Patterns are a great introduction to sewing. They can teach you about grain lines, how to find the right and wrong sides of a knit, and how to maximize your fabric for the least possible waste. In the Patterns Contest, we want to see all the ways you use, modify, or create original patterns.

Prizes include a Janome serger, Janome sewing machine, pattern books galore, and much more! Share your sewing pattern tips and tricks and fashion something for yourself in the process.

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The Patterns Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

20 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Judges' Prize: Menswear (1)

One Judges' Prize winner for menswear will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten Runner Up prize winners will receive:
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 Nov 9, 2015 and Jan 4, 2016 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Patterns Contest. 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.