Saturday, August 4, 2012

Paracord Pouch

I've been absent from the blogosphere for a while now.  I came back to post something that I had made for my brother, but to tell you the truth, the creative juices just haven't been flowing.  I think there are a lot of reasons why, but chief among them is that I haven't created anything that I feel like talking about.  Have I made stuff?  Sure!  Don't even get me started on the kumihimo bracelets I have been playing around with.  I think my wife may leave me if I talk about clasps anymore.  Seriously.  It got scary there for a while.

In any case, I'm back with something that I am pretty proud of that I made.  Do you ever sit and just admire something you have created?  You know, just sit and look at it, hold it in your hands and grin like the Cheshire Cat? either.

First and foremost, the credit for this design goes to The Paracordist.  I watched his video on making the pouch and followed his instructions.  I made mine a bit larger than his example, but everything was done the same as he showed in his video.  Go check him out, he really has some great tutorials.

I used a 11.5 ounce coffee can as my form, and probably in the neighborhood of 50 feet of 550 paracord.  Maybe even a bit more than that, I can't be 100% sure.  I didn't use a single length of cord, it was just too long to work with.  I ended up using several 15-20 feet sections in making my pouch.  I melted the ends and stuck them together.  I also tried to place them in such a way to hide them in a knot or at least on the inside of the pouch where they couldn't be seen.

The pouch has a drawstring closure, held together with two diamond knots.  I've used them in the past when making paracord ranger beads and they are great.  These knots slide on the paracord drawstrings to hold the pouch in its closed position.

In the open position the pouch has a nice wide mouth allowing for easy access to the contents.  Another bonus of this bag is that it can be unraveled fairly quickly, giving the user a large amount of emergency cordage.  I'm not sure what I am going to put in this pouch, I'm pretty impressed though.  While not being as fashionable as a hand sewn leather pouch, this is a very practical design.  Unlike leather, this pouch can get wet without causing damage.   It is durable, can be deconstructed and made into other items, and perhaps even better than that, I made it with my own hands.  I love this kind of stuff.  You should go make something as well.  You won't regret it.