Paracord Pet Harness




Introduction: Paracord Pet Harness

If you have a pet that needs to go outside, there is a good chance that you own a collar and leash. Collars are great, but harnesses are more secure since they come around your pet in the front and the back. I wanted to make a harness for my own cats but I couldn't find any methods that I had any practice with. I knew how to do the cobra stitch (that's the one used to make paracord bracelets) and I had some left-over paracord so I figured out how to make a harness.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

For a paracord harness you will need...
(2) Plastic Buckles
(Several) Packages of Paracord
(1) Pair of Scissors
(1) Candle

NOTE: You don't need the wooden dowel I only used that to show simply how to use the cobra stitch.

Step 2: Measure Your Pet

As noted in the picture, you need three measurements. One for around the belly, one for around the neck, and one that equals the distance between the first and second measurements.

Step 3: Learn the Cobra Stitch

Now it is time to start the Cobra Stitch. all you need to do is pull your cord so two "strands" come down the middle with the two ends down off the sides. Let's call the one on the left "A" and the one on the right "B". The next step corresponds to the next picture. Now take "A" and bring it over the middle and under "B". Now take "B" and bring it under the middle and over "A". Pull both ends tight. To continue the stitch you repeat until it is the desired length. Feel free to practice until you know the stitch.

Step 4: Cut the Paracord for the Belly

Remember the measurement for the belly, now cut a length of cord about seven times as long as the belly. You will be left with a fuzzy end with white string coming through the middle. Light a candle and put the end in the flame for a moment. Look at the end If it is still fuzzy put it back in, but be careful you don't want to catch the cord on fire! When you are done it should look like the second picture. This process is called fusing and it will prevent the cord from fraying and coming undone.

Step 5: Start the Belly Portion

First, start by pushing your cord through one of the holes in the buckle( I personally prefer to use the farthest one). Then put both ends into the hole on the other buckle piece. Adjust the two pieces until the cord is the desired length. Start the Cobra Stitch.

Once you have correctly started the stitch continue until you get a quarter of the way done then stop. this is where you will add the piece that connects the belly and the neck.

Step 6: Start the Neck Portion

This is the exact same thing as the previous step. The only difference is that the measurements will be different.

Again stop once you are about a quarter of the way done.

Step 7: Adding the Belly/Neck Conecter

This is one of the hardest parts of creating a pet harness. The goal here is to connect the two pieces. This can be done by laying the two pieces side by side. In the picture I have my neck piece on the right and the belly piece on the left. Now make one loose stitch on each piece as shown in the next picture. The best way to describe this is the two loops are like the two holes in the plastic buckles. Cut your third piece of cord and fuse the ends. Now loop the cord through the piece on the left just like you would if you started the stitch on the buckle, then loop it trough the other side like the other piece of the buckle. Stitch all of the way across.

Step 8: Finishing the Belly & Neck Segments

Continue the stitch all of the way down.

NOTE: If you run out of cord, grab some more and fuse the two pieces together.

Step 9: Finishing the Harness

Now all you have to do is cut the remaining ends off and fuse them.

I have found that attaching a clip to the belly segment is extremely useful for attaching the leash

Thank you for reading my instructable. if you have any questions or problems with making yours please leave a comment and I will get back to you a soon as I can.



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    I have 3 jack russell terriers and a lab that thinks she's one, too. Have one do you attatch the ring or whatever that hooks onto the leash? (and I've also had cats that loved to go for walks. Didn't mind leashes at all, just kept them from forgetting they were actually walking their human and served as a reminder that if a big dog wandered past, they were always within jumping distance of their human's neck...straight up!).

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    What I have done in the past is I have taken a small caribeaner clip and attached it onto the gap that natuarlly forms between the neck segment and the joining segment. If you look at the second and third pictures under the introduction, hopefully you will see what I am talking about. From there, you should be able to attach your leash onto the harness. If you are still having problems, please attach a picture and I will see if I can figure something out.

    If you have a braciaphelic dog, make sure to put on a loose fitting bottom as well. Also, attaching a handle to the top is very helpful.

    It highly depends on your sizing. For a one color 16 inch, you want 5 yards. I would recommend 5 yards for each the neck and belly and 2.5 for in between.

    Im trying to find a way to make a non-collar harness for a small breed, since most small breeds have a chance of tracheal stenosis and it isnt good for them to wear collars.

    This is just what I've been looking for! I have a chihuahua-terrier mix who has chewed through all three harnesses I've bought for her. This will be harder for her to destroy. Thanks a lot!

    Off subject, but what breed is your cat, we have one that looks exactly like her and can't figure out what breed she is. Great instructable by the way, i will have to try this out sometime.

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    Grey cat looks like he/she is maine coon. Big fluffy hair and tail, tends to have 3 layers of hair( some long spikey hair, long hair and a fluffy undercoat). Also is very talkative and people oriented.

    From my light research i was kind of thinking a nebelung or at least a mix. The nebelung is apparently a fairly shy, medium size cat that origanated in germany, but thats just a guess.

    The grey one

    The grey one

    I made a harness very similar to this for my wife's rodent, I mean ShihTzu. Then another similar one for my lab. I found out the hard way that a "D ring" works better for me on the connecting section. This way when the dog gets to the end of the leash they get resistance on their neck and belly at the same time. Keeping a collar on a shih tzu that don't want it on is nearly impossible. But a harness works great

    my kitty loves it! Although, I made the body and connector piece removable so my kitty can wear the neck piece as his collar. He seems to like it!

    The seven times isn't working for me it is coming up short. My dimensions are 16' for belly 11' neck and 5 inch b/n.

    Nice tutorial and great for a weekend project. Mine came out a little longer but it still works. Thanks!

    Not really. My oldest cat enjoyed being on a leash. Kept her from beating up the local cats and killing all the songbirds.

    I got a new puppy that needs to learn how to be on a leash..sadly the harness we got from the shelter is about 3 sizes too large..Gotta try this tonight.