I wanted a pouch to hold some slingshot ammo. There are a few other Instructables about making paracord pouches but this method seems a little different. Credit to Stormdrane for the original instructions.
Tools and Materials
- 30 feet of paracord
- paracord needle
- cord lock
- soda can
- rubber band or tape
Step 1: Wrap
Start with 30 feet of paracord. Use a rubber band or tape to secure one end of paracord to can. Also secure a sharpie to the can to add some slack to the cord. (I used a pen but found it a bit tight afterwards. The sharpie will give more slack.) Wrap the cord around a soda can 25 times and remove the sharpie.
Step 2: Weave
Add your needle to the end of the paracord and weave it up through the wraps by twos. Start by going under the first two wraps. Continue spacing each line about 1/2" apart. Don't worry too much about spacing, just push the cords together, you can feel when they are close enough.
Make sure to work any twists and kinks out of the paracord as you go. Your last weave should go down and thread back under the bottom wrap.
Step 3: Make the Bottom
Now it is time to start on the bottom. Push everything down even with the bottom of the can. The bottom is constructed by making half hitches around the bottom of the weave. Alternate the half hitches through the horizontal wraps and through the base of the vertical weaves.
Continue the half hitches around the base of the can. Keep the hitches tight so you have a solid base. As you get towards the center you have to skip some half hitches and maybe go every other one. Otherwise you end up making the base cone-shaped rather than flat. If there is an exact formula for this, I'm not aware of it. The center gets a little tricky and I just went by feel, adding half hitches where it looked like I needed one.
Now remove the pouch from the can. To finish the base, pass the working end inside the pouch. Secure it to the base with an overhand knot and cut off the excess. Invert the pouch and finish it off by melting the knot together, permanently securing it.
Step 4: Finish
The starting end of the cord is then woven back up the side of the pouch next to one of the other vertical cords. Melt that end and press it to the adjacent line, fusing them together. Take the extra cord (or cut a new piece) and weave it around the top to create a drawstring (see first picture). Add a cord lock then knot, trim, and melt the ends of the drawstring.
All done! Add your favorite junk and pull it closed. The weave is tight enough to hold 3/8" steel bearings.