Introduction: Paracord Pet Harness
If you have a pet that needs to go outside, there is a good chance that you own a collar and leash. Collars are great, but harnesses are more secure since they come around your pet in the front and the back. I wanted to make a harness for my own cats but I couldn't find any methods that I had any practice with. I knew how to do the cobra stitch (that's the one used to make paracord bracelets) and I had some left-over paracord so I figured out how to make a harness.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
For a paracord harness you will need...
(2) Plastic Buckles
(Several) Packages of Paracord
(1) Pair of Scissors
NOTE: You don't need the wooden dowel I only used that to show simply how to use the cobra stitch.
Step 2: Measure Your Pet
As noted in the picture, you need three measurements. One for around the belly, one for around the neck, and one that equals the distance between the first and second measurements.
Step 3: Learn the Cobra Stitch
Now it is time to start the Cobra Stitch. all you need to do is pull your cord so two "strands" come down the middle with the two ends down off the sides. Let's call the one on the left "A" and the one on the right "B". The next step corresponds to the next picture. Now take "A" and bring it over the middle and under "B". Now take "B" and bring it under the middle and over "A". Pull both ends tight. To continue the stitch you repeat until it is the desired length. Feel free to practice until you know the stitch.
Step 4: Cut the Paracord for the Belly
Remember the measurement for the belly, now cut a length of cord about seven times as long as the belly. You will be left with a fuzzy end with white string coming through the middle. Light a candle and put the end in the flame for a moment. Look at the end If it is still fuzzy put it back in, but be careful you don't want to catch the cord on fire! When you are done it should look like the second picture. This process is called fusing and it will prevent the cord from fraying and coming undone.
Step 5: Start the Belly Portion
First, start by pushing your cord through one of the holes in the buckle( I personally prefer to use the farthest one). Then put both ends into the hole on the other buckle piece. Adjust the two pieces until the cord is the desired length. Start the Cobra Stitch.
Once you have correctly started the stitch continue until you get a quarter of the way done then stop. this is where you will add the piece that connects the belly and the neck.
Step 6: Start the Neck Portion
This is the exact same thing as the previous step. The only difference is that the measurements will be different.
Again stop once you are about a quarter of the way done.
Step 7: Adding the Belly/Neck Conecter
This is one of the hardest parts of creating a pet harness. The goal here is to connect the two pieces. This can be done by laying the two pieces side by side. In the picture I have my neck piece on the right and the belly piece on the left. Now make one loose stitch on each piece as shown in the next picture. The best way to describe this is the two loops are like the two holes in the plastic buckles. Cut your third piece of cord and fuse the ends. Now loop the cord through the piece on the left just like you would if you started the stitch on the buckle, then loop it trough the other side like the other piece of the buckle. Stitch all of the way across.
Step 8: Finishing the Belly & Neck Segments
Continue the stitch all of the way down.
NOTE: If you run out of cord, grab some more and fuse the two pieces together.
Step 9: Finishing the Harness
Now all you have to do is cut the remaining ends off and fuse them.
I have found that attaching a clip to the belly segment is extremely useful for attaching the leash
Thank you for reading my instructable. if you have any questions or problems with making yours please leave a comment and I will get back to you a soon as I can.
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Could you give a loose estimate on the amount of paracord used in feet?
It highly depends on your sizing. For a one color 16 inch, you want 5 yards. I would recommend 5 yards for each the neck and belly and 2.5 for in between.