Making your own parachute

It’s not hard to do. You just need a sewing machine.

Cutting

  • 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
  • Drones
  • 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.