How to Make a Paracord Pouch for Survival Tins

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Throughout this Instructable, I will be showing you guys how to make a pouch out of paracord. This particular pouch is made to fit an Altoids tin. For many outdoorsman or survivalists, Altoid tins are the perfect containers for a small, pocket survival tin. I like using the pouch for my survival tin so I can pack more stuff into the tin and not worry about it popping open.
***Please Notice: The numbers and/or symbols in the images throughout this Instructable correspond to the numbers/symbols in the descriptions of each step.

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  • I spent a lot of time making this as easy to follow as I could.
  • Please take your time and if you have any questions please comment or PM me!
  • Excuse my grammar and graphic design skills as I am far from a English major/Graphic designer.

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Step 1: What You'll Need

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If you want a one color pouch you can totally use two 20 foot lengths of cord that are the same color. Although if it was me I'd use one 40 foot length and make no cuts from beginning to end.

Step 2: Measuring For Border of Pouch

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  • For the first step you are going to need your border cord. Grab the color cord you want to be the border.
  1. Fold your cord directly in half and make a loop like shown in diagram one.
  2. Place it on the side of your Altoids tin leave the loop exposed above the tin a little bit. Note: This loop is the loop which the carabiner clips to (as you can see in the picture in the introduction). You can make this as big as you want.
  3. Wrap the loose ends of paracord neatly around the tin. Left, bottom, and right side.
  4. It should look like this when you are done.
*To make it easier for you, you can use the marker and mark your paracord here.
zgordon2kx made it!2 months ago

Fun and easy to follow project! I went for the apocalyptic style, still perfecting the bio-hazard symbol I added though. Going to add this little first aid kit to my hiking gear!

Paravival (author)  zgordon2kx2 months ago

Excellent @zgordon2kx!

rwells52 months ago

This was great. I just made mine in about 40 minutes. Here's a pic as well:

Paravival (author)  rwells52 months ago

Wonderful @rwells5!

nidanterry3 months ago
Nice quick project for a cold evening.
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Paravival (author)  nidanterry3 months ago

That looks excellent nidanterry. Fantastic job! Thank you so much for sharing.

jessyratfink3 months ago

This is so well documented!

Also something I've never seen here before. Great job! :D

Paravival (author)  jessyratfink3 months ago

Thank you !

papa_bill made it!12 days ago

What did I do wrong? Did I make the knots too tight?

Paravival (author)  papa_bill11 days ago


Step 3 and 4 is where you made a mistake.

You should do step 3, then 4, then repeat. So 3,4,3,4,3,4. You are repeating step 3 over and over and it is simply spiraling your braid. Looks cool though! I make leashes like this.


great project for a night in, made on to fit my phone

gross067 made it!19 days ago

Just finished the Third one. My buddy is taking his family (wife and three kids) on a sailing trip around the world for 3 years and I thought that I would make each of the kids a little survival kit. I found your pouch and thought it perfect for them to hang their kits from their bunks on the boat! The first one turned out the best (pink one), of course, but I'll be making more for sure! Thanks for the great instructable, I think these gifts will be very well received!

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Paravival (author)  gross06718 days ago

Excellent job gross067!!

Perfect gift for those kids!


CurtWG made it!19 days ago

Finally got around to doing this. The tin holds the air dams for my riding glasses so now the Spyder key and the dams will stay together. Thanks again for a well written project.

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Paravival (author)  CurtWG19 days ago

Looks great CurtWG!



joker3169822 days ago

Great Instructable, I am using it as a base, since I took it a few steps further, for a droid pouch I am making. When I am done, I will post a picture for you of it and the test one that ended up being used for my son's Ipod.

Paravival (author)  joker3169822 days ago

I look forward to seeing your creation. Thanks for your kind words.


worldlrnr1 month ago
Love this and need one for my phone, survival tin & for my service dog so I can clip it on to vest for tin holding doggy bags♥ Love this so I am going to put it on my craft room board on Pinterest!!
Paravival (author)  worldlrnr1 month ago

Thank you worldlrnr!

lindarose921 month ago

Congratulations on winning the first prize!!! :D

Paravival (author)  lindarose921 month ago

Thanks Linda! Now to enter another contest! I'm thinking the paper one :)

Oh yes, you should! That one has great prizes! ;)

Adrenal1ne made it!1 month ago

Easy project! I didn't end up needing a nib, I just made the cobra knot around the outside loose so I could pull the cord through, and took out object I was weaving around (my pocket camera, in this case) for when the weaving got tight. Took about 30 minutes.

CurtWG1 month ago

Finally a useful parachord ible that doesn't assume the reader just knows how to do a particular stitch. Thank you, you've got my vote.

That Survival Freak made it!1 month ago

Awesome Sause! You just saved me of having to do what eyewander made!

nickpar202 months ago
How do I message you?
Paravival (author)  nickpar202 months ago

I just sent you a message. Click "you" at the top right of the website and then it should make a drop down menu appear which contains an "inbox" button. Click that.


nickpar202 months ago
Does anyone sell these????
Paravival (author)  nickpar202 months ago

I was debating placing them for sale on my website. If you want one I could make one for you. Message me if you are interested.


gwilson102 months ago

What kind of cord are you using? I'm thinking of picking some up and It'd be nice to know what to look for :)

Paravival (author)  gwilson102 months ago


Sorry for the delay. I'm a stickler when it comes to 550 cord and I spent a long time researching the differences between Genuine MIL-SPEC and Commercial MIL-SPEC cord. I don't want to try and sell you anything but I do offer genuine MIL-C-5040 Type III 550 cord on my website:

A bit more expensive than commercial cord (actually all my cord is a bit more expensive because I'm just a small time biz right now and can't afford to buy in huge quantities). But if you're looking for the real deal, I get mine from E.L. Woods Braiding Company. Which is one of FEW cord braiding manufacturers who the Military Uses today, and back in the day. You'd be lucky to find the same stuff online today. I kind of struck gold with the contract.

I go into detail with diffrences here:

If you are just looking for cord for fun, to be completely honest...Go to:

It's much cheaper, and commercial MIL-SPEC isn't terrible, it's just not used in the Military. Most of it is still 550 lb test, but be careful.

I could get you bulk discount from the company I use to get my commercial code, but you'd have to by a couple hundred feet. PM me if you are interested or want to learn anything else.


Thanks so much! I'll be checking out the sites you listed. Your help was much appreciate! :D
lyonpridej2 months ago

My first thought when I was this was also for my cell phone, but it would be a great survival tin pouch for my backpacking Boy Scout sons also. Thanks for a clear, easy to follow instructable!

Paravival (author)  lyonpridej2 months ago

Thanks! I've posted a new instructable for phone sleeves!

ki4rbi2 months ago
thank you for the idea and great "how to" steps. I made mine on the first attempt and was very pleased. thanks.

These also work well for cellphones

milegrin2 months ago

Great instructable.

Just to clarify, if using a single length of paracord, is there a method or formulae to calculate where in the length of paracord to make the initial loop?

Paravival (author)  milegrin2 months ago

Ok. So in step 2 of the tutorial it says to fold your cord directly in half. If you were using one single length of cord you wouldn't fold it in half, you would fold it so roughly 10 ft. is on one side of the fold, and the rest of the cord (30 ft.) is on the other side of the fold.

Once you finish your border you're going to cut and melt only the short (10ft.) end (This would be Step 5 in this tutorial, except I have you cutting and melting both cords not one).

Now with the cord you didn't cut, you should have about 20 ft. to start your weave.

Note: In this tutorial I start the weave at the bottom and work my way up than back down. With one color you would end up starting at the top, then to the bottom, and back up to the top.

Hope this helps,


tbraun42 months ago
My first attempt, I made the border knots too tight and couldn't get the paracord and fid through the knots. I now have a 14 inch bracelet! That's all part of the learning process.
knexinventer2 months ago

i might make one for my laptop


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