+ Embracing and sewing an awesome shoulder pad

Yes, shoulder pads are back. I wasn’t so excited about this because I have the tiniest head, and anything that emphasized that, like a big collar and puffy shoulders, bugs me. So, I’ve slowly, but surely become accustomed to it because I’ve realized with some jackets, it is necessary. In fact, I started taking out the big shoulder pads and replacing them with my own that wouldn’t make me as self conscious about my small noggen. Now it is time to share it with you!
Some of you might ask…why make it in a rectangle shape instead of the typical half oval shape? Well, I’m only adding a tiny, little boost at the end, and I didn’t I want anything bulky. Though its small it creates such a huge difference!

matching lining
batting (or you can use anything, like extra fabric)
sewing machine or needle & thread or fabric glue
1. Cut out a piece of lining and batting 4″x4″ to 5″x5″…this depends on your shoulder size.
2. Sew the lining up like a closed tube by folding the lining in half, then sewing two sides up. Flip it right side out.
3. Roll the batting onto itself so it can snuggly fit into the little lining pouch.
4. Turn the ends in and under, then pin down, if you don’t care if it’s pretty, then top stitch. If you do care, then hand stitch it closed. 
5. Pin, then permanently tack the shoulder pad into the shoulder (I did it in 6 places; the corners and middles), lining it up the the shoulder seam of the jacket. You want it to hit the edge of the shoulder seam, don’t go past.


  1. You are so right! Small things do make such a BIG difference and you look adorable. What’s this about a small head? No Way Jay! xo

  2. Haha you have a tiny head?! Thays one of those things that only you notice probably. I dont think you should wear shoulder pads if it bothers you, but that is super cute!

  3. i know what you mean. i have a small head, but you look totally proportional, so i dont know what you are talking about girl. so cute and a great idea.


  4. I love this idea. It’s a great way to get a more fitted look and I don;t know whether I would have thought of it myself. Thanks. Also I think the head thing is only something you notice :).

  5. NOOOOOOO! I HATE shoulder pads!! Thank god I am old enough to ignore fashion fads.

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    P.S. I adore shoulder pads, darling.

  8. Love a good strong yet subtle shoulder pad. Can really flatter the body.


  9. I found your blog a couple of days ago and I am obsessed! Your tutorials are the best! You are so cretive! I’ve already saved some projects for when I finish my exams.
    Congratulations on your blog and your family!

  10. awh i love this! keep up the good work xx

  11. I just stumbled onto your blog and I’m so glad I did!! I’m sure you hear this a lot but you are incredibly talented !! I love the way you create something so unexpected and revive the life of clothes that seem to have reached their end it’s incredibly inspiring! Also I love the subtle shoulder pads in this blazer, and btw you do not have a small head- it’s definitely proportional to your body!



  12. I just did it, it was a little hard for me, cause I am a begginner but I am satisfied with the results!!!

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