This is my first Instructable and i would appreciate your votes in the Paracord Contest!

I will be showing you how to create a Paracord Rescue Belt. While bracelets can be useful they simply do not contain enough cord for a real emergency. 8-12 feet can certainly be handy in some situations but think of what you can do with 50 feet!

The belt essentially has two main functions. 
1. The buckle is a high decibel whistle for attracting attention
2. The Belt section itself is a single length of 550 Paracord which can be unravelled literally in seconds for a whole manner of rescue techniques. 

In my opinion speed is what makes the difference in a survival situation. You can unravel the entire belt with one pull, there is no need to undo a whole series of knots or weaves.

Depending on the method you use to weave and the size of your waist, the belt can supply you with a length upwards of 70 feet of cord, This particular belt used 50 feet for my 32" waist  however i will explain how to increase or decrease the amount of cord you can carry while maintaining the same length of belt. 
Although the side release buckle means that the belt is not adjustable, there is about 15% elasticity in the belt so you need not worry if you put on a little holiday weght, your belt should be able to acommodate you.  The elasticity also means it will remain tight but flexible if you are wearing it during  outdoor pursuits.

Its worth noting that this same technique can also be used to make a bracelet which i have pictured at the end of the instructable.

Step 1: Materials

For best results use genuine 550 Paracord. I purchase mine from supplycaptain.
As with anything in life you get what you pay for, if you are intending on using this as a rescue belt you want to have the best cord available and with suplycaptain they guarantee the quality and authenticity of their cord. Many online retailers sell similar looking but poor quality cord with no guarantees on the breaking strains.

1. 550 Paracord 
    You can use any colour you like. You will need approximately 50 feet of cord for the belt shown.

2. Fastener
    Im using an emergency whistle side release buckle which can be picked up online or in any good outdoors store.

3. Scissors 
    To cut the cord

4. Lighter
    To seal the ends of the cord so they dont fray.

5. Forceps (optional)
    Depending on your dexterity you may benefit from using forceps or needle nose pliers to help pull through the cord, i managed the whole belt without.
If i am a 40 waiat how much do i need? Also how do i reattach two 50 foot to make my 100 foot i had
<p>Very nice, Stu! This is the first set of belt instructions I've seen that doesn't assume I already know how.</p>
<p>Can you finish it without a buckle on the end?</p>
Just wondering if anyone tried to do it with multi colors instead just one?
<p>Excellent tutorial!</p>
<p>50 feet is quite a lot. </p>
does anyone know what this weave is called?
<p>usually referred to as &quot;Slatt's Knot&quot; or Slatt's Rescue Belt&quot;</p>
The instructions and pictures helped me a lot.
Thanks for this tutorial. <br>In this picture unfortunately I can't see the 'few inches tail' you mentioned, though. Where is it? Mamy thanks.
Nevermind. It shows a few pics later. Thanks
Used a standard belt buckle. Started with 6 loops. Buckle works great with the pattern. I get compliments every time I wear it.
My son needed a belt.
<p>Will this weave work with a standard belt buckle like a braided leather belt? Thanks.</p>
<p>Just an FYI this isn't genuine paracord. If it was it would have a colored tracable cord running through it meant for identifying the manufacturer.</p>
<p>My camera is crap but the belt I made isn't. It's only a 4-loop weave and my waist is narrow, so I've only got roughly 40ft. of paracord on it, but I chose a buckle that's not only a whistle, it's also a flint and striker.</p><p>...now I just need to decide on the best way to put a compass on it, given that I tried and failed to weave it on.</p>
<p>I just finished mine. </p><p>Specs:</p><p>Waist Size: 33&quot;</p><p>Belt Length: 48&quot; or 4 ft not stretched. </p><p>Using a 6 loop weave its about 8-10&quot; per weave.</p><p>This results in 96-120 ft of paracord being used in the on belt.</p><p>Thanks for the great 'ible!</p>
You know? I've tried to hang myself with many different kinds of belts at &quot;low points&quot; in my life. However, now that I've seen and learned to weave my own belts and other things I have a new sense of hope. I would like to thank you so very much for this post it is a breath of fresh air to me. Now, I can rest assured knowing that when I wrap that belt around my neck I'll truly appreciate the strength, durability, and craftsmanship that's gone into it.
<p>I'm struggeling to tell weather this is sarcastic or not...</p>
<p>If we never hear back from him again I guess we'll know. :-) </p>
<p>Thanks you for the info. well done.. :)</p>
The method of the loops used in this belt are very similar to the way knitting works, except that you are starting on the left for each row, whereas for knitting you would start on alternating sides for each row. If someone knows how to knit, it might be a little faster for them, once they figure a way to anchor the weave to the buckle. I like the idea. I just made a strap for a messenger bag, using 50 feet of 8mm paracord. Good job on the instruct able. <br> <br>OneMooreGuy
I keep thinking that it looks like Tunisian Crochet.
<p>The first time I heard of this kind of belt, I thought it was <br>awesome and tried to track back the source. The earliest I could find <br>was referred to as the &quot;Slatts Rescue Belt&quot;, using a knot apparently <br>developed by Philip Slattery. At one point, I saw a reference, I <br>believe from Slattery, that the knot was based on a modified crochet <br>stitch.</p>
<p>The first time I heard of this kind of belt, I thought it was awesome and tried to track back the source. The earliest I could find was referred to as the &quot;Slatts Rescue Belt&quot;, using a knot apparently developed by Philip Slattery. At one point, I saw a reference, I believe from Slattery, that the knot was based on a modified crochet stitch.</p><p>That would definitely explain the the similarity to knitting, too.</p>
I thought that myself and will be trying a knitted one next.
<p>Great instructions. Thinking of adapting to make a 4&quot; wide guitar strap. I will need to have multiple colors (making for a friend). For survival purposes just fusing together the different colors would not be strong enough. What would you recommend?? Fusing and then stitching with micro cord?? Please advise. Thank you. and Thank you for the inspiration!!</p>
<p>You CAN splice paracord, though I have not found an easy way to do it. </p><p>1) Heat the edges of the cut outer shell so it doesn't fray. (don't over do it)<br>2) Fuse the inner cords and mash it into a tight cylinder.<br>3) Slide one side of the shell over the fuse (1/2 inch) then heat the shell slowly and compress it. (it needs to be tight and stiff about 1/2 inch long)<br>4)Now you can slide the other side over the first cord giving yourself at least 1 inch (this is the tough part)</p><p>You pinch the base of the stiff inner shell, push into the outer shell, pinch OS over the tip of the IS and slide the loose end of the OS over the cord of the IS (like a snake eating a rat, it's slow going and a little at a time) Now pinch the base of the IS again driving the OS onto it. Pinch the ON at the tip of the IS and... well you get it.</p><p>5) Once you have 1 inch heat the edge of the outer shell and crimp it onto the inner shell. When the two cords are pulled the outer shell works like a Chinese finger puzzle and wont let go.</p><p>It's not terribly flexible so it should be used in a straight area. I use this in the middle of my bracelets for multi color version.</p>
<p>Beautiful work!!!! I'm gonna give it a try.</p>
<p>ooh nice :)</p>
do you know how to finish if you use a regular buckle ?
Explain the begging better
I love it!!!! You Know I'm gonna try this one. Thanks. Looks easy you did a great job describing each step.
Awesome! It's easy to make and use! I'm going to make a gun sling this way.
What size buckle did you use?
How well do you think this would work for using a standard belt buckle? I'd think that if you made it over length, in the same style as a normal belt, it could function quite well, but I'm not sure how well the weave would hold up to being tugged at by the pin. Any clues?
This is by far my favorite belt weave! I have only been working with paracord for a couple months but I picked this one up in no time. Idk if anyone has put thought into a two color version, but i think i figured it out. <br> <br>I stopped here due to lack of paracord, and well i don't like these colors together. The process doesn't really change, but I do think that it is more tedious. This is the back side; on the front the colors are more balanced. <br>
where can i buy good paracord on the internet that ships worldwide, and where can i buy that buckle?
I found mine on Amazon, &pound;5.95 plus &pound;2.70 postage UK for 100ft of 550 paracord type III 7 strand camo, also bought 5 clips (22mm x 57mm) &pound;1.25 plus &pound;2.70 postage UK. Both sold by wild elk. Seems like good quality and great delivery and service.
I've found a great, inexpensive source of Type I and Type III paracord on ebay.com. Search for a seller named 5staredc, who has many solid, camo and neon paracord available.
For anyone looking for cord i have about 90 colours available in a variety of lengths as well as side release buckles, shackles, belt buckles etc. . Just drop me an email.
I just finished my first one. I used 5 loops instead of the 4 in the Instructable because I had a 1&quot; buckle and also wanted more cordage on the belt. For those of you wondering some specifics, here's the statistics:<br><br>Waist Size: 32&quot;<br>Actual Belt Length: 37&quot;<br>Total Construction Time: ~4 hours<br>Paracord Used: ~70 feet, woodland camo
I used 50 feet like the dude said but (not thinking!) did 5 loops with a 1&quot; buckle and mine was only 28&quot; long. I have a 32&quot; waist and if I suck in my gut I can get it on. So much for 2.5 hours work! Next time I&quot;ll start with more paracord. Don't make my mistake!
make another short belt (bracelet size) with same type clip... then attach both together and you will have a full size belt. If you make the bracelet part another color or weave or wider it will make a great center design.
That is great idea, will definitely be using that idea, thanks.
What a great idea. I was wondering how to ADD more cord. Please where can I find a formula for calculating how much cord to use?
how long did it take you to finish the whole thing<br>
Try reading my comment again.
does that have any where you can adjust the size?<br>
Unfortunately, no. This design doesn't lend to being adjustable.

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