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Whether you are trying to fill out a pair of tight jeans, are a man playing a woman in a play or are just trying to add a little sashay to your walk, hip pads can fill out where nature has left off. If you know how to use a scissors or an electric carving knife, you can probably make a long-lasting pair of hip pads in a very short time with items you have in the house and a piece of foam.

Measure the length you want your hip ads to be. Hold the top of the tape measure just above your hipbone on your side. Measure down to just above your knee. Look in the mirror to be sure your measurements are correct and the placement of the tape is right. Write this down.

Decide where you want the widest part of the hip pads to fall. This should be the area that is the widest part of your bottom, but it can be higher or lower according to your taste. Measure how wide that area is from front to back. Write down this measurement. Measure the length you want the widest part of the hip pad to be, and write it down.

Place the pattern paper on a flat surface. Plot the lines of your measurements onto the paper. Draw the shape you want the hip pads to be by drawing around the points of the measurements.

Cut out the pattern. Since you want both sides to be even, all you have to do is flip the pattern over, and you will have symmetrical shapes for both sides.

Pin the pattern on to the piece of foam starting as far up to the top right as you can. Draw around the paper onto the foam with a marker.

Unpin the pattern and turn it over. Pin it again, this time starting at the bottom left side of the foam. Draw around the paper onto the foam with a marker. You should now have two identical pieces drawn on your foam.

Cut around the basic shapes. Begin shaping the hips with the scissors to get rid of the large pieces of extra foam, and then with the electric knife for more contoured shaping.

Start out with less foam around the top. Have the foam form a gentle slope until you reach the maximum width. Start reducing the slope to the the bottom of the pads.

Carve away the foam until the shape is exactly the way you want it.


Cut the foam with the smooth side facing out.

About the Author

Mary Gonzales

Based in New York, Mary Gonzales has been writing computer- and technology-related articles since 1995. Her work has appeared in “Tech Trends” and “Mac Tips” magazines. Gonzales received the Lilly M. Fuchs Literary Award in 1999. She holds a Bachelor of Science in computer programming from New York University.