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I am sure everybody who once owned or held a guitar at some point of there life, after some time became tired of holding a heavy guitar or you may just be in the mood for a new guitar strap.

Here I will show you how to make a paracord and leather guitar strap.

This is what you will need.
- Paracord (Different colors if you feel happy)
- Pen or Marker
- Scissors (knife not necessary)
- Leather or something similar
- Hole punch
- G-clamp(optional)
- Paperclips(optional)
- Old guitar strap(optional)

I will just be using my old strap as guide to the length of my new strap.  

 
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Step 1: A little leather work


To start I made the end flap from leather since I have a surplus stash hidden and it will last a lot longer since my old strap that where made from vinyl started to slip from the guitar.

I took the design from my old strap but the flaps can be any basic shape as long as the slit in cut into it where the guitar attaches. I am also using the same flaps for both side since I will be the only one using the guitar so it doesn't have to be adjustable. If you decide to make you own design or want to make the strap wider, to watch out for the hole where the paracord attaches. 

Using a pen I just traced down the old straps flap and using the scissor to cut out the leather.

The next thing I did was to punch holes into the leather. For my strap I am doing a ''boosted'' version of the 6 strand flat braid with 10 strands. Instead of making 10 holes, I will be only making 5 and looping the paracord thought the holes double. 

Using the pen, I evenly spaced the holes and using a punch I made the holes.

You must also make a slit to where it will attach to the guitar.




elliemae6110 months ago

I am going to attempt with 12 strands 3 different colors but I might try method one on your link. I did a trial run of your method and am not sure if I liked how it turned out....so unraveled and giving the other method today. Thanks for the instructions - great job!!!

splazem3 years ago
Awesome!
jurienaude (author) 3 years ago
thanks everbody
baconrocks3 years ago
Cool :)
vishalapr3 years ago
I used it for my guitar and it was perfect!!!! rated a 4.5*
Well done
Wasagi3 years ago
Sweet! Great Job!
caitlinsdad3 years ago
Nice. Does that strap stretch out and scrunch up into a "thick rope" that is hard on the shoulders with the weight of the guitar?
jurienaude (author)  caitlinsdad3 years ago
Hi, I just took a tape measure and measure the strap, in it's relaxed state it's a 101cm long between the two flaps and I had somebody pull the other end while I measured the length stretched out. The difference was about 3.5 cm or 3.4%. Also I believe the braiding is in such a way that all the cord are under some tension that will prevent scrunching. I noticed that under tension, if I twist one end of my old strap it will collapse but if I twist my strap it forms a nice even spiral.