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Old 12-03-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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Ghillie suit help

alright, so I've been using a store bought ghillie suit for awhile now (don't hate me) because a while back i attempted to craft my own ghillie poncho/ back cover, but the main part of it failed catastrophically (the actual poncho part) but I did the hat OK, but looking back on it I still need to add to it. Not to mention I made it so poorly to the point whereat sheds worse than my Bernese mountain dog. Ill include a picture of my hat, but I need some help. Do you:

A: think I could salvage the burlap, jute thread, etc from my failure and start new

and B: do you know of a good base thing to build such a ghillie poncho on? or just

Also, where can i get some PROPPER netting for ghillie suits?

EDIT: picture of my hat won't upload, so no picture for now.
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If you tied the jute onto your old ghillie then it might actually be faster to destring burlap rather than undo knots. For a base, if you want it poncho style instead of mounted on a BDU, you can probably just make something from nylon fabric or some other heavy-ish fabric. For the netting, I'm using some "nautical decorative net" I got off amazon for a few bucks. You can use soccer nets, cargo nets, netting-mesh from joann's, etc. If it looks net-like, you can fit jute through the holes, and is strong but pliable, most likely it will work.

As for the picture issue, you can upload them to photobucket or imageshack (I prefer imageshack) first, then you can post a link and it will show up as an image. I think there was a thread on this recently in the support section.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:59 AM   #3
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All i can say is do it right the first time.. over the past two years i have made 5 ghillies all a waste of time. only my current ghillie is actually done right, it took me that long to stop trying to take short cuts..
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:38 AM   #4
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My advice would be to follow the guides on here or elsewhere on the internet. If you do it right the first time you will never have a problem. I followed fuzzywollys BDU ghillie guide and I have never had one problem. For netting you could use sniper netting, fishing netting, garden neting or make netting using paracord. I dont think there could be too much of a difference between making a BDU ghillie and a poncho ghillie.
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Alright, that sounds good. I'm thinking I'll make an ACTUAL ghillie suit (probably a stalker suit really) following fuzzywolly's guide. But how much do you think it would cost to make in the end? And I wish there was something I could use other than a BDU to make it (unless I got some cheap BDUs somewhere). I could probably live with using my OD green pants, do I might as well just commit and pick up an OD jacket too. Considering I'm getting the BDU top along with the supplies, what's the cost estimate? I'll look at the guide if your estimates say I could do it relatively cheaply.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:56 AM   #6
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Tha all depends on where you get the stuff from, how much burlap you get, whether you buy dyes for it, etc., so I can't give you any difinitive estimate on price. If you want to use a BDU I suggest you look online or find a surplus store. Online I found them as cheap as 12$ for an ACU, but I don't have a surplus near me to get it there.
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From scratch, you would be probably looking at between $60-$100. Because I had old BDUs lying around, mine cost around €40. It does alot depend on how much jute/burlap you want to use and how much you get the BDUs for. You could also use a flight suit or web-tex concealment vest instead of a BDU. The web-tex vest will add about $50 to the ghillie though. I would go witb a BDU or flight suit.
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Tha all depends on where you get the stuff from, how much burlap you get, whether you buy dyes for it, etc., so I can't give you any difinitive estimate on price. If you want to use a BDU I suggest you look online or find a surplus store. Online I found them as cheap as 12$ for an ACU, but I don't have a surplus near me to get it there.
Getting the BDU too isn't a problem. But I have a question... Dye? I thought the material string stuff you can buy comes in all different colors ( maybe I'm looking at already dyed ones?) besides BDU, jute, and netting what do I need? Or should I just go and look at the guide?
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Jute comes in its natural tan-ish color however, if you buy it of a ghillie suit website you can get it in already dyed colors. You could color it yourself with dye, spraypaint or outdoor garden fence paint.
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Look at the guides for things you will need. If you look at a fabric store like joann's, they will probably have the burlap in a few different colors. I like to dye it myself so I can get a wide variety of colors by soaking a bundle in the dye for different amounts of time.
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Thanks for the info on the jute and everything, but I just got a great idea that I'd like an opinion on. I have a flecktarn BDU top that I guess as a LAST RESORT I could ghillie up, but I'm not comfortable with it. However I was thinking, what if there was a way to make a... I guess detachable ghillie suit. Like, it's like a regular stalker type ghillie suit, but you can remove the netting from the BDU and without the netting you basically just have a BDU with some little snaps or something in it to attach the ghillie back on. Could that even work?
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I've been thinking about a way to do that actually. So far velcro seems like the best idea , but you'd need a lot of velcro points to make sure it stays on right. You could use a lot of small cabiners connected to loops sewn into your BDU, but then it'd flop around a little bit. You could also sew small pieces of string to your BDU to tie on the netting using a slip knot, then just untie it to take the netting off. If you use knots though It'd take a while to tie an untie everything. Maybe you could use velcro loops sewn onto the BDU to wrap around the netting, which would be secure and faster than knotting. If you can get it to work I think it's a great idea.
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Thats kinda where the web tex concealment vest would be useful:


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I'm liking that concealment vest, but by the looks of it, it looks like it is meant to hold vegetation only.

As for my detachable ghillie Idea, I imagine unless I covered the entire back of the BDU in Velcro, the weight of the ghillie might be an issue. Your other ideas seem good though. They also made me think of another good way: a hook and loop type fastening. I'm not really looking to be able to transition between ghillie and BDU quickly, so which ever fastening method is the sturdiest would be my choice.
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Unless you had tiny carabiner style hook that can close around the loop I think it would just fall off with all the bouncing around. When I make my next ghillie I think I'll be ting the slip knot method I mentioned. The string method us also probably the most invisible once you take the ghillie part off because if you use things like hooks, it will clearly show. You can get tan shoelaces to cut up and use for the string method. I think the web-tex vst is a good idea but it's so darn expensive.
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