Introduction: Double Cobra Stitch Paracord Belt

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This project can be a bit monotonous but well worth it. Monotonous only because once you get started you are repeating the same knot over and over and over again until you get to the end.

Step 1: Gather and Prep Your Materials

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First things first. Get your materials. I ordered a plain brushed steel buckle from eBay for about $2. The lighter and scissors you probaly have around the house. I always keep a spool of paracord at the house but for this belt you are gonna need about 120 feet of cord for a belt for someone with a 32-34 inch waist.

You have to cut 5 lengths of cord. Double the measurement of your waist and add 24". (34" + 34" + 24" = 92")
Cut 2 lengths this long. These will be your "core" threads which run down the middle of your braids.
Your braiding threads need to be 12" long for each inch of waistline. Then add about 6 feet. (34"x12= 34 feet + 6 = 40 feet). You need 2 cords this length.

Your final cord is 3 feet long. This is used to make the loop you tuck the end of the belt into after it's buckled.

So, 2 at 92", 2 at 40 feet and 1 at 3 feet.

Use a lighter to melt the tips of the cord to prevent them from fraying during the braiding process. Exclude the 3' cord from this step. You have to remove the inner white strings later.

Step 2: Attach Your Cords to the Buckle

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Once your cords are cut to length, you have to attach the 2 core lines to the buckle. The knot is called a Lark's head.

Once the core lines are attached, the braid lines are attached over the core line knots also using Lark's head knots.

Note in the pictures the directions of the knots. The knots on the braid lines are in the opposite direction of the core lines.

Step 3: Start the Braiding

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Now that the cords are attached to the buckle, bundle up the excess braid lines and rubber band them. It makes braiding easier because you don't have to pull all 40 feet through after each stitch.

Now, the cobra stitch... Very easy to learn. This belt is 2 cobra stitches, side by side. After each set of braids, the center braid lines are swapped from one side to the other. This holds the 2 sides together.

On each side of the buckle, you have 2 core lines and 2 braid lines.

Take the outside braid line and pass it behind the 2 core lines. Pass the inner braid line under the outer braid line, then up and over the core lines and through the loop made by the outer braid line. Tighten that knot. Now, on the same side of the buckle you have to do the mirror image of the first knot. Loop the inner braid line behind the core lines. Then pull the outer braid line behind the inner braid line, over the core lines and then through the loop and pull tight.

Now do the same set of steps on the other side of the buckle starting with the outer braidline.

Once you've completed 2 knots on each side of the buckle, you have to criss-cross the inner braid lines.

Step 4: Continue Braiding

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Now comes the monotony. Repeating the same knots over and over.

Ensure that you are pulling the knots tightly, but not so tight as to distort the straightness of the belt. Every so ofter, grab the core lines and push the braids up to the buckle to keep everything tight.

Release the braid lines bit by bit as needed. Just keep braiding until you get to the desired length.

Step 5: Finishing the End of the Belt

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Once down to the desired belt length, you have to cut the outer core line on each side of teh buckle an trim it down to about 1.5 inches past the end. I use a pair of hemostats to reach under one of the braid loops and puul the core line back through. Repeat this until the core lines are tucked under 5 or 6 loops.

Step 6: Knot the Belt Tip

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Pay attention to the pictures, I hope I can explain this well enough for all to understand.

The 2 inner braid lines now become your core lines (the ones you braid around)

Start by taking the 2 remaining core lines and do a double stich around your new core lines.Pull these knots good and tight and push them up toward the buckle.

Then take the 2 outer braid lines an do a double stitch around your ne core lines and pull everything tight.

Step 7: Trim Up the Ends

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Trimm the reamining cords, one at a time, to about a 1/4 inch long. Then melt them with the lighter unitl the small molten ball of cord fuses into the braided portion of the belt. This will keep the braid from coming undone.

Repeat on all the cords unitl it's all trim and clean.

Step 8: Start the Belt Keeper

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Take the 3' cord and remove the inner white strands. This will make the braid lay much flatter and thinner.

Go down about 5 loops from the buckle and open up the loop using hemostats or even a screwdriver.
Fold the cord in half and pass it through the loop and form a Lark's head.

Open a loop on the opposite side of the belt and pass the other ends of the cord through.

Using the end of the belt as a spacer, pull the cord taunt. Leave a bit of slack.

Step 9: Braid the Keeper

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Now, using a cobra stitch, finish braiding the keeper.

Ensure to push the braid tight as you go.

Once finished, trim the lines as before and melt them in place.

Hope this works out your you. I've been wearing one of these belts everyday for over a year an it has held up amazingly. The one in the photos is one that I just finished for my Dad for Father's Day.


TeeDum (author)2014-01-29

The first one I made took me about 2 weeks, but I was only working on it 20-30 minutes a day in the evening.

This one took about three days. A couple hours a day. It goes slow at first because moving the bundled cord through the knot loops is a bit of a hassle. But when the cords get short, you really start flying through it.

Your fingers get a bit sore at first, just take breaks. And make sure to keep everything tight and straight. Loose, floppy knots will make a saggy and crooked belt.

Ria-Ra made it! (author)2017-12-30

Made this as a christmas gift for my boyfriend and it turned out great! He loved it, so thank you for this awesome instructable. :)

howardholbrook (author)2015-05-20

Need help... Confused on crossing the cords.

AntonA40 (author)howardholbrook2017-12-17

It would have helped if the two sets, the core and the weave, were differnt cololurs.

hohum (author)2017-07-10

i made one about 5-6 years ago, works great, it's the only belt that i own, i made one for the temple to strap in the Torahs, the Rabbi really liked it,

great tut and pictures, Thanks

pcollette made it! (author)2017-02-19

2 days, sz 34, measure 34" till I put belt loop on, then it was shorten by about 2" so next time I will make cords longer and make sure it measures at least 2" longer than what the waist is because once you put it in the belt loop you lose a couple inches. Great directions thou. Here is a work in progress and final product.

MegaZMan (author)2016-08-28

Wondering if anyone knows know how much paracord you would need for a Single cobra stitch belt??? not a big fan of the double cobra look tbh :P also in my area generally the maximum lengths sold are 30 metre (100 feet) paracord X( anything longer has to be bought online/ from overseas (no worries on the prices, just the month long waits!! lol )

sshepard (author)MegaZMan2017-01-02

You can get 100' lengths from in an astounding array of colors, and buckles clasps. I just found it last month. Great site. I'm like you, not a big fan of the double cobra. I'm wondering how much cord would be needed for a fishtail for this one....

MegaZMan (author)sshepard2017-01-02

ahhhh bored paracord! haha love thier youtube vids, but since i'm from Australia i don't think they ship international... but yeah i was thinking the same thing about the fishtail as well!! would make a pretty sweet belt :P :D

sshepard (author)MegaZMan2017-01-02

From Bored?Paracord! websites shipping section...



Domestic Shipping
All domestic orders will ship via USPS or Fedex Ground, depending on weight.

International Shipping
We ship worldwide with full tracking information. Please allow 1-4 weeks for delivery outside of the United States"

KathyP61 made it! (author)2016-06-09

made one for my son to go with his scout uniform. Real easy, only took about 2 hours. Going to have to make more.

Gaige Kerns (author)2016-04-04

This would be great. Just in case of emergency you could easily use this for a survival situation. This is about 100 feet or so? Of cord good for situations that may need it

Gaige Kerns (author)2016-04-04

This would be great. Just in case of emergency you could easily use this for a survival situation. This is about 100 feet or so? Of cord good for situations that may need it

Gaige Kerns (author)2016-04-04

This is a great survival item.

dplesovskikh made it! (author)2016-02-18

5-6 hours, calluses on both hands and a belt of parachute cord ready. It turned out, at least not worse than . :-)

shonv (author)2015-02-08

if i have a 30 1/2 inch waist how much paracord do i need

TeeDum (author)shonv2015-02-08

About 100 feet. Is better to err on the long side. I did one for my dad who put on weight. When I got to the end I was braiding with very short lengths which was difficult.

Check out the first paragraph it'll give you a good baseline to measure up your lengths

PureL (author)TeeDum2015-11-15

TeeDum, Thnx for the great design and tutorial. As a newbie to the hobby, at 63 years old, I thought this would be a challenge but no, it's gone quite smoothly thanks to your tutorial and photographs. I do have a method for splicing paracord and this place will never be seen and it will hold at 75% of line strength. I am hoping that I do not have to use this method, but one never knows As I am making this belt for my son with a waistline of 65 inches, and that varies. You can't find a "store bought" braided belt that size, so again thank you .

shonv (author)TeeDum2015-02-09

thanks im makeing one for my sister

dboardman1 made it! (author)2015-11-02

Is that a l.5 or 1.75 inch buckle? Very nice...going to make this my 1st paracord piece...I hope!

LokiWartooth (author)2015-08-17

Great break down most don't show how to do the cobra weave as well as you did and your instructions were clear and concise.

ShannonR4 (author)2015-08-01

GREAT IDEA!!! I wonder if needle nose pliers might work, Well I will find out soon enough!

ShannonR4 (author)2015-08-01

tatebullrider (author)2015-03-07

It only took me 100 feet to make a 34 in. belt, not 120. Awesome instructables btw. :)

pgarrity (author)2014-02-17

Anyone have any feedback on using this for an EDC belt? Thank you in advance.

ruben.tan.10 (author)pgarrity2015-02-16

I made a black one and wear it almost every day. I study at university so it has to be a little bit covert but it works. I think I'll be making some more and expect the weave to become more consistent as I get more experienced.

scott.moore.12382 made it! (author)2015-02-06

Well done, this worked great, especially the end. I alternated the colors with copper and tan, it looks sweet and is super tight - I really like the idea for the belt loop of removing the inner cords - creates a tight little loop.

I did a triple cobra which is very similar but has a cobra with the middle cords every other knot, it creates a very open design, lots of holes, unlike this double which is super tight!! Thanks for the great instructable - and your math was almost perfect!

scott.moore.12382 (author)2015-02-06

Well done, this worked great, especially the end. I alternated the colors with copper and tan, it looks sweet and is super tight - I really like the idea for the belt loop of removing the inner cords - creates a tight little loop.

I did a triple cobra which is very similar but has a cobra with the middle cords every other knot, it creates a very open design, lots of holes, unlike this double which is super tight!! Thanks for the great instructable - and your math was almost perfect!

ruben.tan.10 made it! (author)2015-01-30

Really liked it. Took me about 6 hours to make it. I will definatly be making more in the future. It took me a few tries to get the cobra knot right but once i got the hang of it it was easy.

rwö made it! (author)2015-01-03

Hat eine ganze Weile gedauert bis ich meinen Gürtel fertig hatte aber bin höchst zufrieden ???

Lilworm337 made it! (author)2014-12-18

I have MASTERED this belt making tutorial. I have made over 15 belts. Thans for the tutorial.

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-19

Thank you for your Instructable

Nice job.


MichaelW8 made it! (author)2014-10-08

Well, not particularly skilled at soft crafting. I started this project to keep my mind calm from recovering from surgery. I found it difficult initially to understand in pictures what was needing to be done. However I feel that was mainly my inexperience being new to working paracord- a complex first project some might say, so I had it coming. After 2 inches I began to better understand what was going on so it go a lot better and took me 3 days to complete, with little 10 minute bursts throughout the day. Despite taking 3 hours to even get a beginning I was happy with this project did not take as long as I was expecting. the next one, naturally, will be much better. :)

Geek4Life (author)2014-08-20

Where's the best place to get the buckles?

TeeDum (author)Geek4Life2014-08-20

EBay. There's a huge selection and there are plenty of inexpensive choices

fines67 (author)2014-07-26

I used myn as a gun belt.

b_adam92 (author)2014-07-17

Definitely going to make this one

KidAnalog (author)2014-06-24

Good stuff. I made my first one for a uniform field belt, so I don't care about any little flubs. The more I make, the better they'll be.

mobiansstech (author)2014-05-19

Brilliant... gonna try for sure... ;)

worldlrnr (author)2014-03-11

This is really great and I am putting it on my craft room board on Pinterest

AuralVirus (author)2014-01-28

i'd buy 1 :) but seriously how many total hours to make the belt (well tie the chord)?

wasyles (author)AuralVirus2014-03-02

took me about 5 hours but I do a lot of paracord stuff

TeeDum (author)AuralVirus2014-01-29

see my featured comment

AuralVirus (author)TeeDum2014-01-29

I must admit I was expecting you to say 8 hours or something crazy - so yep that's not "too" bad, a few sore fingers etc to get an extremely useful survival item with "free belt" ;D

Thanks very much - I'm off to order some para cord from amazon or where ever I can get it cheap in the uk.

K had a price check and a few shocks on the way.
You guys seem to be paying (?) about $12.90 for a 100feet (equates to = £7.78 over here in the UK) and I can find it for £7.50 which is great, and surprisingly a few pence cheaper but obviously I'd need either 2 x 100feet or better would be to get a 1000foot spool and make some for friends & family etc but this is where things go silly.
You guys are paying (quick ebay search so prices proly vary no doubt) $59.99 which would equal = £36.18 here in the UK for 1000feet. Sounds great except actual prices are averaging £91.00 !!! (for OSS's type III) - 3 times your retail!.
I have found Yougle type III for £49.99 via UPS so it's possible to get it cheaper but still £10 ($16.55) more than retail.
Normally you'd expect bulk to be cheaper not dearer especially when 100foot is comparable to U.S prices. Ah well £50 for 5 or so belts and a few bracelets isn't "too" bad as a cheapo belt would set me back at least £10 let alone 1 made of para cord.

k time to flex the fingers.

wasyles (author)2014-03-02

awesome instructions made a belt for me showed my he wants one

Hogslyr (author)2014-02-16

I'm about 2-2.5 hours in and at 22in working a green and black belt. cant figure out how to post a pic from my mobile

nhaigler (author)2014-02-08

Awesome idea! Just finished making one using a belt buckle I got from my brother during his deployment. Looks fantastic with paracord. Thanks for the instructions!

laguera (author)2014-02-06


JohanStofberg (author)2014-02-06

Sorry flagged by error

f5mando (author)2014-01-30

Looks great! Thanks for this (vegan) belt instructable!

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