How to Take the Shoulder Pads Out of Jackets

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Did you find a cool vintage jacket with great potential...if only you could remove those so-from-the-80s shoulder pads in the jacket? Before you toss that jacket back in the never-to-be-worn pile at the back of your closet, rest assured that there is hope. You can easily take the shoulder pads out of jackets with a seam ripper from your local fabric store and a few simple steps. You'll be sporting that cute little jacket in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Needle (optional)
  • Thread (optional)

Removing the Shoulder Pads

  • Gently pull the shoulder pad away from the jacket. Hold the shoulder pad firmly with one hand.

  • Using your other hand, place the seam ripper between the shoulder pad and the jacket.

  • Slowly slide the seam ripper along the seam that is connecting the shoulder pad to the jacket.

  • Trim any loose string that might be left.

Cleaning Up

  • Use a simple sewing needle and some thread to tidy up if your seam ripper left any gaps in the fabric of the jacket.

  • Pull the thread through the eye of the needle and tie the loose ends in a knot.

  • Beginning at one end of the gap, start threading the needle through the fabric on either side of the gap, from left to right, until you reach the end of the gap.

  • Tie a knot in the thread after you've finished the last stitch.

  • Use scissors or your seam ripper to cut away the excess thread.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't want to buy a seam ripper for this task, you can try using a pair of scissors to take shoulder pads out of jackets. This will work best if the shoulder pads are only loosely connected to the jacket and can easily be snipped.
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