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Paracord Hat Band - Finally!

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by Pritch, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. Pritch


    May 3, 2006
    I have read numerous posts about how important cordage was in the wild, why 550 cord was THE survival cord, and how to make paracord belts (slats), bracelets, lanyards and whatnot.

    I always keep a hank of 550 in my pack and have added paracord lanyards and tie-downs to sheath knife. I even bought a "survival" bracelet off of ebay which has become part of my EDC.

    I was not thrilled with the idea of a paracord belt because if I need the cord I have to sacrifice my belt. That means that 1) now I'm carrying everything that was on my belt, 2) my pants fall down because I no longer have a belt, and 3) I can't pull them up because my hands are full! :eek:

    Well, I posted the idea of making a paracord hat band here more than five years ago but never got around to trying it. Since then, several people have done so.

    Thanks to the recent post that linked to Stormdrane's survival bracelet tutorial, I finally broke out a 100 yard hank of woodland camo 550 cord and took a whack at making a "survival" hat band. I used the King Cobra method, meaning you do a Cobra stitch for the full length and then do another row of Cobra stitches back across the first set. It was kind of a pain to set up, and since I didn't know how much cord it was going to take I started from the middle of the 100 yard piece. I used a 4-strand base, and made it 24.5 inches long. It ends up containing an amazing 58 ft of 550 cord in a single piece!



    As it turns out, the thickness of the hatband threw off my measurements, so it is about an 1.25 inches too short. Also, I'm not thrilled with the way I attached the cord to the male side of the buckle, so I'll be unraveling this and starting all over. (At least I'll know what to expect if I ever need the cord in the field!)

    -- FLIX
  2. josephb


    Nov 30, 2006
    Great Job!

    It looks like you have 58ft at the drop of a hat!
  3. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    FLIX....you have been on a roll!!!

    You are on the verge of the Wilderness Survival Kit Hat!!

    Your foodsealer pack...paracord...maybe a wire saw in there somewhere?

    Keep it up and keep sending pictures! Brilliant!
  4. runningboar


    May 27, 2006
    Don't forget the fish hooks and line under the sweatband on the inside, standard equipment in my hats.:thumbup:
  5. kr1


    May 30, 2006
    This is an idea and a half. I like it! Great job!

  6. Pritch


    May 3, 2006

    Thanks! Actually, since I have to do it all over, I'm thinking of ways to attach spy capsules like bullets in a bandoleer. :D

    -- FLIX
  7. Evolute


    Mar 19, 2001
    Looks spiffy. even if it is not your final version, well done.

    What name were you using?
  8. GibsonFan


    Jul 7, 2006
    Forgive this dumb question... when you need some of that cord, can you take off say 10' and re-finish the braid, or does the whole thing have to come apart?

    Not a big deal either way I guess. In any case I sure like the survival hat idea, why didn't I think of that?!? ;)
  9. Pritch


    May 3, 2006
    Thanks, Mike.

    Back then, my handle was "Arma Moluta". Here is the link I referred to. I was primarily a lurker. I no longer have that email address and for the life of me cannot remember my password. :eek:

    The way it is made, you could take of the top layer of Cobra Stitches, which would give you about 25 ft of cord, and the hat band would still be intact. If you were to use the "Slats" method, you could just unravel as much as you need.

    -- FLIX
  10. GibsonFan


    Jul 7, 2006
    Cool, thank you! The first way makes more sense to me, then you have 25' of cord and still a stylish hat-band. Guess I need to learn how to braid.
  11. Evolute


    Mar 19, 2001
  12. EmsRescueGuy


    Oct 21, 2006
    Very cool :D

    My Hats Off to your ingenuity :barf: (sorry had to make one)
  13. Stormdrane


    Feb 14, 2005
    It looks good. I know how much time goes into trying to work paracord ideas out and you definately put some effort into it and it shows, kudos.;) Here's a link to another quick release braid you might try for the hatband.
  14. bigbcustom


    Dec 20, 2005
    hmmm....fun with paracord....you guys got me playing with a hank I had next to my computer here. Great idea with the hat, and nice links guys.
  15. Tballetta


    Jul 22, 2006
    Whats a good source of 7 strand paracord in spools and a multitude of colors?
  16. Stormdrane


    Feb 14, 2005
    I get most of mine from the Supply Captain.
  17. ashtxsniper


    Oct 28, 2006
    Thats a really neat way to carry your paracord.
  18. Hammer27


    Sep 17, 2006
    Wow that's pretty crafty
  19. SkunkWerX


    Jul 27, 2006
    FLIX, looks great. I wear boonie hats a lot, that looks like a great addition.

    If you guys haven't seen Stormdrane's page, you have to check it.
    He knows a little about braiding cord. ;)

  20. DevilMan


    Aug 4, 2006
    Not for a boonie hat, but wouldn't a wire saw just fit perfectly in the inner band of a hat that has that "sweatband" in it??? I don't know why hooks and a small amount of fishing line wouldn't work in there also.... seems like some 20# test you could get quite a few feet of it wound around the inside and never notice it was there.

    Now where to put the bobbers I'll leave to someone else....


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