Paracord belts are a popular paracord item, and it is easy to understand why. Where some paracord items aren’t for everyone, such as a bracelet, just about everyone wears a belt. You can wear a paracord belt for a casual, stylish look and also when camping, hiking, rock climbing, cycling or on many other adventures. This double duty feature makes the paracord belt a versatile and a top-selling item.
Why All Survivalists Need Their Own Paracord Belt
In just a few seconds a properly made paracord belt can be unraveled. And when an emergency presents itself, time is extremely important! To take even quicker action, you can get a side release buckle so that you’ll be able to easily remove the belt. The weave of the belt can make a difference in how quickly you can unravel the cord, so you might want to get one such as the mock cobra weave that will come apart very quickly without having to untie knots.
You’ll usually get about 3 feet of cord for each inch of the belt. So for a 34 inch belt you should have around 100 feet of cord to work with. Something else to consider is to add 3 or 4 paracord belt loops to your belt, then you can use your belt loops to attach gear and it can provide a pretty strong anchor.
Stay Prepared For Any Survival Situation With This Homemade Paracord Belt
Today we’re going to take a look at making a paracord belt using Slatt’s rescue belt technique. It has a number of benefits:
- It doesn’t require any tool or a jig to be made.
- It’s quick deployable, you can unravel it in seconds.
- You can word directly from a hank, you don’t need to measure out any cord to make it.
- It stores a large amount of cord.
- You can make it as wide or as long as you want.
All you need for this project is paracord and a set of plastic snap belt buckles. A lacing needle is optional.
Check out the video below, and scroll down for our step-by-step instructions.
1. We’re going to start by wrapping or attaching our cord to the buckle. You can use any type of buckle, side-release or a normal metal one.
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2. Wrap the cord around the bar of the buckle a few times, making loose loops. You don’t need to tighten them yet.
3. I’m going to make 5 loops here. If you have a wider buckle you can use more; if you have a smaller one, you can use less.
4. I’m going to tuck this end through the loops, and by doing this, I effectively finished one end.
5. You can place a half-hitch here to prevent the end from entering the loops again or just melt it down.
6. Now with the other end, our working end, we’re going to make a bite, and we’re going to tuck it under the loops. This is the first step in the technique.
7. We feed it under the loops, then we’re going to re-tighten the loops.
8. At this point you can make a half-hitch here to finish one end.
9. Now we’re going to spread these loops apart, and we’re going to pull out four new loops.
10. Make sure that we twist our loops so that the front side is nearest to the working end.
11. And I’m going to fold the working end like we did before and then insert it through the loops.
12. Again, I stress that it is very important that you keep the working end and the front of the loop together. This is the most common mistake that people do with this type of belt. It doesn’t look as it should if you don’t do this.
13. Once you’ve done that, we’re going to tighten the loops again, starting from the left coming into the right. You can tighten them as firmly as you want.
14. I suggest quite firmly like this, then pull it through the last loop, which is also the next loop in the series. This completes one line or section.
To continue we’re again going to pull on the cord to make new loops. And again we’re going to insert the folded working end through. You can also imagine that you’re basically putting the working end under the loops.
15. We’ve completed another section. We just need to tighten it up again.
So we’re going to start on the left, pulling on each of the loops to tighten it. Some twisting will occur, so this is going to be good practice for you to untwist cord.
16. After we have tightened the last loop, simply pull again this cord to the left.
A new section is complete. We would continue this way again, pulling out a new series of loops and then feeding the folded working end through them.
17. I’m going to make a few more sections, and then I’m going to show you how it looks. I’ve made a nice little section, and I wanted to show you how the technique works just to make sure.
18. You can see that I’m going a lot faster now. Once you get this technique down, it’s actually very fast. At the start you’re going to be slow, but once you’ve done a few rows, you’re going to get faster and faster.
Now that I’ve reached the length that I want, I’ll show you how to attach the other end of the buckle, if you’re using one.
19. I’m going to use a lacing needle as well. (It’s not needed at all.)
20. I’m going to wrap the buckle and I’m going to pass through the parts where our loop would be in our previous sections. I’m pulling this cord through the loops that we have made.
21. Finally we’re going to go through the last loop, and at this point, you can retighten these loops where we attached the buckle and make a half-hitch.
22. If you want to quick deploy the belt, simply remove one buckle or side and then pull on the cord to remove as much as you need.
We hope you liked our paracord belt tutorial. Have you tried it out for yourself? Let us know in the comments!