Introduction: How to Make a Paracord Leatherman Pouch

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Hi everyone!
I would appreciate your votes for my instructable in the Paracord contest.
Ive made the pouch, now if only i had a leatherman to put in it instead of a piece of wood!

This instructable will show you how to weave a custom made pouch using paracord.
The method used can be easily modified to fit a range of items from multi-tools and torches to mobile phones. It is very simple to make and doesnt use any fancy or difficult knots.

This patricular pouch used a total of 25 feet of 550 paracord however if you are making a pouch for something larger then obvooisly you would need a little more.

When making anything its always best to start with the best materials you can find which is why i always recommend using genuine military spec 550 paracord. The better the cord the longer your pouch will last.

I hope you like the instructable!

Step 1: Materials

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For best results use genuine 550 Paracord. I purchase mine from supplycaptain.
As with anything in life you get what you pay for, if you want your pouch to last a long time you want to have the best cord available and with suplycaptain they guarantee the quality and authenticity of their cord. Many online retailers sell similar looking but poor quality cord with no guarantees on the durability ofthe cord.

1.  Approximately 30 feet of 550 Paracord, any colour you like.

2. Scissors to cut the cord

3. Lighter to seal the ends of the cord

4. A pair of forceps or needle nose pliers

5. A hair pin or if you have one a permalock needle (not essential but it helps with the weaving process)

6. A scrap piece of wood at least 18 inches long and 3-4 inches wide

7. Some drawing pins or something similar to hold the cord in place as you weave.

Step 2: Preparing Your Weave

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First of all establish the size of pouch needed for your Leatherman.

For my nifty wooden leatherman i will need a length of woven material 12 inches long to fold around it the long way round and still leave some left over for a flap. By laying some strands side by side i also worked out it needed to be about 8 lengths of cord wide.

Using the scrap piece of wood draw 2 lines 12 inches apart. This is your length marker,

Cut a piece of cord 10 feet in length and pin it to the wood at one line, then down to the other line and back again until you have used all the cord.
Throughout the instructable these will be referred to as your horizontal strands.
You should have a total of 10 x 12 inch horizontal strands pinned at each end.
When you pin the cord in place ensure there is no slack but do not pull the cord too tight as it will make it difficult to weave.

You will not be using the outermost strand on either side so you can unpin the ends and leave them loose leaving you with 8 strands.

Step 3: Weaving Your Pouch

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You need to cut another length of cord about 12 feet in length. You then need to remove the white internal strands from this cord to make it possible to weave.

For best results you should use something on the end of the cord to make it easier to pass through the weave. In the picture i have used a hair clip as a needle however anything relatively thin and rigid can be used so long as you can attach it to the end of your cord.

Now you can begin the weaving process.

The gutted paracord strand will be referred to as your VERTICAL weave throughout the instructable.

Pass the gutted length of cord over and under the horizontal strands pinned to your wood. Once all the way through ensure the cord is not twisted (removing the internal strands means it should now lie flat)

Simply repeat the process the other way,  under over under over and under.

You should be able to tighten up the  vertical weave quite easily, if it is difficult to tighten then the horizontal strands pinned to the board may be too tight.

Its important also not to over tighten the vertical weave, there should be no slack but it shouldnt be pulled too tight either as this will distort the weave.

Simply continue weaving your vertical strands till the entire lendth is completed. It can be a little tricky at the very end as you will have to remove the weave from your wood to get the last few rows done but patience is the key.

Once you have completed your weave use your lighter to melt the ends of the cord in place.

You should now have a woven length of material 12' long and about 1.5"-2" wide. On one end you should have your two 12" loose strands.

Step 4: Shaping the Pouch Round Your Leatherman

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Wrap the length of woven material around your leatherman to form the shape of your pouch. The two loose strands should be at the front of the pouch (not on the piece which will form the flap)

Keeping your leatherman in place begin to lace the loose strand down the side of the pouch . You can lace it up however you like but remember not to lace it up too  tightly as you will find it difficult to take out or put in your leatherman if its too tight.

Once youve laced up both sides you can trim the ends off and use your lighter to melt them in place.
As before if you dont feel confident melting them in place you can sew them in place with a bit of black thread.

Step 5: Adding a Belt Loop

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Take the last length of cord which shouldbe about 3 feet in length and remove the internal strands.

Thread this cord into and through the weave on your pouch creating two strands for the belt loop.

You have the option of finishing the pouch now if you like however i made the belt loop a bit more attractive using the cobra stitch.

There are many instructables showing how to do the cobra stitch so i wont explain it here.

Finally once you have finished your belt loops againcut and melt the cord in place using your lighter and your paracord leatherman pouch is complete!

You could finish it off if you wish by buying a little velcro or a snap button to keep the flap closed however after wearing my pouch for a few days the flap stayed closed on its own.



Step 6: Completed Pouch

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Here is the finished article complete with wooden leatherman!

I hope youve found my instructable easy to follow and again i would appreciate your rating and also your votes in the paracord contest in the hope i can win a leatherman to put in it!

This is my second instructable however ive made a number of items from instructables ranging from guitars to cnc routers.

Some of my paracord crafts can be seen and bought on my site


23561 (author)2017-05-23

nice but could you make a video? It makes it heaps esi

Tura Street (author)2016-07-30

I made these for my dad and me. I am considering selling them.

sbacon (author)2011-01-16

you need to get yourself one of these
best tool for price ever (i made some removable handle pads for using the plyers out of duct tape because the handles are kind of sharp otherwise) great instructable!

Blechmen (author)sbacon2011-11-25

Yo that's just a knock off on Leatherman. Leatherman has great quality mutitools and knifes so don't buy cheap copies buy the real deal

nekolin (author)Blechmen2015-09-19

ahahahaha i know its been three years and im sure you have firgured it out by now but leatherman is a cheap knock off aswell lol the term multi-tool actually comes from the first one created called the victorinox multi-tool and is still to this day the best one and highest quality but you are right dont get the cheap knock off buy a real victorinox ;)

sbacon (author)Blechmen2011-11-25

I am aware that it is a knock off, I have both that and a genuine Leatherman Blast. Both tools have served me very well. Although the Leatherman is of superior quality and has more features, I could not afford to purchase one at the time, and the Coghlan's tool was perfectly sufficient for my needs. I would not recommend it for everyone, but it is a good enough tool if you are on a budget. Gerber is also a very good tool, (arguably better than Leatherman in some respects) but if you are really looking for quality and have a few extra bucks lying around, then I recommend an SOG tool, both for their torque and the convenience of buying and installing alternate tools to swap into the handles.

C-R-E-8 (author)2015-06-15

Awesome!!! Im gonna make one but ill just add a magnet for closing

the seabass (author)2015-04-07

very nice but I don't see why you would need 30 feet of paracord, that's quite a bit for such a little thing. Although I still plan on making it. :-)

ruben.tan.10 made it! (author)2015-01-30

I used this to create a new pouch for my gerber ultimate multi tool. I messed up by making it shorter than it had to be so I had to inprovise a little. I also decided to use non-gutted paracord for the belt loop. I will be using design more often to create pouches. The instructions were very clear.

frank.ashby (author)2014-12-15

Love it Love it Love it Love it...I added a Celtic globe knot on the flap and used the excess horizontal weave as a strap to hold the flap...finally I prefer to carry my multitool horizontally as opposed to vertically so I affixed my belt loops as such...THANK YOU SO MUCH for these instructions! 4/5 stars!

dpatb13 (author)2014-11-29

Instructable was clear cut, user friendly, and fun! Nice to have a new home for my Sheffield multi-tool! Thank you!!!!Good job, no wonder you won!

lynch_74 (author)2014-07-05

Is it possible to customize this to make it fit a football helmet or cleats. Thx and great bag.

b591941201 (author)2014-04-24

so good

ParaKING (author)2014-02-12

I love this instructable but would advise against ever gutting paracord; it defeats the purpose (550 lb. paracord is reduced to about a 250 lb. capacity...)

Devilkill4 (author)2013-12-23

I'm modding it slightly and using it as a sheath for a fixed blade knife i made on one of the weaved sides and the bottom i cut a thin peice of wood and used jb weld to glue it to the cord

samurai.payton (author)2012-06-27

Now i know what's holding my mags for my AR-15. :D Airsoft of coarse!

I have fired a real AR-15 on Sunday... pretty crazy! XD

rhendric (author)samurai.payton2013-11-20

I was thinking the same thing!

stalker145 (author)2013-08-04

Thanks for the Instructable. I've been looking for a way to carry my baton and didn't feel much like buying a "legit" holster. Plus, since I already use paracord projects to keep my sanity, this worked out nicely ;)

auz94 (author)2013-02-19

I made a cigarette case with this, it isn't as neat and perfect as yours but its nice for my first try. I will post pics soon

fish999 (author)2012-08-28

why cant i download the pdf its not letting me.

Stormdrane (author)2010-04-12

Nice instructable, thanks for sharing! 

I made several of these paracord pouch/sheaths last year, and have used knot/loop closures for the flap, as well as loop/bdu button, and velcro sewn into the underside of the flap and a longer section on the front of the pouch for more adjustable lengths, depending on what was put in the pouch/sheath.  I found it best to sew on the velcro before folding the woven length and adding the cord for the sides.

For a more secure closure, I made one with a small side release buckle with lengths of elastic webbing attached to both ends, then sewn onto the pouch, added in conjunction with the velcro.  I cannibalized the small buckle and webbing that I used from an old cell phone belt holster.

john0214 (author)Stormdrane2012-08-15

Hi stormdrane wat r the names of ur instructable bc I have a knife but no sheath

stuwegie (author)Stormdrane2010-04-12

Hi Stormdrane.

Thanks for your comments. This was my first one and i have since made a few more using different lacing techniques for the side and also making the flap a bit longer.
I have stacks of 10mm side release buckles which i could use but have chosen to use velcro so far. 
I really like your knot loop closure but will have to admit that damned lanyard knot keeps getting the better of me :P

lovethebackwoods (author)2012-06-24

To writers who at times cannot afford genuine Leatherman knives: I've been there, too. See if you live anywhere near where state sales (open to the public) carry the items confiscated by TSA. It'll blow your mind! I've been to sales where gallon-sized ZipLoc bags containing about three dozen sharp items usually contain at least 4-5-6 Leatherman and similar knives. There are usually also ulu knives, nail clippers, letter openers, and other things way, way too dangerous to trust a frequent flyer to carry! The price of these bags has gone up to around $35 now, but you often come out with a few hundred dollars worth of sharps or edged weapons. I've worked with Boy Scouts since 1975 and they really love doing very special things on camp-outs so they can earn the chance to select their own knife.

Thanks for this 'ible.

ArizonaSRMC (author)2012-06-05

Loved it! Took a bit to get it done, I had to do multi-color spice it up a bit, and for the belt loop gutted cord and more flat weave! Good time killer for the deployed bored Soldier! Thanks!

wandererchronicles (author)2012-06-03

Great instructable, thanks! Used it to make a replacement case for my Leatherman, and liked the finished result enough that I made a knife sheath as well. Next up: cell phone holster!

chip123 (author)2012-05-07

Is that lighter a turboflame? If it is, what gas do you use in it? Mine just keeps going out, but it used to work fine, so i'm hoping i'm just using the wrong gas and it's not a problem with the lighter :s

Kaleoscope (author)2012-03-04

I'm going to try using some of the zillion parachute clips I have to make it able to attach to a belt loop. I don't wear belts often. Thanks for this Instructable, I would have probably bought one of those cloth-type ones had I not found this, my pocket knife gets dirt in it whenever I store it in my, well, pocket. :p

breynolds3 (author)2012-02-23

I did this successfully for a case for my smart phone. It is pretty sweet, I've added some pics . . . I added the belt loop a little crooked because I wanted the phone to be a bit slanted when on my belt to reduce the chance of the screen being broken due to excessive pressure. Thanks for the VERY useful instructable!:)

pipelinerpoke (author)2012-01-08

Thanks for this instructable, I had to widen the main part for my phone case, and it works perfectly and it's tough.

Alt-Horizon (author)2010-09-09

I made one of those for my younger sister, although measured to fit her cellphone. I used pink and grey laces for hockeyskates... forgot to document though, got to ask her to take a picture of it and send me so I can show you. trying to find the swedish equivalent of 550 paracord at the moment.

nice instructable and thanks.

fogman103 (author)Alt-Horizon2011-12-22

Just buy it on ebay, amazon, or countycomm and ship it to sweden.

shadow wave rider (author)2011-11-25

buy a leatheman off ebay. you can get one for like half the store price

Battman4312 (author)2011-10-30

Thanks for the write up. It was really easy to follow and basic

I added a row to make it wider and I fastened on a button with some of that leftover inside strands of paracord. I also made some belt loops.

Excellent write-up.

Stryker Perry 13 (author)2011-10-15

really nice thanks here is mine i changed it a little bit i have a molle gear metal clip for my belt loop so i can attach it to my military gear or my belt and i didnt made a lid so i made the sides adjustable like shoe laces are with a knot on the back

chriswalker58 (author)2011-09-16

This is a really good Idea, I lost the pouch for mine and this will replace it quite easily. Instructions were clear and easy to follow. Seems I have an unending supply of this paracord now that I made one for me all the guys here on the base with me in Iraq want one. Maybe I'll set up a sideline and make a little poker money too;

jalacy93 (author)2011-06-04

how do i do this for a SAK, do i just make the block smaller?

Tommi Potx (author)2011-05-28

Damn, that is a good piece of work! You need a paracord Bosun's belt to put that on!

Achan20 (author)2011-02-21

i guess i could improvise and make a cell phone pouch. lol. and search for good multi-tools

1spartan95 (author)2011-01-08

Awesome! I'm makin one!

BTW, Nice leatherman, LOL

tzq33tdq (author)2010-12-06

this is awesome but were can i get the paracord???

at a army suply store or online.

loku1125 (author)tzq33tdq2010-12-17

ebay or or just search it on google

tjosephcarter (author)2010-12-30

Congratulations on being selected as one of the paracord contest winners. This was definitely among my top three picks! And hopefully now you can replace that Leatherman knockoff with inferior blade material! ;)

FrozenStar (author)2010-09-29

I should make one for my sharpening stone instead of having to carry the thing around in my pocket.

Necro Scythe (author)2010-09-20

I'm making one for my multi tool!! Thats WICKED

catdaddyo (author)2010-04-17

is there a way to make it so it can hold a aa or aaa maglight ?

TechDante (author)catdaddyo2010-09-20

it would hyst be a case of replacing (wooden leatherman) with maglight and adjusting the dinemtions to fit. you would probebly need less horizontal strands for the maglight.

MSCRCEI7 (author)2010-06-13

So I have attempted this as well, and well.. mine is messy/loose and nothing like stuwegie's or storm's. Nice instructable project.

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