How to Design a Backpack


Backpacks are a handy to way to carry things, since they leave you hands free. Because the weight is evenly distributed on your back, you can carry a much bigger load than is possible with a handbag or a suitcase. In terms of size, backpacks range from the military design, where soldiers are expected to carry everything they need for a mission into the mountains, through to the tiny fashion-statement bags worn by celebrities. Design your backpack to suit your intended purpose, then top with off with your personal touches.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler
  • Colored pencils
  • Check out existing backpack designs for ideas. Ask friends what they like about different kinds of backpacks and visit the local sports shops.

  • Take a few minutes to list the features your want to include in your backpack design. Consider functional elements such as adjustable straps and side pockets to determine how you are going to incorporate them into your design.

  • Identify the items you are going to carry in your backpack. If it is a day-pack, for example, you might include a water bottle, a book, extra clothes in case it gets cold and an umbrella.

  • Put the items on a table and measure them. This gives you an indication of the dimensions of the backpack. Allow an additional 25 percent because you might want to take your camera or a pair of hiking boots. Write down the dimensions for the backpack you are going to design.

  • Select the sort of fabric you are going to use for your backpack, as it will be reflected in the design. If, for example, you are going to use parachute silk for an ultra-light-backpack, be sure to design drawstrings so that the items you are carrying won’t fall out.

  • Use the dimensions and start to sketch the design, and draw it to scale. Use a ruler if you want to design a square backpack. Calculate where you want to attach the straps and do a front and back view design of your backpack.

  • Add your own personal touches to make the backpack design truly your own. This could be everything from a brightly colored ribbon on a side pouch to a leather thong clasp.

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