As we continue experimenting with sewn-circuits, I decided to try out making a bow tie. I found a basic pattern online and used it for my first try. I did encounter a few hiccups... sewing can be a bit tricky if your out of practice.
- Make sure your pattern is the right size ( I printed mine a bit too small - insert more fabric somewhere in the middle)
- Cut an at least a half inch away from the pattern (somehow I forgot all about this! - now I have a really thin tie)
Like any circuit you have to make sure you positive and negative routes do not cross. Keeping this in mind, I decided to make two sides to my tie. The back would be my plain side and the front would have the circuit. This ended up being super important!
I used some conductive fabric instead of thread as I wanted to reduce some of the sewing for my first try. ( I couldn't figure out how to put the conductive thread in the machine...) I wanted my circuit to be decorative so making it on the front was a great idea.
After I completed attaching the battery back and sewing the two sides together I had to one more thing to do... figure out how to tie a bow tie. Fifteen minutes later I gave up trying to tie it on myself. Luckily Ryoko has a small neck and was around for me to practice on.
I left putting the LEDs on as the last thing to do. I didn't want them to get in the way when it came to tying and I wasn't sure where I should put them. This is also where having two sides proved beneficial. If my lights didn't light up I knew my "wires" were crossing. I slipped a few lights under the conductive fabric and it lit up!
I was so happy it worked! I will probably make a second one and share more pictures of the process. What do you think? Would you wear my neon green circuit bow tie?