How to Make a Tactical Vest

By Neal Litherland

A tactical vest can be a great aid to people engaged in a variety of activities. Paintball players, photographers, hunters, campers and others may find the added cargo room, as well as the look of one of these vests, appealing. Since buying a tactical vest can be a little expensive, an easy alternative is to make your own.

How To Make Your Own Tactical Vest

Buy a vest to use as your base to work from. This vest should fit well, and it shouldn't be too loose before modifications are made. Strong cloth, such as a thicker, cotton twill, work nicely as it can hold the weight that a tactical vest will be carrying.

Mark where on your vest you want to make changes. Do you want to add pockets? Cartridge loops? A permanent knife sheath? No matter what changes you wish to add, measure them carefully and then mark on the vest where you will be adding them.

Measure and cut out the additions you'll need from your spare cloth. To add extra reinforcement to pocket panels, cut them a little large and fold the edges over. Stitch the edges so that the raw cloth is held underneath. This process helps keep the cloth from unraveling and makes the stitching stronger.

Before stitching on your additions to the actual vest, mark where the fasteners for the pockets will be and attach them. Whether those fasteners are buttons, snaps or Velcro patches, they're easier to apply before the pocket is sewn on than afterward when there isn't as much room for needlework.

Stitch your additions to the vest itself. Things to keep in mind at this stage are just where the weight will be supported, and whether you want to reinforce any stitching before you declare the project done. Once these additions are added, and the fasteners are tested to make sure they close properly, you have your very own tactical vest.

About the Author

In addition to my writing experience, which has been mostly newspaper and blog freelancing, I have been an English tutor and proofreader. If the opportunities arose, I would be happy to edit articles in addition to writing them.