Step 1: Gather and Prep Your Materials
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
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
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
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
Step 6: Knot the Belt Tip
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
Repeat on all the cords unitl it's all trim and clean.
Step 8: Start the Belt Keeper
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
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.