Get crafty with us

I'd never claim to be "crafty." It's true, there are balls of yarn and half-finished scarves in my closet. There are piles of magazines in my garage, ready to be turned into... something. Someday.

Luckily, there's hope for me (and all neophyte crafters among us). Seattle Bicycle Expo, coming up in a few short days, offers ample opportunity for DIY-ers looking for bikey inspiration.

Drop by Cascade's booth (on the second floor of the venue, near the photo exhibit) and let our awesome experts show you how to turn a cast-off into a cycling cap, make your own reflective vest and customize your ride. Here's the line-up:

DIY Toolkit
with Jessie Kwak of http://bicitoro.wordpress.com/
Saturday, 10 10:30 a.m. & 11 11:30 a.m.

Learn how to make an oil cloth tool roll. It's a customizable project that can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Printouts will be available, so you can try it out yourself once you get home.

Scraping out your bike
with Kat Sweet of Cascade Bicycle Club
Saturday, 12:30 1:30 p.m.

The first "scraper bikes" cruised out of the East Bay Area a couple years ago. They're bikes that have been “tricked out” in spray paint, aluminum foil, glitter and duct tape, becoming unique expressions of their riders. Practice on our wheels before making your own.

Make a cycling cap
with Made Sewing Studio
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Take an old tweedy blazer, skirt or pair of pants from the back of your closet turn it into a stylish cycling cap.

Let’s Get Visible! Reflective Vest and Patch-making Workshop
with Amy Walker from Momentum Magazine
Sunday, 1 – 3 p.m.

Off-the-shelf options that combine visibility and style are limited. Amy Walker wants to help you create a reflective artwork to wear while you ride. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own reflective bling!