This course is heavily based in materials. I will provide samples for you to experiment with, but you will be responsible for purchasing materials for individual projects. Look at the materials page for much more.

Please purchase the tools, materials, and hardware under “Required” ASAP and bring them to every class.



  • Embroidery needles (like these)
  • Scissors
  • X-acto Knife
  • Paint brushes
  • Ruler
  • Seam ripper
  • Multimeter
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small needle nose pliers (such as those used for jewelry making like this kit)
  • Wire snips
  • Wire strippers
  • Tweezers
  • Alligator clips
  • Soldering iron (this can be a cheap iron, nothing fancy like this or even a USB power one like this)
  • Straight pins


  • Paper (range of weights, colors, textures, etc e.g. tracing, vellum, cardstock, etc.)
  • Assortment of fabric (muslin or cotton is fine)
  • Tape (single, double sided, and/or glue dots)
  • Masking tape
  • Clear nail polish
  • Copper tape (1/8 – 1/4″ width with conductive adhesive)
  • Heat’N’Bond (you can buy in pairs and split this)
  • Fabric glue
  • Thread
  • Beeswax (for threading conductive thread or you can get a regular needle threader)




  • Snap tool (like this one)
  • Knitting needles
  • Crochet hooks (also available in Making Center)
  • Knitting machine or loom
  • Felting needles
  • Small loom (weaving)
  • Regular iron


  • Metal snaps
  • Wool roving
  • Metal zippers
  • Hook + loop
  • Velcro
  • Ribbon
  • Stuffing
  • Polymorph or Sugru
  • Yarn
  • Small Neodynmium Magnets (you can get these from AI Friedman, the Container Store (look in the office section), or online)


  • Accelerometer/Compass Sensor
  • Flora Color Sensor
  • Flora UV Index Sensor
  • Flora RGB Smart NeoPixel
  • Adafruit GEMMA MO
  • Chibitronics Starter Kit (if you like working with paper)
  • Vibration motors
  • ATtiny 84 (14 pins)


Sewing Machine (Making Center or Sven)

Variety of conductive fabrics
Variety of conductive threads

N-Channel MOSFET
Components in the p comp lab