designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive

This challenge is open to all utilitarian sewing projects. Show the world how you make bags, custom covers, outdoor gear . . . or anything else that is sewn and is primarily functional in use.

The grand prize for this challenge is a Juki TL‌-2000Qi Sewing Machine, with Amazon gift cards for the lower tier prizes. Go sew tough things!

The Sew Tough Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize Winners will receive:
  • A $100 Amazon Gift Card
  • An Instructables Mug Prize Pack

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize Winners will receive:
  • A $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • An Instructables Mug Prize Pack

Runner-Up (10)

Ten Runner Up Prize Winners will receive:
  • An Instructables Mug 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 1, 2019 and Jul 29, 2019 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Sew Tough 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.