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This project can be a bit monotonous but well worth it. Monotonous only because once you get started you are repeating the same knot over and over and over again until you get to the end.

Step 1: Gather and Prep your Materials

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First things first. Get your materials. I ordered a plain brushed steel buckle from eBay for about $2. The lighter and scissors you probaly have around the house. I always keep a spool of paracord at the house but for this belt you are gonna need about 120 feet of cord for a belt for someone with a 32-34 inch waist.

You have to cut 5 lengths of cord. Double the measurement of your waist and add 24". (34" + 34" + 24" = 92")
Cut 2 lengths this long. These will be your "core" threads which run down the middle of your braids.
Your braiding threads need to be 12" long for each inch of waistline. Then add about 6 feet. (34"x12= 34 feet + 6 = 40 feet). You need 2 cords this length.

Your final cord is 3 feet long. This is used to make the loop you tuck the end of the belt into after it's buckled.

So, 2 at 92", 2 at 40 feet and 1 at 3 feet.

Use a lighter to melt the tips of the cord to prevent them from fraying during the braiding process. Exclude the 3' cord from this step. You have to remove the inner white strings later.

TeeDum (author) 5 years ago

The first one I made took me about 2 weeks, but I was only working on it 20-30 minutes a day in the evening.

This one took about three days. A couple hours a day. It goes slow at first because moving the bundled cord through the knot loops is a bit of a hassle. But when the cords get short, you really start flying through it.

Your fingers get a bit sore at first, just take breaks. And make sure to keep everything tight and straight. Loose, floppy knots will make a saggy and crooked belt.

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Ria-Ra made it!1 year ago

Made this as a christmas gift for my boyfriend and it turned out great! He loved it, so thank you for this awesome instructable. :)

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Need help... Confused on crossing the cords.
Thanks
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It would have helped if the two sets, the core and the weave, were differnt cololurs.

hohum2 years ago

i made one about 5-6 years ago, works great, it's the only belt that i own, i made one for the temple to strap in the Torahs, the Rabbi really liked it,

great tut and pictures, Thanks

pcollette made it!2 years ago

2 days, sz 34, measure 34" till I put belt loop on, then it was shorten by about 2" so next time I will make cords longer and make sure it measures at least 2" longer than what the waist is because once you put it in the belt loop you lose a couple inches. Great directions thou. Here is a work in progress and final product.

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MegaZMan2 years ago

Wondering if anyone knows know how much paracord you would need for a Single cobra stitch belt??? not a big fan of the double cobra look tbh :P also in my area generally the maximum lengths sold are 30 metre (100 feet) paracord X( anything longer has to be bought online/ from overseas (no worries on the prices, just the month long waits!! lol )

You can get 100' lengths from http://www.boredparacord.com in an astounding array of colors, and buckles clasps. I just found it last month. Great site. I'm like you, not a big fan of the double cobra. I'm wondering how much cord would be needed for a fishtail for this one....

ahhhh bored paracord! haha love thier youtube vids, but since i'm from Australia i don't think they ship international... but yeah i was thinking the same thing about the fishtail as well!! would make a pretty sweet belt :P :D

From Bored?Paracord! websites shipping section...

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Domestic Shipping
All domestic orders will ship via USPS or Fedex Ground, depending on weight.

International Shipping
We ship worldwide with full tracking information. Please allow 1-4 weeks for delivery outside of the United States"

KathyP61 made it!3 years ago

made one for my son to go with his scout uniform. Real easy, only took about 2 hours. Going to have to make more.

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Gaige Kerns3 years ago
This would be great. Just in case of emergency you could easily use this for a survival situation. This is about 100 feet or so? Of cord good for situations that may need it
Gaige Kerns3 years ago
This would be great. Just in case of emergency you could easily use this for a survival situation. This is about 100 feet or so? Of cord good for situations that may need it
Gaige Kerns3 years ago
This is a great survival item.
dplesovskikh made it!3 years ago

5-6 hours, calluses on both hands and a belt of parachute cord ready. It turned out, at least not worse than rattlerstrap.com . :-)

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shonv4 years ago

if i have a 30 1/2 inch waist how much paracord do i need

TeeDum (author)  shonv4 years ago
About 100 feet. Is better to err on the long side. I did one for my dad who put on weight. When I got to the end I was braiding with very short lengths which was difficult.

Check out the first paragraph it'll give you a good baseline to measure up your lengths
PureL TeeDum3 years ago
TeeDum, Thnx for the great design and tutorial. As a newbie to the hobby, at 63 years old, I thought this would be a challenge but no, it's gone quite smoothly thanks to your tutorial and photographs. I do have a method for splicing paracord and this place will never be seen and it will hold at 75% of line strength. I am hoping that I do not have to use this method, but one never knows As I am making this belt for my son with a waistline of 65 inches, and that varies. You can't find a "store bought" braided belt that size, so again thank you .
shonv TeeDum4 years ago
thanks im makeing one for my sister
dboardman1 made it!3 years ago
Is that a l.5 or 1.75 inch buckle? Very nice...going to make this my 1st paracord piece...I hope!
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Great break down most don't show how to do the cobra weave as well as you did and your instructions were clear and concise.
ShannonR44 years ago

GREAT IDEA!!! I wonder if needle nose pliers might work, Well I will find out soon enough!

ShannonR44 years ago

It only took me 100 feet to make a 34 in. belt, not 120. Awesome instructables btw. :)

pgarrity5 years ago
Anyone have any feedback on using this for an EDC belt? Thank you in advance.

I made a black one and wear it almost every day. I study at university so it has to be a little bit covert but it works. I think I'll be making some more and expect the weave to become more consistent as I get more experienced.

scott.moore.12382 made it!4 years ago

Well done, this worked great, especially the end. I alternated the colors with copper and tan, it looks sweet and is super tight - I really like the idea for the belt loop of removing the inner cords - creates a tight little loop.

I did a triple cobra which is very similar but has a cobra with the middle cords every other knot, it creates a very open design, lots of holes, unlike this double which is super tight!! Thanks for the great instructable - and your math was almost perfect!

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Well done, this worked great, especially the end. I alternated the colors with copper and tan, it looks sweet and is super tight - I really like the idea for the belt loop of removing the inner cords - creates a tight little loop.

I did a triple cobra which is very similar but has a cobra with the middle cords every other knot, it creates a very open design, lots of holes, unlike this double which is super tight!! Thanks for the great instructable - and your math was almost perfect!

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ruben.tan.10 made it!4 years ago

Really liked it. Took me about 6 hours to make it. I will definatly be making more in the future. It took me a few tries to get the cobra knot right but once i got the hang of it it was easy.

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rwö made it!4 years ago
Hat eine ganze Weile gedauert bis ich meinen Gürtel fertig hatte aber bin höchst zufrieden ???
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Lilworm337 made it!4 years ago

I have MASTERED this belt making tutorial. I have made over 15 belts. Thans for the tutorial.

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SparkySolar4 years ago

Thank you for your Instructable

Nice job.

Rima

MichaelW8 made it!4 years ago

Well, not particularly skilled at soft crafting. I started this project to keep my mind calm from recovering from surgery. I found it difficult initially to understand in pictures what was needing to be done. However I feel that was mainly my inexperience being new to working paracord- a complex first project some might say, so I had it coming. After 2 inches I began to better understand what was going on so it go a lot better and took me 3 days to complete, with little 10 minute bursts throughout the day. Despite taking 3 hours to even get a beginning I was happy with this project did not take as long as I was expecting. the next one, naturally, will be much better. :)

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Geek4Life5 years ago

Where's the best place to get the buckles?

TeeDum (author)  Geek4Life5 years ago
EBay. There's a huge selection and there are plenty of inexpensive choices
fines675 years ago
I used myn as a gun belt.
b_adam925 years ago
Definitely going to make this one
KidAnalog5 years ago
Good stuff. I made my first one for a uniform field belt, so I don't care about any little flubs. The more I make, the better they'll be.
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Brilliant... gonna try for sure... ;)

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