Introduction: Sketchbook for Cycling Jerseys

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I'm really into cycling! I ride my bicycle to school and if I'm not working on projects for school, than I'm probably working on one of my bicycle's. I'm also a productdesign student, so if you combine these two things together, the outcome is that I've created this little sketchbook with templates to design my own cycling jerseys!

Step 1: Things You Need for This Instructable:

- cutter, knife, exacto-knife, ...

- clear tape

- glue

- thin cardboard (the one I used was actually a box of cereals)

- the template that you'll find below

Step 2: Designing the Template in Adobe Illustrator - Ai

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To draw the template, I used the drawings from the Bioracer webpage. At this website, it's possible to design your own cycling jersey which they'll make for you.

I took a screenshot of the webpage which we'll need for the following step.

Before drawing anything, it is important to decide what the dimensions of your template will be. My sketchbook is 14 x 21.6 cm, so I took a template of 10 x 20 cm.

Then draw a rectangle of 10 x 20 cm in Illustrator and position the screenshot in it. Simply use the pen-tool to draw over the screenshot. TIP : draw one half of each screenshot and then use the mirror-function. I did this already, so if you want you can just print the template included in this Instructable.

If you want to draw this yourself, make sure your shorts are the same size as your cycling shirts!

Step 3: Printing and Glueing

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Print the template (or your own design) and glue it to the back of your cardboard. I glued the template on the not-printed side of the cardboard because that's the side where the glue would stick better. Then cut of the remaining of the cardboard and finish by putting on the clear tape on each side of the rectangle. This ensures that the paper will stick to the cardboard at all times and makes it also stronger.

Step 4: Cutting

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Now you need to cut out all the black lines of the template. I added those blue points on the templates. These were hand drawn and mark the spots where you DON'T cut away the black lines. This so that the template doesn't fall apart in several pieces. (see photo 3 and 4)

Step 5: Using the Template

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If you're templates are ready, you can use them in your sketchbook. Lay your sketchbook in portrait mode, as seen in photo 2,to get the best format. Photo 3 was the result after I used the templates and photo 4 is the end result when I connected all the lines.

Step 6: The End?

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That's it! You can store your templates at the back of the sketchbook. Also, make sure that when you use markers or anything with ink that you put an extra piece of paper beneath the page that you're drawing on. (so that you don't get that mess that I have - check the last photo)

As always, questions or remarks? Drop a comment below.

J.

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Bio: Product Design Student @ LUCA - School of Arts Genk.
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