Blogging the #makered Ugly Sweater build: Step 1, materials

IMG_20141213_140651434I’ve challenged myself and the #makered chat folks to build an ugly sweater for Tuesday’s #makered chat.  I’m hoping I can knock this out in a couple of hours, so you’ll see more on this later today.  First things first, you need to gather materials.  For this project, I’m using the following:

  1. Long-sleeved Christmas themed shirt (not as ugly as I’d hoped, but hey, it will do.)
  2. Flora GPS kit. I probably won’t use the GPS module, but will use the Neopixels
  3. Conductive thread
  4. Scissors
  5. Needles
  6. Battery pack
Materials for ugly sweater project
The Flora in last year’s Christmas project

Things I wish I had:

  1. Sensors
  2. Speaker

Here’s my plan of action:

Using alligator clips, connect 3 neopixels and program the Flora to have the 3 lights blink in a pattern, perhaps with delay time.  Once I have the connections and programming worked out, I will arrange the lights and begin sewing them onto the shirt.  My plan is to put the Flora on the underside and the lights on the front.  That’s a little more challenging from a sewing standpoint, so we’ll see how that works out.  I’m not the greatest of seamstresses.  Check back in a couple of hours to see the progress.