Elevate Your Hoodie Game: A Step-by-Step Guide to Replacing Drawstrings with Colorful Paracord

Comparison image: Original hoodie on the left, showcasing standard drawstrings. Updated hoodie on the right, featuring vibrant paracord drawstrings for a stylish transformation.

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Friends don’t let friends have boring drawstrings

Recently, a friend shared an awesome trick with me that instantly upgraded my hoodie game – replacing boring drawstrings with vibrant paracord! In this step-by-step guide, I’ll share the process I learned to give your hoodie a unique touch while injecting a burst of color. Paracord comes in many different multi-color patterns or solids, and many include reflective materials (safety first!). I found the perfect paracord on Amazon that made this DIY project a breeze! So, let’s dive in and personalize your hoodie together.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Before we begin, make sure you have everything you need:

Hoodie with removable drawstrings

Colorful paracord (I used TECEUM Paracord in the Kalaidascope color)



Classic hoodie with standard drawstrings, showcasing the before look prior to the vibrant paracord upgrade.

Step 2: Remove Existing Drawstrings

Before diving into the replacement process, secure one end of the paracord to the existing drawstring still on your hoodie. Tie a square knot tightly to ensure a secure connection. This step ensures that you won’t accidentally lose the drawstring inside the hoodie channels during the transition. Now, carefully remove the existing drawstring, making sure the paracord is securely fastened to it. This allows you to easily pull the new paracord through the channels in a seamless process.

Paracord securely tied to the original drawstring, a crucial step before threading through the hoodie channels for a stylish upgrade.
Paracord tied to the original drawstring, with the knot beginning to thread through the hoodie channels in the DIY transformation process.
Successful transformation: Paracord tied to the original drawstring emerges on the other side of the hoodie, showcasing the completed upgrade in progress.

Step 3: Measure and Cut the Paracord

Use the old drawstring as a reference to measure and cut the paracord to your preferred length. Add a few extra inches for adjustments during the installation process.

Step 4: Seal the Ends

Melt the ends of the paracord with a lighter to prevent fraying. Quick passes near the flame should do the trick. Pinch the melted end to secure it.

Securing the paracord: Using a lighter to carefully melt and seal the end, preventing fraying and ensuring a clean finish in the DIY hoodie upgrade.

Step 5: Adjust and Tie

With both ends through the channels, adjust the length of the paracord to your liking. Tie secure knots at each end, ensuring symmetry.

A barrel knot is a simple and secure way to finish off the ends of your paracord drawstrings. Follow the steps in this video to tie a barrel knot with the two ends of the paracord.

Close-up view of a barrel knot: Neatly tied ends of vibrant paracord, showcasing a secure and stylish finish in the hoodie drawstring replacement process


Voila! You’ve just learned the trick I picked up from a friend to transform your hoodie with colorful paracord drawstrings. This simple DIY upgrade adds a personal touch and a splash of color to your wardrobe. Check out TECEUM Paracord for a wide range of colors (camo, neon, patterns, solids, etc.) to suit your style. Now that I have approximately 97 feet of paracord left, I plan on transforming a few more hoodies!

What color are you planning to use for your hoodie drawstring replacement? Leave a comment below and share your unique style!

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