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Posted by Laura 09/10/2017 0 Comment(s) Sewing,Vinyl,

I just want to be safe from all the cars, when I bike. So here's how I made a reflective hood on my biking helmet and my backpack. As usual, the text and pictures are down below.

So here's the end result: 

And this is how I got there:

I started out by making a pattern on top of my biking helmet. I used an A3 sized paper that I attached on top of my helmet, precisely on the middle so that I could cut it on fold. After that I taped the rest of that paper down by the rim of my helmet. I got a rectangular shape and a round shape with a V cut out of it on the top. Then I measured how much the circumference of the helmet cover would be and made a rectangular based on that. 

First I took out my heat press and made some reflective images on my fabric pieces, on the right side. After that I sewed the V shape close, then added the round shapes onto the wider and shorter rectangular shape. Once the hood was looking like a hood, I added the rim pattern piece folded in half onto it, so that it would create a place for the elastic. I measured around my helmet so that the elastic would fit tightly, and fed it through the rim piece. After I zig zagged the elastic band onto itself, I was done! Such an easy project. 

The cover for my backpack looked a lot more simple BUT it was actually the more time-consuming piece to make, since I decided to use velcro. My machine hates velcro so much, that I had to take it apart, clean it, change the needle and re-thread the whole machine to get it to cooperate with me. I even went as far as to sew one of the velcros on by hand, but it looks horrible and it would have taken too much time to sew all of them by hand. 

If you don't have additional straps on your backpack like I do, you can just make this using only the elastics so that it attaches onto the straps around your shoulders and the handle most backpacks have for carrying it in one hand. 

I must say, since it is October and very dark that I have an October challenge for you: make yourself something reflective!! Please, be safe! :)

So that is all for today. Thank you for stopping by, don't forget to DIY! :)

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