram & 2D prototype

Basically, the main part of the mask and the blush part are different kinds of fabric. The main part is harder and less transparent, the blushing part is softer and more transparent.

3. A reaaaaally rough prototype

soft pillow to freaky plush monster





So my plan making a nice soft pillow didn’t go so well.

I used thin strips of felt and stuff it together with fibrefill inside the silk pillowcase to hopefully illustrate a nice hazy night scene of the forest (like the photo to the left).

But those stripes look like worms and I couldn’t make a nice composition because everything was too soft. And so I crossed that idea out and redo the design.


It looks like a cute ugly blob I would want to hold at night, so thus, the construction begins.

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(1) I cut out the eyes and pillow case +  sewed the iris to the eye.

(2) Positioned where I want the eyes to go, hand-sewed them on + took a photo for reference.

(3) Hand-sewed & machine-sewed the pillow case. Stuff the fibrefill in

(4) Work out my light










Look at him; he has a heart :’) –>>

What I like about this design:
Contrast between two fabrics is shown

What I think I can do better:
My hand-sewing & machine-sewing techniques. Be smarter with lights.

The Nightlight monster at night:


  1. Fatter monster
  2. Add 2-3 more lights
  3. Reduce length of wires
  4. Close up Albert. (Yea, he’s Albert now).

Shoe Box – Plush Nightlight


Pattern (first one): After making this one I realized my original measurements were not working because the handle was too short and the sides were not rigid enough, I either have to put another material like wire or cardboard or make a second wall with fabric and then saw a division to create de angle to shift the direction of light towards the ground, the second wall would also serve as the battery and wires hiding space. So my new pattern should look something like the image below.



Prototype: After making the prototype I noticed the footprints were not as defined as I thought they would look, so I have to make another footprint hole on the back overlap and have it perfectly match with the original hole or change my fabric to one that diffuses light and cast shadows in a better way. Also, I made a tiny prototype which I think made it more difficult to get the dimensions and shadows right, however, it gave me an idea of how to add structure and how to play with shadows to make my light diffusion appear clearer.

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Circuit Diagram: I realized I don’t need bigger LEDs it could work with same size LEDs, I just have to make sure to pick the right fabric.