Paracord, also known as parachute cord, can be a handy tool in your emergency response arsenal. You can tie this strong nylon rope into various designs, such as a paracord belt, bracelets, strengthened cords, pouches, and more. Then, in an emergency, simply unravel the sturdy cord and use it to bind, haul, or do anything else you need.
In this blog, you will learn how to make a paracord belt, which will serve as a practical fashion accessory as well as a survival tool.
Benefits of Paracord Belt
- Because it is a quick deploy paracord belt, you can unravel it in seconds.
- It is not necessary to use a jig to make it.
- It has a distinctive look that many people find appealing.
- It is done without the time-consuming pulling through loops that some belts, like those fashioned with conquistador braids, require.
- You can use it with adjustable belt buckles.
These benefits alone make a paracord belt worthwhile. It should be noted that a paracord belt saves a significant amount of cord, and if fashioned in a quick deploy manner, this cord can be put to good use when needed. A single cord of paracord is really enough to keep your pants up; the remainder can be used in a variety of applications.
Paracord belts are a great example of an item that a paracord is ideal for. Custom and attractive designs, low cost, and super durable—what else can you ask for? Making a belt out of paracord is something you may not have considered, but with belts getting increasingly more costly, you may save a lot of money while also getting a belt that is uniquely yours.
What You’ll Need
- We recommend using high-quality 750 paracord for the best results. If you intend to use your paracord belt for survival purposes, you will want it to be the strongest it can be. For your first belt, we recommend at least 100 feet of cord. You do not want to run out of cord, do you?
- A belt buckle. You have the option of either a plastic or a metal one. Get a classic belt buckle if you wish to make the belt adjustable.
- A marlinspike, skewer, crochet hook, or lacing needle.
- A lighter or matchsticks.
A DIY paracord belt project typically takes a few hours to complete, depending on the length and even more on the user’s experience. Your first attempt will take a little longer, but after that, this will be a piece of cake.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Making a Paracord Belt
Step 1. How much cord does your 750 paracord belt need? The length of the cord in your paracord belt is determined mainly by the size of your waist—the larger the waist, the longer the rope. For example, a length of 50 feet of cord can be approximated for a waist size of 32′′.
Step 2. Attach the buckle. The number of wraps required will be determined by the size of the buckle and the desired belt width.
Step 3. Loosen all of the wraps that hold the buckle in place.
Step 4. Form a knot with the one working end and pull it through all of the wraps.
Step 5. Tighten the wraps.
Step 6. Pull out loops that will be used to pull the next knot through with a tool such as a marlinspike, skewer, crochet hook, or lacing needle.
Step 7. Form the next knot and pull it through the loops. All of the loops should be used, including the last one left over from the previous tightening. Pulling the knot through these loops requires you to orient the loops so that the part closest to the working end faces you. This is done by twisting the loops into place.
Step 8. Tighten all of the loops one at a time after you have pulled the knot through.
Step 9. Return to step 6 and repeat until the desired length is achieved.
Step 10. Then, attach the other end of the buckle in the same way as you did the first. Remember to pull the cord through the one cord that is always there. This will keep your belt from unraveling under pressure.
Step 11. When you are finished, tie a stopper knot (usually an overhand) at the very end of the cord. Cut the excess cord. This knot will keep your belt from unraveling and your pants from dropping down.
You now have a completed 750 paracord belt! It’s time to put it on!