Introduction: Proffesional Ghillie Suit

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 This instructable is on a ghillie suit.a ghillie suit is camouflage at its best . Military snipers use ghillie suits to hide in fields forests and other vegatation . I have seen a  few other ghillie suit instructables but i wanted to make my own . 

Step 1: Materials

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 You will need a few things to make a ghillie suit 
a piece of burlap big enough to wrap around your body 3 times
camouflage pants(i didn't want to make my nice camo pants ghillified so i made a par of pants)
camouflage shirt or jacket
camouflage hat
netting with 1 inch spacings(cut up a baddmitten net)
 fabric dyes(that blend into your surroundings)
hot glue 
hot glue gun
lots of time

Step 2: Getting the Burlap String

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 To get the string from the piece of burlap you need to pull it apart string by string
Once you have all the string cut it into thirty or twenty inch strings then you will be ready to dye the string . 

Step 3: Dye the String

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 Pick your colors . 
For a lush green forest pick green dyes ,  for an area that has dead leaves on the ground pick some browns ,  for a field pick tans . Pick colors that blend into the surroundings where you want to use it . 
I picked olive green and a plain green because I want to use it in a forest 
Dye your burlap your colors . 
Take the burlap out at different times to give it different shades of that color . 

Step 4: Attach the Netting

 The netting is what the burlap strings attach to .
Lay the clothes your using out flat on the ground and lay the netting over it and cut the netting to the size of your clothes . 

Make sure to cut netting for both sides of your ghillie suit if you want to make a full body ghillie suit , 
if your a sniper and lay down a lot only cut netting for the back . 

Step 5: Attacch the Burlap

 This is the most important step of making a ghillie suit . 
To attach the burlap grab 3 or 4 strings at a time .  Bend them in half so they make a long u shape .  Place the u shape under a string from the netting , fold the long u  in half with one half under the nets string the other half over . Pull the ends through the loop at the end and do that to all the string . 
Make sure your colors are spread out . Meaning don't put all the green in one place and all the brown in another . 
I'll add pics soon . 

Step 6: Good Job

If you made an entire ghillie suit you have you should be very proud . 
Ghillie suits are proffesional tules used by real snipers . 
Some ideas for what to use your ghillie suit for:
hide and seek 
Remember ghillie suits are supposed to be 40 percent burlap and 60 percent natural vegetation . 
Please send me a pictures if your going to make a ghillie suit and links to other ghillie suit instructables .


jon.squire.9634 (author)2015-03-02

Hi, where would i find the dye for this?

You may need to go to several stores or order online to get all the colors you need. Most supermarket, sewing and craft stores carry a small assortment of colors.

AnneS11 (author)jon.squire.96342015-08-23

wal mart craft or laundry section, Michaels craft store, fabric store or large gtocery store laundry section. its called RIT dye or fabric dye

trouthunter08 made it! (author)2015-10-28

Just a few tips to throw in for those that have not made them before. I for one purchase a roll of burlap (3ft x24ft) from the Home Depot or Lowes garden dept for $3.98 as of Oct 2015. I cut out sections (3ftx6ft) which I put in 5 gallon buckets of Rit Dye. I NEVER use black, the only reason traditional woodland camo/military surplus has black in it; is because it adds depth and shadow which is not needed in a true ghillie. Once colored and rinsed real good, I take the pre cut 6ft sections of dyed burlap and cut them on the narrow 3ft sections into approximately 14 inch sections. Most store bought gardening burlap will have a sewed seam, use this to your advantage and do not cut it off till last. Once I have a few sections that are now 3ft x 14in, I pull out all of the 14 inch strands and when all the 14 inch strands are pulled then take the long 3ft section of burlap and cut it down to addl. 14in sections. This will take hours out of the process if cutting rolls and rolls of twine.

To cut down on an all ready time consuming task of tying the strands, Google or go to ebay and order "net needles". Ebay sells them for around $3.50 for 5 or more. The process I use is take your strands, usually 4-8 depending on preference. Loop the 14in strands in the middle on the center part of the needle with the loop side of the burlap up. Slip the needle into your netting, after the top of the burlap passes through the net, grip it with your fingers and take the ends of the strands and pass them through the loop and pull tight. take this process and vary the colors of the burlap working your way up from the bottom a few thousand times till you have the look you want.

Rit has a boat load of colors (be creative and mix the dye water for variations), the longer the burlap is left in the dye, the darker they will be(vary the dye time for mix of shades)

. I personally use uncolored, bronze, yellow, and light and dark green colored burlap. For fall hunting, and use less greens and more the dry grass/weeds which almost looks like golden dry wheat.

if you live near a major coast, go to a commercial fishing store, the sell the needles for $0.60 cents a piece:

Let me know if you need additional pics of how to use the needle.

Happy hunting,


Handy Gamer (author)2015-10-21

Thanks, Halloween is coming up, so i decided to build this, and i'm starting tomarow

Mr-Dman (author)2015-08-28

Any new pics of your suit?

NikD5 (author)2015-08-05

for people from other countieswere fishing nets are eligal you can saw the burlap directly in the pants and use the net from the ting you use to catch small fish wen ur abroad the net on a stick sorry I forgot wat it is on English

herooftime789_9 (author)2015-07-02

thank you very much I begin my project tomorrow.

Never tells me how much Burlup I need. I bought three big bags and took 5 hours unstinting two and a half of them.

herooftime789_9 (author)2015-05-16

You could also use Shogoo that works really well so I have heard. Thank you for simplifying the instructions for me. I am going to be doing this with my best friend for a school project

zack attack (author)2010-06-24

how do you attach the net to the jacket?

kicker109 is right use hot glue on the corners or waxed flost in an x pattern. Sorry i didnt get back to u i had no idea that mmy instructable was posted sorry

i wpuld use shoo glue

kicker109 (author)zack attack2010-06-25

use hot glue or sew it on with cotton or waxed dental floss

zack attack (author)kicker1092010-06-25

why floss? ( nice user pic!)

kicker109 (author)zack attack2010-06-26

Because unlike hot glue (im using this method because i dont have much time to spend) it wont come undone easily and "Kill" the look of it, i chose waxed because moisture wont hold in it and rott if you know what i mean.

gwolf4 (author)kicker1092015-01-18

if done right it will not rott

kicker109 (author)zack attack2010-06-26

thanks about the pic...

gwolf4 (author)kicker1092015-01-18

you use non waxed dental floss...waxed will not hold knots good

ThePaulHammer (author)2015-03-15

Any info on the netting? I mean does any net work? If you must use ghillie webbing an ible about making it would be great...

jon.squire.9634 (author)2015-03-02

Hi, where would i find the dye for this?

jon.squire.9634 (author)2015-03-02

Hi, where would i find the dye for this?

Drake2312 (author)2015-02-28

how would you go about making this for snowy areas?

kudzu63 (author)2014-12-03

Pretty good instructable. I made one for myself a while back. Here's a pic. See if you can find it. I did this several years ago from a kit that I bought because I couldn't afford a whole suit back then. The kit cost about $75 then but now you can buy a whole suit for less than $50. If you look close you can see my dog in the pic too.

kudzu63 (author)kudzu632014-12-03

Also, I know someone will ask. The ratio used was 30/70.

ablevins3 (author)2014-05-13

It's 30% artificial joot 70% natural veg always has been no matter your area that ratio never changes. Or who you ask if they know what there talking about trust me there gona say 30/70

pyrogod1 (author)2013-12-24

What is the suggestion on adding vegetation? Do i like tie some sticks or something i just don't want the things to rot.

tom tom go (author)2012-12-04

nice! I think I'll start at it this week but, how long did it take you to make this suit? (I mean the jacket and trousers) and is that burlap in the picture just all stripped to thin strings did you buy it like that

David-Yezbak (author)2011-07-26

tules is not how you spell tools and the ghillie vegatation ratio is wrong 30 burlap 70 veg.

The ration changes depending on who you ask.

alright you got me there i personally do 30/70 because of my area others need more or less

The Scarlet Tomato (author)2012-07-25

Another option that I have seen is cutting and dying strips and then tying them on and freying them then.

frikkie (author)2012-03-14

I like your idea.but in practise we should not see you when looking at the photo.then youre camo/ghillie suit will be a winner!
And then everybody will probably comment and say; what ghillie suit?
Or even say all they can see is a empty bush. still nice instructable.

spylock (author)2011-07-29

I was able to find burlap 5X12' already cammoed,it was $10.00 a bundle so I bought 2 in hopes of making a suit when I get the time.What would be wrong with just sewing hemmed stips of burlap on directly overlapping of course and then pulling the strings apart?

nail face (author)spylock2011-09-30

your idea sounds like it would work, but it might not hide the shape of your body as much.

PKTraceur (author)2011-06-20

Can you show a picture of all the burlap strands you used? I'm getting a lot of individual strands from the burlap bags, but I don't know how many I should get. I don't want to waste dye if I don't have enough strands. Whats the average length of your strands?

mr.Melancholy (author)2011-04-19

what did you find to help you separate the burlap fibers?

i use a crotcheing needle it is a hook that hooks on to one string and pulls it out. it works 10 times as fast.

thank you

The3rdPunch (author)2011-01-01

Where can you find some burlap string/yarn?

Fridge Gnome (author)The3rdPunch2011-01-16

I got mine at wall-mart in the fabric section, you will still need to pull it apart though.

Stealth5 (author)2010-12-24

All of a sudden every one is a professional! at making ghillies, what a laugh! Got any pictures of the one you made not just some copied pics of the net?????

HypnoprisM (author)2010-11-29

When will the pics be here for the burlap attachment? Also, this is REALLY helpful!

RMConstruction (author)2010-11-26

They are proFessional tOOls used by real snipers.

sammyhond1 (author)2010-09-25

were do u get that dye?

I got mine at a craft store make sure to get permanent die

yourworstnightmare (author)2010-07-10

would anybody be interested if i made an ible on a paintball/airsoft mask?just wanted to know so i dont waste my time making it and nobody using it.

yeah defo sounds good

im workin on it right now

arb1ter (author)2010-06-09

Look its Chewbacca!

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