Picture of How to Make a Paracord Pouch for Survival Tins

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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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.
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zgordon2kx made it!1 year 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)  zgordon2kx1 year ago

Excellent @zgordon2kx!

rwells51 year ago

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

Paravival (author)  rwells51 year ago

Wonderful @rwells5!

nidanterry1 year ago
Nice quick project for a cold evening.
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Paravival (author)  nidanterry1 year ago

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

This is so well documented!

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

Paravival (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago

Thank you !

StrangeJames88 made it!21 days ago

Thanks for the tutorial. I tried with the solomon bar weave as you did, and just couldn't seem to get it loose enough to make the tin accessible. So I decided to use the Double Cobra Weave. Also I used 3/16" welding ring which is graded to about 200lbs. a great pouch to carry my id's when hiking

ngriffin2 made it!1 month ago
didn't turn out quite as nice but it's acceptable for the first go.
thecreator244 months ago
I modified it to fit my zippo windproof lighter and heres how it turned out
birdlover174 months ago
my dad's birthday is coming up so I decided to make this for him. thanks so much for a great instructable. this is how mine came out.
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tatebullrider7 months ago

Amazing job. Plan on making one right after posting this comment lol. Keep up the good work. :)

aenten made it!7 months ago
used one length of 40 ft paracord. came out fantastically!
ba55foreva made it!7 months ago

just made this but not with altoids tin but my smartphone. not as neat as yours and a tad tight but first project using paracord using another technique other than the cobra!

the pouch on the right :) i also done some lighter wraps this evening.

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builder61009 months ago
This looks like an excellent tutorial and will be trying to make it after hunting this weekend. I'll hopefully post a picture if it turns out alright!
kylejay.macon9 months ago
What alternative could I use for the paracord did needle?
I will be using something similar but was made to relace a baseball glove that came in a kit. hopefully you have one of these
SparkySolar made it!10 months ago

I loved this project so much I am trying a belt. This was my first attempt around an altoid box. I was way too tense, it came out too tight.


Its a dog poop bag dispenser lol

RumbleAMS10 months ago
Fun project! The estimates for cord length seem way too much. The side cobra stitch took less than 15 feet. I'm making four of these, one for each family member.

Great instructable. Thank you!
fcalheiros10 months ago

nice and beautiful work...

mweaver811 months ago
Just letting you know, I think some of the links to your pictures are broken.
TomC1 made it!1 year ago

Handphone Punch


I loved this instructable! I made it to fit my phone, with just remaining chunks of paracord that I had sitting around. Definitely was fun, though I messed up the first few times. Definitely wouldn't mind making a few more of these someday(:

bozo361 year ago

Paravival, your instructable on the parachord case, is the best instructional I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and Art. YES ...there are genuine folks still left on this planet, and You are one of them. 07102014 bozo36

rgupta31 year ago
I have made this.
it was fun
joker316981 year 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)  joker316981 year ago

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


I did finish it awhile, just didn't take pictures until recently. The one on the left was a prototype that I made for a iPod.


Excellent Job... so thoughtful

rronald_251 year ago

Nice, would like to make this for my note3 with griffin survivor case, but im afraid it wont be stiff enough to ensure the phone goes in & out the pouch easily

papa_bill made it!1 year ago

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

Paravival (author)  papa_bill1 year 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!1 year 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)  gross0671 year ago

Excellent job gross067!!

Perfect gift for those kids!


CurtWG made it!1 year 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)  CurtWG1 year ago

Looks great CurtWG!



worldlrnr1 year 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 year ago

Thank you worldlrnr!

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