In this tutorial I will show you how to stairstep stitch a paracord bracelet.
I was happy to be able to try a new stitching technique. The stairstep stitching was something that was shown by David Hopper a while back and due to my increased interest in learning new ways of decorating bracelets, this project was perfect.
The stairstep stitch can be done on a variety of paracord bracelets, from the cobra knot bracelet (which was the design I used), to the fishtail and trilobite bracelets.
Comparing the technique to the center stitch paracord bracelet, I must say that although it is easier to do, getting the result you want is not as easy. I had to remove the slack out of the stitching a few times before it started to look right to me. Still, it is a refreshing and fun stitch that I hope to use in future projects.
With that said, let’s get started!
To make this bracelet you will need:
- paracord 550 to make the base bracelet
- a lacing needle that can work with smaller cords, flat tip recommended
- smaller cord such as 1.4mm or 0.9mm paracord
- a lighter
- scissors or knife
Firstly you will need to make a base bracelet. I used a regular cobra knot bracelet as the base.
When you have the bracelet ready, attach the smaller cord to your lacing needle. Just like any stitching, start with the back side of the bracelet, tuck the cord under a few weaves (as shown in the tutorial below), then bring the cord to the front.
The stairstep stitching is done by going over three weaves, then back under two. Pull the cord through, then again over three weaves and back under two.
When stitching is done, simply tuck the end back on the other side of the bracelet.
As mentioned, you may need to remove some slack from the stitching.
A video tutorial: