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This tutorial will show how to make a paracord bracelet or watch band using a weaving method. More knot work with releated links and resources can be seen on my blog page, Stormdrane's Blog.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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For this project, you'll need approximately 10 feet of paracord, scissors, lighter, tape measure, hemostats, watch, and a 5/8" side release buckle. I used a 5/8" ITW Nexus contoured side release buckle, but you can use other less expensive ones like those found at Creative Designworks.

Paracord can be found at local Army/Navy stores or from various online sources: Supply Captain, Lighthound, ebay, etc...

The actual amount of paracord that will be used depends on your wrist size, cord, and tying technique(tight/loose). My wrist is about 8.5 inches and I actually used around 8 or 9 feet after finishing the bracelet/watchband. So using 10 feet is usually a safe estimate for most folks, since having too much cord is better than coming up short when making your project.

*If making a watchband, the watch needs to have about 5/8" space between the lugs(where the watch pins go) so that 5 strands of paracord will fit.

Step 2: To begin

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Measure about 20 inches from one end of your length of paracord. This is where you'll loop onto one end of your side release buckle. Once attached, you'll have the longer section which will be your working end and the shorter end which is just attached to the buckle ends and will be tucked in when finishing the bracelet/watchband.
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Broberg3 days ago

Looks Awesome!!! Made one myself and used an old clip from an ACH!

mbonds1 made it!20 days ago

Thanks for the instructable! It made this an easy project!

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cgoloby mbonds113 days ago

where did you get that type of clip and what's it called?

mbonds1 cgoloby13 days ago

I got it on eBay. It's a stainless steel shackle, usually in outdoor sports category.

WendyT72 made it!1 month ago

This is so comfortable! Thanks for the great Ible!

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sfisher141 made it!1 month ago

Thanks for the easy to follow instructions. I made this band for my husband, and it came out awesome!

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Lykastor2 months ago

Great, thanks!!!!

printrbot9322 months ago
What watch did you use?
Stormdrane (author)  printrbot9322 months ago

I used my Timex Reef Gear for the example shown in the instructable.

pzcshc3 months ago

Turned out fantastic....the for the great instructions!!

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abates74 months ago

This was my first try and it was great! Very easy read, thanks. I have people constantly asking me where I got my watch. The also tell me I should sell them on the internet! Cracks me up, I forward them to your instructable. Thanks again, easy to do.

amanriquez-sandoval made it!4 months ago

This was a great tutorial. Thank you!

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mbuseck made it!5 months ago

Great project completed it in about 35 mins looks great. Abit tricky to get the size just right had to do it twice. now for the watch band!

Really Loved this I'm going to do this with my grandkids as a group project. Thank You

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Ryanoxpqz5 months ago
Thank you! I now know slightly more information than I did yesterday!
Ryanoxpqz5 months ago
I know I might sound stupid, but what is a fob?
Stormdrane (author)  Ryanoxpqz5 months ago
Here are some entries for 'fob' from wikipedia:

Fob pocket, a small pocket in trousers or waistcoats originally intended to hold a pocket watch

Key fob, a medallion used to identify a key ring, or position on the ring

Watch fob, a medallion or ornament attached to a pocket watch to assist in handling

So, a paracord 'fob', is usually a short, sometimes decorative bit of knot work added to an item, flashlight, keychain, knife, etc., to aid in identification, and/or grip in holding or retreiving the item from a pocket.  It differs from a lanyard, which is usually longer and secures an item, worn around the wrist/neck, or attached to a person or piece of gear by means of a knot or attachment clip/swivel/hook/carabiner/etc... Hope that helps. ;)
rsaltrelli made it!5 months ago

My first attempt. It came out OK, but not great. I'm going to try again but next time use a bigger buckle. This instructions call for a 5/8" buckle but I think that's too small. I'm going to use either a 3/4" or maybe even a 1" buckle next time. The band itself is 1" wide.

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ninjacheese5 months ago
Awesome now I need to find a watch I can use
Anderson Pooper made it!5 months ago

I improvised a bit, used the dragon tongue weave. Good info.

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LynnAnderson made it!6 months ago

I have to admit, it was pretty easy, and looks great! Thank you for your great tutorials, I now have an awesome addictive new hobby :)

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swnagle6 months ago
Knew I kept this watch for a reason. Thanks. 11 ft used. I fed the cord under the outside weave and over the watch pins.
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KnotFun7 months ago
Here is how I did mine, thanks guys.....
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KnotFun7 months ago
Always been a fan of your work Stormdrane. Very cool stuff. Appreciate those who shared ideas of their work, learned a lot from it as well. Thanks.
jaiddubin7 months ago
Great watch band instruction. Just used the pics to guide myself thru it. They were som comprehensive that I didn't even need to read the directions. Finished on first try in about 90 mins. Great success!
Fatheded8 months ago
Just finished the watch band! Great video and instruction, easy to learn even with watch pins that did not have much space to feed the cord thru...thanks
What do you do if you need to change the battery?
Stormdrane (author)  That Survival Freak8 months ago
Simply remove one of the watch pins which will allow you access to the back of the watch, then you or a jeweler can open/remove the battery cover, change the battery, put the battery cover back on, then replace the pin back over the paracord and you're done. ;)
Thanks watch works again!
Preacher_Man8 months ago
Took me about 3 1/2 hrs on my first try, although I had a good bit of trial and error in there. Looks great but, wow, was this project a pain in the backside! Glad to have it done, and I hope I don't ever have to actually unravel it in an emergency situation.
Fatheded8 months ago
Hooked! It took me 4 tries but I finally got the bracelet to fit.... Tomorrow I will make the watch band! Thanks!
johnthebusman8 months ago
I have your book, "Paracord Fusion Ties Vol. 1" and I am going through it and tying all of your knots. I am about 3/4 of the way through it. I tied this weave above from this Instructables but I am wondering what you call it? I like to label all my projects and display them. John
Stormdrane (author)  johnthebusman8 months ago
PFT Vol 1 was photographed and written by JD Lenzen, I only wrote the foreword for it. ;)

The bracelet/watchband pattern in this instructable is done with common weaving which is old as dirt, and I just adapted it for use with a side release buckle, and simply called it 'woven'.  An example of this pattern is shown as a four strand braid in Stuart Grainger's book, 'Creative Ropecraft'.

Some folks confuse this pattern with the trilobite/ladder rack/six pack knot, but that one is done with two working ends.
TheGeek19849 months ago
Okay, I didn't even think of that. thank you very much!
TheGeek19849 months ago
I really like this project and have been wanting to do it for...well years now. I've only just started making things with paracord and thought, "now is the time." But then I had a realization, if I use my current watch for this project, that would mean I'd have to take it apart every time I needed a new battery. Is there another way to make this watchband without covering up the back of the watch itself?
Stormdrane (author)  TheGeek19849 months ago
You simply remove one or both watch pins and you have access to the back of the watch to change the battery. Replace the watch pin(s) when done, no need to untie the watchband at all... ;)
I have a question, would you please or anyone be able to help me? I make this for our soldiers and they have been coming out too small. If someone tells me there wrist is 7" i make the measurements from one end to the other end of buckle like we are supposed to to be exactly 7". What am I doing wrong? DO I need to add on a extra amount if so what should I add on say if someones wrist size is 7" or 8"?
Thank s so much for your help.
Stormdrane (author)  chollifield200911 months ago
Everyone will tie slightly differently, so even if they start with the same amount of cord, the end result can be longer or shorter depending on how loose/tight they work the paracord, etc.

So if you're measuring the laid out bracelet wrist size from one buckle end to the other(not counting the prongs) and your bracelet is too tight, then add between 1/2" and 1" to the wrist size and tie it, and you'll get a fit that isn't too tight.

You'll have to figure out what exactly constitutes a 'good fit' by your tying, whether snug, 'just right', or loose to narrow down exactly how much extra to add to a wrist size for each one you tie. 

As I described in the instructions, when I tie them, I don't add any length, because it stretches out as I work the pattern, and ends up longer when finished than the length I started with.  It sounds like yours isn't stretching out, which is ok, you just need to add a little length to make up for it not stretching out, and tie them with the same tension you have been to keep your finished bracelets consistant.  Hope that helps. ;)
dwaynelott1 year ago
I've made 2 of these now. This is an awesome design and an easy to follow instructable. Thanks!!!
xamdude1 year ago
Awesome instructions. I have been meaning to do this for a while and I finally got around to it. I have a watch type holding case for my iPod nano but the straps weren't long enough and I hated the material.

I should have gotten a 1" buckle, but the largest at the military surplus store was 5/8". As I got started I realized that with the extra size I was dealing with, I needed to make a wider band. So I looped the cord around a second time to get two more cords running through the watch pins. It took me a long time to figure out how to weave it with the extra cords running through and had to undo it many times. It was my wife that suggested running it around the outer two cords and doing everything normally, and of course it worked best her way.
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Stormdrane (author)  xamdude1 year ago
Looks great! 8)
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