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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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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.
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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 !

tatebullrider2 months ago

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

aenten made it!2 months ago
used one length of 40 ft paracord. came out fantastically!
ba55foreva made it!2 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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builder61004 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.macon4 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!5 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

RumbleAMS5 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!
fcalheiros5 months ago

nice and beautiful work...

mweaver86 months ago
Just letting you know, I think some of the links to your pictures are broken.
TomC1 made it!7 months 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(:

bozo368 months 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

rgupta39 months 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.

mobiansstech10 months ago

Excellent Job... so thoughtful

rronald_2510 months 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!11 months ago

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

Paravival (author)  papa_bill11 months 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.


gothic_penguin11 months ago

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

gross067 made it!12 months 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)  gross06712 months ago

Excellent job gross067!!

Perfect gift for those kids!


CurtWG made it!12 months 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)  CurtWG12 months 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!

Congratulations on winning the first prize!!! :D

Paravival (author)  lindarose921 year 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 year 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.

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