LED Holiday Card
Here is the process I used to create an e-textile holiday card with LEDs sparkling in the winter sky. I started with scraps of fabric left over from various projects. This included several cotton prints, white felt, and some heavy interfacing. The interfacing acted as a stabilizer for the card.
I sewed several pieces of fabric onto the interfacing to create a snowy landscape.
Using a decorative embroidery stitch, I sewed across the top of the white felt hills.
Then I glued on tiny little fabric triangles to represent evergreen trees.
To cover the raw edge, I sewed bias tape around the edges.
Then came my new adventure – soldering. I didn’t even know we had a soldering iron until my husband brought it in from the garage and showed me how to use it. To create the circuit for the LEDs, I used size 22 coated wire, solder, flux, a soldering iron, six white LEDs, and a 2032 coin cell battery. I used a wire cutter/stripper to cut the wire and strip off the plastic coating and needle nose pliers to help bend the wire.
Here is my first attempt at soldering. I am embarrassed at how messy it is, but it works.
Next I sewed the circuit on the back of the fabric card, cutting tiny holes for the LEDs. I stitched around each one to secure it to the fabric. The little pentagon of white felt is insulating two wires that were crossing and creating a short circuit.
I sewed the battery holder to the back of the card and slipped in the coin cell battery. The battery holder has an on/off switch so that the lights are not always on. The final card is shown below.