Making your own parachute
It’s not hard to do. You just need a sewing machine.
- I tend to cut my parachute fabric with a soldering iron. It gives cleaner, sealed edges that don’t fray.
- It does release fumes so should be done in a well ventilated environment.
- If you don’t have a soldering iron, just use a pair of scissors but leave enough seam to fold double so that the raw edge is contained. This prevents fraying too.
6-panel round parachute
This parachute has a 6-Gore or panel layout means it’s quick to make and has the fewest bridle lines while still deploying nicely.
It will accept a crown hanging point as the top is flat rather than pulled down.
- It’s easy to make as there are so few panels which cuts down time.
- The shape is based on my PDA plan only this one has a flat top.
It’s possible to make a quick-n-dirty version in about 1 hour.
Suitable for :
- Balloon recovery
- Parachuting Teddies or Parafauna
NOTE: These plans are not to be used for human parachutes. These are for toy hobby parachutes only.
I can’t see anyone being stupid enough to make one for human parachuting but these days you never know.