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Review: LED Sewing Kit from for Craft Test Dummies

I reviewed the LED Sewing Kit from on Craft Test Dummies!

Craft Product Review: LED Sewing Kit from

If you’re looking to add a little extra shine to your needlework and sewing projects, you’ll definitely want to check out this LED Sewing Kit from Becky at Even if you don’t have previous experience with creating circuits, don’t worry—the kits are easy to use and yield great results. Before I started this review, I’d never used conductive thread or LEDs in any of my projects, but I didn’t have any trouble getting started. Plus, at $10 each, the LED Sewing Kits are an inexpensive way to delve into working with sewable electronics, no extra tools (or big investments) required!

What I loved:
1. The instructions were web-based, including a thorough photo tutorial, a chart explaining how to make the circuit, a sample embroidery pattern, and a YouTube video walking you through the complete process

If you like my LED firefly pattern and want to stitch one of your own, you can download it here for free!

Head on over to Craft Test Dummies to read the full review!

Pattern: Firefly Jar LED Embroidery Pattern

Pattern: Firefly Jar LED Embroidery Pattern | The Zen of Making

When my friend Becky from sent me samples of her awesome LED sewing kits to try out, I did what any girl in my position would do: I designed a firefly jar embroidery pattern that actually lights up, of course!

Now, here’s where it gets really good:
Because you guys are so darn swell, TZoM readers can download a free copy of the PDF pattern right here!

Let’s get stitching:

* Firefly Jar embroidery pattern (download the PDF here)
* Embroidery floss in white, dark gray, dark green, medium green, light green, light blue, brown, and black
* Navy blue fabric
* Heavy-weight interfacing or t-shirt stabilizer
* LED Embroidery Kit from (optional)

* 5″ embroidery hoop
* Embroidery needle
* Scissors
* Iron
* Ironing board
* Carbon/pattern transfer paper
* Tracing tool or pen

Step 1
Reinforce your fabric with interfacing or stabilizer, then transfer the pattern onto the fabric using pattern transfer paper and a tracing tool.

Step 2
The entire pattern will be worked in backstitch.

Once the pattern is fully transferred, backstitch along each line, completing all of the stitches in one color before moving onto the next.

Step 3
If you’d like to add lights to your project, you can pick up an LED Embroidery Kit from, then visit the instruction page to learn how to stitch your circuit. One kit will contain everything you need to add two LED lights to one project.

Step 4
Use your favorite finishing technique to secure any excess fabric in place behind the hoop, then proudly display your completed piece.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the free pattern!

Want to know more about LED sewing kits?
Check out my review on Craft Test Dummies!


A special thanks goes out to my husband, who went to art school, and is thus faster and better at Illustrator than I ever will be. This design wouldn’t exist if it hadn’t been for his patient help.