Your Ghillie Suit Kit
When selecting a kit, consider the following options:
- Thread Type
- Color Pattern
- Kit Size
- Extra Netting
You can shop for ghillie suit kits from Ghillie Suit Depot.
Thread Type: Jute vs. Synthetic
Ghillie suit kits are available in jute or synthetic thread. Each has unique characteristics. The greatest difference is that synthetic thread is more lightweight. Read more below about each type of thread to choose the best one for you.
Jute thread is made from the jute plant and is the original material used to make ghillie suits in the military. Synthetic thread is created from man-made fibers resultiing from a chemical process that uses various minerials and plant matter.
Both synthetic and jute thread have high blending qualities and tensile strength. However, jute thread is straighter and coarser than synthetic thread. Many people choose jute thread for its natural plant characteristics. Synthetic thread is softer and bends easier than jute thread. Many prefer synthetic thread for the following advantages:
|Lightweight||Synthetic thread weighs less than half the wieght of jute thread. This can be an important factor if you plan to move around a lot.|
|Mildew Resistant||Synthetic thread is naturally mildew resistant and can be washed by hand. On the other hand, jute thread can attract mildew and mold if not properly aired out after collection moisture.|
|Fire Resistant||Synthetic thread is fire resistant and safer than jute thread. Jute thread os flammable since it is made from plants. Ghillie suits made with jute must be treated with a fire retardant for safety precautions.|
|Odorless||Synthetic thread is odorless, where jute thread inherits the natural odor of the jute plant.|
For our sniper ghillie suit created in the tutorial, we chose to use synthetic thread because of its lighter weight over jute thread.
Kits from Ghillie Suit Depot make selecting a color pattern easy. Each kit comes with multiple bundles of thread available in different colors. Many kits offer choices of pre-selected color patterns, including Desert, Leafy Green, Mossy, and Woodland. Other kits allow you to pick your own color for each bundle of thread. Note that colors might vary between brands and the type of thread.
When deciding on colors, think about the environment and time of year you'll be wearing your suit. Will you be surrounded by leafy vegetation, a dense forest, or a rangeland covered in dry grass? Look at photos of the surroundings to help visualize what colors you need.
For this tutorial, we will make a ghillie suit for a leafy environment to wear during the late spring, summer, and early fall.
Select the Base Color
The first color you choose should be the base color. The base color is the primary color repeated throughout your suit. Normally only 1 color is used as the base, but choosing a mix of 2 colors would also work.
A military ghillie suit requires more thread than your average poncho. For full-body cover, we recommend choosing 4 bundles of thread in your base color. For a sniper style ghillie suit, we recommend only selecting3 bundles in your base color. Only the back of the suit will be covered and therefore requires less thread.
We chose 3 bundles of Forest Green as the base color for our sniper ghillie suit:
Select the Other Colors
In addition to your base color, we recommend using at least 3 more colors to create a distinctive color pattern that blends in with your natural surroundings. You might not use all of the thread in these colors, but they are necessary for the contrast of your suit.
We selected the 4 more colors for our suit including Brown, Dark Green, Light Olive, and Tan:
The size of the kit determines how many bundles of thread are included. At Ghillie Suit Depot, ghillie suit kit sizes are available in Small (4 bundles), Medium (6 bundles), and Large (7 bundles).
We do not recommend using a "Small" size kit for making a ghillie jacket and pants. It includes only enough thread to make a poncho. Choose a "Medium" or "Large" kit for making a military ghillie suit.
Since our ghillie suit requires 3 bundles of our base colors and 4 bundles of other colors, we selected the "Large" size kit that includes a total of 7 bundles.
Nylon netting is an important part of a ghillie suit. When making a suit, netting is attached to the BDUs and then ghillie thread is tied onto the netting. Most kits come with a 5' by 9' piece of nylon netting. This is enough for a sniper style ghillie suit that has no ghillie thread on the front.
However, for full-body cover, we recommend you purchase extra netting. After finishing this tutorial, we had enough netting left to cover the front of the BDU jacket, but not the pants. We would have needed extra netting to completely cover the suit.
Our Choice of Kits
To recap, we need a kit with the following options:
- Thread Type = Synthetic Thread
- Color Pattern = 3 bundles of Forest Green, and 1 bundle each of Brown, Dark Green, Light Olive, and Tan.
- Kit Size = Large
- Extra Netting = No
We decided on the Large Customizable Synthetic Ghillie Kit. This kit includes 7 custom colors of lightweight synthetic thread in 24" bundles. It also includes a 5' by 9' piece of nylon netting in 1" by 1" squares. It's exactly what we need to build our suit.
More from this Tutorial
- Part 1: Getting Started
- Part 2: Choose Your Ghillie Suit Kit
- Part 3: Choose Your BDUs
- Part 4: Prepare the Jacket
- Part 5: Prepare the Pants
- Part 6: Reinforce the Front
- Part 7: Create the Hood and Rifle Wrap
- Part 8: Tie on the Thread
- Part 9: Attach the Hood
- Part 10: Conclusion