LED Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Quiet Book Page

I’m so excited to be working with e-textiles again! (The robot page was my first effort.) Quiet books and LEDs can really be a perfect pairing. I really like to include a lot of interaction into my page designs, and what better to add than working lights?

This is a very simple e-sewing project – a perfect one to start with if you want to get the hang of it. And better yet? SparkFun has provided me with 3 $50 gift certificates so you can load up on supplies and create some LED projects of your own! Head to the bottom of the post to enter.

If you aren’t feeling up to the LEDs. this page works great without them. The main activity is a create-your-own jack-o-lantern face with pieces that hide inside the pumpkin.

This is the first in a series of pages I am doing for all 4 seasons. I’ll be doing one regular page and one holiday page for each season.

The beautiful felt for this page is provided by American Felt and Craft. See that beautiful aqua blue with swirls of cobalt it it? When I received samples of their newest colors, I HAD to change my background for this page to Pool Party. It is the perfect twilight sky color. It reminds me of when the sun has just barely set on Halloween night and you go out on the porch to light the candles in your jack-o-lanterns. Perfect. AF&C is having a giveaway on their Facebook page. Hurry and check it out!

What I used:

Start by cutting everything out. Lay the pumpkin silhouettes at the top of a full black sheet of felt and cut away the negative space above them. (See photos.) Pin it on to the blue background, leaving the top loose so you can flip it down if you are adding the wiring and LEDs.

E-Sewing: Start by basting your battery holder in place as shown under the black felt near the edge of your page. Thread your needle with conductive thread and tie a knot in the end. 1. Come up through the top + (positive) hole and make several strong stitches through it. Using the white ghost shape as a guide, do a running stitch up to where the button will be (so that the stitches will hide under the ghost.) Stitch several times through the button board as shown. Tie off  your thread with a knot, making sure the tail is short and can’t touch other threads. 2. Start a new conductive thread and make several stitches through the other hole of the button board. Stitch a running stitch over to the + hole of the first LED and make several stitches in the hole. Continue the + (positive) thread as shown until you’ve gone through all the + holes in a chain. Tie off with a knot and trim the tail. 3. Start a new conductive thread and make several stitch in the top –  (negative) hole of the battery holder. Running stitch over to the negative hole of the first LED and make several stitches. Continue the – (negative) thread as shown until you’ve gone through all the + holes in a chain. Tie off with a knot and trim the tail. 4. Insert a battery into the holder and test the button.

Pumpkin Silhouettes: Lay the black pumpkin shapes down over the LEDs and press the button to see where they are. Cut tiny rectangles for the LEDs to shine through. Stitch around the holes to fortify them, and stitch the short sides of the hole down to the page so the holes don’t move out of place. Stitch around all the pumpkins, but leave the straight section between the far right pumpkin and the edge of the page unstitched.

       

Cut a square of felt to be the lining of the little flap you left unstitched over the battery holder. Add half of  snap to the edge of the page (leave room for the edge seam) and add the other half to the lining. Sew the lining in using a blanket stitch on the two exposed edges and baste along the other two. (I basted by making long stitches on the inside of the flap and tiny stitches on the visible side.)

Ghost Button: Sew a scrap of black felt on to be your ghost’s mouth. I made mine a happy ghost. For his eyes, I made curved stitches. Find a white button with a convex back (so that the back curves out like the bottom of a bowl.) Test placing the button on top of the LilyPad button board and pressing lightly. If it turns on the lights, you have a winner. Sew the button in place on the ghost so it lines up with the button board, then sew around the ghost to secure him the the page.

Pumpkin: Sew the stem down to the page. I didn’t bother sewing the base of the stem, as it gets hidden under the pumpkin. Take your orange pumpkin piece and sew a running stitch to indicate all the folds in its shape. I used an orange-brown thread. Sew some yellow hook & loop tape to the inner yellow pumpkin piece (see the pocket photo below.) Pin the two layers together and sew a blanket stitch along the outside of the far right segment of pumpkin. (You’ll be sewing the opening of the pocket. Mine went from the bottom of the far-right fold line to the top of it. Pin the pieces to the page and sew around the rest attaching it to the page as a pocket. Sew some black hook & loop tape down to the page so it lines up with the yellow.

Jack-O-Lantern Pieces: For each jack-o-lantern piece, I sewed the yellow shape down to some black felt using a running stitch. Cut out around the shape so that the black is a bit wider than the yellow. Cut another piece of black felt to match and sew it on as a backing.

 

Jax adores this page and really loves making different emotions with the face shapes. He spent a whole bedtime routine the first night saying “He’s mad!!” and laughing hysterically over his memory of the smile turned upside down. You could add shapes of your own. There is plenty of room in the pocket!

  

The Good Stuff

I’m excited to announce a really great giveaway! I reached out to SparkFun recently because I think e-textiles are a really great match for quiet books. My next page will be very interactive and provide feedback to the child while they play. SparkFun has generously offered up three $50 gift certificates to their online store. (You will need to have at least $50 pre-tax and pre-shipping in your cart for the code to work.)

To enter, leave a comment on the blog post below. Make sure you include your email address in the right field so I can contact you if you win.

The Boring Stuff: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstake is open to those age 18 and older. Entries must be received between 12:01am 10/24/2012 and 12:01 10/31/2012. Three (3) winners will be chosen on 10/31/2012 and will each win one (1) $50 code for sparkfun.com. The codes require that you have at least $50 pre-tax and pre-shipping in your cart to work. International shipping charges and fees may apply. See the SparkFun website for details. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. If a potential winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, the prize will be re-awarded, at the sweepstake host’s sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded. Neither Imagine Our Life, prize sponsor SparkFun nor their affiliates will have any liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by any prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize or participation in this promotion. Acceptance of a prize shall be construed as the winners’ consent to having their first name and last initial posted on the sponsor’s site following the contest duration. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Good luck! If you sew this page, with or without the LEDs, please send a photo or post it on the Facebook page. I’d love to see it!

71 thoughts on “LED Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Quiet Book Page

  1. Chrissie Brett

    Looking awesome (as usual) no wonder Jax adores it. I wonder if I will have time to finish it for Macey before the 31st?? Cant believe our little ones will be three in as many months. Thank you once again for sharing your talent. <3

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  2. Heidi Nelson

    I would love to be able to make these books even more interactive. I’m working on a series of kitchen pages and thought it would be fun to put a light in the oven or on the camping pages to add an orange colored light to the campfire.

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  3. Victoria Sibbett

    Ilove this page. I will be making this one after halloween though but it looks AMAZING!!! And I will be using the LED

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  4. Rebekah Sunwoo

    How fun! The LED lights really add something special to this holiday page! Would love to try it myself 🙂

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  5. Andrea

    That is a great page, I have been looking at different Halloween pages to make. I can’t wait to find the time to work on one from my daughter.

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  6. Sheila Grimm

    Wonderful just like everything you do!!!!! I can’t wait to try to LEDs. Hope I can figure it out.

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  7. Kate Lane

    Fantastic. This looks like a great first page to try sewing with electronic components. Can’t wait to give it a try!

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  8. DIANNE

    What another wonderful page I make some these for my grandchildren but have not tried to source LEDs where I live.

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  9. Alyssa Galvas

    I LOVE this page! I can’t wait to give it a try- I agree with you that the LEDs and quiet book pages were definitely made for one another :]

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  10. Sarah Turner

    Love your quiet book pages! My daughter and i love everything about fall and we can’t wait to add this page to our quiet book!

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  11. Carolyn Prince

    What an innovative twist on the art of quiet books! I’d love to try incorporating LED’s into my work. Stephanie’s robot page blew me away, as did this pumpkin page.

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  12. hazel

    wow.. such creative touch with the LEDs.. the possibilities are endless in a quiet book – christmas trees, dollhouse.. candles on birthday cakes..

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  13. Colleen S

    Wow! This page is amazing. You have really outdone yourself. I’m also wondering if I can finishe this before Halloween…
    Fingers crossed I’ll be a winner and can try out this fun LED stuff.

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  14. Sarah

    I love that you use black and yellow to make the face look like a real jack o lantern. All the pages you make are great!

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  15. Lorena

    I just love your books! I completed my first page (stovetop) and my son adores it and looks forward to the “special” times when he gets to play with it. Your pumpkin page is amazing (slightly intimidated with the LED lights) think I’ll give it a try though with your easy to follow instructions and great pics. thank you again for sharing your creativity and directions!

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  16. Brandy

    Awesome page! Not sure if I’m brave enough to try the LED lights, but winning a prize would be incentive to try! Thanks for sharing

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  17. Lauren

    Hi, I LOVE,LOVE ,LOVE your quiet book pages. I have just finished the snad castle page( see my blog) and want to start on the Castle Pupet Theatre. I really like you pumpkin page.We do not do Haloween in my country but I am sure my kids will love the page anyway. Not sure where to get the LED lights but there must be someplace here that sells them I look forward to the other pages in your seasons

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  18. Luna

    I was willing to make a quiet book for my daughter for a loooong time but never knew where to start. I found your website and I finally bought the felt, I hope it works out well with your patterns and ideas, thanks!!! wish me luck 🙂

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  19. Loree

    I loved your robot page and this one is equally awesome! I can only imagine what more fun you can create with LED’s! I’d love to be able to try out the supplies to make these pages, thanks so much for the opportunity to win them!

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  20. Alicia

    I would love to try LED quiet book pages… I’m thinking of Christmas lights! Your Jack-o-lantern is amazing!

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  21. Jennifer

    I just love your quiet books, I’ve been following you on Pinterest for some time, they are just amazing! And this one is so neat, I know my daughter would love it. Thanks for the great inspiration!

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  22. Kelsey

    As always another fabulous layout!! I loved working on the robot page with the LED’s and can’t wait to try out this one as well!!! Thank you for always sharing your amazing work!!

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  23. Erin

    I love your quiet book pages! I am in the process of making one for my newborn but I intend to use some of your templates for my 2 1/2 year old’s christmas present! Thank you for all you do!

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  24. sharon duerson

    I love your pages, specially the one’s with lights, looking forward to making the pages for my grandkids. Really appreciate your great tutorials and thank you for sharing them with us!

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  25. Nicole

    Wow, I wish I had all the extra time to create all these fun pages you do for your son! He’s truly blessed to have such an amazing mom. I’ve been amazed by the shear creativity and adding electronic led to the pages gives an extra fun bonus for your little one and helps them gain more curiosity on how it works. I love and adore this fun Halloween page. This would be fun to do with your airport, cooking, stove, pages you’ve created already. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance.
    Nicole

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  26. Jennifer F

    I love this! I was super intimidated by the robot page but this one looks a little easier… It’s worth a shot, right?

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