Weaved Paracord IPhone Sleeve




About: I went to school for Architectural Engineering for two years and ended up getting a degree in culinary arts (long story). I have great passion in crafting, fixing, or building stuff!!! Whether it's wood work...

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

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.
  1. Cut your coroplast at 4" wide and draw two parallel lines on either side using your pencil.
  2. 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.
  1. Like shown here in part 1 of the diagram, push the roofing nails through the coroplast on each individual dot.
  2. 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.
  1. On the bottom left of your jig, tie a knot with your paracord like shown here in part 1 of the diagram.
  2. Begin your weave. NOTE: I skipped the bottom right nail!!!! This is shown in part of the diagram.
  3. Weave all the way until you've reached the other side and there's no more nails.
  4. 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.
  1. Fold the cord and make a loop like shown here in part 1 of the diagram.
  2. 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.
  3. Continue the folded cord up and through the loop created in part 2 of the diagram.
  4. 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.
  1. Start your weave like shown here in part 1. I went every other two cords. You can do whatever you want. Be creative!
  2. Here's another look at it about half way.
  3. When your done with your first vertical weave it should look like this.

Step 7: Demonstrating How to Reverse Cord

  1. 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.
  2. Here's a shot of what it looks like once you get back to the other side.
  3. 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.

Step 8:

  1. Keep on weaving. Reverse again.
  2. Over. Under. Over. Under.
  3. Reverse!

Step 9: Oh No the Knots in the Way

  1. You're going to eventually hit the knot in the middle. You'll have something that looks like this.
  2. When you reverse this time, you are going to thread it before the knot like shown here in part 2 of the diagram.
  3. 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.
  4. At this point you can take your project off the jig and continue weaving with it off. This should make it much easier.
  5. 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

  1. You want to make sure your last weave ends up down by the knot side. This is shown in part with the * symbol.
  2. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. Now loop back up through the next two loops.
  3. This is what the pattern will look like
  4. Continue this pattern until you've reached the end of the sleeve.

Step 12: Transfering Cord to Other Side of Sleeve

  1. Insert your fid needle on the bottom corner of your sleeve so the cord ends up on the inside of the sleeve.
  2. Pull the cord out the other side like shown here.
  3. 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.
  1. Begin by threading down through the first set loops.
  2. Now up through the second set of loops.
  3. Now up through the third set of loops.
  4. Continue this pattern all the way till the end.

Step 14: Finishing Touches

  1. Cut your remaining cord so it matches the length of the other side.
  2. Add some beads and a carabiner if you so choose!

Step 15: And You're Done

If you finished. Congratulations! Make sure to check out my personal online store where I sell beautiful handcrafted Wooden Watches
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    22 Discussions


    Question 1 year ago

    What equation did you use to figure out about of paracord needed? I have a galaxy s8 plus and would like to make a pouch for it.

    1 answer

    Answer 1 year ago

    I eye balled it to be completely honest. I just measured the phone and added a half inch to each direction and then figured out how many times the cord would go horizontal back and forth and vertical back and forth. Then just give yourself a couple extra feet to work with in case.

    Best of luck



    2 years ago

    Just finished making this. If you want to make the jig with coraplast, which I highly recommend, go to Walmart and get a for sale sign or a make-your-own sign kit.



    4 years ago

    Approximately how much 550 cord is used in this project? I was just wondering as I am the guy who doesn't want too much scrap left over.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    i have trouble measuring.... i don't know how to measure in feet, i only know how to measure in cm and inches BUUT VERY NICE WORK KEEP ON DOING WHAT YOURE DOING AND NEVER GIVE UP


    5 years ago on Step 14

    Nice work! I am going to try this. All your work is great.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you Dio772.

    It's a side project of mine. It's hard working full time and managing my website!

    Thanks again,



    5 years ago

    I'm going to vote you in the contest and I put camo duck tape on the bottom for extra support !!!!:):):):)


    5 years ago

    Making it as I speak it's a awesome project :)


    5 years ago

    Paravival, your FB link connects with a Anthony Yazbeck and not your page. This could be because I'm on my phone, not sure.
    I'll def be trying this one as well.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Ooops! I've had the wrong FB link this whole time. I just updated it D: sorry!


    5 years ago

    Prefect love the cases! I have intentions on making these pouches for every thing for when I am backpacking an camping, and I will probably make some for my BSA friends! The instruction were perfect please keep it up I would love to see what else u will make with paracord


    5 years ago on Step 8

    So easy to do and looks great. I'm going to make some over the weekend for gifts. Thanks for your easy to understand instructable.


    5 years ago

    Thanks man I was wondering when this would get posted. I tried making the other one with a tighter banding and only one strand at the center but it wasn't small enough for my iPod. I'll definitely be trying this.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    No problem. Kind of glad you said that cause I was going to try the same exact thing!! Now I'll hold off. Remember that the jig size should be modified for an iPod! If you want, I could find the proportion of my iPhone to the jig so you can figure out the jig size for any item. Let me know.



    5 years ago on Introduction

    That jig you made is genius! It's so simple yet I never thought of making something similar that way...just like when I made this. It's funny how we sometimes complicate things when they can be so much easier! :D

    I love your iphone sleeve by the way, I must try that technique soon!

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