This simple tutorial will provide instructions to make a paracord survival bracelet. The pattern we will be using is typically called the “cobra weave”, “cobra braid”, or “cobra stitch”. This is an extremely popular pattern as its very easy to work with and can pack about 1 foot of paracord into about 1 inch of weave.
Total Time: About 20 minutes for your first bracelet
Step 1: Assemble Your Materials and Tools
- 10 feet of paracord
- (1) buckle – we recommend 1/2″ or 5/8″ for this build
- Lighter – any old lighter will do, but many expert paracorders swear by butane lighters
- Paracord Jig (optional)
Total Cost of about $1.40
- $0.10 per foot of paracord. Please note that this is highly variable. If you are buying in 10 foot segments, expect about $0.40 per foot. If you are buying in major bulk, this can get as low as $0.05.
- $0.40 per buckle. Similar to the paracord, this is also highly variable.
- You have scissors and a lighter.
Step 2: Singe the Ends of the Paracord
This will clean up the look of the paracord and make it easier to work with. This will also prevent unraveling of the exterior sheathing and the interior strands.
Step 3: Attach the Paracord to the Male End of the Buckle
Step 4: Attach the Paracord to the Female End of the Buckle
The locate the female end of the buckle, you can measure your wrist and then locate the buckle that far away down the cord. You could also put the unfinished bracelet on and hold the buckle in place. Be sure to add 3/4″ to 1″ to whatever you measure as the paracord weave will make the bracelet slightly tighter once it’s finished.
Step 5: Start the Braid
As we mentioned before, this bracelet uses the cobra stitch.
Tighten up as much as possible after each stitch.
Alternate which side of the bracelet goes below. If you can’t remember which side you did last, the side that’s coming “up” in the bracelet should be below the main cords on the next stitch.