You can help make your child safer by sewing reflective lettering onto his jacket, Halloween costume or other outer wear. Reflective lettering is made form a type of material that reflects light. It will make sure your child is seen easily by cars after dark or in adverse weather. It is one great way to keep your child safe when they are outside.
Using Reflective Lettering
Reflective lettering is particularly popular for Halloween costumes since trick or treating is usually done near dusk time and it can be hard for cars to see small children running about. However, it can be used at many other times of the year, too. You can sew on reflective lettering to your child's jacket, coat, hat and even mittens. One great thing about reflective lettering is that your child is likely to think it is cool, so it will not be a hassle to get them to wear clothing with it sewn on.
How to Sew on Reflective Lettering
Reflective lettering is pretty simple to use. You can sew it on by hand or use a machine. It is rather thick, so be sure to use a needle that can handle bulky fabric. The material is actual a plastic with a light fabric backing. You will want to make sure it is securely sewn on so it does not fall off or can be easily torn off. You should sew around the letter completely to ensure it is secure.
- Besides reflective lettering, you can use reflective strips.
- You can add reflective lettering to anything, from pillow cases to book bags.
- Use thread that matches the thread on the material when sewing it on. This just looks better.
- You can also try gluing on pieces. Be careful, though, to use a fabric glue or you could cause damage to the item.
Using reflective lettering is a great idea for children who walk to school, have a paper route or who play outside a lot. Cars can not easily see children if they were to run out in the road, but when the light hits the reflective lettering it allows the driver to see them or at least catches their attention and causes them to slow down. Adding some reflective lettering to your child's clothing is a good safety precaution and it is easy enough that anyone can do it.
If you don't already have one, buy a used sewing machine and make sure that you will enjoy and stick with it. As you learn the techniques and become skillful, you may decide to spring for a new machine later.
Focus on learning one sewing skill at a time. Become good at that technique, then move along and learn the next.
Become acquainted with the tools you will need to become good at sewing. As you master one tool, start practicing with another and the first thing you know, you will be a sewing master!