I thought I would share how I made my own travel clothesline out of 1/8" shock cord that is readily available at any outdoor store for under 20¢/foot. For this project, figure out how long you will want your clothesline and multiply that length by three. 4-6 feet is a pretty good length.
You could also make this out of surgical tubing but I don't like it as much, it breaks quite unpredictably and is susceptible to uv damage which dries it up and makes it brittle.
After procuring your supplies the first thing you will do is fold your shock cord in thirds.
If you were so inclined you could make it like the commercial braided lines by adding a suction cup to your clothesline like this, I left mine off because I feel it is more dangerous than useful.
Tie an overhand knot 4-6 inches from the end. If you don't know knots just tie any knot, it will probably be an overhand knot.
Here is where a partner helps, have them hold the end and apply tension while you braid the line. If you don't have a partner a banister works just fine.
Occasionally you will have to untangle the line as you are braiding in a closed loop, just grab the single free end and pull it through.
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