Easy Paracord Drawstring Pouch!




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Hi there!

First off, I can't exactly say that I am the originator of this design. Since I was going for a simple design, I used overhand knots for 99% of this design; since it's so simple, I'm sure others have ended up doing this at some point or another. With that said, this is my first instructible so please be gentle! Also, if you like this, please vote for this design for the paracord contest! Thanks! 

Note: This can be used as a general idea on making more drawstring pouches/sacks using different knots. 

Step 1: Stuff You'll Need

You'll need: 

~100 ft of paracord
~ Some hardy object to use as a base/template (I used a trashcan. It's about a foot tall and has a diameter of about 7 inches)
~ Something to cut the paracord with (I used my multitool)
~ Lighter - to seal the ends of the rope

Ready? Let's go! 

Step 2: Drawstring

First off, we'll be needing a drawstring. 

Take one end of your cord and wrap it around your object with about 3 inches or so extra on each end (Picture 1-2). Now holding onto that, cut that length off your 100ft of cord. 

Here is the first chance for you to add your own flair to this design. We'll be needing a stopper for this drawstring. I used a Celtic button knot here (Picture 3). Also, tie up the end of the drawstring (Picture 4)
NOTE:  For those interested in the Celtic Button knot, stormdrane has an amazing video on it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5twe3JuvGPE). If you guys don't know this man, he's a god at paracord and knotting projects :P 

With that done, just slip your drawstring back onto your template!

NOTE: Don't forget to burn/close the ends of your paracord! 

Step 3: Off We Go!

* sarcastically* Now for the fun part 
Note: That was sarcasm.

Well again this is where you can use any knot you'd like. For this instructible, I used a simple overhand knot for all of this (Picture 1-3) . It's quick, dirty, and gets the job done. Without further ado, let's begin!

Take one end of your paracord and tie it onto the drawstring. I usually pull the drawstring tight with the help of the stopper. Now move 1.5 - 2 inches to the right on the drawstring and tie another overhand knot. Make sure to leave just a bit of slack between them. We're going to repeat this over and over again until we reach the end of the entirety of the drawstring. (Pictures 4-9)
NOTE: You'll want the distances and slack tension between each knot to be roughly the same. It helps to keep this pretty and uniform.

With that first loop done, we'll want to attach the next knot onto the first rung created by the first and second knots you did (Pictures 10-12). Now continue on knotting while attaching your knots onto each subsequent rung. (Pictures 13-16)

Step 4: Keep on Dancing!

Eventually you'll have come to the end of your template (Pictures 1-2), but don't let that deter you! Just keep on doing what you've been doing, but instead of wrapping around the sides of your object, wrap it around the bottom. (Picture 3)

Step 5: Finishing It Of

Now here comes my unorthodox way of ending all this. You can follow what I did or you can do your own thing, but the main idea here is the close off the "net" design. 

What I do is take the extra cord I have and just start weaving it through the outside rungs, criss-crossing this way while pulling the edges together. When I figure that it's sufficiently tight, I end the weave with a knot onto either a rung or one of the criss-crossing string. 
Note: Keep in mind that I said that this is rather unorthodox. I'm sure someone else has a better method of ending this! 

And with that done, you can cut off any excess cord that you have hanging around. I try to use up all the cord as not to waste any. 

Step 6: Admiring Your Work!

There you go! Hopefully if everything worked out well you now have your own fully functioning drawstring pouch! Stuff it, fluff it, and have fun! 

Thanks for bearing with me guys! 

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41 Discussions

I was reading this and thinking to myself... This looks like a haynet. I ride horses,and you can spend $10 on a weak twine haynet, but you can barely spend anything, just some time, to make these!


I made this for a bandersnatch eye because I am dressing up as the door mouse from Alice and Wonderland. It worked perfectly!


4 years ago on Step 6

Nice and simple. Thank you! Just what I need for camping junk!

gabriel villarreal

5 years ago

For this guys first instructable it's pretty awesome


5 years ago

Cool item and btw a sniper has to be able to create quickly or just catch on. Good one!!! Ttyl

captain camo

6 years ago

Love it!!!!!!!!! :-). Taking the idea to camp with me!!!!!!


Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Yes, you should end up with a smaller bag. I'm not quite sure how much smaller, but the shape would depend on what you use as your "template" (eg. my trashcan). Best of lucks!


7 years ago on Introduction

I'm a bit unclear on this but is the stopper another scrap of cord? If it is a scrap could you just keep it attached and start your netting? I was just wondering before I start making my own.

2 replies

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Yea the stopper is its own piece, but I can imagine it being part of the drawstring if you make the drawstring a bit long then knotting the stopper from the excess. But IMO, I think it'd probably simpler just using a separate piece. Good lucks on your build!


7 years ago on Introduction

I just used this instructable to create snooker pockets, using a tube instead of a bin and cotton string obviously. Thanks a mill!