Make a Paracord Drawstring Pouch

Paracord can be an awesome tool in your preparedness arsenal. This durable nylon rope can be tied into tons of different designs including a paracord drawstring pouch, bracelet, strengthened cord, pouches and more. If you’re in an emergency, you simply unwind the strong cord and use it to bind, haul or anything else that you might need.

So, whether you’re a beginner or an expert paracord lover, we have a design for you. Check out these paracord designs below. If you don’t want to spend time weaving your own bracelet, you can always let us do it for you.

What is Paracord?
paracord drawstring pouchParacord, also known as parachute cord, is a soft, lightweight nylon rope that was originally used for parachuting. Typically, 550 paracord (which is the paracord used for our bracelets) is made of 32 strands of nylon sheath on the outside and seven strands of 2-ply nylon yarns on the inside (the “guts”). The 550 paracord is the same made for the government and has a minimum breaking strength of 550 lbs.

While paracord started out as a parachuters tool, people quickly recognized its usefulness in other areas. Since the cord is quick-drying, rot- and mildew-resistant, it’s great for many purposes. Military units use it for securing packs, hanging covers and tents. Many military personnel even use the guts as fishing line.

Check out these designs:
Paracord Bracelet
Paracord Snake Design
Paracord Woven Watchband
Paracord Keychain
Paracord Belt Design

Paracord Drawstring Pouch

You’ll need:
• About 100 ft of Paracord
• A heavy object to use as a base about 7 inches in diameter (a small trash can will work well)
• Scissors or a Knife
• A Lighter

Creating the Drawstring
1. Take one end of the paracord and wrap it around your object with about 3-inches or so on each end. Cut the ends.

2. Tie one end of the string around the other end so that it creates a drawstring effect. You can use any knot that works well for you. You can also use a slip tie.

3. Replace the drawstring base on the top of the trash can.

The Bag
1. Take one end of your paracord and tie it onto the drawstring.

2. Move 1 ½ - 2 inches to the right of the drawstring and tie another overhand knot. Make sure to leave just a bit of slack between the two knots.
3. Repeat this process until you rotate all the way around the trash can.

NOTE: Make sure that the distance between each knot is roughly the same. It helps to keep things a little more uniform.

4. Once you tie knots all the way around the drawstring you’ll find that you’ve come back to the original line. Simply continue tying overhand knots on the second layer of rings.

Finishing the Net Design
1. Once you’ve made your bag as long as you’d like it, it’s time to end! Simply take the line that you’ve been working with and weave it through all the loops that remain on the bottom layer. You can crisscross the weavings or you can go through all the loops in a giant circular motion.

2. Finish the bag by tying off the excess paracord so it doesn’t get caught.

Thanks to Snipir for this tutorial

22 thoughts on “Make a Paracord Drawstring Pouch”

  • Maria @ Survival Food List
    Maria @ Survival Food List February 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for this great DIY tutorial and series -- I'm seeing paracord bracelets and wristbands all over the place, so it's definitely catching on. Good stuff!

  • Rafael T. Oneil

    These are great easy tutorial tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • Gabby

    We are making the paracord bracelets this weekend as a group and this will be another project for us. Thanks for making it so clear.

    • Ken

      There is a great YouTube TITA (tying it all together) with hundreds of paracord projects. The author also wrote a few books on the subject.

  • Janice

    Where do you get paracord?

    • Ken

      Google it it's all over at different prices. I've also seen it at Walmart and Hobby Lobby has a good assortment of paracord and paracord accessories.

      • Cheryl Olson

        Be aware that the Paracord sold in places like Hobby lobby and Michael's is NOT the grade sold to the military and is far more limited in strength and usability for survival situations!!!! It's a craft item, NOT a survival item. Try either hunting and camping supply stores or Military Surplus either in person or online. THAT'S where you get GOOD quality paracord!! It all LOOKS the same, folks! But, it isn't all the same.

  • Woodee

    This is neat; would make for a good fishnet as well, but I'd suggest NOT cutting the cord unless it is essential. I'd prefer to weave it much like an artist might weave a dream catcher, thus avoiding cutting the cord until the product is finished. It may be a little more time-consuming, but if your weaving baskets or nets out of paracord, you haven't the luxury of waste. One more note - if you're going to take the time to make paracord bracelets, try including a list of uses for that cord, unless it is made strictly for decoration - then who cares?

    Best wishes to all - Woody

  • John

    Great project could be very useful, trying to teach the grand-kids lots of things that they can do to help them if they ever get into the situation where they need to survive.
    Lot of these things are becoming a lost art in the new electronic age, we must pass it on.

    God and Country John

  • Sammy

    why dont you guys carry Paracord?

  • Mary

    Look up the paracordist & TIAT on youtube. They each offer fantastic tutorials for making some pretty creative stuff, especially if unsure how to tie the required knots.

    This will be my next project. Pretty easy.

    I have learned throughout my process of this hobby that rather than to struggle with a 100ft cord, it is FAR easier to work in 10-15ft-length cord strands (it saves time & minimizes the struggle of the twisting, as the longer the cord you work with, the more twisting that you must fight).

    -I cut my cord in equal sections, seal the ends by melting and then use one of those sections to begin to weave the pattern.
    -Once I've reached the end of the first section, I cut off that melted end, pull out about an inch of the inner twine & cut it off & give a quick melt to the "hollowed" end to prevent unraveling.
    -I then add a section section to the hollowed end of the first by FIRST applying a drop of super glue to the tip of the second section (the end that is going inside the hollowed end)& then slip it into the hollowed end and carefully roll the two together so that the glue joins the two.
    -I then carefully melt the two together, (quickly rolling them between my fingers) to remove any lumping that may be remaining.
    -I now have added another section to continue my weave.

    Repeat this as many times as needed to the requirements of the project you're making.

    I hope this helps some of you & happy cording :)
    btw, I learned this from the vids of the youtube members that I've mentioned previously.


    This also would be good using nylon string or cord to make a fishing net its very much the same thing.

  • JDBushcraft

    Putting splices in the cord is ok as long as what you are making is strictly decorative. I'd be 100% ticked off if I pulled apart my bracelet or belt in an emergency and found splices.

  • shawn woolard

    Wow! This is awesome! So informative, too! Thanks for sharing this guide in making a paracord drawstring pouch. This really helps during emergencies!

  • William L. Childers
    William L. Childers February 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I have been looking for easy tutorials on drawstring pouch! Thanks a lot!

  • woodee

    @Mary - Wonderful post - thank you!

  • Marcus C. Jackson
    Marcus C. Jackson April 10, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I have always wanted to make a drawstring pouch using Paracord. The instructions sound easy but i wonder how long will it take to make this paracord drawstring pouch? This can also be a good business venture.

  • Jay S. Johnson

    I could use all the tips you featured in your post to make a paracord drawstring pouch. This is really useful and the instructions sound easy so it's easy to follow. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kate

    Can you show us how to make a paracord "grenade" with a carabiner. It's the one with the small survival kit inside the "grenade" and contains stuff like fishing line, fishing hooks, waterproof matches, kindling, aluminum foil, etc.

  • Andi

    I would not want to untie all those knots in an emergency.

    It is a great idea in theory but your execution is not practical. Try a "crochet" method so you can cut one knot at the top and unravel the entire bag in a jiffy.

  • Northwoods Cheryl
    Northwoods Cheryl July 24, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Andi! What a GREAT idea!!! I like it! Crochet the bag so one pull of the string will take the whole thing apart.

  • Cheryl Olson

    As I said up way above.. (I used to be called "Northwoods Cheryl"), the Paracord sold in craft stores is NOT the same quality as that sold in military Surplus or hunting/outdoors stores. GOOD quality Paracord is a MUST if you want it for a survival situation!!!!

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