So my human mom (Chris) is part of a weekly Maker’s group. Each member can select a fun project as part of the group’s show-and-tell activity. She came across a light up hoodie for dogs on Instructables and decided to give it a try.
To get the LED lights to work, you need to sew in some conductive thread to the battery cell. Human mom didn’t have much patience to sew this at first. But after she got the hang of it, it became quite relaxing. Also, following the provided thread diagram really helped and it was pretty straightforward.
At first try, the light flashed for 3sec. then shut off. Took awhile to realize that a new battery was needed and it finally lit up. However, if the lights seemed to flicker during any movement of thread or sweater.
Some things that would help to include in the instructions:
– Best way to keep the wire / connectivity sturdy to prevent flickering. When switching on, sometimes the lights wouldn’t even work.
– Brief explanation on how the LEDs work (positive vs. negative)
– Offer advice on how to cover up the inside so as not to poke doggie with the LED ends? Maybe a patch?
Anyway…here is the end result (great for taking walks at night):