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Having a lot of spare time, enjoying airsoft and making things, I wanted to create a Ghillie suit. However having a broken bolt action rife leaving me with just an automatic means that the game style I have to play involves running, ambushing and also wearing webbing. Not exactly what Ghillie suits are made for. So by making a Ghillie Hoodie (Like a bushrag) I can use webbing and run while having the suit not being too big to snag and not too small to be ineffective. I am very pleased with the result as it heavily camouflages you and breaks up your body well. I need to remember to never put it down in the woods. Or I will have wasted a large amount of work and time. Oh yea, thats another thing. If you want to make this. LARGE DEDICATION is required. Stripping burlap for hours on end it not as fun as it sounds...

Step 1: Burlap

Most people say that a Ghillie suit should be about 30% burlap and 70% natural vegetation. Since mine is a combat Ghillie as well as the fact that the burlap is really effective and the idea of shoving decaying, insect infected plant carcasses down my top repulses me. Maybe I am exaggerating but anyway; because of this I wanted the whole suit covered in burlap. No bald patches (apart from the right inner shoulder for the stock of my M4). I used roughly 14 30cm x 20cm pieces of burlap (And that was tight(As in there was almost not enough)). So I went on ebay and bought roughly 2m by 3m hessian burlap. You can save yourself about 5 hours of stripping by buying just jute. But it is normally expensive and thick. Anyway get stripping! I found that the best technique was to strip a cm on one side so that you can see all of the individual jute fibres sticking out the end, and then start stripping those. Don't do one side then the other as by just doing one side you can save yourself a lot of time as when you have finished one side, the other side will just fall out! Anyway at the end of this you will look like you hugged a really old extremely hairy dog, so get a hoover ready! And give your aching fingers a break for a while, you will have earned it!

READ THE NEXT STEP BEFORE YOU DO THIS! (You may want to switch the order around)

Step 2: Dying

Ok, so you are going to need to dye different pieces of burlap different colours. Take into account your environment that you wish to blend with, the season and that the colour you dye the burlap will merge with the default hessian tan. For example my bright "amazon green" gave me a really muddy grass-reed green that works really well! I play at a woodland skirmish and I live in miserable weather England so I went for a muddy woodland camo; two different greens (Forrest and Amazon which came out Dark and Muddy), woodland brown and a couple of normal jute tan as highlights. Bear in mind if you strip the burlap first, they get into knots and take ages to dry but it will all be dyed, but if you dye 30cm x 20cm bits of burlap (I did 5 for each colour) then it is a lot faster and easier but you get a few tan stripes. (Barely noticeable close up, and I could even say that it looks good!) I dried one batch in my old washing machine, one on the washing line and one on the boiler overnight. Anyway follow the instructions on your dye pack and move on to the next step!

Step 3: Sewing

We now need to get our netting onto our hoodie (we tie the burlap to this) (Nautical Fishing net is too expensive; I used pond net that stops fish jumping out and cats jumping in!)

Most tutorials online say to use "Shoegoo" but I thought that some extra tough nylon thread and a sewing machine would create a tougher bond. It worked well, just keep in mind that when you put your body in the hoodie it stretches out so if you sowed netting across it you won't be able to fit your arm in. It is difficult explain but I will try to explain it.

If I flatten the hood on the ground and tie netting from the top to bottom; when I put my head in the netting does not open out with the hood. So we get around this by allowing extra netting or sowing it while it is on someone of similar size to you. I covered the whole of the back and a bit of the front upper chest.

Anyway this should take a few hours so when you are done move onto the next step.

Step 4: Tying the Burlap

Taking a small strand of burlap go through one strand on netting over the entry strand loop over and go through the loop. An indescribably awful explanation but I think you can tie a simple knot. start at the bottom and work you way up systematically. Resist the temptation to skip upwards as by doing it row by row the strands hang down and cover the previous knots.

Fun, Fun, Fun! Not. Anyway, the work is truly rewarding now as you see your room covered in burlap and your suit coming to life! Integrate multiple colours and try sharp colour changes to break up your body. Try and build up your non dominant hand shoulder as it will also really break up your body. Try and remember to do things like this and really think about the area you are trying to blend with. Look for bald spots and fill them in.

Step 5: Done!

If you have made it this far then very well done!

Share a picture of yours in the comments!

I hope you liked my 'ible it's my first so it might not be the best, but everyone has to start somewhere.

And I know, I really am working on not waffling anymore!

What would you use yours for? (I don't have the guts to prank anyone... do you?)

Thanks :)

-DigitalFlame

I used shoe goo and clear caulking when I ran out of that. I used an old Woodland MARPAT blouse (USMC) for the base. I used Ghillie material from amazon instead of dying my own, but I think for the bottoms I will dye my own like you. I plan to use mine for some deer hunting this next season and maybe some turkey too.
<p>I think it would be very hot in the summer but I will try to follow your instructions.</p>
<p>I 'm making one for humans vs zombies/ actual zombie apocalypse/ nerf wars</p>
<p>That sounds great! Good luck, share a picture when you've finished it; I'd love to see!</p>
<p>Nice first instructable! Its always nice seeing these diy instructables made by other airsofters, and now I don't have to buy an overly expensive ghillie suit! Really great costume for hiding in the bushes and scaring people...</p>
<p>Thanks! Hope yours goes well if you choose to make one! If you plan on scaring people, it goes really well with a creepy mask! Especially if you have &pound;500 to spare on a really good one :) (Just kidding :) )</p>
<p>My favorite Halloween idea yet! Max effect for least cost!</p>
<p>Haha thanks! You know *cough* votes are appreciated (sly smile) *cough* (Innocent expression) Huh, sorry, I have a cold. :)</p>
<p>Did you get this kind of dye? 50g? how many packages of each color? Sorry if i asked too many questions, and that this might be too late...</p>
<p>That's exactly it. 1 of each colour. :)</p>
<p>Thanks mate,for the answer, the awesome instructable, and the quick reply time. :)</p>
<p>Looks great! Gave me some ideas for a post-apocalyptic costume.. :)</p>
<p>Thanks! Hope it works well! Are you going to use it as a snipers Ghillie, Bush wookie or Vygers ex-wife? :)</p>
<p>Nice 'ible, man! In airsoft, I am a combat scout, so this is perfect! You can also use the same technique on the gun to cover it, just make a Velcro strap or something. </p>
<p>Hey, sorry bit late of a reply. Thanks, I hope it works well for you. I trialed this with a bit of spare but found it a bit annoying, so unless I was sniping and could secure it pretty well, personally I would find it annoying. But if it works for you that's all that matters! I might add in an Update that I have actually cut down the hoodie part now so it is like a &quot;Viper Hood&quot; which I can just put on top of my Camo Shirts. :)</p>
Where did you get the netting
<p>I bought bird netting off of eBay, though you could also have use nautical netting;</p><p>Bird netting like this:</p><p>http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bird-Crop-Fruit-Garden-Pond-Agricultural-Protection-Netting-2m-4m-6m-8m-10m-Wide-/131015223719</p>
<p>Use a hook latch tool and you will save hours attaching your jute or burlap material.</p>
<p>Nice build! Just a thought, I saw someone on youtube use jute twine instead of burlap. Would save a lot of time undoing all that burlap. </p>
<p>Thanks! You can use jute but it is quite expensive and I feel that the jute you buy tends to be more high quality and thick therefore removing the scruffy camo kind of effect. However if you find a good one for a good price; then by all means use it (and be sure to link me :) )!</p>
<p>Well, maybe it is where you live, but, here you can buy jute twine by the roll for $1-2. </p>
<p>I envy your painless fingers :)</p>
thanks, will be making mine soon
<p>No problem! Glad it helped you!</p>
<p>I went out with a girl with hair like that :)</p>
<p>I was wondering where he got the picture of my former wife. </p>
<p>Haha! Hope it went well :)</p>
<p>This is pretty cool! Have you used it in an Airsoft battle yet?</p>
<p>(Quick Update) I used it yesterday and works really well; also unlike a full Ghillie it doesn't snag on branches and twigs much at all!</p>
<p>Thanks! I haven't yet but I plan to in the near future!</p>
<p>Nice to know burlap can be dyed --this could be a good texture for costumes too!</p>
Wow. impressive. This must have taken a long time. It looks great.
<p>Thanks! It did! :)</p>
<p>This looks awesome! How long did it take you to make? </p>
<p>Thanks! :) I can roughly estimate that it took about 10 hours of working time excluding that of drying, etc. over the course of 3 days!</p>

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