Homemade Paracord Belt

In my article on how to make a survival kit I point out the importance of having certain items with you at all times (your first tier gear) which are ideally directly on your person. One of those items that I recommend is some amount of cordage — the more the better.

For example, I always have around 10 feet of paracord in the form of a bracelet on me. Being that it’s 550 paracord, it is made up of seven separate inner fibers and one outer sheath which can be used for many survival purposes (simple lashings, snares, bowdrill string, Paiute deadfall etc).

While 10 feet is good, what if it were possible to carry around 100 feet of cordage with you at all times that is just as unassuming as a bracelet and is available to access at a moments notice? Well you can…with a paracord belt. One of our readers (Dan) provided me a link that teaches you how to make your own paracord belt — so I went off and made one. Here are some of the pictures of that process:

<b>Buckle from an old belt</b>

Buckle from an old belt


<b>The Weave</b>

The Weave


<b>Finished Belt</b>

Finished Belt

Now for you women out there that don’t necessarily wear large belts, you could easily substitute your purse strap with paracord (Prada should really come out with a paracord option :)).

Here are some other belts which have been made (images link to the source site).



So check it out. Since I like to push self-reliance, make one if you can. If you can’t then purchase one. Here are some resources I found on the web:

Paracord Belt Instructions

  • (Update: December 7, 2010)Slatt’s Rescue Belt – This is an upgraded Paracord Belt that I made using the Slatt’s Rescue stitch. It looks much nicer than the above weaved belt, is easier to unravel and it stores around 120 feet of cord!
  • M4040′s Blog – This is the instructions I followed to make the belt you see in the pictures above.
  • Flat Braid Method – You can use this method to create a paracord belt.
  • The Chubby Survivalist – Nice looking belt with some easy to follow instructions.

Where to Purchase a Paracord Belt

Other Resources

  • Stormdrane’s Blog – Amazing things that you can do with paracord and knots in general. Very inspirational work.
  • Animated Knotes – A great resource into many different kinds of knots (many of which can be used to make paracord gear).

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56 Comments»

Comment by Lisa
2009-09-26 16:09:17

That’s amazing, Erich! What a great concept to have a belt made out of something so useful as paracord.

Lisa

 
Comment by Erich
2009-09-27 06:59:05

Thanks Lisa,

I think I’ve got the bug for paracord crafts. Maybe I’ll ask my wife how to crochet, I want to make a paracord shirt :) (and guys since it’s paracord, no worries — it’s a manly craft).

 
Comment by Jimmy
2009-10-28 00:13:52

Can’t wait to see the new and improved version. Not a bad idea at all.

You can also lace your shoes/boots with it.

 
Comment by Erich
2009-10-28 05:59:09

Jimmy,

Good point. I did try the paracord lace but it only “looked right” on my boots. With my job, I mostly wear shoes so I needed a convenient way of wearing paracord without it looking out of place (hence the belt idea).

- Erich

 
Comment by Joe
2010-06-26 17:19:57

This is awesome, was just browsing Google and found it. Lovin it! :)

Just an idea if you haven’t.. mostly because I’m curious, you should test the break strength of the Para-Belt, I bet you’d be able to at least be able to pull a car ;D

Thanks again, just added a new bookmark. :)

 
Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2010-06-28 13:40:59

Thanks Joe,

Yeah that would be a good test. I’ll have to look into that. I’m sure it would be ridiculously strong considering paracord by itself is rated to 550 lbs.

 
Comment by Anon
2010-07-29 15:56:35

What is the style/knot in the last picture called?

 
Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2010-07-29 16:00:57

Anon,
It is a double cobra weave.

 
Comment by ABBUB
2010-10-02 20:16:10

Great Job Eric!! You can also purchase our belts here. http://www.bbkbelts.com. Titanium Buckles. Patent Pending Belts! Thanks!

 
Comment by Smirch Heliac
2010-10-16 05:53:29

Thanks for the info on this and other things you have found. Paracord is a must and I love all the uses people are thinking of for using it. And at around $8 for a 100 ft. of it you don’t have to spend much to make such a useful thing.

I’d love to see a shirt made of it :)

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2010-10-22 08:12:21

A paracord shirt! Now that would be something.

 
Comment by Jordan
2011-10-29 08:54:10

WAIT!! KNIT A PARACORD SHIRT! you know, with knitting needles

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-10-29 18:12:54

Now that would be something. Try it out Jordan and send in some pics, I’ll definitely post it.

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Comment by Dane M.
2011-02-06 13:22:38

I used a full 100 feet of cord, with a six-loop pattern (six loops, then pull the cord thru, then repeat). This made a belt about 44 inches long, enough for my 38-inch chunkitude. The only thing I’d change is using a double d-ring; that particular buckle tends to slip and needs constant re-adjustment. I have since found a square buckle with two prongs and will start a new belt soon.

 
Comment by Michael Gaskill
2011-02-22 00:53:08

Hey dude, could you post instructions for the belt in the last picture. I really like that one, and I would love to know how to make it.

Thanx alot,

Michael

Comment by Tactical Intelligence .NET
2011-02-22 01:25:01

Hey Michael,

That last belt is just 2 cobra stitches combined together. If I got some time in the near future I’ll post some instructions.

 
 
Comment by Michael Gaskill
2011-02-22 02:53:38

Cool. Thanx alot, man.

 
Comment by Michael Gaskill
Comment by Tactical Intelligence .NET
2011-02-23 03:24:24

Michael,

Great job man. It looks awesome. keep us posted with any future ones.

 
 
Comment by Michael Gaskill
2011-02-22 22:17:11

it’s the last picture.

 
Comment by Michael Gaskill
2011-02-23 13:48:12

Thanx dude. I definitely will. :)

 
Comment by Strap
2011-04-11 17:30:40

Awesome, I was just thinking a paracord belt was a good idea, and I knew someone else had to have done it. Thank you google!

 
Comment by Joe
2011-06-25 13:28:49

I would love to make a paracord belt. Could I go about making one with a removable buckle?

2011-06-25 13:48:49

Hey Joe,

Do you have a particular belt buckle in mind? I’d like to see a picture of it if you have a link.

 
 
Comment by The Paracord Master
2011-06-25 22:33:06

Check out http://www.ParacordMaster.com they have the cheapest prices I have ever seen on Paracord and Paracord Bracelets, ONLY $5.00 for a 100′ Hank! Great Quality Commercial 550 Paracord!

 
Comment by Allan
2011-08-06 19:25:22

What a waste of paracord. You made a belt that you have to CUT in order to use the cord? Why? When there are lots of designs that look just as good, that dont involve cutting the cord to unravel it.

Still, it does look nice.

 
Comment by Brandon
2011-08-26 18:36:59

Nice post! It inspired me to make a belt of my own. I always have at least 100′, uncut, if I was ever to need it, and it looks great. I did a slight modification for the buckle that is also a handy tool. I used a large stainless steel D-ring with a piece of stainless steel welding rod bent around the pin as the belt latch. It gives it a cool look, and could come in handy if I was ever in an emergency situation.

2011-08-26 20:24:20

Brandon,

Thanks for the comments and sharing your mods. Send me a pic if you got one (tacticalintelligence DOT net AT gmail DOT com)

 
 
Comment by Rick
2011-09-23 10:18:23

Would not purchase from this seller! I’ve ordered twice and both times have taken 6 weeks to get my order and no refunds or cancellations once you’ve ordered. Also, most business don’t take your money until it ships. Not them they take your money and ship whenever. They also give you an option to order expedite shipping (4 shipments as they come in and they have shipments daily/weekly), but yet out of 5 weeks I’ve had 1 shipment with 6 cords out of 24 I ordered. When you contact them they don’t respond or they sound like they’re in a basement goofing off with their friends instead of running a business. Not very professional at all. After the 1st time, I thought I’ll give them a 2nd chance, but the same thing has happened. What horrible service!! Pay the extra couple of bucks to get your cord from someone else!

2011-09-23 16:37:56

Which seller?

 
 
Comment by Michael
2011-10-14 12:12:15

I really like the double cobra weave style of that last belt but I’m at a loss as to how this weave is accomplished and I cannot seem to find it on any other site. Am I missing something? Any pointers on how it’s done?

 
Comment by Michael
2011-10-14 15:02:22

Just wanted to add that I know how to do a regular cobra weave, I’m just not sure how to get it doubled like that.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-10-14 15:51:35

Michael,

the key to the double weave is to do them simultaneously, interlinking them as you go along (some make the mistake of trying to finish one whole side then the other, which I suppose is doable but would be difficult).

Here is a great tutorial on instructables on how to do it: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-rugged-and-handy-Paracord-Belt/

 
 
Comment by Jordan
2011-10-29 08:47:01

How can I make it thicker?

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-10-29 18:11:51

Which belt are you talking about? and do you mean thickness in width or depth? If you haven’t yet Jordan, check out the Slatt’s rescue belt. You can make it as thick (width wise) as you like -> Slatt’s Rescue Belt

 
Comment by Jordan
2011-11-07 16:26:00

I meant depth, I was a bit too vague…

2011-11-07 18:43:19

Jordan,

The only way I know of increasing depth is to use a thicker cord (not paracord). However, the Slatt’s knot that I was referencing is a bit thicker than the one I did above.

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Comment by Captain
2011-11-06 11:59:08

I believe that Rick is talking about YOU! (Brandon) Come on, do your business correctly! Answer people on the phone, reply to e-mails, and ship the product! Quit taking money from people and not giving them their paracord!!!!!!!! For crying out loud, money is important these days, and you are ROBBING people day after day! It’s shady and a horrible business practice!!!!!!! Give the people what they deserve! Paracord or their money back!!!!!!!!! Get a clue dude, you are a SCAMMER! If you wanted to actually run a business, you would do what you need to do to keep the customers happy! In my eyes, IT AIN’T HAPPENING!!!!!!!!!!!

 
Comment by Captain
2011-11-06 12:03:47

Rick, you hit the nail on the head! SO MANY comments on-line, they are everywhere! DON’T DO BUSINESS WITH PARACORDMASTER! But, you only find out after placing an order, and doing a little research to find out that your money is gone, and no product to show for it. At least you got some paracord it sounds like. I don’t know how so much of this paracord can be sold on the internet, and Paracordmaster (Brandon) can’t fill his orders!!!!!!!!!!! Poor Businessman!!!!!!!!!!! That’s all I can say about him.

 
Comment by Never again
2011-11-08 16:12:35

I will never again do business with paracordmaster.com I went online to buy my wife more paracord and I bought over $60 worth of product. Over 7 weeks ago I placed my order and I haven’t heard back yet!! They don’t answer the phone, respond to emails and they won’t return our money. Worst company ever.
After seeing how these belts were made she learned how to tie them left handed, a stroke left her paralyzed on the right side, this is her favorite hobby. She loves seeing how others tie their bracelets and belts, she doesn’t even sell them, she just ties them, we have boxes of them everywhere. Maybe she will try her hand at that shirt just to see what it would look like!!

 
Comment by jona
2011-11-28 15:29:12

hate it made one and i did ever thing right :( loser

 
Comment by Dene
2011-12-18 13:57:13

GREAT paracord project! Do you know of any places that sell suitable belt buckles for projects, or do you recommend just finding old belts at places like Goodwill and recycling their buckles?

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-12-19 15:03:33

Hey Dene,

If you’re looking for standard buckles, a good resource is: http://www.moonshineleather.com/beltbuckles.cfm.

Otherwise if you want something more custom, just do a google search on “belt buckles” and you’ll find some pretty crazy ones. Good luck!

 
 
Comment by Unity Bands
2012-01-10 03:14:22

those belts are awesome! ive seen some really neat paracord bracelets called unity bands before..

 
Comment by Nick
2012-07-13 21:15:05

What is the name of that weave? If there is no specific name to it, then how can you construct that pattern? This is really amazing.

 
Comment by Nick
2012-07-13 21:16:35

What is the name of that weave? If there is no specific name to it, then how can you construct that pattern? This is really amazing. I amtrying to make one but I want the right pattern. This is the best one that I have found.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-07-18 05:17:55

Nick,

Check out my upgraded belt design using the slatt’s rescue knot. It’s much better: http://www.tacticalintelligence.net/blog/slatts-rescue-belt.htm

 
 
Comment by Jason
2012-10-13 00:17:25

Here’s a link to an instruction page for a belt I just did.
http://mobiobione.wordpress.com/emergency-weave-paracord-rescue-belt-by-obi/
Let me know what you think.

 
Comment by Jason
2013-01-16 12:35:46

To go with the belt, I made a carabineer belt buckle too…
http://mobiobione.wordpress.com/carabineer-belt-buckle/

 
Comment by Christena Kyzer
2013-05-23 18:26:00

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Comment by Simon
2013-06-23 19:33:19

Finally Macrame, comes into its own!!!!
Now I’ll dig out that book I was bought for my 9th birthday (by my loving Aunt (God Bless Her)) and see what else we can come up with!!!!

 
Comment by Sola
2013-11-25 04:50:03

Hello Erich!
Thank you for sharing this tutorial as well as the tutorial on the paracord bracelet. I also loved and learned so much from your videos on the ultimate BOB.
May I request a tutorial on a paracord lanyard that has more than one drop? I found one being sold but the seller was asking for too much imo. The same seller said one lanyard contained 50 ft but after asking another seller and sending a reference image file he priced it less but told me 50 ft wasn’t possible. I don’t know. Anyways, I think the lanyard, the bracelet and the belt combined would be great ways to integrate tier 1 survival kit onto my person!

 
Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2013-11-25 22:43:51

@sola,

What length of a lanyard are you talking about? I could test it out and report on it.

 
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