Thread your newright working cord under the foundation cords from right to left.
Now take your left working cord and thread it under the cord that was just brought from the right side. Continue threading the cord over the foundation cords to the right side.
Continue the working cord from part 2 up and through the loop like shown in part 3 of the diagram.
After you’ve got about 5 or so stitches you’re going to want to tighten the Solomon bar up. Like shown in part 4 of the diagram, you’re going to hold the foundation cords with one hand while pushing up the braids with the other.
From here on out you will be alternating step3 and step4 (remembering to tighten the braids very 5 or so stitches) until you’ve braided around the whole Altoids box.
Remember to leave 1/2″ – 1″ of the loop at the end for your clip/carabiner.
When you’ve braided all the way to your loop, you can go on to step 4.
Now you are going to want to check if it fits properly around the Altoids tin like shown in part 1 of the diagram. Notice: If you left enough room with the loop, and need to thread a few extra braids to make it a little longer, than you can add a few to do so.
Grab some sharp scissors and cut off the working ends. Notice: It’s easier to do part 2 and part 3, one side at a time.
Using a lighter, lite the end where you just cut for 5-10 seconds or until it’s molten hot. Using your thumb (careful!) smooth out the molten ends of the working cords, making sure their melted into the surrounding cord. Notice: If you want, you can lick your finger or dip it in water before touching the molten hot plastic : ).
You should then end up with what you see here in part 4.
For this step you’re going to grab your Altoids Tin and attach your Paracord Fid needle (if you don’t have one, they are real cheap on Amazon.com).
Position the border you’ve just made around the Altoids Tin with the loop at the top right (like shown in the diagram).
Notice: The closeup box diagram in the center shows the two different slots we will be working with. SlotA and slotB. The majority of the weaving and threading will be done through the A slot.
In this step we will be using the B slot. I chose to use the Bslot to better hide the knot on the inside of the pouch. Options: 1- You can either thread the needle from the outside of the pouch, to the inside (and take off the needle and tie a knot), OR 2- you can just attach your needle once, tie a knot at the end of the paracord, and thread it from the inside of the pouch to the outside. Again, through the Bslot.
If you followed the pictures in the diagram, and went with option 1 in the part 1 of this step, then you should detach your needle and tie a knot now.
If you haven’t already, re-attach your needle and carry it across the Altoids Tin and thread it through an A slot in the opposite corner, back around and through the adjacent Aslot. You can see a detailed diagram of this in the center box.
Now you’re going to carry your needle across the Altoids Tin once again and thread it through the next available Aslot adjacent to where you started.
If you think you need one more horizontal thread but have no more A slots left to come back through, you can simply go right around and back towards the other side like shown here in part 1 of the diagram.
Like shown here in part 2 of the diagram, you’re going to thread your cord through the inside of the border (Solomon Bar), out to the opposite side of the pouch. This part enables you to begin your horizontal weaves on the opposite side of the pouch while keeping the cord tucked hidden inside the pouch.