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Learn how to sew some pants pocket reflectors to gain visibility for night cycling in this week’s CRAFT Video. They tuck into the pocket for storage and then flip out easily and quickly for riding.

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For this project you need:

  • pants with back pockets
  • fabric scraps in a coordinating color
  • 3M Scotchlite Plus Retroreflective Vinyl
  • paper or cardboard
  • pen/pencil
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • sewing machine
  • rotary cutter/cutting mat (optional)

Check out the complete how-to on Make: Projects

Reflective vinyl is available in many colors and shines bright white under headlights. Here’s a flash picture of my bike, partially wrapped with the incredible stuff:

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • Emily

    Thanks for the great tutorial and video! I’ve been working on getting my bike operational and safe recently and this would be a perfect project for me to tackle. One question though, where do you find the reflective tape?

  • Becky Stern

    Click the link in the materials list for one source!

  • Emily

    Thanks! I feel so silly because I saw the link right after I made my comment…opps! So embarrassing :P Keep up the great work, your content is truly valuable to the DIY community!