by WRETHAOFFGRID on MARCH 7, 2013 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA
Those of us who are interested in survival stuff already know about paracord, that magically strong yet thin and lightweight cord that was once the domain of parachutist, this wonderful product is often turned into decorative as well as useful items that can be pulled apart and used in emergency situations. I see paracord bracelets, belts, necklaces, and such, this one is a drawstring bag that you can use to carry things. Paracord comes in a rainbow of colors and styles, it even comes in multicolor. I am thinking about using crochet yarn to do this too, I want to make some re-useable grocery bags and this looks like a good way to do it, I’ll crochet a single chain and use the same “pattern” to make the bag.
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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 bracelets, strengthened cords, 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, 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.
Paracord Drawstring Pouch
• 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.
1. Take one end 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.
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