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
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Materials for ugly sweater project
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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.