Introduction: Paracord Wallet

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I made this wallet from approximately 28' of gutted paracord. As long as you have a pararcord needle (also called a fid) this project is no problem. You can purchase them online or make one yourself. Mine was an aluminum tent stake before I machined it on my lathe.  

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Step 1: Measure Your Money

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The measurements are based off a dollar. I wanted it to be big enough to hold folded bills. With that in mind I took five 3"x5" cards and cut them down to 2&3/4" wide. I did the same to another 5 cards and taped them offset so they measured 6&1/4" long (a dollar is 6" long). These taped off cards served as my form. Having completed the project I would recommend adding 3/4" more length to the form past the length of the bill. I only did 1/4" longer and it left the bills hanging out some.   

Step 2: Flat Iron the Cord

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I used 2 sections of cord. Each about 14' long. First I removed the inner strands. I then tied it to a door handle and ran the cord around the iron until is was completely flat. You can see in the picture that it starts out round and by the time it runs through it's flat. Do this to both colors. 

Step 3: Wrap the Form

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Trim and melt the starting end. Tape it to the form and wrap it all the way down. Once you get down to other end, tape it off, trim, and melt. 

Step 4: Start Weaving

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The weave is a basic over and under pattern. On one side of the card there is 31 wraps. On the other, 32. One side of the form will be woven all the way through. The other side will be split in half,16 & 16. This creates the two credit card pockets. Keep weaving back and forth until all the wraps are woven. 

Step 5: Finish Off

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After removing the form I trimmed off the loose ends and melted them. I then used super glue to glue the free ends down. Because I had an odd number of weaves, I was left with a row of open loops at one end. I simply ran another piece of cord through and glued the ends down.

Thanks for reading.  


FOJ (author)2017-10-07

I luv paracord

FOJ (author)2017-10-07


Hatcher64 (author)2017-06-03

this looks awesome! I need to build this!

Fezder (author)2016-01-08

I really need to get this somewhere, looks cool stuff to play with. Question, what holds paracord in that needle? I see paracord goes INSIDE that needle but that's it. Thanks!

derf098 (author)Fezder2016-12-23

There is a screw thread that you thread the melted paracord end into

Fezder (author)derf0982016-12-24

Thanks! In fact, I already found this out, but good thing people are willing to help here! :)

Ellen depew (author)2016-05-04


dlewis48 made it! (author)2016-03-05

I enjoy making projects like this! Being in the IT, I usually have to carry around a minimum of 6 cards! I made one for myself and a friend!

Redalpha2 (author)dlewis482016-04-01

I see u added something to hold in the cash. .. what is it?

dlewis48 (author)Redalpha22016-04-02

On the side without the pockets I simply left one of the loops out of the braiding. Surprisingly, the product came out very well! I gave it to a buddy of mine who loves it.

Redalpha2 made it! (author)2016-04-01

this was a lot of fun to make, and it looks nifty! Just a few points though, first you can use a popsicle stick instead of a needle, also I ironed mine after I finished it because it hardened it, and made it more durable. I also added one string in the middle to hold in the cash, but I'm curious as to how others did it!

Redalpha2 (author)Redalpha22016-04-01

EDIT: Sorry! one of those pics didn't load right

bardbard (author)2015-05-21

great idea I have the paracord now I need to make a paracord needle

Redalpha2 (author)bardbard2016-04-01

you can just use a popsicle stick

asdfqwertyasdf (author)2016-03-31

Hi guys! I'm trying to make this but can't seem to find the gutted paracord required for this project. I was wondering if you made it or there is a special website that I don't see. Please reply ASAP! Thank you!

There is no such thing as Gutted Paracord to buy. Just buy the regular Stuff( 550 type III) and pull out the inner strands.

nicogomezsolano (author)2016-03-13

The best page to buy Paracord is

I highly recomend it because it is cheap and very ressistant!

tatebullrider (author)2015-12-09

+1 favorite. :)

wkarsner (author)2015-10-28

looks like my next weekend project!

Paracord pro (author)2015-09-06

It looks really cool I'm going make one sooner or later!

jayb8521 (author)2015-06-25

i think it is too tricky for me so ill try later!!! ? great idea though

BaseballPlayer21 (author)2015-05-16

Cool idea! I love it

bobbyflay2019 (author)2015-05-13

Little time consuming, but when you are watching your favorite movie or show, it pays off.

icould09 (author)2015-03-30

thanks for instruction

icould09 (author)2015-03-30

I saw your instruction and I've decided to fo this. olive green and electric blue.thanks for idea.

icould09 made it! (author)2015-03-30

I saw your instruction and ı've decided to do this.olive green and electric blue

icould09 made it! (author)2015-03-30

I saw your instruction and ı've decided to do this.olive green and electric blue

Eman5207114 (author)2015-03-23

thanks for the instructable. I left one cord out of the weave on the back to help keep the money in

Naudie-Maudie (author)2015-03-19

Would love to try this it looks amazing

MyEvilSelf made it! (author)2015-02-15

Thanks for this instructable! I love my wallet

marcelina.rozmus (author)2015-02-09

WOW I wish, I had a piece of time to do something like this for myself,

watching this I realised, that I must show you my design! , nearly looks the same, I found a fabric looking like these waves, my shop is called manashop (mana - you know, the power ;) and I design and sew it in Poland :) so the ending of the web adresse is ".pl " - there you can check other designs made by me manashop . p l wchich are made of similar weave material.

Pword made it! (author)2014-06-19

black and olive green. Turned out nice jus wish it was sturdier. Still pretty cool instructable

Kyleluvspets (author)Pword2015-02-07

got to love the Kershaw kyro

BLACKbanana26 made it! (author)2015-01-17

Mrballeng, thank you for this Instructable! It inspired me to make other designs of paracord wallets. I entered my most recent one in the Paracord Challenge. It is only the third of my designs, but I called it version 4.0 because I'm counting yours as version 1.0. Good luck in the contest! (Here are versions 3.0 and 4.0)

Mrballeng (author)BLACKbanana262015-01-17

Very cool! That's what this is all about. You got my vote.

miles.collins.79 (author)2014-12-31

Did you use 28' of black and 28' of Orange

Sumaech (author)2014-12-01

Jarheadicus (author)2014-11-25

I like this a lot. Gonna make a bunch in my school colors and try to sell them. It should sell well because i go to a military school

javan.thomas.7 (author)2014-11-03

I haven't tryed the plans out yet. but they look great

Lilworm337 (author)2014-10-16

I went step by step from your instructions because I like the way yours came out but I just used different colors. Instructions was spot on.

Lilworm337 (author)2014-10-16

FlyingSquid (author)2014-10-05

I will definitely have to make another, but I enjoy the one I made. It is a little short on one side so my cards stick out a little more than I would like. Overall, I really like this project!

n_d_hanks (author)2014-08-29

I liked this idea and wanted to try it, but I didn't think I would ever use the end product. So, I sort of tweaked the idea to made it my own. Thanks for the inspiration! I used a piece of cardboard that I cut from a box, instead of index cards and if you're wondering the dimensions I used were 1.25" × 5". Inside the pockets are some rare earth axially polarized disk magnets that I are 1/16" thick and 1" in diameter. They're very strong, but not so much so that they make it difficult to open the clip.

WendyT72 made it! (author)2014-07-17

Working without a fid or flat iron so my results are not as sharp but I really love this Ible!

k1717 made it! (author)2014-05-07

i made one and it turned out awesom. all you have to do is use a peice of cardboard cut to 7 1/4x3 inches to be able to fit your money and stuff inside . you can really see it but it is large enough to put at least 20 bills inside, and be able to get them out without to much hassle my credit card and i.d are in the other side

Whiteworrio5 (author)2014-04-26

I'm stuck on the card part because, you make it hard to understand. But that's just my opinion so, can you help me out

edorow hovland (author)2014-03-19

All I had was black, but the wallet turned out great. There are no signs of wear and tear after about a week. Thanks for the awesome instructable.

worldlrnr (author)2014-03-11

Love it!!!!! I am putting this on my craft room board on Pinterest

Sambataro (author)2014-03-10

I just made one today, after having this to ny favorites for some time. took two hours to make with multiple mistakes, but it came out lovely! Thank you for the indestructible!

Kyleluvspets (author)2014-03-05

I loved this, and so I made my own. Great idea and not too hard to make!!

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