Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

E-Textile Soft Circuit

For the past two weeks we have been learning how to create soft circuits and e-textiles. In class we made pouches and learned how to sew LED lights into a sample heart and attached the battery as well. I personally know how to hand sew before hand but learning how to use the sewing and embroidery machine was a lot of fun. On my own, I ran into a few issues and kept having to start over because the thread kept getting caught even though I was following instructions. On my fourth try, It worked and I created the patch that I had wanted to make. My inspiration for this patch would be where I come from. My parents were born and raised in Pakistan and moved here after they were married. I was born here but I have always been raised in a rich cultured environment and I have visited my family back in Pakistan multiple times, almost ever 2-3 years which is fairly often. Growing up, I loved the rickshaws in Pakistan because they are so colorful and beautiful. They all have different color schemes and they’re all over the country. Its the “taxi” to get around anywhere and I love that its pretty specific to that area of the world. I ran into difficulty trying to design the patch on the computer as well. It took a while to get everything to be a certain color and while making the patch, I decided to changed the grey to purple because I thought it would be prettier and brighter which is what I was going for. 

Here is the sample patch from class: 


Here is my patch and in progress shots: 


I decided to put my LED lights on the top because at night rickshaws sometimes light up and it looks really pretty. I went with the color red because I though it would compliment my patch.


Here is my patch with LED lights: 



For my pouch, I decided to go with less colorful options because I really wanted my patch to stand out with the lights and colors. I chose multi fabric because I thought that would look pretty and make the patch stand out. On one side I did black and the other I did this checkered black and white pattern.


Here is sample in class pouch: 


Here is my pouch with my patch and a few progress shots:



Overall, I put a lot of time and thought into my project because I have always wanted to learn how to make patches and how to sew. This project came with a lot of bumps since there were so many parts to it however I am happy with my end product. At first sewing came easy with the sample but when doing the end project, it was a bit tougher but it definitely taught me a lot about how to use the machines and such. One thing I wish I had done would be to cut the fabric smaller, I thought my fabric was pretty small but then after sewing it, i realized it was actually too big. I am most proud of my patch because it turned out exactly how I wanted it. If I had more time, I would change the size of the bag. It was fun to see how I can make something I want to make thru embroidery. I’ve always wanted patches for my jean jackets but i never knew how to make them so this is something I’m very excited about.