Step 2: Paracord Lengths

Any formula for figuring out how much paracord you need will be slightly wrong for some people. How tight you make the knots will affect the length. Working from trial and error, I have come up with a formula that works for me, but if your tension is different from mine, you may need more or less cord. The difference should be small, so you shouldn't need a lot more than an extra foot or two per piece, but you may want to experiment a bit on a small scale to figure out it if works for you.

The belt consists of five strands of paracord. There are two core strands, two working strands, and an extra strand for the loop the goes next to the buckle.

For the two core strands, you need to measure your waist, double the number, then add twenty-four inches. You need to cut two of these.
waist *2 + 24 = length of core strand

For the working strands, you need one foot of cord for every inch of your desired length of belt, plus an extra twenty-four inches. You will need two of these.
length of belt *12 +24 = length of working strand

The last piece should just be thirty-six inches long. I suggest taking the white strings out of the cord before sealing the ends on this one.

You have a 38 inch waist, and want a 43 inch belt.

38 *2 +24 = 100
You need two 100 inch (8 foot, 4 inch) pieces for the core strands.

43 *12 +24 = 540
You need two 540 inch (45 foot) pieces for the working strands.

You need one 36 inch (3 foot) piece with the white strings taken out for the catch loop.
<p>I wanted to tell you your math for all the cords was --spot on--- i had a foot extra, per cord, which was fine, once i got the weave working was like meditating, almost any way., your pictures where a big help, using the colors sure cleared up my questions. </p><p>it took me about 5 hours to weave a 40'' belt, a few restarts, some fixes of knots done bad, as i worked on the belt, i went really slow, checking what i did, i bought a really nice buckle from Tandy # 1525-00, stainless, 1 1/2'' roller buckle-heavy duty, i made my belt in 550 paracord, burgundy color, looks good with the stainless buckle. Tomorrow, I'll finish the belt with back tacking all the cords, add the keeper, find a box, take the belt to my friend.</p><p>I wouldn't change a thing with your instructable - to other folks, buy the same colors - do exactly what is shown in the picture.. GO SLOW - you'll get it. </p><p>I sincerely appreciate your taking your time load this instructable</p><p>Thank you </p><p>PS</p><p>I made a paracord belt for me about 4-5 years ago, been wearing it every day, the only problem, it stretches a little with wearing, so i readjust it, no biggie, every leather belt i have every bought has just died, not the parachord one.</p>
I just wanted to say that you're instructable was very informative three years ago I made a solid color one then I finally went back and did a double color this year finally just got done with a Sanctified knot pattern and it turned out really really nice your math is spot-on
Thank you for such a thorough and wellwritten tutorial. Easy to follow and easy to understand, even without the pictures. I am very pleased with the result, hope my boyfriend will be happy with this for Christmas :)
<p>5-6 hours, calluses on both hands and a belt of parachute cord ready. It turned out, at least not worse than <a href="https://vk.com/away.php?to=http%3A%2F%2Frattlerstrap.com" rel="nofollow">rattlerstrap.com</a> . :-)</p>
Thanks for this instructable, the measurements were great! I'll be making one for everone in my family now.<br>I have a fair bit of experience with paracord, so I went ahead and made this more complicated for myself. I divided 1/2 of the longer length with red and glow in the dark. <br>If you fold the paracord in your hand, layering it, then secure it with ouchless hair elastics, you can slide out a loop at a time easily.<br>The buckle, I bought online. It's an alchemy buckle from England. I see what you meant about some buckles being expensive. <br>Finding glow in the dark paracord is difficult, (and twice the price) but worth it. <br>
<p>Well I don't know about Jake22 but I just finished a belt using your Instructable andit looks great if I say so my self the only that I find hard to do is thread the cord back through at the end ( I made mine extra tight) so I brought all my ends together and melted it to a nice hard point so thanks and please don't take yours down man will find it very helpful once again thanks.</p>
<p>After a few &quot;false starts&quot; where I had to go back, untie and start over, I was able to finish the belt that goes with my awesome buckle. Thanks for the great instructable!</p>
<p><a href="http://share.pho.to/9Lujq" rel="nofollow">Here are pictures</a> for the one I made. Could use a couple extra inches on the belt size and I'm almost positive I did preshrink the cord before starting. Tension was pretty firm throughout because I think I had just barely enough to finish it with exact measurements.</p>
I made 2, one was the USMC dress uniform colors for a Christmas gift for my Dad with his old brass USMC belt buckle and the other is OD green and tan with a plain buckle that I use every day. and I did the extra colors different, I did stripes down each weave. <br>I am planning another but need to decide on color.
<p>I used some of your tutorials from here and some from another post. With that being said, i am on like my 17th belt. Takes only 2 hours or less</p>
<p><a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20110630092841/https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-rugged-and-handy-Paracord-Belt/?" rel="nofollow">http://web.archive.org/web/20110630092841/http://w...</a></p><p>Here is a link to the cached version of Jake22's original belt. What gets put on the Internet, stays on the Internet.</p>
<p>Made one for a friends Birthday. Thanks so much for the clear instructions and taking the time to write them.</p><p>It took me quite a long time, but it was a good excuse to sit down and listen to an audiobook. I want to make one for myself now ;) </p>
<p>Finally an instruction how to make the popular &quot;rattlerstrap paracord belt&quot; on your own! Thanks :-) Anyone knows of a similar design which is quicker to untie if you happen to need the cordage badly?</p>
<p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Paracord-Rescue-Belt/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Para...</a></p><p>I think this is what you are looking for.</p>
<p>This instructable has inspired me to attempt to make a belt. 50' lengths of paracord are available at Walmart for about $5 so I will go that route. FWIW, I found two other similar instructables and will study their images also in order to prepare for the task. Links below:</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Double-Cobra-Stitch-Paracord-Belt/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Double-Cobra-Stitc...</a></p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Paracord-Belt-1/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Paracord-Belt-1/</a></p><p>There are so many color combination possibilities. I hope I don't get hooked on doing this :0</p>
So after carefully looking through your pictures. I made my self one. I have to say I am really proud of myself because it only took me about 2 days. I would show you a picture but I don't know how to post on a phone. Oh yeah I didn't have any paracord so I went to hardware store and found some glow in the dark polypropylene rope. it ended up being a little wider than hoped. But I can still barely fit it in my loops. :)
<p>Hope you see this:</p><p>I'm just getting into paracord jewelry/items (like a day into it :) ) and I'm doing a belt (yeah, I know - bad first choice when you've no idea what you're doing - but he had some paracord and wanted a belt and I did some knot-tying a bazillion years ago, not macrame - made key chains, necklaces, that sort of thing with hemp and other types of &quot;string&quot; so I thought I'd give it a go - wow -might have been a mistake LOL)</p><p>I love the pictures - that helps with the difficulty of trying to explain how this part goes over this part while the other part goes over that part then under then through the hole stuff :) </p><p>But one thing I didn't notice and if I'm right, you might want to clarify that a little bit, is that the inner strand (not the core) changes each set - I mean, you do the right side with the left inner cord, then you do the left side. </p><p>However you don't say (and I may just be having a blonde moment which wouldn't surprise me) that you need to grab the left inner cord again once you start the next round and I'm assuming you have to? I did it that way when I started but the next set I just did like the right inner strand was still the correct one to choose and after about 2 rounds, I noticed they weren't right. That's when I noticed the hole. So I'm guessing you need to always grab the inner left cord as your inner right cord for each round?</p><p>Thanks for any answer I may get. My son REALLY likes your pictures so he's going to be real happy with that knot provided I can get it right LOL But I think you did a great job with your explanation even though I got/am a little confused. I'm probably one of only a few who didn't catch that you need to grab the left to use as the right in order for the 2 sides to stay together but it still might be a good idea to just adjust that little bit.</p><p>When I get it finished - I'll take a picture of it and post it here so you can see the end result (hopefully it'll be good enough that I'm not embarrassed to post it LOL)</p>
<p>dojers, you can make this belt, get the same colors as the instructable, follow the colors, you can do this, i believe in you. j</p>
<p>I did end up making one - ended up a bit short because my son, for whom I made the belt, told me the WAIST size, not the length of the belt so it was ALMOST too short - he was lucky I put a couple extra inches on it and that his belt was big on him (it was for a 40&quot; waist and he's only a 34-36&quot; waist) so it was close but it does fit. Didn't turn out too bad - made some mistakes but for a first time it was good - he's super thrilled with it - and it is made with 850 instead of 550 (that was fun....not!! ;) ) </p><p>Now I'm making a Slatt's Weave belt for my husband with a 3 loop weave. He needs a &quot;skinny&quot; belt for work as he's a carpenter in construction and wider belts cut into him, especially when he has his work belt on. So keeping fingers crossed on that one. Looking pretty good for the most part tho so I'm happy.</p><p>Thanks for a great instructable!!</p>
<p>Oops - guess that should have said Thanks Rodneybones for a great instructable :) It's what I get for not paying closer attention to whom I am responding lol</p>
<p>After each round, the inner working strands swap sides. I am not entirely sure if that is what you are asking, so I apologise if not.</p>
Yep!! That was exactly what I was asking. Thanks so much!
Here is my belt...didn't turn out too bad.
<p>It has been almost three years since I made my first belt in this method. My husband has worn it every day since, and it shows almost no wear. This belt is made to last.</p>
How wide is the buckle you used in the example?
<p>About an inch and a half, I think. I have long since misplaced it, so I can't check. :S Sorry about that. I should have added that to the instructions.</p>
<p>What length of paracord per inch do I need for this belt?</p>
<p>Roughly 30 inches of cord per inch of belt. This is based on the formulae in section 2, but is not exact. The catch loop is 36 inches regardless of the length of the belt, and there are things that can affect the overall size such as tension, compression of the cord, etc.</p>
My Dad is a former Marine and I found his old brass belt buckle, so I used it and made him this belt. I researched the dress blues uniform colors for it. I used a midnight blue as the working strand color, and added a scarlet red stripe and a white stripe into it. I have to say, the first half of the belt is a real PIA with cord management but comes out beautiful. Now I'm making one for myself with OD green, two desert tan stripes and a black nickel single prong buckle.
<p>That sounds absolutely lovely? Any chance of pictures?</p>
very nice I made 2 already the only thing is they take a lot of time...
<p>Jesse, how wide did yours turn out? I'm looking to see if I can make one that's only an inch wide and while I did make one for my son, I made his in 850 paracord and not 550. My husband is in construction, carpenter, and he bends over a lot and he says the wider belts &quot;bite&quot; into him. His current belt that's about to disentegrate is 1&quot; wide so I'm trying to make a belt that's as close to 1&quot; as I can get (even if it's 1.125 or 1.25). Thanks :) I love this pattern for belts. Would be nice if the 550 is closer to an inch than not.</p>
<p>Using 550 cord, the belt ends up about an inch and a quarter wide.</p>
<p>Love the black one, great look and great workmanship. I'm going to give that a try.</p>
very nice design I'll have to try it out sometime
Great Tut! easy to follow. I found the multi colored belt to be easier to construct. (No need to constantly check if you knot the correct strands :) I made a single color belt first and ended up unraveling a couple feet here and there to fix my oversights. I love this belt because it's really comfortable, flexible yet sturdy.It's a great rehab exercise to regain control over my hands (stroke survivor). Thanks a lot for this tutorial. <br>BTW my buckle is 2&quot; width (1+3/4&quot; inner width) by1+1/2&quot; hight. The finished belt is ~1+1/2&quot; wide and fits pretty much all my trousers :) I'll add images later <br>-le
Good job. Enjoyed it. But for paracord, check out county comm.com (yes two Ms) less of a selection. But cheaper.
good looking belt you made, i really like the way you looped the single strand, for double colors,,,pretty darn smart of you. <br> <br>I made a belt like this 2 years ago, no problems at all, still looks good, i wear this belt every day, with jeans and suits, its a belt, i have made 3 of these type of belts, I didn't see jake 22,, but found your instructions, thanks for posting, <br> <br>I truly like the double color belt, now I have to make one.. <br> <br>thanks again for the post <br>
Good directions, a little hard to follow at first. Took a couple tries for it to come out right. Managed to have it turn out backwards. I think it looks good. Time to try a multicolored belts. Thanks again

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