A good friend of ours over on Youtube created a really good video series on how to make a paracord drink koozie. Make sure to subscribe to his channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/bps7us1/featured), he has some great things planned!
Stay tuned for part 2!
Speaker 1: Whatís up YouTube, coming at you today with a tutorial on how I make my Koozie pouches, my large can koozie or the pouches that a lot of you seen on my channel. You are not going to need much. The tutorial was originally Stormdranes design, a lot of people have used cans to do that design and they use a 12 ounce pop can, you can just use a bigger can if you donít have access to one of these, but I have found that these soft flexible sport drink bottles are the best jig for me, so we are going to use that in todayís demo. Like I said you can use a can, you are going to need a Paracord fid, you can use a straight one or like this one a curved one and you are going to need one rubberband, and you are going to need some Paracord. Now guys Iíd like to mention today that the Paracord Iím going to be using in the video was sent out to me by the nice folks over at Paracordstore.com and they have a YouTube channel definitely go sub them. Steve over there is just a real pleasant guy to deal with, was nice enough to send me some for this video to check out and use. I can already tell you Iím real impressed with the quality of the cord and obviously the service of the company is great as well.
Letís go ahead and get into this pouch guys. The only other thing you are going to need, Iím sorry, is this happens to be a strop and my buddy that made that for me, I told him he was going to get a kick out of that one when he sees this being used, but this is thinner than a broom handle and it's circular as you can see. If you guys want to just cut off a piece of a broom handle, most everyone has one of those lying around thatís all you are going to need too. You can use as much quarter or as little cord as you want, but youare going to need a pretty decent amount to do a pouch and with this one Iím going to do roughly 25 feet wrap and then a second color 25 feet going through the weaving. When you use two colors it splits the amount of cord youíre going to need up and half. The biggest problem with this kind of a project is cord management, so just keep that in mind when you make your cord measurements. Now with mine Iím going to come through the hole that I made and this Gatorade can right here, just with a pocket knife and Iím going to come around the top and tie it off to itself on the outside so thatwhen we are done Iíll have a little bit of slack to tie off and youíll see what I mean in the end.
This is probably going to be a two or three part video guys. I apologize Iíve got a little bit of a cold as well, but this doesnít have to be anything fancy, just a double knot here, to hold that off and then we are good to go. Now we're going to take this and just start wrapping it and we are going to go and when we come back and weave start on this side, so I like to put this to give us some slack right next to almost that hole, but on the left if we are going to be working to the right. Then you are going to just start wrapping your cordage all the way around the koozie, over and over and over again until you have as many rows as you want. Now, like I said, you can measure or you can just start doing it and on this part thereís no needed amount other than the tallness you want of the can, or the koozie, or the pouch. It doesnít need to be real tight, but somewhat tight. Once you get a few wraps there you wonít have to hold on to your slack cord anymore, your slack jig. You know thereís a twist you always want to keep your twist out as youíre doing your work, because they're not going to come out later if you donít.
Again you donít want this super tight, but you want it somewhat tight. You donít want it so tight that itís flexing the bottle like this; you just want it tight enough. Thereís more twisting there, youíre always going to have that. Thereís no need really to count these either, if you have an even number or an odd number it doesnít matter. You can do your weaving coming out every other one or every other two at the end, but you'll see what I mean when we get there. Either way the point is you can have as little as or as many lines as you want. Again cord management is always going to be the biggest problem. If you have a nice big work area where you can just throw the cord away from you, its best off, when you get a big ravel like this, you just kind of shake it a little bit, pull it out find where itís caught and go from there. For the sake of these videos I may not go quite as big on this one as I do sometimes. Generally at least 25 lines makes a nice koozie, but more is better if you ask me, because it just looks better and it tightens up real nicely and you end up with a lot of cordage. Other than a spool guys, no matter how well these hundred foot hanks come from anybody they are always all tangled by the time you start getting some cord out. These will tighten up on themselves once we start weaving up and down, but you do want them to be somewhat close, you donít want them all gapped out.
All right we'll call that good for this video, I donít know how many that is, like I said, it doesnít really matter, so what Iím going to do is hold that with my thumb directly below where we started and Iím going to wrap this whole thing up with a rubber band, thatís where the rubber band comes in. Iím going to cut that cord off leaving a little bit of slack, but not much. Iím not going to burn that yet. Iím going to come right here right below my other hole and put that through the band as well, and then move the rubber band up just so itís holding everything in place for me. All right, so letís show you how I connect these and then we are going to go ahead and call this the end of video one. Then I will probably start video two. All right so what you are going to want to do now is connect the yellow to the blue or whatever two colors you are using, you can use the same color and still doing it this way, it will split up the amount of cordage you use, but either way Iím going to connect these. You can normally just burn these together, but with pouches moving around and getting possibly stepped on, thrown around, a little more hard use say than a bracelet I go ahead and tie these. When I tie these Iím going to also rip the guts out so I have a nice thin tie that I can hide underneath when Iím doing my weaving.
Iím going to show you what I meant in a second. We are going to take out just a few inches of each color of the inner strands and then you grab it from behind, work it up andyouíll actually feel where theyíve pulled to. In my case itís right here. Now from there itís all got same thing on the other color. You are going to take the blue pull out a few inches and you cut those out. Same thing on the blue, push that slack back out and I can feel now to about right there. Now we are going to take the blue and the yellow up. We are just going to do a simple overhand knot and then double knot like so, make that nice and tight. Then we are going to cut those sides off, burn the ends and youíre ready to go. I will be back with part two here in just a minute guys. Thanks for watching, please ...