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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.

Step 3: Add the watch and adjust for wrist size

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If making as a watchband, this is where you take the strands of paracord from the looped section of the buckle and run them over the watch pin, under the watch, and over the other watch pins. Then you loop the paracord around the other buckle end twice.

At this point, you'll measure the distance between the buckle ends for your wrist size. The distance should be equal to your actual wrist measurement. The weaving process will stretch this original spacing of bracelet/watchband about another inch after tightening as you reach the finishing point.

*Don't include the prong section half of the male end of the buckle in your measurement. It is snapped into the female half of the buckle when worn and isn't used in figuring the wrist measurement.

Now bring the cord ends back thru the watch pins, along side your first pass, and around the starting buckle end.

*If you're just making a paracord bracelet, you'll just be going from one end of the buckle to the other without adding the watch.

Step 4: Begin weaving

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Now you begin weaving the long working end of your paracord. The shorter end will be left out until it's time to finish the bracelet/watchband, and tuck it into the weave.

This weaving process is called 'weaving with three warps'. You'll be going around the outer cord with your working strand, under the center two cords(which you treat as one cord), and around the other outer cord.

You weave it back over the center two strands and around the outer, continuing this process, back and forth. Try not to leave too much slack as you go to keep the weave uniform. Every couple of weaves, push your work tight, up towards the starting buckle end.

Step 5: Threading the watch

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Once you've reached the point where your watch will be centered, push the watch tight against the woven cord and bring your working strand thru the pin along side the other cords under the watch, and back thru the other pin.

*If making the bracelet, there' s no watch in the way, so just keep weaving. ;)

Step 6: Continue on the other side of the watch

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Continue weaving the paracord, keeping a uniform look, and tightening as you go.

A pair of hemostats can help work the cord around as you get close to the buckle end, making the last couple of weaves.

Step 7: Finishing up

To finish up, you'll take the working strand around one of the outer cord, so it's coming thru the under side of the bracelet/watchband.

*Check for a good fit on your wrist at this point. If it's too loose or too tight, untie, adjust your starting measurement longer or shorter to correct, and try again. I have to do this myself sometimes. ;)

Take your hemostats and work them thru about three of the center weaves, towards the buckle end. Grasp the working strand and pull it back thru the center weaves.

Trim the end with your scissors, quick melt the end to prevent the cord from fraying, and tuck it under the weave.

Now do the same with the shorter end of cord and you're done.

If you measure again, you'll see that the finished length is about 1 inch longer than the starting measurement. This will vary depending on your tightening of the weave as you go, but should make for a loose/comfortable fit.


*Anyone that's worn a nylon/paracord bracelet/watchband knows it can get dirty and smell funky after a while of use. I use an old soft bristle toothbrush to scrub with soap/water in the sink to clean it(while it's on the watch(hopefully yours is water resistant/waterproof), and let it air dry overnight.

*A note on paracord shrinkage:

Ubraidit.com mentions that paracord may shrink as much as 10%-12%(especially black and kelly green), so they recommend soaking the cord first. They note that it's the inner strands that shrink, not the outer sheath. I believe they use 450 or 650 grade paracord, which I think, has a few loose fibrous polyester filler cords instead of the usual 7 twisted nylon strands, found in 'Type III 550 mil-spec paracord which isn't supposed to shrink up. I've mostly used the mil-spec type paracord, so if it's shrunk on me, it's not noticeable. YMMV ;)
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shapea14 days ago

THX.I hope everyone has to help. watches reviews

Wow, now this is an awesome idea!

handlebarharlan made it!1 month ago

not long finished this, great wee project, quite tricky to get it to sit even at first but kind of got there in the end. this was attempt no. 3

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I just finished the watch band for my Invicta after the band broke a few months ago . It is already more to my liking

amyers101 month ago

I made it, but don't have a picture because even though I added the extra inch, I need about an inch and a half ... I think it is because of the curve it takes over the back of the watch. Redoing it and then I will take a pic.

nicbergero1 month ago

would it be possible to make this weaving over four individual strands, or does it have to be an odd number?

bardbard2 months ago

were did u get your watch face at

andomonir made it!2 months ago
Great instructable, thanks!
helmethedd made it!2 months ago
Easy peasy
TheGeek1984 made it!3 months ago
It's not the same weave, but I've finally replaced my broken down watch band! I also decided to make two separate pieces so that the battery compartment is accessible.
alexzero13 made it!3 months ago

Thanks for the tutorial! I made mine with a buckle that has a whistle which I can store 4 strike anywhere matches inside. That was fun!

BDP013 months ago
Hi, could you make an instructable / have you done one of these with a watch and a slip on button compass?
Stormdrane (author)  BDP013 months ago

I have used slip-on compasses with various paracord bracelet patterns, and if you want one with a watch, you just leave space for it on the paracord watchband when you tie it.

Since there are many different brands/styles of slip-on compasses, some may have more room to run paracord through their attachment points than others, affecting how they may fit with different paracord bracelet/watchband patterns. The pattern in this instructable has a number of strands that may require running a couple of them under or out to the sides of the compass if all won't fit through it.

Most compasses are magnetically affected by batteries and metal in watches, so they should be held at least a couple of feet away from them to get a good/accurate reading, so I'd recommend they type of compasses that can be easily removed and reattached with a watchband.

rmatsuoka made it!4 months ago


It is paracord 1.9m

Recoil Rob4 months ago

One more thing I did was to trim off the extra "keeper bar" from the male side of the buckle. It isn't as thick as the main bar so for strength I went around the main bar.

D-hannah224 months ago
What kind of watch is that?
Stormdrane (author)  D-hannah224 months ago

The one in the tutorial is a Timex ReefGear(Expedition), although a model from fifteen years ago. If you're asking about the watch in the comments from Recoil Rob, that one is a County Comm model. ;)

Ok thanks my next project is a parawatch and I can't find a watch I like besides the one you used and a couple others posted. I can't decide on analog or digital either it would be used hiking and outdoors alot
Recoil Rob4 months ago

I redid mine a bit larger and it came out fitting just how I like it. I stripped the inner strands out to get a softer strap, you have to be a bit more careful with tightening strands but I like it, especially the taper from lugs to buckle.

Stormdrane (author)  Recoil Rob4 months ago
Looks great! :)
Recoil Rob4 months ago

Another shot...thanks Stormdrane, I've been looking for a strap for this Maratac Mid Pilot for a while and I was able to make myself the strap I wanted.

delrod ii made it!5 months ago
good pattern. I am planning on making a belt following the same pattern.
godzillatango5 months ago

Made it after two tries. Love my new watch bracelet! Thanks for sharing the instruction.

110RPM made it!6 months ago
pot2.pogi9 months ago

I want to make one of these but I'm a little bit confuse. Is it a shoe lace or a different kind of cord? Where can I buy these? Anyone :D

hobby lobby usually caries them

You can also go to your nearest Army Navy store, craft store usually cary it too.

Stormdrane (author)  pot2.pogi9 months ago
Paracord, also called 550 cord, was used for this bracelet/watchband instructable. There are many different online vendors that sell it, so shop around to find a fair price and good quality cord that delivers to your location.
rhea.caballes made it!7 months ago

Thank you for the idea. Here's my version:

rsmigielski8 months ago
Love it! my Timex watch band cracked and your paracord instructions are excellent. thanks.
mbonds1 made it!11 months ago

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

tbraznell mbonds18 months ago

How did you manage to tie the non-Dee end of the band? I'm struggling trying to translate the work above to this type of adjustable shackle.

cgoloby mbonds111 months ago

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

mbonds1 cgoloby11 months ago

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

tamas.varga.5817 made it!9 months ago

Done! Thanks for the detailed instructions. Fits perfect!

goodall9710 months ago
good instructions but I used the king cobra knot
armbena11 months ago
esta super fácil!! muchas gracias por el aporte!!
Broberg11 months ago

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

WendyT72 made it!1 year ago

This is so comfortable! Thanks for the great Ible!

sfisher141 made it!1 year ago

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

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