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How to Make Epaulets

Updated April 17, 2017

Epaulettes can add shape to a jacket or coat, making the shoulders seem straighter and more pronounced. They can also add style to an otherwise plain looking piece of outerwear. If you find that your jacket is boring, adding epaulettes is a simple way of making it more interesting. If you would like to add epaulettes to your jacket or coat, you can make a pair easily at home.

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  1. Insert two safety pins on each shoulder of your jacket or coat. Insert one safety pin on the outside of each shoulder and one on the inside of each shoulder. The epaulettes will rest on these pins.

  2. Use a measuring tape to measure the length and width of the shoulder area between the safety pins on each shoulder. Use a piece of chalk and ruler to mark out your epaulettes on a piece of fabric the same colour as your jacket or coat. Use the same width but double the length measured for each epaulette.

  3. Cut out the two epaulettes from the fabric using a pair of scissors. Slide the epaulettes through the two safety pins on each shoulder. Fold the extra length of the epaulette over, bringing each end together on the inside part of each shoulder. The epaulettes should sit perfectly between the two pins on each shoulder.

  4. Sew the ends of each piece of fabric together using a needle and thread. This will secure the epaulettes in place over the safety pins.

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Things You'll Need

  • 4 safety pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread

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