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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. 

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.

worldlrnr1 month ago
Love it!!!!! I am putting this on my craft room board on Pinterest
Sambataro1 month ago
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!
I loved this, and so I made my own. Great idea and not too hard to make!!
Mango-nyan made it!1 month ago

Black looks just great with orange. Wish the wallet had a separate compartment for notes, though (not even thinking about a pocket for change - yet).
Anyway, great instructable. Made me buy some paracord just to try it.

Mrballeng (author)  Mango-nyan1 month ago

This is awesome. Thanks for posting pictures too!!!

gator2351 month ago

You might could do this with shoelaces if you had a lot laying around and fused them together. Maybe.

Normal Person: "I wish I would have brought some paracord..."

These people: "WALLET!"

Yea the second one was my reaction so yea

limun20001 month ago
you have my vote
your_dragon113 made it!2 months ago

I made this one up last was a lot of fun (until I broke my fid and had to make a new one).

I'm looking to see how one might improve the design. Yet I love this and will Have to make more.

Thanks for the post and I'll post any suggestions I come across :)

Mrballeng (author)  your_dragon1132 months ago
Awesome! Thanks for sharing that. Looks great.
Bobey2 months ago
I have heard of duck tape wallets but never para cord wallets! Awesome!

Looks very cool but I don't understand what if anything keeps the notes from falling out (the whole point of a wallet). Did I miss something?

If not I would integrate elastic or a wire clip to the hinge to hold the notes.

I will be trying this. :)

I plan to use an over-sized bobby pin or hair clip. Well, at least until my wife finds out :-) .

Mrballeng (author)  custardavenger2 months ago

I have the same type of wallet in leather. It comes with a brass clip but I never use it. Bills, business cards, and receipts stay in just fine without any help.

Could you explain how to enter contests please? xD
whopoder2 months ago

Cool and easy!

Thank you.

oneofakind32 months ago

how do the dollars stay in? :-(

Mrballeng (author)  oneofakind32 months ago
I have the same type of wallet in leather. It comes with a brass clip but I never use it. Bills, business cards, and receipts stay in just fine without any help.
I'm gonna make this… just don't know when I will XD Thank you for this amazing work of art :)
bkelly10122 months ago

WOW...WOW...WOW... Please please please, sponsors should not be allowed to win the contest :{)

Mrballeng (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 months ago

I'm ineligible. Keep up the good work!

Good Sir, your every instructable worth a prize. I meant that way. Thank you.

PossibleFire2 months ago
Very nice

OMG That is sooo cool! What a great idea :D

oneofakind32 months ago

AUSOME!!!! I would have never thought of that!


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