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Preciosa Crystals Partywear Shoulder Pad Embellishment Project

November 21, 2023 3 min read

hand sewn rhinestone shoulder pad with Preciosa Crystals

Are you an avid sewer and crafter who loves customizing your own clothes? Do you have a party coming up and want your outfit to exude maximum glamour? In this guide, we will walk you through the process of creating stunning DIY partywear shoulder pads using Preciosa Crystals. By incorporating hand sewing, embroidery, and gorgeous cup chains adorned with rhinestones, you'll be able to make a fashion statement that will have everyone turning their heads. Let's dive into the mesmerizing world of shoulder pad customization!


Component List:

The full list of Preciosa Crystals, components and tools needed to complete this project can be found below. If you click on the product description (link), the respective product page will open, where each item can be viewed and added to cart:


Component Image
Component Name / Link To Purchase
Component Quantity
Shoulder pad for rhinestone embellishment Shoulder pads or fabric of your choice x 2
Preciosa Sew On Crystals Lochrose Crystal AB 6mm
Preciosa Sew On Crystals Lochrose Crystal AB 6mm x 288
Preciosa Sew On Crystals Navette Crystal AB 18x9mm
Preciosa Sew On Crystals Navette Crystal AB 18x9mm x 20
Preciosa Sew On Crystals Square Crystal AB 22mm Preciosa Sew On Crystals Square Crystal AB 22mm x 10
Preciosa Crystals Single Stone Setting Navette Silver 8x4mm Preciosa Crystals Single Stone Setting Navette Silver 8x4mm x 8
Preciosa Bicone Beads Crystal AB 4mm Preciosa Bicone Beads Crystal AB 4mm x 100
Preciosa Ornela Rocailles Seed Beads Size 10 Crystal S/L Preciosa Seed Beads Size 10 Crystal S/L 20g
Preciosa Crystals Cup Chain Silver SS6.5 Preciosa Crystals Cup Chain Silver SS6.5 2m
beading needles Beading Needles Size 12 x 1
Bead Buddy Thread Magic Bead Buddy Thread Magic x 1
Thread Cutters Thread Cutters x 1
Black Sewing Thread Black Sewing Thread x 1




Step 1

Create your shoulder pad base

If you don't have a shoulder pad base readily available, you can create one by using foam, cotton batting, or any other suitable material, in our case we used black felt as it will be going onto a black blazer. Measure and cut the desired shape and size for your shoulder pad, ensuring it will comfortably fit onto the shoulder of your garment.

Step 2

Prepare your thread

To guarantee a strong and long-lasting piece of embroidery it’s best to condition your thread before you begin. Do this by running the thread through the waxy substance of the Bead Buddy several times before you start. That waxy coating will guard against fraying and the risk of decay over time. You will even find the thread is easier to work with because it’s less likely to tangle.

Step 3  

Adding the Preciosa crystals

Using your selected Preciosa Crystals and rhinestones that complement your chosen outfit. Layout your design on the shoulder pad, experimenting with placement until you achieve your desired look. Once you're satisfied, individually secure each crystal or rhinestone with hand stitches or fabric glue for added security.

Step 4  

Add the cupchain fringe

Starting with the outside corners of the shoulder pad as your guide, cut a section of cupchain that drapes down to the length you want it to as you hold either end up to the pad. Then repeat this process four more times, each time cut the cupchain 10 crystals shorter than the previous section. Then using needle and thread attach the ends in evenly spaces positions along the straight edge of the pad.

Step 5

Finishing touches

Carefully examine your completed shoulder pad, ensuring all crystals and chains are securely attached. Make any necessary adjustments or reinforcements to prevent accidental loss. Trim any excess threads with a pair of scissors while being mindful not to disturb the overall design.

Step 6

Hand sewing the shoulder onto your clothes

Thread your needle once again with a suitable thread colour and tie a knot at the end. Position the Pad onto your desired clothing item, ensuring it aligns aesthetically. Starting from the backside of the fabric, insert the needle through the fabric and the patch, coming up towards the top. Sew the patch to the garment using small and even stitches, ensuring the pad is securely attached on all sides. Repeat the stitching process, working your way around the entire pad for maximum durability.

Step 7

Admire your perfected party ensemble

Congratulations, crafters! You've successfully completed your glamorous party upgrade!


Congratulations you have completed the project!


By following this clever how-to guide, you've successfully transformed a simple shoulder pad into a mesmerizing piece of DIY partywear using Preciosa Crystals. The combination of hand sewing, embroidery, cup chains, and rhinestones has elevated your outfit to a whole new level of glamour. With your newfound skills, be ready to shine at any event, and don't be surprised when others begin asking for your fashion advice!