Introduction: Pocket Sling (sling Rocks Over 100 Feet)

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Ah the sling, a primitive weapon still used to this day. In the ancient days, the Romans used this weapon as a siege weapon for naval battles and land battles alike. The sling is mentioned throughout history including the Bible.
-This is a simple way to make this fantastic weapon costing less than 5 dollars.

In this instructable we will go through the process of making an all leather sling.


-scrap leather - can be found at the dump on an old leather couch or pocketbook or bought for around 3 dollars

-leather lace - can be found at craft stores for as little as 99 cents

-Altoids tin - 99cents

= about $4.98 before tax




-board to hammer on


-pencil with graph paper

***************SLINGING IS DANGEROUS so be careful*********************

Step 1: Make the Pouch

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It helps to make a pattern on graph paper.

1) make a rectangle 5"x2.5"
2) make points how I show in the picture
3) connect the lines a-b c-d e-f g-h
make holes .25 inches into the shape
4) cut it out (no picture)
5) trace it with a pencil onto the leather
6) cut out the leather

picture 7- done for this step

-Save the paper pattern in case you want to make another sling afterward.

Step 2: Make Some Holes

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Use the nail and hammer to punch holes for the lace.

1) -line up the paper template with the leather cut out over the board
2) -hammer holes in the two dots
3) -take out the nails and then admire how much easier that step was

Make sure you nail on the board.

Step 3: Add Lace

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Get your leather lace.
1) Cut two lengths of lace that extend from the tip of your fingers to your foot while letting your arms down.
-a lengthy explanation for something so simple, so look at the pictures if you are confused.
2) Next tie knots like a figure eight to the pouch.
3) Make a bowline knot with the loop about the size of your pinky.
4) Put the loop on your pinky then hold the other lace.
5) Tie a knot that when held, makes the pouch level.

***check pictures***

Step 4: Use

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Put the bowline on your pinky and hold the knot.
Place a rock (I demonstrate with an eraser) in the leather, swing the sling around, then let go of the knot.
To store/carry fold the pouch, wrap the lace around it, then place into an altoids tin or directly into your pocket!.

-Timing is everything so concentrate and use common sense.
-There are many techniques for slinging. Check online on,, or

For farther slinging make the laces longer.


crazykiddo (author)2010-12-04

whats with the can you dont use it

Wafflicious (author)crazykiddo2011-01-25

Oh sorry its to store the rolled up sling if you want it :P

cool2000 (author)2010-03-18

 I used duct tape for puoch!

Me too

aristide202 (author)cool20002011-11-07

I used leather from not too old goat boots I occasionally found in the junk. Really good stuff .

ducktape.mac (author)cool20002010-06-13

did it work very well?

cool2000 (author)ducktape.mac2010-06-19

yes it worked perfectly!

ducktape.mac (author)cool20002010-06-20

weird, because i tried that and the sling didn't really work. so i tore apart a t-shirt and that worked pretty good.

cool2000 (author)ducktape.mac2010-06-22

I used plans from another instructable try looking up duct tape sling

hunter-4-life (author)2012-08-23

would ball berrings work for ammo pleaz replaiy

keng (author)hunter-4-life2012-12-11

they actually work very well.

hunter-4-life (author)2012-08-23

ah the bowline knot love it

Air_Assassin (author)2011-01-12

Lol in my history book the Greeks used lead balls as ammo

aristide202 (author)Air_Assassin2011-09-21

not exactly lead balls , a sort of double cone cast lead almonds I would say with threatening dedications

Air_Assassin (author)aristide2022011-11-05


bowmaster (author)2009-07-09

I can throw rocks ~250 feet with a sling.

Wafflicious (author)bowmaster2009-07-09


bowmaster (author)Wafflicious2009-07-09

I like using flat rocks so they buzz.

Wafflicious (author)bowmaster2009-07-09

Lol yea me too but then its not accurate.

bowmaster (author)Wafflicious2009-07-09

I'm not accurate no matter the distance. I just do it for fun.

Wafflicious (author)bowmaster2009-07-10

Oh haha I like using the Roman technique for accuracy.

aristide202 (author)Wafflicious2011-09-21

I never heard of it , you mean byzantine ?

bowmaster (author)Wafflicious2009-07-10

I just spin underhanded as fast as I can and release.

jnichols4 (author)2011-09-11

oh look, spongebob is on(last picture, step one)

woodstockbirdy (author)2010-03-19

 Where do you get altoids???? please help!!!

a convinence store?
a grocrey market perhaps?
otherthan those places, you're boned.

knexwalrus (author)2011-02-13

i wove mine out of paracord it is very strong and durable

DJ Radio (author)2009-06-26

I made some of these in Scout camp last week as part of leatherworking. 5*

Owenmon (author)DJ Radio2009-06-26

So you are in boy scouts!

DJ Radio (author)Owenmon2009-06-26


Owenmon (author)DJ Radio2009-06-27

Woot! Which rank? I'm second class. I just joined a couple months ago, though.

DJ Radio (author)Owenmon2009-06-27

Im probably second or first class.

mspark400 (author)DJ Radio2009-06-30

this is a nice project tho i never made one in scouts....Eagle Scout represent! cheers, mspark400

Wafflicious (author)mspark4002009-06-30

Nice! I could never have the patients/ commitment to get eagle.

mspark400 (author)Wafflicious2009-06-30

thanks it is no easy road but if you push to do it it really is rewarding. I almost did not make it. cheers, mspark400

Wafflicious (author)mspark4002009-07-01

I only know 2 people that made it. Double cheers, wafflicious

Wafflicious (author)DJ Radio2009-06-26

Cool! I used to go to scouts. Do you do pine wood derby still?

DJ Radio (author)Wafflicious2009-06-26

pinewood derby is for cub scouts, no?

Wafflicious (author)DJ Radio2009-06-26

oh yea haha

flyingmerlin (author)2009-06-30

Sea scout. But we never made harpoons or anything, so I made myself one of these ;) Good one.

Wafflicious (author)flyingmerlin2009-06-30

What rank is Sea scout?

flyingmerlin (author)Wafflicious2009-07-01

It isn't actually a rank, it's sort of a different branch of the whole scout deal. It's generally the normal scouts, only we had to learn sailing and stuff, and our uniform is mostly blue. But we do a lot of stuff on land too, since we can't always sail.

Wafflicious (author)flyingmerlin2009-07-01

That's awesome! That would be so cool to learn.

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