In Part 1 of this how-to guide, you created a template kite design, cut out different colored pieces of ripstop nylon, and adhered them to a white ripstop nylon background to create your kite. After sewing triangles of two-ounce nylon onto the corners of the kite, the kite spars were inserted to create a frame. You are now ready to make the bridle.
You will need:
• Braided 50-pound nylon kite line
• Heavy needle
• Ripstop (parachute) cloth
• 2 graphite spars with 3 ½-inch length and 1/16-inch diameter
• Fishing hook
• Kite reel
• Fishing swivel
• Sewing machine
Step 1: Turn over the kite so the top of it faces up and use the scissors to cut 24-inch and 42-inch pieces of braided nylon kite line.
Step 2: Thread the needle with the 42-inch piece of kite line. Push the threaded needle into the top left-hand corner of the kite, pulling enough kite line through to create a knot on the other side of the kite. Push the needle through the edge of the spar pocket located below this area. Cross this pocket and push the needle through the other edge of it. Create a small loop by tying the short end of the kite line to its long end.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 on the top-right corner of the kite with the other end of the kite line.
Step 4: Sew one end of the 24-inch piece of kite line into the center of your kite. Knot it behind the square section of grosgrain ribbon on the back of the kite.
Step 5: Pinch the center of the 42-inch piece of kite line to create a 1 ½-inch long loop. While still pinching the line, wrap this loop around itself, making a knot at the loop base. Pull the 24-inch section of kite line from the kite center through the loop. Loosely tie it to create a three-point bridle. When you pick the kite up by its center, it should come straight up with no wobbling. If this does not happen, untie the 24-inch section of line and pull it through a bit more, retie it, and pick it up again to test it. Repeat until correct.
Step 6: Create the tail of the kite by cutting a piece of colored ripstop nylon that is 24 feet long and 5 inches wide. If desired, appliqué remaining pieces of ripstop nylon to the tail. Sew a hem in the bottom and top edges of this tail. Insert a graphite spar in each hem. This will keep the kite tail flat during flight.
Step 7: Along both sides of the tail, cut 1-inch long slits, spacing them 2 inches apart, to provide the kite with drag to maintain stability.
Step 8: Cut a 40-inch long section of kite line. Pull this through the top hem you made on the tail, then center it. Make a loop in each end of the line. Go to the bottom-right corner, remove the spar, slip a loop over it, and replace the spare. Repeat this process at the bottom-left corner of the kite.
Step 9: Wind the rest of the kite line onto the kite reel. Attach the fishing swivel and fishing hook to the end of this line. Clip this to the kite bridle.