Introduction: Paracord Multipurpose Drawstring Bag

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From past few days i was thinking about posting a different here i am with a paracord project..!! :D

i would like to clear it now that i am not the originator of this bag or this kind of knotting.

This kind of bag is very common and i saw a similar bag few days ago. It is very simple but takes a lot of time and patience.

it can carry fruits, vegetables, towels , quilt...etc...etc..

Step 1: Materials

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• paracord - 48 meter • a pair of scissors • lighter • clip hanger • thick wire • meter tapeyou will also need : • pliers • some beads(optional) • a hook (optional)

Step 2: Cut the Cord

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1. cut 20 pieces of length 90 inch each.
2. remaining piece will make the drawstring.

so there must be total 21 pieces of cord.

Step 3: Prepare the Base

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1. Take a piece of thick wire of about 32 to 34 inch.
2. make a ring of it.
3. bend the ends just enough so they could hook together.
4. now take the remainder piece of cord and double it up.
5. then twist it around the wire and tie the two ends of cord with a loose knot.
6. tie the excess drawstring with a rubber band.
7. hang the base ring on a clip hanger with the help of string.

Step 4: Knot Knot Knot

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1. tie all 20 pieces of cord to the base/drawstring in a lark's head knot.

Take one of your 90 inch cords, fold it in half, then take the looped end and put it behind the wire/base cord. Then bend it down over the wire, and draw the hanging end through the loop. Then pull it tight. (see pictures)

Do that for all the rest of the cords, spaced an inch or two apart

2. tie rest of the knots as shown in pictures. i used double knots.

3. space your knots about an inch apart, as in the picture, and go around in rows. Pull the knots tight.

4. As you get further down, start spacing the knots a little bit farther apart.

5. When your knot rows get near the bottom, start decreasing the distance between knots to decrease the size of the base, until you can't any more. Then, start skipping pairs of cord.

6. The skipped cords will form the fringe at the bottom.there will come a stage where you can't make any more knots.

7. Now unhook the metal ring and slide it out.

8. You'll be left with a drawstring handle,be careful not to accidentally pull it out.

9. Untie the original loose knot and make a stronger one near the end.

10. Trim the fringe ends to the length you want, and tie a little knot in the end of each one. melt the ends with a lighter to prevent fraying.

Step 5: Locking

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1. take a small piece of same cord(about 35 cm).
2. place it below the drawstring and make a sliding square knot.

you can hang few beads with a hook if you want..

and your bag is done..!! :D

i hope you like it..!


BDix1989 made it! (author)2015-01-01

I made two bags and they turned out great! I had to make a few edits because I only had 100 ft hanks of paracord. I tried the blue one with 21 57" pieces and instead of only having one handle I had two and it turned into a cute handbag. Great for the beach! I liked the frills but thought if I finished the bottom a different way I could make a bigger bag with less cord. I tried the second with 14 80" pieces and then kept tying until they were almost out of cord and then tied the bottom together. It made a sort of pillow case shape. I used a cross knot so it's a little more decorative.

This was a really fun project! Thanks for posting.

faiza007 (author)BDix19892015-01-20

Thank you so much for sharing the pics here :D
and i especially love the blue one.

Dcving2 made it! (author)2017-07-09

This was very easy to make! I chose to do square knots instead just to make the contrasting colors stand out more and joined multiple strands for the base to make it tighter. I made it specifically for my bear canister, so the bottom doesn't fully join together.

I do have one question... can you hold a medium sized sleeping bag in it?

devocreations made it! (author)2016-02-29

It was not hard to make. It took about 2 hours. I mixed blue and green paracord. I had a hard time making the bottom part of it neat but it works anyway.

yetisuncle (author)2014-12-23

thank you for this.....ive been looking for this exact design, and of course the "proper" way to make it. thank you for your great dialogue, as well as clear bright pictures. super kudos and thanks to you.

faiza007 (author)yetisuncle2015-01-20

thank you so much for your appreciation :) i am glad you like it.

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-19

Thank you for your Instructable

Nice job.


faiza007 (author)SparkySolar2014-11-11

Thank you for stopping by ! :)

ahagen1 made it! (author)2014-10-26

nice for the beach

faiza007 (author)ahagen12014-11-11

wow ! you made a pretty bag..and thanks for sharing the pic. :)

Mangafan10. (author)2014-08-10

I seem to be the only person that has problems at the end with making the bottom. The pictures never show the bottom of the bag and I don't understand how you skip pairs and not run into problems.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-03-11

Wow Faiza :), you have won the 2nd prize :) Congratulations!!!!

faiza007 (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-03-13

Thank you sooo much tarun..I am so happy about it.. :)
Congratulations to you too.. :D

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)faiza0072014-03-13

Thank you so much Faiza, please do share a photo of your prize after you receive it. I am especially keen to see a close-up of the paracord :)

faiza007 (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-04-01

i received it yesterday.. :D

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)faiza0072014-04-01

Wow... this is totally awesome Yaar. And thank you for remembering it to share :)

faiza007 (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-04-01

You're welcome..and that leatherman multitool is super awesome...! :D

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)faiza0072014-04-01

It surely is :), Should I be jealous ;)

faiza007 (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-03-13

sure..! :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)faiza0072014-03-13

Thanks ! :)

worldlrnr (author)2014-03-11

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

faiza007 (author)worldlrnr2014-03-13

Oh thank you so much. I am glad you like it.. :)

786Ayesha (author)2014-03-08

Woah ..You made it into finals and a winner .Double congrats :)

faiza007 (author)786Ayesha2014-03-08

Double thanks ayesha.. ;)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-03-07

Wow... Faiza we are Finalists (and winners too 18 prizes-18 finalists :D ) :), very happy to see you there.

faiza007 (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-03-08

Yeah..I am really happy that both of us reached the finals..! :D
and thanks a lot.. :)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-02-01

wow! well explained, clear pictures, awesome ible! will vote for sure :)

faiza007 (author)Muhaiminah Faiz2014-02-01

so sweet..!! thank you muhna..your words means a lot to me.. ;)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)faiza0072014-02-28

No problem sis! 'm really excited about the paracord contest! fingers crossed for you and Tarun :)

faiza007 (author)Muhaiminah Faiz2014-02-01

ohh i forgot to congratulate you..!! congratulations on being a finalist of healthy eating contest..!! :) keep up the good work.. :D

rpotts2 (author)2014-02-01

huh. just a bunch of square knots. thats pretty neat! and the thing with reducing it at the bottom as you tie more. thats really good!

faiza007 (author)rpotts22014-02-02

thank you so much..!

lindarose92 (author)2014-02-01

This may be very common, but I had never seen this technique before, it's great!

faiza007 (author)lindarose922014-02-01

thank you so much linda..!! ;)

paularellano12 (author)2014-02-01

this is the best use of para cord I've seen. good work!

faiza007 (author)paularellano122014-02-01

thanks a lot..m glad you like it.. :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-02-01

Wow... that looks beautiful..I especially love the paracord color you chose. Thank you for sharing.

faiza007 (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-02-01

thank you so much..! glad you like it.. :)

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