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Posted: 2/24/2017 6:01:38 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/24/2017 6:07:54 PM EST by SpudCrushr]
Basic 7" x 2" plate carrier shoulder pads (for the newbies)

Materials for ONE pad:
3d Spacer Mesh (1/8") - 3.5" x 7"
Cordura (500D) - 12" x 7"
Foam (1/4") - 2" x 5.75"
Hook (1") - 7"
Loop (1") - 7"
Binding tape (1") - ~8" [x2]





Place the "right sides" together; stitch the 7" sides together with a 0.5" seam allowance (the standard for this tutorial)



Stitch the other side



Fold inside-out; center the Cordura wings so they are even on both sides; stitch down the sides (about 0.25" from the edge of spacer mesh)



If you're poor like me and don't have the capability to bind on your sewing machine, break out the iron; fold the binding tape in half and iron it down; use a weight to hold it down while it cools



Bind one side (leave about 0.75" of binding tape as a tail on each side; fold it over and sew it down on your second pass)



Shove the foam all the way to the bottom of the sleeve; bind the remaining open side




Here's how it looks so far (notice how I folded the binding tails; they will not be visible once I sew the Velco) (Also note how I wrote where the hook and loop goes; it sucks sewing it onto the incorrect side)



Stitch the hook (rough side) and loop (soft side)



Repeat all of the above for the second shoulder pad; here are the finished products; some variations / improvements are noted in the picture



Carefully melt the strings; don't burn through your stitching


All done (assuming you got it right on the first go)!
Link Posted: 2/25/2017 5:16:39 PM EST
Thumbs up, try increasing tension when doing hook and loop. I had to increase the bobbin tension on my home machine to get decent looking stitches.
Where did you get the mesh?
Link Posted: 2/25/2017 7:47:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/25/2017 7:48:36 PM EST by SpudCrushr]
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Originally Posted By Static17:
Thumbs up, try increasing tension when doing hook and loop. I had to increase the bobbin tension on my home machine to get decent looking stitches.
Where did you get the mesh?
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Thanks. I had tension set on 8 (out of 9). It's usually fine but it was acting up on that pad. I think the bobbin was to blame. It seemed loose and I think the thread was coiled incorrectly. I switched it out after I saw that and it was fine again. It really annoys me that it did that. I might make another pad an throw that one in the trash.


3d spacer mesh
Link Posted: 2/27/2017 8:18:29 PM EST
Thanks for the link.
Link Posted: 2/27/2017 8:50:45 PM EST
thanks for posting, seems fairly straight forward
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