E-Textiles II

Technology is all around us in our daily lives, and we augment our own senses and experiences with tech like smartphones and smart watches, but how could we integrate those electronics into our clothes?

E-Textiles II covers the design and fabrication of basic soft wearable sensors from a range of materials as well as integrating these sensors with Arduinos.

Each attendee will be able to bring their sensors home with them! Kits will provide you with everything you need to make a tilt sensor and a pressure sensor. Materials will also be provided to prototype other types of sensors.

Kevin Thies | Co-Lab Technician
Kevin's mother was a seamstress, but he was taught how to sew at a workshop much like this one when he studied architecture. Since then, he's sewn costumes, perplexing plushies, and alien installations with reckless abandon. His favorite hand tool and machine at the Co-Lab is the heat gun and laser cutters, respectively

About Course


  • Quick Recap: Hand Sewing and Circuits
  • Basics of Sensors
  • Material Overview
  • Sew your Sensors
  • Test your Sensors


  • Understand the basics of sensors
  • Improvise sensors with purpose-made and household materials


Sewable circuit kit (provided):
* Thread
* Conductive thread
* Coin battery
* Sewable LED lights
* Sewable battery holder
* Felt
* Velostat
* Copper Tape
* Metal Snaps
* Size 4 needle
* Needle Threader

Additional tools:
* Arduino
* Multimeter
* Scissors
* Fabric Glue
* Seam Ripper
* Tailor's Chalk


E-Textiles I and Introduction to Arduino are both recommended


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This class is part of our Mechatronics & Hardware Track

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