How to Make a Ghillie Suit

First, take an old set of clothing with a color suitable to the background where you think you will need to be using the suit.

Next, sew embroidery thread around the clothing. This thread is very strong and can be bought at your local crafts store for about $.25 per packet. You may need more or less depending on your size. I'm about average height and weight, and it took two packets for the pants and four for the shirt.

You should make a stitch, stretch the thread about 4" (10cm) over and make the next stitch. Continue this way until the entire set of clothing is covered with a series of lines spaced 6 to 8 inches (15-20cm) apart, vertically. It should look like you are wearing something with very thin horizontal strips. These 4" (10cm) gaps between the stitches provide the "loops" (for lack of a better term) on which you will tie the camo.

Next, go back to the crafts store, and get dye for the appropriate colors for your area. Let's say one pack of green dye and one brown. Net cost for these, about 4 to 5 bucks.

You will also need raffia, LOTS of raffia. That is the stuff they use to make hula skirts. VERY tough, VERY lightweight, and a natural fiber that will dye easily.

Dye the raffia. I have found using lengths of about a foot to 18 inches works well.

Fold it in half, and stick the loop under the thread. Bring the loose ends up through the loop and pull it tight.

Repeat until you are finished covering the suit, mixing the colors at random, so you make no set pattern.

Net cost of the raffia, about $15.

I have also found that covering a mosquito head net with it and adding a pair of cheap cloth work gloves of the right color makes you darn near invisible at very close range. Raffia has the additional advantage of looking, and sounding natural, as opposed to something such as nylon. It "breathes" quite well, which is a bonus on hot days.

submitted by Bill




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