How to Make a Soft Battery Holder (Power Board)
Learn how to make a soft battery holder with a soft, fabric pouch for holding a 3V battery. Select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials, taking into account their properties.  A .dxf file is available in order to laser cut the felt if doing a large quantity.

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Learn how to:

  • Make a soft component that can function as a battery holder within an e-textiles system.

Level of difficulty:

  • Intermediate - you will need some previous knowledge of e-textiles as well as some basic textiles knowledge

Materials & components you will need:

You will also need the following equipment:

  • Large eye needle.
  • Sewing machine (lock-stitch).
  • Optional laser cutter files (.dxf) (below).

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Stage 1

Cut out 2 fabric pockets.

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Stage 2

Attach conductive fabric to each pocket using Vilene Bondaweb.

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Stage 3

Hand stitch, using conductive thread, a connection between the conductive fabric and the inside of the pocket fabric. Make sure the conductive thread is attached to one of the conductive fabric strips for conductivity.

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Stage 4

Machine stitch the two pockets together using non-conductive thread making sure there is enough space inside for the 3V Coin Cell battery.

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Download the laser cuter files here (.dxf).

This project was funded by the European Regional Development Fund and produced by Nottingham Trent University's Secondary Design and Technology Education Department.

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