How Much Does It Cost To Make a Backpack? 

 August 20, 2022

By  Diane Wuthrich

Creating your own backpack can be a fulfilling experience. There are many beautiful backpacks out there, though there really is nothing like having one tailored to your specific needs. But how much does it cost if you make your own backpack?

There are many ways you can make a backpack. For one custom order, it can cost anywhere from $22 to $200 for labor and materials, but significantly more with pricier fabrics. You can also learn to make a backpack with a sewing machine.

Read on below to learn more about the costs of manufacturing a backpack.

How Much Does It Cost To Manufacture a Backpack?

Backpacks come in all shapes, sizes, and materials these days to accommodate even the most specific needs.

For example:

However, some people prefer to have a backpack made. This ensures that your unique function and design needs are met. But how much would it cost to manufacture a backpack?

Customizable Backpacks

A personalized backpack can cost $22 to $200 per piece. These can be made by companies in the business of personalizing backpacks and other items, who usually already provide you with pre-existing styles which you can customize with a logo, print, or cover.

Tailor Made Backpacks

Seamstresses, tailors, or local bag designers can create a backpack that’s tailor-made for you. The cost for labor and materials will be around $80 upwards, though it can increase significantly if you decide to use pricier materials such as leather, cordura, pack-cloth nylon, and others.

Make Your Own Backpack

The most cost-effective way to make a backpack is to learn how to do it yourself.

You will need a sewing machine ($40 to $200), 2 to 3 yards of fabric ($4 to $10 per yard, depending on the material though luxury fabrics will cost more), and a lot of patience. However, with some practice, you can make your very own backpack in no time.


The cost of manufacturing a backpack can be as little as $20 though it can go as steep as $200 or even more. It all depends on the complexity of your chosen design and the types of fabrics you are using.

About the author

Diane is our head writer and researcher for our backpack informational content. Her everyday carry is a Herschel.

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