How to Upcycle Clothes With Reflective Fabric to Get Flashy Designs

Meera Kaneria
by Meera Kaneria
6 Materials
40 Minutes

Have you ever considered using reflective fabric? It’s a super cool way to jazz up your clothing items and accessories. Whether you need it while out on the roads or you just want to add a touch of “wow,” then check out this tutorial on easy upcycled clothing ideas using this reflective material fabric strip.

Tools and materials:

  • Reflective fabric ribbon
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Black cap
  • White top
Gray reflective material fabric

Black cap with reflective fabric

Drawing a design on reflective fabric

1. Draw the design

I decided to add a funky patch on the front of my plain black cap. So, I hand drew the shape I wanted on the inside of the reflective fabric. Remember, the interior part is not reflective, so it’s best to draw on that side so you don’t mess with the reflective side.

Cutting out the lightning bolt shape

2. Cut your shape

Now, cut out your shape carefully. Here, I decided to go for a striking lightning bolt pattern. But, of course, you can decide on any design that you want. 

Applying glue to the patch

3. Stick on the piece

With your handy fabric glue, squeeze the glue onto the sides of the pattern and then focus on the inside area. Make sure it’s evenly distributed. 

Sticking the patch onto the cap

Now, carefully stick on the piece of reflective fabric, and ensure it’s centered. 

Reflective patch on a black cap

Easy upcycling ideas

Your cap is ready! It looks something like this when the lights are off. So cool and flashy - perfect for a fun night out. 

White top with reflective fabric

Drawing circles on the reflective fabric

1. Draw the design

Take your gray reflective fabric strip and draw various sized circles. 

Cutting out the fabric circles

2. Cut out the pieces

To cut the circles, simply fold the fabric and follow the outlines. 

Cut-out circles in reflective fabric

Here are all my cut-out circles. 

Placing newspaper between the fabric layers

3. Glue the pieces

Before you go ahead and glue on the pieces, put a newspaper between the fabric layers so that the glue doesn't seep to the bottom layer. 

Placing the circles to gauge the design

Then, place the circles on the top to form a rough idea of how your design will look. 

Gluing the circle pieces onto the top

Take your fabric glue and squeeze a fair amount on each of the circles. Then, glue down the circles. 

Reflective fabric design with the lights off

Reflective fabric design on a top

How to upcycle clothes with reflective fabric

Don’t you think it looks so mesmerizing? I love this, and it’s really one of my best easy, no-sew upcycling clothing ideas! Thanks for joining me, and I hope you enjoyed this fun step-by-step tutorial. And remember, keep it flashy! 

Suggested materials:
  • Reflective fabric ribbon
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
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