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Pocket Reflectors for Cycling

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

Pocket Reflectors for Cycling

Sew some pants pocket reflectors to gain visibility for night cycling. They tuck into the pockets for storage and then flip out easily and quickly for riding.

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.

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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.

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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 (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”).


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