How to Make Custom Shoulder Pads

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How to Make Custom Shoulder Pads
Shoulder pads are common in women's business suits. (professional woman image by nutech21 from

Shoulder pads enhance the look of your posture while making your waist and hips appear smaller. They create a look of confidence, which made them popular in women's business suits and fashions in the 1980s. As of the year 2010, the popular fashion trend is still going strong, improving the look of women's frames in a variety of outfits. Making your own custom shoulder pads to add to your wardrobe allows you to experience a fashion trend that celebrities like Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Carrie Underwood enjoy.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pair of pantyhose
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Foam material
  • Fabric glue
  • 2 Safety pins

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  1. 1

    Measure from the toe of one leg of the pantyhose, up about five inches. Cut the foot part of the nylons away at this measuring point. Repeat with the other foot of the pantyhose.

  2. 2

    Cut two strips of foam material measuring about four inches wide by four inches long, by 1/2 inch thick.

  3. 3

    Slip one of the foam cut-outs into one of the nylon feet you previously cut. Lay the nylon containing the foam flat in front of you, and adjust it to where the foam is flat inside of the nylon.

  4. 4

    Grasp the opened part of the nylon, which should be the broad part facing up at you, and pinch the edges of the opening together. Roll the edges together going away from you. Secure the rolled edges with a thin line of fabric glue and let it dry for about two minutes. This will result in a thick seam at the top of the pad.

Tips and warnings

  • Insert a safety pin into the rolled seam atop each custom shoulder pad. This is what you will use to connect the pads to the inner seams of the shoulders of your outfits.

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