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Pocket Reflectors for Cycling

Whip up some pants pocket reflectors to gain visibility for night cycling.

Steps

Step #1:

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Gather tools and materials.

Step #2:

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  • Create a paper or cardboard template that fits inside your pants' back pocket.
  • Add 3" at the top for the fold-over flap.

Step #3:

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Cut around your template through two layers of fabric with its right sides together.

Step #4:

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  • Stitch around most of the edges, leaving the short flat "top" open.
  • Invert and press.

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  • Fold over the top of the flap and stitch across both layers twice.
  • Run a zigzag stitch over the raw edge to prevent fraying.

Step #6:

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Draw your design on the back of the reflective vinyl and cut out the shapes.

Step #7:

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Affix the adhesive-backed vinyl to the fabric flap.

Step #8:

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  • Tuck the short part of the flap into your back pocket.
  • Secure the flap to the body of the jeans from within the pocket with two safety pins.

Step #9:

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Wear outside at night while you ride your bike!

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”).