Back when I was a courier, I made myself a big hi-vis badge for my chic black Timbuk2 bag. It was a great success as I haven't been hit by any absent minded motorists yet, which i attribute to being highly visible, as well as taking care - there's no substitute for safe cycling. The badges are sewn together from scraps of hi-vis vests, which seem to be abundant these days. I then sew them onto the outdoor skin of the bag, taking care not to penetrate the waterproof inner. You can also use velcro to make the badge detachable.

I've made a dew of these to different designs, so forgive the mish-mash of photos in this instructable.

I make these up to order at www.zero-waste.co.uk 

Step 1: What you need

1 x hi-vis vest, of the sort worn by roadworkers, and now, any kind of pedestrian or cyclist prone to being hit by a vehicle! These cost about £5, or much less in bulk or from an industrial supplier such as this one. Most workplaces could get you some.
1 x reel of thick thread, preferably synthetic and a needle.
  A pair of scissors, pen or chalk and a ruler and square.
  This .svg layout sheet 
  Some Dress pins
  A sewing machine.
  Optionally: sew-on velcro. (approx. 1m per badge)

UPDATE - Have had to remove the .svg file link from here as apparently it never worked! See the link above for the .svg layouts.
great workwear only at <a href="http://www.embroideredimage.co.uk" rel="nofollow">Embroidered workwear</a>
You can get really cheap hi vis from anyway these days. I picked one up for less than &pound;2 from my local screen printers (http://www.woveninc.com/) last week.
This is kind of a cool idea! Then you don't have to necessarily wear a <a href="http://www.amerisafe.net" rel="nofollow">hi-viz safety vests</a> but you would be safe and seen! It would be most smart to wear both! Then you would be sure to be seen! Thanks for sharing this creative idea!
Custom <a href="http://www.tendersave.co.uk/workwear/high-visibility/jackets.html" rel="nofollow">high visibility jackets </a>too :)
Love it! Always the <a href="http://www.tendersave.co.uk/workwear/high-visibility.html" rel="nofollow">high visibility </a>love going around!
Very nice, makes us riders more visible with stylish effects....
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Superb idea to get an individual style. Loads of bargain hi viz goodies at <a href="http://www.aplclothing.co.uk" rel="nofollow">APL Clothing</a>
Never thought I'd see Hi Vis become fashionable but you guys have really ran with it!
Came across www.suttonsafety.com site based in the midlands they offer good discount on a lot of Hi Vis workwear<br> <br> Bagged me a Bargain Hi vis vests ONLY &pound;3 Incuding P&amp;P!! <a href="http://www.suttonsafety.com" rel="nofollow">http://www.suttonsafety.com</a><br> <br> If your in the UK I can highly recommend them.
Hi everyone<br> <br> I found this great new site the other day with loads of low cost <a href="http://www.workwearone.co.uk/">Hi Vis clothing and workwear</a> <a href="http://www.workwearone.co.uk/">dickies workwear site</a>, I brought some <a href="http://www.workwearone.co.uk/product.php/113/dickies-childrens-safety-waistcoat">childrens hi vis vest</a> from them, customer service was great and they were the cheapest on the web.<br> <br> Well worth a try! :)<br>
You can get cheap hi vis vests from here <a href="http://www.workwearexpress.com/">workwear</a>
Hi rikwwe, your absolutely right, they are a good resource for cheap hi vis vests, but I have always used these people for my <a href="http://www.krowmarkworkwear.com/">workwear</a> because they have always been very good to me. They also supply really good trousers from 'dickies'
Great idea. You can pick up a cheap hi vis vest for less than &pound;2. I bought mine from <a href="http://www.stepaheadworkwear.co.uk/">step ahead</a>. If you're from the UK I highly recommend them.
not long after reading this I spotted a safety vest along a 55mph two lane road I travel a lot ,pulled over as soon as i could and walked back the 1/8 mi, and grabbed it.,I was giggling all the way home, it was in very good shape but I cut it up anyhow and sewed all the reflective tape to a &quot; duluth pack&quot; I made from an ible by Tim Anderson (got that material off that same road ),the poor thing is already as ugly as an old shoe so I just sewed the tape on in roughly vertical stripes got 5 2&quot; x 18&quot; strips with 2&quot; spaces in between the pattern covers an approximately 20&quot; square I should be visible from space,,,:) ,it relay does just glow in a light beam ,,, great ible ,,,thank you for sharing
Great post.<br /> <br /> If you live in the UK &amp; can beat the Polish builders to Lidl on the 3rd of June, you can get Hi-Viz vests for &pound;1.99<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/lidl_uk/hs.xsl/index_11193.htm" rel="nofollow">www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/lidl_uk/hs.xsl/index_11193.htm</a><br /> <br /> <br />
what program do you need to open an .svg file?<br />
Its a vector image so I use Illustrator or Inkscape for .svg s. They can also be viewed in Firefox.<br />
this links to <br /> <br /> http://www.instructables.com/files/orig/FKH/RDKP/G7YG3EWG/FKHRDKPG7YG3EWG.tmp<br /> <br /> not a layouts.svg<br /> <br /> <br />
Cheers for letting me know! Can't get the download to work here at Instructables so have put up a link to the file on my own site.<br />
&nbsp;Really good idea. You can get dirt cheap high vis jackets from IKEA that would, i think about &pound;2 each.<br /> <br /> Out of interest, the bag you used for this, what size/style was it? I'm struggling to judge from the dodgy looking photos on the site!<br /> <br /> :)<br />
Where do you find this magical market everyone (even some of my fellow Americans, I think) talks about? There's no such thing in far northern Minnesota.<br />
Try calling <a rel="nofollow">Lowes</a> or Home Depot, or a local lumberyard if you have one within driving distance.&nbsp; Here, they're in the contractor section of the stores.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> If you have a fabric store, they might carry the reflective tape.&nbsp; Joann's does, not sure about Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Wally World.<br />
Well sure, if you want to do it the easy way, check other stores. But I was asking about the magical land of Ikea. ;)<br />
I don't know what brand of bag is shown in these pictures - was a while ago. I have one on my large Timbuk2 bag.
Clever idea.&nbsp; If you can't find the vest, sewing stores may carry <a href="http://www.identi-tape.com/iron-on.html" rel="nofollow">silver</a>, yellow, white, orange or red <a href="http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?CATID=cat2865&amp;PRODID=xprd1002332" rel="nofollow">reflective tape</a>.&nbsp; It runs about $3 for a 1&quot; x 5' roll at Joann's.<br />
&nbsp;Very Good! &nbsp;Being visible on a bike is 1/2 the battle and you've succeeded with style and panache. &nbsp;I salute you!<br /> <br /> I dream of a day when bags are no longer black, and the cases for phones, etc., that are carried in them are no longer black either. &nbsp;I don't know how many times I have &quot;lost&quot; items inside black bags only to find them when, in a fit of desperation: &quot;I know I put it in there&quot;, I turn the bag over and dump all contents only to discover the lost item was right where I put it in the first place. &nbsp;Black bags and cell phone and mp3 cases and eyeglass cases and etc., should outlawed.<br /> <br /> Black was &quot;cool&quot; about 30 years ago. &nbsp;Apple tried and failed to change the paradigm by making everything white. &nbsp;Can we just have some color, please?<br /> <br /> There... I feel better now.<br />
Nice 'ible-&nbsp;&nbsp;Recently, while riding a motorcycle I was run off the road by by a driver who didn't see me.&nbsp;

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