Purring Elephant Pillow

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Did you know that, like cats, elephants purr? That’s right. The largest land animals can communicate over long distances by making a low purring sound and vibrating the earth! In this project you are going to use a vibrating motor to make a project that purrs and shakes. What design do you want to make? Sketch out your design on paper.
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STEP 1

Based on your paper sketch, use a chalk pen to sketch the pieces of your character onto colored felt. Make sure to trace two copies of the main part that will house the circuit. One of them will be for covering the front of your circuit and one will be for the back.

STEP 2

Cut out all of these pieces.

STEP 3

Using fabric glue, glue all of the pieces together except the back piece. That is where you are going to sew your circuit.

STEP 4

Flip over the back piece of felt and glue the battery holder to the outside of the back sheet. Make sure that the positive side of the battery holder is facing toward the top of your project.

STEP 5

Flip the back piece of felt over so that what will be the inside of the back piece is facing you. Place the LilyPad Vibe Board here, on the opposite side of the felt piece from the battery holder. Make sure that the positive side of the Vibe Board, marked with a plus sign (+), is facing toward the top of the project.

STEP 6

Using conductive thread, sew through the piece. Attach the positive side of the Vibe Board to the positive side of the battery holder. Do the same with the negative side. Remember that the battery holder will be on the outside of the back of your project, and the motor will be on the inside of the project.

STEP 7

Using conductive thread, sew through the piece. Attach the positive side of the Vibe Board to the positive side of the battery holder. Do the same with the negative side. Remember that the battery holder will be on the outside of the back of your project, and the motor will be on the inside of the project.

STEP 8

Using fabric glue, glue the front of the project to the back piece of the project.

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Your safety is your own responsibility, including proper use of equipment and safety gear, and determining whether you have adequate skill and experience. Power tools, electricity, and other resources used for these projects are dangerous, unless used properly and with adequate precautions, including safety gear and adult supervision. Some illustrative photos do not depict safety precautions or equipment, in order to show the project steps more clearly. Use of the instructions and suggestions found in Maker Camp is at your own risk. Maker Media, Inc., disclaims all responsibility for any resulting damage, injury, or expense.

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