I feel like I've been attending Youtube University lately. In recent weeks I have learned how to make notches in stakes, how to tie my jungle boots up to minimize snagging the laces in the underbrush, how to cheaply package matches in a waterproof, air-tight container, how to select a knife, and lately, how to make a pocket knife holder and one of those survival bracelets from 550 cord that have become so popular.
The point is - you can do it. All it takes is time, materials and the willingness to learn. The bracelet took about 15 or 20 minutes to tie. I think I spent about the same amount of time stitching up the knife holder.
On one hand, this was cheap entertainment and fed my "be productive" itch while I'm recovering from a crap-tastic head cold. On the other, these were worth making because they have real utility in a camping or hiking scenario. The crappy D-ring on the sheath there is a hammered hard-drive platter spacer (aluminum). It turned out to be too small so I got rid of it and will probably put a cord loop on the bottom there for attaching other handy items, like a fire flint or compass.
Here are links to the videos in question.
Tying a bracelet from 550 Paracord
Making your own knife carrier
I want to thank Marcos Ronald Roman Gonçalves for his many excellent survival posts over at the Survival Community on G+. It's a wealth of free education that will pay real dividends in the field.