How to Shorten a Nylon Strap

Nylon straps are commonly shortened to fit different sizes of wrists - especially Nato straps. Since most Nato straps are made of nylon and polyester, shortening the strap could easily be done at home.

This tutorial is intended to help guide you through some of the basics for shortening a nylon strap. We are using our seatbelt strap as an example, but any straps made of nylon would work.

What you need:

  • A Pair of Scissors 
  • Two Loonies
  • Two Clips
  • A Lighter

This is how our unmodified seatbelt strap look like when tucked into the keeper.

This is how it looks after it is shortened. With some trimming and sealing, the rear bulk of the strap could be removed resulting in a slimmer profile. Some prefer one look over another. Read on for how to shorten a nylon strap.

1. Measure where to cut. Here, I counted the number of holes extended pass the keeper and kept a mental note on where the strap should end.

2. Secure the trimming area with two loonies. The loonies act as a template to shape the end of the strap - you can use whatever template for whatever shape you like.

3. Make sure to centre the coin so the fabric looks even afterwards

4. Use a paper clip to secure the position of the coin. (Or you can use a vise-grip as one of our reader have suggested via Email).

5. Take the pins out so it doesn't obstruct while trimming.

6. Trim around the coin with a pair of scissors. They need to be sharp to ensure a clean trim.

7. Seal the edges with a lighter so the strap doesn't fray. The clips may be removed after.

8. To have a thoroughly sealed end, move the coins backward by a millimetre and heat the end again. This provides a greater surface area for the heat to bond any potential fraying on the nylon.

6. Volia!

Here is a before (left) and after (right) comparison

This is a quick and easy way to change the look of your Nato strap. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email us or leave a message below. 

-SMC Team

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