November 6, 2012 AT 12:00 am

Make Touchscreen Gloves with Conductive Yarn

Touchscreen gloves 1

It’s getting cold outside! Time to upgrade your gloves to operate your touchscreen phone without taking them off. Conductive yarn is easy to work with, just thread your needle and build up a few stitches on the spot of the glove that touches the phone during use. Leave tails on the inside to make a good connection to your skin, and enjoy! 

Touchscreen gloves 2

Touchscreen gloves 3

Here’s a video tutorial I made for this project at CRAFT.


stainless-yarn

Stainless Thin Conductive Yarn / Thick Conductive Thread – 35 ft

This 316L stainless steel thread falls somewhere between a thick thread and a thin yarn. Most sewing machines wouldn’t be happy with this thread since its thick, and it has the ‘furry’ soft feel of yarn which makes it poor for most e-textiles/wearables projects. However, the high conductivity and softness make it a great thread for making iPhone gloves!

Sew a couple inches into the pad of your gloves to keep your hands toasty while you use your iPhone, iPad or any other device with a ‘capacitive’ touch screen. Because capacitive sensors sense your finger through conductivity, not pressure, they don’t work when you wear your gloves – they act as insulators.


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1 Comment

  1. Our hackerspace (Make Lehigh Valley) is thinking about doing a workshop for this. If you are in the Lehigh Valley of PA, watch MakeLehighValley.com for more info.

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