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Hey guys, long time lurker, first time poster here.

How much burlap fabric (Square inches or square yards) is recommended to create a ghillie for the back, upper torso and back of the legs? I plan on separating the burlap width and length wise to get every last thread out of it, as well as reinforcing the elbows, knees & chest with burlap. In addition to this I'll want enough to create pants, and the arms, upper torso, and back of a BDU coat.

Besides that, I play with a g36e DMR which I am in the process of upgrading and have already created a 3d camo setup for it already. And I plan on eventually either putting an HPA system in it or buying a bolt-action.

Here it is:

Before wrap:


After wrap:



I used a piece of OD mesh, which I cut to wrap itself over the top of the gun. I then attached Velcro to the bottom in four places to fasten it along the bottom. I cut holes for the scope and used rubber bands at the scope and silencer to keep it from shaking around.

The stuff that's attached to the mesh is a bunch of the mesh fabric cut into leaf-like shapes and then painted with acrylics. It looks decent in the field already, but I want to put some burlap into it as well. I'll probably throw some of the mesh leaf stuff into my ghillie as well to help fluff it up a bit.

I'll try and get some better pics and I'll post some progress of my ghillie as soon as the first batch of supplies starts coming in.
 

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To make the ghillie suit really work technically all you need is areas to insert natural vegetation. Once you have enough areas for that you should fill in most of the left over net or whatever material your using with jute and/or burlap.

You should work on the head, shoulders and back if your limited on resources, and if you have extra materials add some to what ever tickles your fancy.

Lastly I would not recommend acrylic paint. I believe it is highly flammable and it is toxic. Not to mention when I look at your 2nd and 3rd images there appears to be glare. It may just be the camera.

P.S. Please make an Intro in the Intro section before the mods get on you. ;)
 

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1. Good question, nice rifle wrap, but make an intro post the next chance you get please:

2. Try using the search function, I know this has been covered before with a similar thread title, and at the pace this forum moves it shouldn?t be buried too deep. However, I don't like shutting people down, especially new people, more just a slap on the wrist, so here is my take on your question:

When I made my gillie suit it ordered 3 pounds of this:
http://www.ghilliesuits.com/jutestring-naturaltan.aspx

Then I dyed it and used pretty much all of it along with burlap strips and jute twine to fill out the suit. My suit is a crawl suit and is relatively dense. So depending on your environment, and if you want a full ghillie, I would recommend at least 5 pounds of jute to start with.
 

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furrycowthingy said:
To make the ghillie suit really work technically all you need is areas to insert natural vegetation. Once you have enough areas for that you should fill in most of the left over net or whatever material your using with jute and/or burlap.

Lastly I would not recommend acrylic paint. I believe it is highly flammable and it is toxic. Not to mention when I look at your 2nd and 3rd images there appears to be glare. It may just be the camera.
Yeah, I just wasn't sure how much I'd need even with veg, that's why I was wondering.

Oh snap, I did not know about that :( In the name of safety I suppose I'll be tearing this down to the base layer then and building it back up with unpainted mesh and burlap. And yes, it is very slightly reflective, not noticeable on the field, but I had to use my phone's flash to get a good picture.

nelsonho396 said:
Ok I will tell you this. Get 5 yards if it doesn`t look enough 2x it. If there is spare you can touch up and have fun with the spare.
Okay, that's about how much I was thinking on, thanks!

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1. Good question, nice rifle wrap, but make an intro post the next chance you get please.

2. Try using the search function, I know this has been covered before with a similar thread title, and at the pace this forum moves it shouldn?t be buried too deep. However, I don't like shutting people down, especially new people, more just a slap on the wrist, so here is my take on your question:

I would recommend at least 5 pounds of jute to start with.
I got an intro post up :) So sorry about that one, the introduction board at the top of the beginners section has seemed to elude my eye.

I did search it on here, but I couldn't find a specific thread that mentioned how much burlap cloth is recommended. I found the jute recommendations, but I didn't quite know how that translates to how much cloth you'll want.

Anyways, thanks for the help guys, I think I'll order some burlap today and then update with some progress pics later!
 

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I got an intro post up :) So sorry about that one, the introduction board at the top of the beginners section has seemed to elude my eye.
Thats ok, it seems to happen to everyone their first time here, including myself


I did search it on here, but I couldn't find a specific thread that mentioned how much burlap cloth is recommended. I found the jute recommendations, but I didn't quite know how that translates to how much cloth you'll want.

Anyways, thanks for the help guys, I think I'll order some burlap today and then update with some progress pics later!
I tried to start my ghillie by stripping burlap... it takes a long time, its really messy and the burlap seems to come out really fuzzy and gets knotted really easily on itself, so I decided to go with the straight stuff to save my sanity and mixed in the stripped burlap to give it 'texture' so to say. For my environment the straight worked better, since most of the areas I end up wearing my ghillie tend to be grass, yours may differ, just my 2c.

Also, when you're "done" making the ghill it should look thin. A good ghillie is usually about 40% jute, burlap etc. and 60% natural veg from the area. This is a pain in the a$$ to blend if you play different fields, but the results are much much better.

I usually bring a dozen or so strips of burlap and a good handfull of jute thread in each color in ziplock bags with me in case I need to fill out certian areas on my ghillie once I get to the field.
 

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If you still have some burlap this is my technique. Cut a 2 feet by 2 feet square doesn`t have to be exact. Make it WET. Like soak it with some water. Get a newspaper layer it and put it on your lap. First pull out like 10 strings on which side you want. Then grab the middle strings the way you are not pulling out and pull them out so you got this little like row in the middle where it is easy to grab. Grab 1 at a time and pull out 30 before you put them down. Repeat and you should be able to finish one patch in like 5 mins. Remember turn on the TV are something I went insane after dethread 5yards. Then time on to your ghillie. Check out my ghillie in the ghillie suit thread in the gallery. I am on the 2nd to last page at the very bottom. Remember making a ghillie isn`t a walk in the park. It took me 1 week with 4 workers sometimes and 3 at minimum. I promise watch like tv are something I went insane doing it. I did the ghillie almost 24/7 My day schedule.
Wake up
Brush Teeth
Go down eat
Ghillie suit till eat lunch
Ghillie suit till Dinner
Ghillie suit till 11 Pm
Relax. Fall asleep 3 hours.
Wake up at 2 go outside and watch the meteor shower. Yay Perseids.
Repeat 7 days.
 

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bobgengeskahn said:
I tried to start my ghillie by stripping burlap... it takes a long time, its really messy and the burlap seems to come out really fuzzy and gets knotted really easily on itself, so I decided to go with the straight stuff to save my sanity and mixed in the stripped burlap to give it 'texture' so to say. For my environment the straight worked better, since most of the areas I end up wearing my ghillie tend to be grass, yours may differ, just my 2c.

Also, when you're "done" making the ghill it should look thin. A good ghillie is usually about 40% jute, burlap etc. and 60% natural veg from the area. This is a pain in the a$$ to blend if you play different fields, but the results are much much better.

I usually bring a dozen or so strips of burlap and a good handfull of jute thread in each color in ziplock bags with me in case I need to fill out certian areas on my ghillie once I get to the field.
I'm somewhat tight on cash and I don't think I can afford the jute threads so I may be stuck just de-threading it slowly but surely. Maybe I'll have to invent a way to de-thread it quicker.
 

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Sqwee if you live near a Micheal because you are in Socal with me. This is what I did.
Got a bunch of family members.
Got alot of the 40 percent of coupons.
So this is what I got
The Largest Recycled fishing net. 11 dollars.
I also got 2 dyes at micheals. Dark Green and Dark Brown. Each are like 2.50 each.

Remeber to add the 40 percent coupon I didn`t feel like doing the math.
I went to the LA Fashion District and got some burlap. $1.50 per yard.

Got some shoegoo 5 dollars at walmart.
My total was 22 dollars. Pretty cheap if you ask me.

My biggest investment.
My time thank goodness I was on summer break.
 

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nelsonho396 said:
Sqwee if you live near a Micheal because you are in Socal with me. This is what I did.
Got a bunch of family members.
Got alot of the 40 percent of coupons.
So this is what I got
The Largest Recycled fishing net. 11 dollars.
I also got 2 dyes at micheals. Dark Green and Dark Brown. Each are like 2.50 each.

Remeber to add the 40 percent coupon I didn`t feel like doing the math.
I went to the LA Fashion District and got some burlap. $1.50 per yard.

Got some shoegoo 5 dollars at walmart.
My total was 22 dollars. Pretty cheap if you ask me.

My biggest investment.
My time thank goodness I was on summer break.
I have a Michaels.... but they don't sell burlap. Instead I've gotten 40" x 10 Yard of burlap from Ebay for $30. It's roughly 100 ounces / 6.25 pounds. I'm hoping that's enough for all the applications I need it for... Extra padding, new gun wrap, legs, back & upper torso, a hood, etc.

I will go there though for some dyes and hopefully they'll have something. And I have a friend who has some military camo netting stuff with the plastic webbing and nylon netting that I can get cheap.

And I think I'm going to go with ACU as a base BDU for the ghillie. It's still a lighter camo than woodland variants, and I can stay on the same team for the most part.

I'll start posting pics on the OP once I get the supplies in and get to work.
 

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Just saying I got my Burlap at the LA fashion district not Micheals. Hope to see you pictures. Again. Making your ghillie will suck you life at of you do it on Weekends only. Or you may go insane.
 

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At least with the burlap I purchased at Lowes I was able to pull through a 1 yard vertical strand at a time. This will shorten everything considerably just make sure to cut to size when done.
the horizontal strips ended up being one continuous strand so I also cut those into 1 yard strips then down farther once I felt I had enough to one whole side.

Also, I have been spray painting my burlap before I broke it down to strands. I imagine dying groups may be more effective but the ex-military sniper on our team suggested spray painting and not dying. I'm not sure if there is a reason to it or not. I'll have to ask him.
 

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Oh I'm essentially half-way done with the ghillie now. I've finished burlappin the pants and have moved onto the jacket as of today. I know I've said I'd post some pics but I've been lazy.

And I used dyes to color my burlap. I don't see why spray-paint would be any good though, it'll just make the burlap stiff, and doesn't seem permanent to me.
 

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Spray paint is a good backup or in the field change of color for a suit. If you have all the time in the world and the comfort of your own home then I would stick to dyeing
Dying it was actually really quick for me. It took a while to dry but the process took no more than an hour and I'm sure I could get it done quicker if I did it again.

I need to post some pictures >.<
 
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