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). Check with ___ to get some of the LEDs I brought to class! Here are some recommended sources:
- Radio Shack
- Adafruit LEDs & battery packs
- Tinkersphere (physical store at 304 East 5th Street)
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 make a blog post about your creation, including a name and short backstory.
More plush toy sewing resources:
- 10 Adorable Stuffed Animals You Can DIY
- Tips for Making Toys
- The 5 Best Fabric Stores In New York according to CBS 2012
- Fabric stores list on Shop the Garment District
- Michael’s craft supply store 675 6th ave and 252 Atlantic Ave
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 and be ready to present it at next week’s in progress critique.