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How To Make A Paracord Belt | Instructions
How to Make A Paracord Belt | Instructions
This tutorial shows you how to make a DIY paracord rescue belt, my favorite of all the paracord belts I tried. Paracord bracelets can come in handy but only have 8-12 feet of rope, while a paracord belt can have up to 50 feet or more of rope. In extreme situations, 50 feet of rope would be a lot more use for you than 8-12 feet. However, this paracord belt gives you at least 50 feet of rope that is quickly accessible, and depending on your waist size, up to 100 ft.
This belt is a quick deploy survival rescue belt that uses Slatt’s rescue weave. You can unravel, or deploy, the paracord in a matter of seconds.
How much cord do I need for a paracord belt?
The length of rope that your paracord belt will contain is determined on the size of your waist. For a waist size of 32″ you can approximate a length of 50 feet of rope. So, the larger the waist, the longer the rope. With this particular belt buckle, you cannot tighten your belt. But don’t worry, it has a bit of a stretch because of the paracord, so you don’t need to worry about Christmas dinner.
Right now, I am working on a belt with a standard metal buckle using this weave, and it looks amazing. This makes my new belt adjustable, and I know some have asked about that. I will be posting this one soon, so if that is what you are looking for, please check back or follow us on Facebook to get updates.
Paracord Belt Tutorial | How To
Step 1: Supplies
Supplies You Will Need to Make a Paracord Belt
For best results, we recommend that you use high quality 550 Paracord. If you are indeed intending on ever possibly using your paracord belt for survival purposes, you will want it to be the most durable for your needs.
- 550 Paracord
- Belt Buckle
- Wooden Skewer (not shown)
Step 2: Paracord Belt Tutorial
Threading Your Paracord Belt Buckle
First off, you do not need to cut your paracord rope. The looping process of this paracord belt makes it so you do not need to measure how long the rope should be. You will just keep unraveling the paracord to loop into your paracord belt as you make it.
Using a match or lighter, melt the end of your paracord belt rope so that it does not fray[/caption] Now, grab your paracord belt buckle and take one side to start your loops. Make sure you melt the frayed end of the paracord so that does not become unraveled.
You are going to loop the buckle 4 times, leaving the loops slightly loose to give space for paracord to pass through the loops.
Tie the melted end so that it does not come undone from the paracord belt buckle.
Begin the weaving process of your paracord belt with your first through loop. (TL=through loop)
Take the unmelted end in your hand and make a loop with it. Now take that loop and slide it through the 4 buckle loops. Leave a few inches of the through loop (TL) at the end. You are going to want to make sure that the through loop is positioned with the continuing end at the top. This is what you are going to use to create more loops, so you need to have access to pull more paracord for your use.
Create your finger loops. (FL= finger loop)
Slightly spread your 4 belt loops apart to reveal the through loop (TL). Make sure that the top part of the through loop (TL) is the part of the paracord that continues to your extra paracord, and not the one that connects to the buckle loops. Now grab your skewer and pull up the (TL) into new loops in between the belt loops.
The most difficult part of this paracord belt weave is the beginning. It may take you a few times to get it right.
Patience. Once you figure it out, the rest is easy.
Place your finger inside the finger loops (FL). Make sure that your (FL) are twisted clockwise when placing on your finger. You always want the part of the loop closest to the excess paracord to be facing you.
Thread finger loops (FL) with another through loop (TL).
Thread your (TL) through your (FL). Make sure that your running end of paracord is on the top side of your (TL).
Tighten your finger loops (FL).
To start tightening your (FL) you are going to take your second (FL) in the row and pull on the back piece.
This will start to tighten your first (FL).
Work you way down the row, pulling from the back of the loops to tighten the loop in front of it.
Lastly, you are going to pull on the (TL) on the bottom side of the loop that is attached to the (FL) to tighten them down. Now you have completed your first row of loops! Once you’ve got this down, all your belt is, is this repeating pattern.
Make sure your through loop (TL) has the running end on top. This is where you are going to make your (FL) from.
Create all your finger loops. (FL)
Make sure to twist them clock wise so that the running end is facing towards you.
Thread the (TL) then tighten. And repeat. Continue this process until your belt is long enough to fit around your waist.
Tie a knot to keep it secure and then melt the end of the paracord so your paracord belt doesn’t unravel.
And now you have a completed paracord belt! Time to try it on!
Tips and tricks: There are a few things you want to be aware of while weaving your belt. The paracord like to twist up on you while you are looping it. Be sure to untwist the paracord while you are working with it otherwise it will cause your weave to look wrong.
Be sure to not tighten your loops too much either. This will also screw with the look of your weave, and make it difficult to pull out when its time for you to use your paracord.
How to deploy your paracord belt and release the paracord for use: This part is really easy! Just untie your knot, detach from your buckle, and then pull the end of the paracord. Your belt will begin to unravel. It will take you about 20 seconds to unravel your whole belt. A quick, fast way to have rope at your disposal whenever you need.
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stephanieb January 10, 2014
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