Debbie’s light up trapeze pants #WearableWednesday


Cute pants! Via Porc52 on Instructables.

Prepare to be fabulous and create a party wherever you go! Debbie’s trapeze pants are perfect for the trapeze artist that wants just a little extra shine. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Take them jogging, hula hooping, biking, or dancing! Wherever you end up, you will shine fabulously and bring the fun!

These pretty little things were produced in the Utah State University Craft Technologies Class, taught by professor Deborah Fields. A special thanks to Deborah Fields, and Janell and Tommy Amely for superior help with this project and always keeping things fabulous.

Note: This is an project that requires patients, sewing, and programming. It is totally doable with help from tutorials and maker spaces. These materials were purchased through I used Arduino, find here: as a programming platform.



  1. Leggings (We used a workout/yoga legging with a reinforced waist)
  2. Bias Tape
  3. Velcro
  4. Matching Tread
  5. Shear Ribbon
  6. Neopixels (26 used in this tutorial)
  7. *Gemma X 2 + Gemma Charger X 1
  8. Flora Accelerometer X 2
  9. Cat-5e Cable (found at your local electronics shop or second hand store)
  10. Battery X 2 (I used a 3.7V, 1200mAh)
  11. Conductive Thread
  12. USB mini cable
  13. Computer 🙂
  14. *USB Converter to program the Gemma. Gemma can only handle a USB 2. If you have a newer computer with a USB 3 you need to buy a converter. I did not have to do this.


  1. Wire Cutters/Strippers
  2. Sewing Needle
  3. Pins
  4. Soldering Iron
  5. Scissors
  6. Pencil
  7. Sewing Machine (optional)
  8. Helping 3rd Hand (optional)

Read the full tutorial here.



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