HOW TO MAKE A PARACORD BELT
Paracord Belt Design
Written by Brandon Garrett
Paracord can be an awesome tool in your preparedness arsenal. This durable nylon rope
can be tied into tons of different designs including bracelets, strengthened cords, pouches
and more. If you’re in an emergency, you simply unwind the strong cord and use it to bind,
haul or anything else that you might need.
So, whether you’re a beginner or an expert paracord lover, we have a design for you. Check
out these paracord designs below. If you don’t want to spend time weaving your own
bracelet, you can always let us do it for you.
What is Paracord?
Paracord, also known as parachute cord, is a soft, lightweight nylon rope that was originally
used for parachuting. Typically, 550 paracord (which is the paracord used for our bracelets)
is made of 32 strands of nylon sheath on the outside and seven strands of 2-ply nylon yarns
on the inside (the “guts”). The 550 paracord is the same made for the government and has a
minimum breaking strength of 550 lbs.
While paracord started out as a parachuter’s tool, people quickly recognized its usefulness
in other areas. Since the cord is quick-drying, rot- and mildew-resistant, it’s great for many
purposes. Military units use it for securing packs, hanging covers and tents. Many military
personnel even use the guts as fishing line.
Check out these designs:
Paracord Snake Design
Paracord Woven Watchband
Paracord Belt Design
• 100 feet of 550 paracord (depending on measurements)
• Small needle-nose pliers
• Measuring device
• Cutters (ie. scissors, knife)
• Candle or lighter
• Nice belt buckle
The first thing you’ll need to figure out is how long your belt should be. This will vary
depending on your waist size and how tight you weave the belt. The belt design consists of
five strands of paracord – two core strands, two working strands and an extra strand for the
belt loop. As a general rule, plan the length of each strand as follows:
Two core strands: Measurement of your waist X 2 + 24 inches = length of one core strand
Two working strands: Desired length of belt X 12 + 24 inches = length of one working strand
Belt loop: Plan for 36 inches of paracord
So, as a quick example. I have a 32-inch waist and I want a 36-inch long belt. That would
mean I need 93 feet of paracord.
Two cord strands: 32 x 2 + 24 = 88 inches
I need two 88 inch cord strands.
Two working strands: 36 x 12 + 24 = 456 inches
I need two 456 inch working strands
Belt Loop: 36 inches
So, in total, I need 1, 124 inches of paracord – which is a little more than 93 feet.
(88 X 2) + (456 X 2) + 36 = 1,124 inches
Creating the Belt
1. Belt buckles have a front and back. With a large rodeo-style buckle, it’s easy to tell which
way it should be facing. However, with a smaller model look at the direction the buckle will
be opening. Once you’ve figured out which way it will be facing, fold one of the core strands
in half. Pass the loop of the core strand through the buckle to one side of the tongue.
Repeat the process on the other side of the tongue.
2. The design of the belt is relatively simple. It’s just a series of square knots passing across
the core strand. So, the core strands will always be running parallel while the working
strands do all the crossing. Place the buckle at the top of the table with the back facing you.
3. Place the buckle on a table with the back facing up.
4. Pass the inner right working strand (blue) over the inner left working strand (orange).
Push the outer left working strand, the left core strands, and the inner right that is now the
inner left working strand to the side a bit.
5. Pull the outer right working strand outward a bit, then pass the end in front of the right
core strands perpendicular to their length.
6. Bring the now inner right working strand straight down across the outer right core strand,
then behind the right core strands, and up out through the loop of the outer right core
7. Pull the working strands tight.
8. Repeat the process in reverse with the same strands. This completes the first right
9. Push all of the right strands to the side so that you can work with the left strands.
10. Do the same thing on the left that you did on the right, but reverse the sides, so that you
start by passing the outer left strand across the core strands to start.
11. Once you complete the first left square knot, pass the inner right working strand over
the inner left working strand as you did before.
12. Repeat making square knots until you reach three inches less than the desired length of
13. Cut the inner two core strands (one from each side), and melt the ends.
14. Continue with the square knots and the exchange of the inner working strands in the
same way as before until you have added three inches.
15. Tie the two outermost strands in a square knot around all of the other knots.
16. Cut all of the strands so that you have about an inch and a half long.
17. Using the pliers, weave all of the strands backward through the stitches on the back of
the belt. This will give a tapered look and finish off the belt tip.
The Belt Loop
18. Decide where you want your catch loop, and pull the 36 inch strand through the v-
shapes stitch on the back of the belt at that point.
19. Placing the center of the strand under the v-shaped stitch, pull the ends through the
side loops on either side of the v-shaped stitch.
20. Pull the strands directly across the front of the belt and through the side loops on the
side opposite your starting point.
21. The loops across the front of the belt created this way need to be loose enough for the
belt to pass through, with a little extra room since they will thicken in a moment.
22. Treating the loops across the front of the belt as the core strands and the loose ends of
the strand as the working strand, crate a series of square knots that lead back to the place
where you first inserted the strand into the belt.
23. After tying your last knot, trim the working ends, melt them, and weave them into the
back of the belt.
And there you have it! You have a beautiful paracord belt of about 100 feet of emergency
Images courtesy of Rodneybones
Updated August 2, 2013