Backpacks are the uncredited workhorse of everyday life. Even though they help do most of the heavy lifting on the day-to-day, there is still room for improvement.

For the Backpack Challenge, either make new backpack or modify an existing one to suit your particular needs. Show us your backpack innovations for efficiency, function, style, or any other upgrades that make your life easier.

Those who make the most excellent backpacks or backpack upgrades could win a host of cool sewing prizes such as a serger (for making backpacks like a pro), a button maker (for decorating your backpack), or an Awl for All (for hand sewing really thick materials).

The Backpack Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:
  • A Juki Serger
  • An Instructables prize pack

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:
  • A 1" Button Maker
  • An Instructables Prize Pack

Second (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:
  • Awl-For-All Thick Material Hand-Sewing Tool
  • An Instructables Prize Pack

Runner Up (10)

Ten Runner Up winners will receive:
  • An Instructables Prize Pack
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Jul 2, 2018 and Jul 30, 2018 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Backpack Challenge. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.