How to build a Modular Ghilliesuit

To make more then one color camouflage duplicate the netting steps

If you want to build a modular ghillie jacket you are going to need the following items:

  • Fabric ( with camouflage print to be exact )
  • Thread (for stitching and sewing)
  • 14 buttons / knots
  • Bleach
  • Camouflaged jacket
  • Camouflaged cap / boonie
  • Netting (make sure it is strong netting with large holes)
  • Burlap
  • Stretching paracord

All these items are relatively cheap if you know where to look, old army dump stores or on the marketplace. This build costs less then the average ghilliesuit.

Step one: The netting

First off you have to start by cutting the netting in the right size, do this by laying the jacket with the arms wide and the boony or cap where the head should be. Cut the netting in the shape of the clothing leaving approx. 20 centimeters of margin around the edges and even more on the top half where the cap is. It is easier to remove extra netting than to magicly summon it when the netting is too small, so be generous

When we are done we are going to apply square patches to the netting, cut several square pieces from the fabric the size of the holes in the netting. We need to stitch the patches in the netting using the thread, in the image on the right you can see that the patches should devided over the netting. The patches will become the attachment points on the suit so be sure they are solid. Put the netting over the clothing and add patches on logical places such as shoulders and make sure you that the positions on the clothing can have buttons.

Step two: Buttons

Make sure that the buttons have glitter on them..

If the buttons you have scavenged are not camouflage proof (bright colors or shiny polish) you have to make sure to paint these. Here's a simple guide to paint the buttons:

  • Use sandpaper to get the paint to stick
  • Clean the buttons using paint-thinner or another degreaser
  • Secure the buttons on a piece of cardboard (be creative)
  • Choose a color for the base (e.g. olive green) and spray the base
  • When dry put leaves and branches on top of the buttons
  • Spray a second color (brown) trough the leaves leaving a camo like print

You can use these steps to paint anything you like in a camouflage print.

Upgrade patches

We need to alter the patches to allow for buttons to hold them. Make an incision in the patches the same width as the buttons. Check if the buttons fit through the incision and make sure you have done all the patches

Step three: Upgrade the base

Remove the netting from the clothing if you not already have. Does your camo jacket have a hoody? you can skip this tiny part. If not, create your own hoodie using the fabric, the end result should look a bit like the picture on the right. We attach the fabric to the jacket and the hat (try it on before rushing the stichting). If you do not have enough fabric for a hoodie, you will have to compensate by adding more burlap and jute to the netting to cover up the neck.

To create a way for quick vegetation adding you can use the stretch rope and add lines on the back of the jacket. Attach the cord to the jacket every 5 centimeters to allow vegetation under the cord.

Now it is time to apply the buttons to your base! Put the netting once again on top of the jacket and apply the buttons where the patches are. Succes!

Step four: Apply jute or burlap strips

If you do not know how to color burlap watch the short video below. Once you know how you can start on the netting. Color the burlap in as many colors as you want, because with this design you can make another net with a different color. Each netting can be designed for specific terrain. For example a brown jute netting for heath and a green netting for the forest. If the color of the base jacket is very different from the color netting you wany be sure to add a lot of jute in the right color

Lastly : Add the netting you want to use to the jacket using the buttons and put some facepaint on. Add vegetation and you are golden, good luck!

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