Make a Paracord Piggyback Bracelet

Posted by Stacy on 2/19/2013

This design makes a pretty thick bracelet, which many people may not prefer, but it looks outstanding.


Speaker: Hey guys. I got a new video for you today. Iíve been getting some requests lately to do more paracord videos, so I figured Iíd go ahead and do another one. Also Iíve been getting some requests on this particular type of weave in a paracord bracelet. Now, I showed this bracelet a couple of videos back, when I did my new carrying system for my paracord when I go to the gun shows and stuff like that and thereís a lot of people that wanted to see how this one was made.

Ever since that video Ö Thereís been a couple of videos that have come out showing the same exact style. I just kind of wanted to throw mine out there to show you guys how I make it. This is something that I just sat down around one day and started tying and came up with it. I thought it looked pretty cool.

As you can see, it obviously has two colors. This one is red and blue, then you have a color on the bottom and a color on the top. It almost looks like the color on the top is riding on the one on the bottom. Itís pretty cool. I make mine, obviously with the 3/8íí buckles here.

One thing you do have to remember about this bracelet is that because itís basically one on top of the other, itís going to be a lot thicker when you wear it on your wrist. In another words, itís going to come up higher than a regular cobra stitch bracelet will. It might be a little uncomfortable for some people, depending on what you like your bracelet to fit like and stuff like that. Just keep that in mind.

Iíve mentioned this before in my videos, I donít edit my videos. What Iím going to do is Iím going to start one off so you guys can see how it starts, how you start it and start weaving it. Then, Iíve already started one, so Iíll go ahead and finish that one so you guys can see how to finish it. Hereís two examples of them. This oneís obviously neon green and black, this was in blue and red one.

Couple of thing youíre going to need is obviously a good sharp knife or a pair of scissors, a lighter and whatever size buckle you want. Like I said, I use these 3/8íí curved buckles. Thatís what I normally use for my bracelets. Then, your actual paracord pieces. The centerpiece, what I normally use is I use a 2 foot centerpiece. Basically, this will give me enough room and it will even have a little extra, just in case but itíll give me enough room to make anywhere from a 2 about 8.5 inch bracelet. Here you go.

Then, the two colors of the paracord. In this case, Iím going to use this kind of burgundy, scarlet color and black. Basically, what I use is I use 7 feet of each color and that should give you enough to make anywhere from 8.5 to a 9 inch bracelet.

The first thing youíre going to do is youíre going to go ahead and thread the center cord in through the buckle. Now, normally I like to keep them together. That way it doesnít Ö I donít lose it or anything like that, the other half, if I sat it down or what not. What I like to do is like to come in from the bottom and then just kind of pull it through and do [inaudible 00:03:05] there.

I did want to address one thing. Iíve gotten a lot of comments before on my other paracord videos that I should be using the paracord jig. If you do use that, itís great but, in most cases I donít tie my paracords sitting on a table. Normally, Iím in my couch or Iím sitting on the floor or something like that. Maybe Iím not in an area where I can have an even surface, a flat surface. Thatís why I donít use it. I donít knock it or anything like that. Itís great but this is what works for me, just keep that in mind.

This is where youíre going to start your first tie. The key thing to remember is, whatever color you want to come on top is the one that youíre going to tie first. In this case in want the burgundy on top. Thatís the one Iím going to tie first. What Iím going to do is Iím going to start it out like I would start a regular cobra stitch paracord. You find the center and then you just start do your tie. Iím not going to sit there and teach you how to do the cobra stitch. This is obviously past that point. If you want to learn how to do cobra stitch, thereís other videos to do that. I donít want to take up too much time.

This is normally how you would start it out. You have your first stitch there. What youíre going to do is set that down and then youíre going to find the center to your next color and, this is going to be the black one. Then basically what youíre going to do is do the same thing but obviously in the reverse. Now, youíre going to have your first stitch on the other side. Iíll show you guys how that looks in a second.

Basically what you have is, you have the first stitch on one side, the second stitch on the other side. Now, the process is pretty simple. What youíre going to want to do is the one thatís on the bottom, youíre going to throw them back, so it doesnít get in the way and then youíre going to basically tie a cobra stitch on top of the other one. Obviously you got your knot on this side, now itís going to go on the other side, then what youíre going to want to do is youíre going to want to push that stitch to the back. That basically is what adds the whiff of the actual bracelet. Thatís what makes it ride high but it also makes it look like itís ridding one on top of the other.

Now you got it right there. Then youíre going to do the same thing on this side, since you had your first stitch on this side, youíre going to do it on the opposite side. You come on on this side with the black one, with the one underneath and tie that. The key thing is you always want to keep on tying on tight so that it looks uniform. Now, you got your black one. The next oneís going to be the burgundy one again. As you guys can see thereís a little gap right in there. You want to tie it as much as you can, so you donít have any daylight showing through. Now, itís going to be the burgundy one again. See, you have it on this side, youíre going to go to the other. If you guys can tell, youíre already starting to see that pattern. Now you got the burgundy, now youíre going to do the black and again itís going to go on the opposite side. Iím trying to keep it in focus and in the center so you guys can see what Iím doing. You push everything and [inaudible 00:06:34] it down good. Make sure that everything is tied together. Now, you got the black, Iím going to do the burgundy again.

If you guys can tell, youíre starting to see how black is sitting on the bottom and the burgundy on top. You can play with different colors and stuff like that because from the side it looks pretty nice too. You can see different colors on the side, then on top, as you guys can see, you can kind of peek the black in between. It almost looks like thereís a line of black going down the middle. It always makes it look really nice. Especially if you choose some nice color selections, something thatís maybe dark and another one thatís bright so it will pop through.

Obviously, in this case the black and the burgundy are pretty dark colors. Youíre not going to have that much color showing through and stuff like that but thatís Ö I wanted it to look like that. Obviously, as you guys can see itís starting to take its shape. On the side, you guys can see one on the bottom and one on top. What Iím going to do now is Iím going to set this one aside and then Iím going to show you the one that I had already started. This is the one I had already started. Itís obviously the black and the blue. This gives you a little bit better shot of what it looks like. You could see the blue is a lot brighter than the black so you can see their differences in two. Thatís the opposite side. Thatís the side that I would wear.

Now, because the buckle curves, I can only wear it one side. Itíll have to look like this but I have shown you before, I do have some straight buckles. That makes the bracelet more reversible. In this particular case, maybe something like that, like a straight buckle would look better because you can actually wear it either way, depending on what color you like.

For the most part, Iíve gotten to the end, where Iím going to start finishing it off. As I told you before, I like to keep the buckles together, so now Iíll take it off. In this case, Iím going to feed it through the top as opposed to feeding it through the bottom like I did when I started the bracelet. Make sure you burn the ends of these. It will make it a lot easier to fit through the hole on the buckle than trying to feed it with the inner strands kind of rambling around.

What youíre going to want to do is youíre going to want to bend it and then just hold them in the bottom of the bracelet right here. Then youíre going to continue doing your ties, but since youíre holding it at the bottom there, once you do the first one, thatís actually going to hold the centerpiece in place. You guys can see there that if I tie it tight, now this is [inaudible 00:09:28] in there, so itís not going to go anywhere. Finish off a couple of weaves here.

Tie it there. Do another blue one. You do have a lot strands in the way, especially when you start getting to the end. Just make sure that youíre obviously tying the right one, that youíre not tying one other center strands on the outside or anything like that because then obviously thatís going to not come out correctly.

For the most part, thatís how you would finish it there. I have a little bit of strand left, let me do another one, see if itíll fit. Alright, now, in this case I can go ahead and finish it there but I want to go ahead and make sure that the black is the last tone so it matches up here. What you can do is, because itís just [inaudible 00:10:45] in there, you can actually start pulling on this, itíll give you a little bit more Ö Youíre taking from the extra slack. Thatís why I always like to make it a little bit bigger, just in case you do want to play around with it at the end or anything like that, you can do so.

Iíll do one more, the black. As you guys can see, thereís a little bit of slack there, so now you can always pull it back. Thatíll [inaudible 00:11:18] the buckle right there. Itís flush, youíre not going to have any wiggle room or anything like that. Thatís pretty much the finished piece. Now, the last thing to do is go ahead and cut of the strands. Like I said, a good sharp knife or pair of sharp scissors. You cut it off, and then you just burn the ends there. Iím trying to keep this in focus on the camera.

Burn the ends, then I just use the lighter to kind of flatten it. Then, youíre going to have a couple of them to cut remember that. Itís not like the regular bracelet, where you just cut two of them, thereís going to be 4 in this particular style. Iíll burn the ends here, push it there, thereís [inaudible 00:12:10] Sorry about that. Okay. Like I said, Iím sorry this is a little boring but I donít edit the videos, I show everything how I do it. If you guys are pretty much comfortable with how itís done, you can just end the video here because this is pretty much Ö

The bracelet is, for the most part finished. The last thing is to cut the strands here. Iíll just put it up there, cut them off, then I like to burn the ends of this one too just to make sure theyíre set in place. Let me move this out of the way. There it is. Thereís the finished product. You guys can see. Pretty interesting combinations with the colors, hereís the other ones. For the most part, let me go ahead and throw this one on so you guys can see what it looks like when itís on the wrist.

There you go, so as you guys can see, it does sit a little bit higher, on the bottom. If you were to put your hand down or something like that, it might be uncomfortable but it looks really nice when you see it in the wrist because the two colors really pop. The blue in between but youíre going to also see it on the side here. Itís not like when you do a regular two tone paracord bracelet, the cobra stitch, youíre just going to see the two colors in here and you donít see anything on the side. Thatís whatís really cool about this one. I hope you enjoyed that. It's a little long but let me know if you guys have any questions, alright? Thanks.
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