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Introduction Thank you for downloading the Ghillie Suit Clothing How to Make a Ghillie Suit E-book. This book is different than the others because we realize that time is precious and in your research on how to make a ghillie suit, you’ve probably figured out that making a ghillie suit can take countless hours and even weeks. That is because making a ghillie suit is tedious repetitive work. Tying jute strands onto the netting is a repetitive and painstaking process. In fact, when you purchase a ghillie suit from a ghillie suit store, you are paying for mostly labor. The raw materials needed to make a ghillie suit are relatively cheap. Looking at a ghillie suit, you can tell exactly what materials are needed to complete the ghillie suit. It’s fairly simple. A ghillie suit is made from: BDU Jacket & Pants / Flight Suit Nylon netting Colored jute or synthetic thread strands Needle and thread or some type of adhesive Obtaining the raw materials for a ghillie suit is fairly easy and can be done fairly cheaply. However the process of making the jute thread from a burlap bag, dying bundles of jute and tying strands on the netting holes is a labor intensive project. But this Ghillie Suit Clothing EBook is all about saving time and money. So how do you make a ghillie suit so fast if everything is so tedious? Easy, you pay someone else to do the tedious work. But I don’t mean that you actually find someone and pay them. You buy the materials after all the hard work is already done. I’m not talking about buy a ghillie suit kit. If you do that, you still need to sit there and tie the thread to the netting. I’m sure you know that you can already buy pre-dyed jute thread kits, but did you know that you can buy threads that are already dyed and already tied onto the netting?
It’s true and it’s right in front of your face. Go to Ghillie Suit Clothing (http://www.ghilliesuitclothing.com) and take a look again at the Ghillie Face Veils. What do you see? A rectangular piece of netting with strands of jute attached to them. The hard tedious labor intensive work is already done for you. All you have to do is attach the netting onto your BDU jacket and pants! It’s that simple! This Ebook will show you exactly what to buy and exactly how to build yourself a military BDU ghillie suit for around $160 with about 2 hours of actual labor (not including glue drying time). So let’s get started.
BDU Jacket and Pants and Boonie Hat To make a complete ghillie suit you need a jacket with a hood and a pair of pants. BDU jackets do not have a hood so you will need to buy a boonie hat. You can use an old flight suit or an old BDU set. There is no need to buying anything if you have the old clothing. Just make sure the color is a dark green or brown. I have thoroughly researched the availability of military BDU jackets and pants online and around $20 a piece is about lowest price you will find them. This is for a standard woodland or desert pattern. If you are looking for ATD or Multi-cam patterns, the prices are around $28 a piece. Boonie hats will run about $10-$12. You should be able to purchase all your clothing for about $60 including shipping. Below are all good stores to get BDUs from. www.galaxyarmynavy.com www.bdu.com www.armynavysuperstores.com
Ghillie Netting with Threads Attached In order to make a complete Ghillie Suit, which includes Jacket, Pants, Boonie Hat and Ghillie Rifle Wrap you need to purchase a certain quantity of netting. I have tried many different combinations of netting but the cheapest and easiest netting to work with is the 2’ x 3’ face veil netting. You will need 6 of these 2’ x 3’ face veils to build you complete ghillie suit. You may be able to get by with only 5 of them if you are using Small to Medium BDUs. Ghillie Suit Clothing sells the face veils for around $19.99 a piece. We have a great deal for those who read this ebook. Using the coupon code GSCEBOOK, we will give you 25% off the 2’x3’ lightweight face veils. You get $5.00 off each face veil, but you must purchase 6 or more of them for the coupon code to work. This means that you pay $90 for the materials, $55 for the BDUs and Hat and have an awesome BDU ghillie suit for $145 and a few hours of work.
Attaching the Netting with Plumbers Goop I highly recommend just gluing the netting to the BDUs with Plumbing Goop because it saves a lot of time. Gluing takes less labor however you must wait for the glue to set a little before you move onto each step. The good news is that the setting time with Goop is only about 30 minutes. You may think that the Plumbers Goop is not strong enough for a ghillie suit. But trust me, that when you do it correctly, the Goop bond is as strong as sewing. You should purchase a tube of Plumbing Goop. I have also tried Regular Goop, Liquid Nails and Marine Goop. Plumbing Goop works the best and gives the best bond. It will create a rock hard bond to the netting and BDUs if you glue it right. This is a very important part and you should probably test out your gluing techniques before doing on your real ghillie suit. You will need at least a full tube to make your ghillie suit. You can find Plumbing Goop at any Lowes, Home Depot or hardware store.
Now Let’s really get started Here are all the materials that you need: BDU Jacket BDU Pants Boonie Hat 6 pieces of 2’x3’ netting with thread attached Plumber’s Goop
STEP 1: HOW TO ALIGN THE NETTING AND HOW TO MAKE A SOLID GOOP BOND What you are going to do is basically cut the netting into pieces that match your BDU clothing and then glue the netting onto the BDU clothing. The most important skill to master is how to make a good solid bond between the glue and the BDU. Once you can do this, the ghillie suit will be very fast and easy for you to build. It may take you a couple tries to make a good bond. Don’t worry if you mess up, you can just pull the netting off the BDU and redo it. After a few tries you will become very good at this. ALIGNING THE NETTING: Lay the netting on the part of the BDU so that you have it almost exactly where you want it . Once you have the netting aligned, you need to find some objects to use to hold the netting in place. I used a bunch of small rocks because they have good weight and I had them www.GhillieSuitClothing.com 6
in my backyard. You can use anything you want. This is very important because the netting will move while the glue is setting. You want to make sure the netting knot is in the center of your glue blob.
In the picture below you can see that I’ve identified which knots (green circles) I will be gluing and I have placed rocks on both sides to hold the netting still.
Then I go ahead and place a blob of glue right over the knots and let it dry.
Here is a close up picture of the glue blob. Once the glue is on all the knots, go back and look at them and make sure that the knot is still in the middle of the glue blob. If not, adjust the know and reposition the rocks so that it will stay there until the glue dries. HOW TO MAKE A GOOD GLUE BOND
How to make a good glue bond. The easiest way to glue the knots to the BDU is to take the tube of glue and just put the glue right over the knot. The glue will be stringy and may get over the thread and rocks but don’t worry it will easily come off once dry. If your glue blob isn’t a circle or looks like a tall mountain that’s ok, it will eventually settle into a low flat blob which will be really strong. Below are 3 pictures of the same knot during. Notice the glue settled into a pretty flat blob. GLUING TIPS Don’t try to make this suit that fast. It will take about 2 hours of actual labor, BUT you will have to wait for the glue to set before you glue the next part. This takes about 30 minutes. I suggest doing one part at a time and then coming back in 30 minutes and doing the next seam. I usually build these suits while watching TV. You can glue a seam watch a sitcom and glue another. www.GhillieSuitClothing.com 8
You can also do the pants and jacket at the same time.
Here is another example of a good glue blob. It should dry clear and the knot should be in the middle of it.
If there is any white residue or lumps in the glue blob, it will not hold and you should redo the glue. This is what a poorly glued knot looks like.
Now that you know how to lay the netting and how to make a good glue bond. All you have to do is cut the netting into the proper pieces and glue them on!
BDU PANTS CUTTING THE 2’ X 3’ NETTING PIECES The pants use 2 of the 2’x3’ netting pieces. Take each of the 2’x3’ netting pieces and cut them down the middle. You should end up with 4 total pieces of 1’x3’ netting. (Please refer to the netting pieces at the back of this ebook before cutting any netting.) Take a 1’x3’ piece of netting and lay it down over the pants as shown. Align the top of the netting just below the pocket opening. This will allow the pockets to still be used. Your jacket will cover this portion up anyway. You can always choose to move the netting up over the pocket. It’s your preference.
Once you have the netting laid out, proceed to glue the netting in sections. Start with the top of the netting, as shown in red below. Then wait about 30 minutes until the glue has set and then glue the outside of the pants, as shown in blue. Finally glue the inside of the pants, as shown in green.
Below is a picture of the front of the pants completed.
Next, flip the pants over and do the same on the back of the pants. I started just below the back pockets. Again, you can start as high as you want.
BDU JACKET The jacket uses 3 of the 2’x3’ pieces of netting. JACKET BACK Lets start with the back of the jacket. Take a whole 2x3 piece and lay it over the back of the jacket. Align the top of the netting with the bottom of the collar. It’s better to glue the netting on and them trim the netting afterwards. Again, glue in the order as shown. Red dots, then blue dots, then green dots.
Completed Jacket Back
JACKET SLEEVES It doesn’t matter if you do the sleeves first or the front area. I just chose to do the sleeves first. Either way works fine. Each sleeve uses an 18”x24” piece of netting. You can cut the netting further into a 9”x24” piece or simply fold over the entire netting lengthwise over the top of the sleeve. Glue the top of the sleeve first, then the portion near the shoulder and then the wrist. Repeat this on the back of the sleeve and then for the other arm.
Completed Jacket Sleeves
Detail of the sleeves at the shoulder
JACKET FRONT Cut a 2x3 netting lengthwise in half and lay the netting as shown.
On the side with the buttons, leave some room. Put the netting about ½” away from the buttons as shown in the picture below.
Remember, the buttons will be covered by the flap.
On the other side, you can glue the netting all the way at the edge, as shown in the two pictures below.
Netting layout before gluing
Completed jacket front
Boonie Hat and Rifle Wrap The rifle wrap is simply a 6’ x 5” piece of netting with threads attached to it. The make it, just take a piece of netting and cut as shown below and attach it end to end. To make the boonie hat you cut a 20”x20” piece of netting and glue it to the boonie hat. You should be left with a 16”x20” extra piece of netting. If you feel the boonie hat does not have enough material at the top, use this extra piece to give it more volume.
A pair of pants should take 3-4 hours including the glue drying wait time. The jacket may take an hour longer. The boonie hat should take 30 minutes. The riflewrap should take 10 minutes at the most.
Sniper Version To make a sniper version, simply attach netting to only the back of the pants, jacket and arm sleeves. You should be able to make this entire suit in 2 hours. Bow Hunter Version To make the bow hunter version, do not attach netting to the inside sleeve of your bow holding arm and do not attach netting to the upper chest area or entire front chest if you choose. Wasn’t that easy?
Completed Ghillie Suit Here is the completed front of the suit.
Here is the back
Netting Diagrams (cut according to the lengths shown)
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