Introduction: Paracord Strap Wrap
Hi, this is my first Instructable so bare with me.
The Paracord Strap Wrap is a simple way of tidying up loose ends on your gear using various lengths of paracord. Using paracord instead of things like cable ties has its obvious advantages to any paracord fanatic. Depending on the amount of the strap you want to cover and the thickness you want to make it you can use anywhere between 2 or 3 meters up to 15. Below is a quick 5 minute one that i did with about a meter of cord on my Maxpedition Monsoon Gearslinger.
Step 1: Step 1
Now i have found that in most of my out door type gear, any webbing strap that is stitched up at the end has a small enough gap to fit a single length of paracord through. The easiest way to do this is with a cable tie.
Step 2: Step 2
Thread the end without the clip on through the end of the strap, make a loop with it by threading it back on itself. Then Thread paracord through the cable tie loop and pull the tie until the loop has gone all the way through (pulling the paracord through with it). Then pull the cord through until it is about halfway through.
Step 3: Step 3
This is based on something i found in an old knot book, its called the Cobra stitch though i have seen it in other places called other things. Its how survival straps are made and its basically threading one end in front of a core and one end behind it and then each end through the loop that has been created. Here the core is the strap.
Keep tying the loops in until you have a few in a row.
Step 4: Step 4
When you've tied enough loops off that your happy with it, thread both ends back down the middle and under the loops you've tied. A pair of pliers can be useful depending on how tight you've made the loops. Also you can layer it up a bit by going back on its self and creating a second or third layer beefing it up a bit. It can be finished off any way you like really, I tried it with a fisherman's not and a figure of eight its really up to your preference on the appearance.
Step 5: Step 5
When your happy with the end knot just trim the ends and wax with a lighter. I did two of these on the cross straps of my gearslinger and then layered it up with a double one on the grab handle.
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