I've had a lot of people ask me about it, so I thought maybe it would be cool to show how I did it. Yeah, it's a little cheesy. That's okay with me. Maybe when I'm living near base and I'm a more sophisticated Army wife, I won't wear such things. Maybe. But for now, I'm living in an area with hardly any other MilSOs (I've looked) and I'm proud to wear this.
This one that I'm showing for the tutorial says "U.S. Army." The one I wear actually does say his/our last name. I think it's a bit more affectionate that way. But since I'm trying to remain a bit anonymous here, I made a U.S. Army one especially for this tutorial. And I think this one is pretty cool too.
- Paracord. You can get all different colors on amazon. And you think you won't need 100 feet, but you can pretty much use this stuff for anything. Otherwise, you can get it by the foot at most military surplus stores.
- A cute button. I got mine at Cupid's Cottage on Etsy. If you are interested in really cool paracord bracelets (minus the nametape) check out her store.
- 1/4 inch eyelets. The ones I got are a kind of bronze color that I thought looked nice with the green. Got them at walmart.
- Matching thread
- Exacto knife
- Pen (not shown in pic because I forgot)
So start with your nametape.
I got my nametape off of some old uniforms that my husband's family were using for paintballing. I have no idea how old this is, but I kind of like that it looks a little worn. So since I just seam-ripped it off a uniform, it was already nicely ready for a bracelet with the folds on the side. You may have to iron it so it looks like this:
|This is what happens if you aren't careful. A trip to the ER and a scar.|
Here is a good tutorial on how to do it correctly.
|This is what it should look like after placing the eyelets.|
Next, use the tread to tie the button to the eyelet. It might go faster to loop it around a bunch if you use a needle. I used about 2 feet of thread so it was looped around a lot. Yes, you could just stitch the button directly to the nametape. That works fine too. I liked the symmetry of having two eyelets so that's why I did it this way. I also stitched it into the nametape a couple times toward the end to secure it.
|You can also see how the eyelet is not placed very well, but no one will ever see the back when I wear it.|
Next, measure a loop of paracord to finish off the bracelet. It's going to be different for everyone, depending on the length of your nametape and your wrist size. I used about 4 inches here.
|It's also hard to take a picture at the same time.|
Measure one more time to make sure it fits your wrist and goes around the button. Then move your burned part down as shown below. It's going to get covered up.
Start your square knot. If you are unfamiliar with paracord bracelet/macrame knots, there is a really good tutorial here. Make sure the loop on top has enough room to go around the button.
Now, depending again on how long the nametape is, you might now have very much room here. I had a little more room on my actual nametape because our last name is shorter than "U.S. Army."
|US Army on the left, the one with his/our last name is on the right.|
|I know, it looks bad. Bear with me.|
|This is what it will look like when you are done.|
And now you have a cute paracord nametape bracelet.
I'm going to help my friend Sam make a Navy one. She ordered a button that says "I love my sailor" from the Cupid's Cottage Etsy shop. Since the Navy nametapes are blue, I think it would be super cute with blue paracord. Have fun!
PS: Let me know if I wasn't clear about something. This is only like my second tutorial ever.