Throughout this Instructable I will be showing you how to weave a "sleeve" out of paracord, for your smartphone. This could be used for various devices but you are going to have to adjust the size of the jig in order to accommodate for different sized devices.
Step 1: What You'll Need
- 550 Paracord
- 1" Roofing Nails
- Coroplast board
- Long Paracord Fid Needle
- Straight Edge
Note: Coroplast is expensive but I had some laying around because my dad owns a printing company. I felt it worked better than cardboard or card stock. But those are both viable options instead of the coroplast.
Step 2: Making the Jig
- You will need your pencil, marker, scissors, ruler/straight edge.
- Cut your coroplast at 4" wide and draw two parallel lines on either side using your pencil.
- Cut your coroplast at 13" long and make a dot every .5" on each line.
Step 3: Inserting Nails Onto Jig
- You'll need your roofing nails and the jig.
- Like shown here in part 1 of the diagram, push the roofing nails through the coroplast on each individual dot.
- Id should look like this when you have all your nails on the jig.
Be careful. Nails are sharp. haha
Step 4: Horizontal Weaves
- Grab your paracord and your completed jig.
- On the bottom left of your jig, tie a knot with your paracord like shown here in part 1 of the diagram.
- Begin your weave. NOTE: I skipped the bottom right nail!!!! This is shown in part of the diagram.
- Weave all the way until you've reached the other side and there's no more nails.
When done, it should look like this.
Step 5: Making the Loop Knot for Carabiner
- You're going to use cord you were just weaving with. It isn't as easy as it looks to get this knot centered. But try your best to center the knot onto the jig.
- Fold the cord and make a loop like shown here in part 1 of the diagram.
- With the cord folded, and pinched together acting as one, bend it around and over itself like shown here in part 2 of this diagram.
- Continue the folded cord up and through the loop created in part 2 of the diagram.
- You should now have a sweet loop knot which is centered on your jig like shown in part 4.
Step 6: Starting Vertical Weaves
- Go ahead and grab your Fid Needle and attach it to your paracord.
- Start your weave like shown here in part 1. I went every other two cords. You can do whatever you want. Be creative!
- Here's another look at it about half way.
- When your done with your first vertical weave it should look like this.
Step 7: Demonstrating How to Reverse Cord
- Once you get to the other side of the jig, loop your cord around the last horizontal weave and start your second vertical weave back.
- Here's a shot of what it looks like once you get back to the other side.
- Here's a close-up of what you are looking for once you arrive back where you started your vertical weaves. Loop back around and continue with more vertical weaves.
- Keep on weaving. Reverse again.
- Over. Under. Over. Under.
Step 9: Oh No the Knots in the Way
- You're going to eventually hit the knot in the middle. You'll have something that looks like this.
- When you reverse this time, you are going to thread it before the knot like shown here in part 2 of the diagram.
- Once you get back to the other side after part 2 you can reverse again and begin coming back. NOTE: You can now untie the knot you tied to the nail.
- At this point you can take your project off the jig and continue weaving with it off. This should make it much easier.
- Like shown here, I only went down and back two times with the cord reversing before the knot (shown with an A and B). Then, like before, I continue wrapping/reversing my cord around the Knot Cord. This is shown in detail in part 5 of the diagram.
Step 10: Positioning the Last Weave and Folding
- You want to make sure your last weave ends up down by the knot side. This is shown in part with the * symbol.
- Now take the whole thing and fold it directly in half long ways, or hamburger style if you will.
Step 11: Sealing the First Side
- Part 3 of the diagram shows the pattern you want to achieve.
- You'll notice on either side you've got loops from your horizontal weaves. Using your fid needle, starting with the first loops, thread through from top to bottom like shown here.
- Now loop back up through the next two loops.
- This is what the pattern will look like
- Continue this pattern until you've reached the end of the sleeve.
Step 12: Transfering Cord to Other Side of Sleeve
- Insert your fid needle on the bottom corner of your sleeve so the cord ends up on the inside of the sleeve.
- Pull the cord out the other side like shown here.
- Pull all your cord through and make it flush with the bottom of your sleeve like shown here in part 3.
Step 13: Sealing the Second Side
- This is essentially the same exact thing as the other side only you're going from left to right instead.
- Begin by threading down through the first set loops.
- Now up through the second set of loops.
- Now up through the third set of loops.
- Continue this pattern all the way till the end.
Step 14: Finishing Touches
- Cut your remaining cord so it matches the length of the other side.
- Add some beads and a carabiner if you so choose!