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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alperkabakci made it!(author)2015-11-14

little bit short from my bracelets left

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StevenB6 made it!(author)2015-11-09

easy enough

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raster_eyes made it!(author)2012-08-25

Yeah, agreed w/ what PKTraceur said, above. I didn't notice the quality of the pictures (at first) because I was ntent on following the thread of the I'ble. Only afterwards did I think "Yeah, that's right!"

The pictures were:
a.) well & evenly-lit,
b.) sharply focused on their subject, and
c.) the shots were taken from a point close enough to their subject, that extraneous details were out of the frame completely.

This helped make an interesting I'ble easier to follow. You can have your cell-cams; give me a good point-n-shoot, or *SLR any day!

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raster_eyes made it!(author)2012-08-25

Agree w/ PKTraceur re: pictures. I wasn't aware of the photos (at first) because I was intent on following the thread of the article. Only *afterwards* did I think: "yeah, that's right!"; the pictures were: a.) well & evenly lit, b.) sharply focused on their subject, and c.) simplified (shot close enough that extraneous details were out of the frame). This makes it so easy to understand & follow.

I wish more I'ble authors would do that. You can have your cell-cams; give me a *SLR or quality point-n-shoot any day!

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mattrush made it!(author)2011-06-21

Please vote for it in the competition if you like it. Thanks :)

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plasticpopcorn4 made it!(author)2011-06-01

did you do 2 passes on this on? looks more solid than the other pics

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mattrush made it!(author)2011-06-01

Yes i did 2 runs, one on top of the other.

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Count+Almasy made it!(author)2011-06-01

Wow, going to try that on all my bags. Great idea, thanks for putting it up.

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wilgubeast made it!(author)2011-05-31

Glorious. Just glorious. My bag has a strap with no padding. This will become a future resource for all my strap-wrapping needs.

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PKTraceur made it!(author)2011-05-31

Awesome! Very clear pictures.

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