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How To Make a Paracord Drink Koozie Pouch PART FOUR

Posted by Stacy on 12/24/2012
On the home stretch of this video series.  The Koozie is really coming together and looks fantastic.  The instruction is very well done, and easy to follow.



Transcription:

Speaker 1: All right, guys. Coming at you with the rest of the demo on the can. We're going to do the bottom now on the can koozie. At this point, you're ready to untie from the top, so you can go ahead and let that loose and it's not going anywhere.

Now, I'm going to leave that on there just to keep it out of my way. Now, for this, you want to get pretty flush with the bottom, just a little bit past there. You're going to start a series of half-hitching all the way around.

Now, you could start with the first yellow one because we're going to use the yellow ones first. I'm going to come underneath my starting line just to give it some anchor, so it doesn't pull up and deform the bottom wrap.

I'm going to go through there with my needle, with my fid, and then just out, above. That's all we're going to do all the way around. Just a series of half-hitching. This is the part that can be pretty tricky, guys. This is probably, for me anyways, was the toughest part of figuring out these pouches.

Now, when you've got it there, you're just going to want to pull it snug, not super tight. You can see how it wants to pull everything, and I'm actually going to move this up just to touch for now, just to keep it where I want it. Then, we'll go ahead and start going through the yellow ones.

Now you're going to go through the first loop that you made with your weave, and same thing, just half-hitch. Just pull it all through coming out of the top. Go down through with that is, and then pull it all through out the top.

We'll twist. Pull that out. Again, this is the tricky part. You don't want to go too tight. You want to try to keep these lined up basically. They're going to pull to the right a little bit each time, but if you adjust for that, it'll keep things closer.

If you don't care about having big holes in the bottom, you can fly through this part, and if you're going to use it as a koozie, that doesn't really matter. I prefer using them as pouches, so I like to have a nice tight bottom that has everything taken care of in it.

I keep the fid in my hands, you guys when I'm pulling everything, and I throw the cortege out to the sides. That's how I do it anyway.

Just on to the next one, all the way around.

I always just hold the previous one that I did. As this pulls the blue lines down further, I'm going to want to keep pushing my can back. I want those lines to pretty much be flushed, like I said, just sticking out just enough for me to get my weave through. You don't want them pulling your blue lines over necessarily. It's fine. It works out fine. It just stands up better and everything if you do it this way, keep aligning it, and keep adjusting it.

Same thing, just all the way around, lining them up. Not too tight, not too loose. Just try to find a nice happy medium. This is nice out here on the back deck. It's a nice evening. It's not too humid, but this is something you can sit and do while you're watching TV or if you're laying in bed at night, and you can throw the cord all over, and have somewhere anyway where you can lay everything out flat. That's what I'm getting at. Just adjusting the koozie again because you're always pulling on in different directions, and you can see how that bottom is starting to form now.

It's just one of those things you can't rush through, these pouches. It's just something that you have to take your time with and kind of look at each piece as you do it, and you'll get better and better.

My first few, I just loved them, I mean I still love them, but the improvement comes with practice on this one like so many things. Again, it's not a matter of difficulty with the knotting or anything, it's a matter of cord management difficulty, learning how to keep all that cord from getting knotted, learning how to keep all the cord from twisting, and learning how to lay it all down as you pull it all through, and getting a nice consistent half-hitch around the outside.

After the first few, you don't really have to hold them anymore as you do the next one, you just pull themselves where you want them once you get them lined up. If I see a twist deform, I start pulling it. If you guys have noticed, some of the twists pulling themselves out. That's just seeing which way it’s twisting and pulling that way as you do your work.

I usually use more than I'm going to need because running out is far worse than having a nice piece to cut off at the end, and you do want to try to not use too much either because cord management is such a headache, but if you don't have enough and you're stuck putting two more pieces together where you might not have want it to, it's just better to have more than enough, guys. My point being, I think I have way too much right now, I could probably cut that in half and not have to pull so much through.

I'm going to keep that. Seems like every time you push one, almost you have to align it or it's going to get out of whack. At this point, we're coming back around to where we started, and we're just going to continue to half-hitch around, and it'll start to form a spiral moving in towards the middle.

Just great Paracord here from the Paracord store. We're all impressed with their quality. It's not tangling at all, it's not twisting at all. I mean you guys are watching it on camera here, if you've done big projects like this, you've probably seen how bad they can twist.

Right now, at this point, you just want to continue to make a pattern and do the half-hitches off the end of every other last half-hitch. That didn't make much sense, but ... in other words, the next one in line. I've just gone here. I'm going to go right here next to it. You'll see that now they're going to be starting to be closer, and that's going to start to form the pattern that you're going to have on the bottom and it's going to start to tighten things up. I'm not going to go right next to where I just went, I'm going to go to the next previous half-hitch, right here. For now, the half-hitches are going to be most to the bottom. You're just going to continue to go to the previous or the next one in line every time. I'll have to cut this video off, and I guess that's going to be like a part five. I can't even remember now.

Not right here next to it, but the next one that was done on the previous row. Just keep going in, align in other words.

Now you can see what the second row is starting to look like there, and you can see how it starts to tighten them. What you want to do is just make sure that each one of these holes is about the same as you go around. It's a matter of consistency, and your planning. It can look real sloppier, it can look pretty consistent, and either way it will work, if you're just worried about function but most people that are willing to invest this much time in a project are not just worried about function. Keep pushing it down. This will make your bottom nice and flat, because you will get distorted if you don't. Then just keep working around and see how all those holes are about the same size.

All right, guys. I'm going to have to cut this one off. Keep spiraling around, and I will meet you in the middle. Thanks for watching everybody.
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