How To Make a Ghillie Suit

A Ghillie suit is a type of camouflage meant to look like dense foliage. Also known as a Yowie suit, the Ghillie is designed to give full camouflage to snipers, and other sorts who require total invisibility. Generally the suit is constructed of mesh netting, and strips of material, but military snipers often customize their own to suit their own needs. This article will outline a very cost effective way to build your own Ghillie suit, that does the job, and holds up to the elements.


The first thing you should do, in constructing your own suit, is make a checklist of all of the materials you need, and make sure you have each and every item. For this particular kind of ghillie suit, we will need :

Hot Glue Gun
Large bag of glue sticks ( like 3lbs to be sure you have enough)
Military Canvas ( can use the material from 2 military duffel bags found at surplus stores)
Pack of Sewing needles (for sewing canvas)
Pack of sewing pins
Nylon Netting (about two yards)
Can of matte black spraypaint

Fabric dye (amount varies, depending on your desired color scheme, and brand choice)

You can acquire many of these items at any yard sale, thrift store, or army surplus store, saving possibly hundreds of dollars. Once you have scratched all of these items off of your checklist, it is time to move on to the design of your Ghillie suit. Everybody has different needs, when constructing their own camouflage, but we will focus on more of a poncho type design, for convenience and budget.

First, you will need to take your nylon netting(or mesh) and lay it out on a flat surface. As far as colors go, you can't go wrong with standard camouflage netting, but some people prefer black, for the appearance of shadows. Once the netting is laid out, you will need to take your scissors, and cut a head sized hole in the very center of the material. This should cause the material to drape over your body with ease, once placed over your head(much like a poncho). With the netting still laid flat, take both of the canvas military duffel bags and cut them up into various-sized strips. Now you can dye the strips different colors, with your fabric dye, to achieve a more realistic effect. Once you have done this, you can either sew, or glue the strips to the netting. Do it in layers, and alternate the colors. Also, make sure to add actual foliage to your suit, to make it extra realistic!


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