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How To Sew Camouflage
Or Ghillie Suit
Once you decide that you need camouflage, it is immediately obvious that the
best camouflage is a ghillie suit. In ghillie suits, the choices become a little more
If you plan to make a ghillie suit, you will need supplies, time, effort, and
patience. Depending on the purpose of the suit, as well as the quality and longevity you want from
the finished product, you may spend many hours preparing, making, and seasoning it before you can
put it to use. When a ghillie suit is made from scratch, these tasks can take as many as 100 hours
to complete. For a small cost, however, you can buy most of the materials you need to put your
camouflage together more quickly and easily. A third option is to buy a ghillie suit that is
pre-made and ready to wear.
A ghillie suit starts with a foundation, usually a battle dress uniform (BDU)
comprising pants and jacket, a flight suit, or simply an old pair of coveralls. If you improvise
your own foundation suit by using such garments as old coveralls, make sure they are first washed
with a detergent that has no scented chemicals added. When you need your ghillie suit to provide
cover only from the waist up, leaving your legs free for movement, you can plan to make a net
poncho covered with ghillie material rather than a full suit.
Dedicated people who are determined to make their own ghillie suits from scratch
need to buy burlap in preparation for the most time-consuming and tedious part of the operation.
This involves dyeing the burlap to various shades ranging from medium green to brown, cutting it
into strips, and sewing the strips onto the foundation suit with the ends of the higher strips
overlapping the attachment points of the lower strips by about half an inch to provide coverage.
Alternatively, you can first sew and glue netting to the foundation suit, then attach the dyed
burlap strips or jute twine to the netting. Be careful not to finish with blocks of strips in
similar coloring, as this will defeat the aim of using the ghillie suit to merge into the
The dye colors should be chosen to blend in with the area where you will be
wearing your ghillie suit. You can also increase the authentic look by taking the suit to the area
and rolling it around in the local vegetation, or by adding some of the vegetation to the strips on
the netting or the suit. Keep in mind, however, when making your ghillie suit, that burlap is hot
and heavy. If you add too much to it, you may find it difficult to move as quickly as you may need,
as well as being uncomfortable, particularly in hot weather.
You can omit the dyeing and cutting, but still have a hand in the making of your
ghillie suit by buying a ghillie kit that includes all the materials you need, as well as assembly
instructions. These can be ordered in the custom color combination you want or bought in available
patterns, and can take from five to 10 hours to complete by hand. If time is a factor, a pre-made
ghillie suit costs more than a kit, but saves time and effort.
When making your own ghillie suit, you need to remember that Hessian and burlap
are highly inflammable and take appropriate precautions to treat it. This need should not apply to
the ghillie suits and kits available for purchase, because they are usually treated with fire
retardants before you buy them or are made of fire resistant materials. They are also often made of
materials that are lighter and cooler than burlap, making them more comfortable, if less
traditional, than the type of ghillie suit you would make yourself.
They are made from jute, burlap, old rags, or synthetics. You can find some that
are "one size fits all", and others that come in 12 different sizes. Most of them come in four
different color patterns, but a few may have six or rarely eight choices of color pattern. The very
best (and most expensive) suits are built on a base of BDUs covered with a sewn on mesh. At the
other end of the scale there are those built of only the mesh and the ghillie material. There is a
wide range of quality in these mesh only suits. Usually, the old adage , "you get what you pay
for", works with ghillie suits as much as anything else.
Your first decision should be whether to go with jute or synthetic. My personal
preference is for the synthetic. I believe the US Armed Forces agrees with that choice. Synthetics
are not a fire hazard like the jute, burlap,and others. Synthetics lend themselves to cleaning
better, will not rot, are mildew resistant and last a lot longer than others. Some of the synthetic
suits can be thrown into the washing machine, but I would check any labels or specifications
The color pattern for your ghillie will be dictated by the terrain in which you
Will be using it. It is generally accepted that the pattern called "woodland" is the closest to
being a universal pattern, but it's not definitely suitable for all locales. Your area may require
the "desert, mossy, leafy, timber, white" or some other combination of colors. Only you can decide
which is best for you.
My advice as far as the size of your suit is to err on the side of too large.
Personally, I would rather my ghillie suit be a bit large. Suits come in kids sizes all the way up
to triple X long sizes. If you're not sure, go large. A ghillie suit can always be cinched in
smaller, but if it's not big enough, neither you nor the suit can do your jobs effectively. If you
have an unusual build, consider pants and a jacket instead of a one piece suit. That way you can
get one size for the jacket and another size for the pants. Pants and jackets are more practical in
a lot of ways. If you damage either, you won't have to replace the entire suit.
As with any other purchase, buy the best you can afford. If your budget can
handle it, the new ultra-light synthetic pants and jacket which are built on a set of BDUs with
your option of camo pattern, give you the most bang for your buck. If that's out of your reach, the
most popular suit available is the one referred to by some as the "Special ops paintball hunter
suit" or by others as the ultra-light paintball suit. While not built on BDUs, it does have an
inner liner that makes it really comfortable. Remember that all businesses have to make something
from their products.
If you see one that is really cheap, ask yourself "why?"
Another consideration depending on what you are going to be doing is whether to
get a ghillie suit to cover the entire body or will a head and shoulders suit do the job? A short
poncho or maybe a ghillie jacket may be what you need. Quite often the legs are never exposed when
still hunting or in a blind. Sometimes a paintballer will opt for nothing on the legs for the
One last comment on the new synthetic ultra-light suits. For a small fee you can
get pockets in the jacket and/or the pants.
About the author:
Tyler Farrens is a manager at Ghillie-Suit.net. The company features a wide selection of new