Hedgehog Toddler Backpack

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My good friend that I've been close with since I was just a kid has the cutest little boy named Finn.  She'd mentioned a while ago when I made my son his bulldog baby backpack she would like one for her little guy.  Once RJ was 18 months I had him carry his own stuff.  Diapers, wipes, sippy cup, fruit snacks, etc.  It's that stage you don't need a full on diaper bag, but you can't carry all their crap in your purse.  Plus they're big enough to wear a little backpack and sport around looking cute.  Win for mom and kid!

So I've made lots of different animal backpacks, which I used to sell on etsy. 
 This time around I wanted to make a new animal, and a hedgehog seemed like a boy and cute, and unique.
My hedgehog inspiration came from my artist cousin, Stephanie's onesies.

This backpack has rounded bottom corners and a magnetic clasp, where in the past I always used velcro.

The under side of the backpack has the straps that use buttons to adjust for different lengths. 

I design it that way so you can see the button detail on the front when they wear the backpack.  I don't know, being for toddlers, I like the buttons rather then real manufactured buckle hardware.

The actual hedge hog is made from fleece.  It's non fray so I could just cut out the shapes and sew them on.  The body is cut in "V" shapes with dark brown underneath to kind of give the hedgehog body some spiked texture.  The eyes and nose are buttons. 

I think it's a pretty cute little hedgehog.

But my favorite part is when you open the backpack.
 I added a personalized tag in case Finn forgets it somewhere.  
I just thought it was cute, fun, and made it extra special.

The tag is just 1" wide twill tape and with my free motion presser foot, I sewed the text.  Then to sew to the lining, I folded the raw ended and sewed around all 4 sides.
I love how it turned out, kind of a surprise when you open it up.

I hope my friend could tell it's a hedgehog.  
 I hope her little guy loves it as much as RJ enjoyed it the 10 minutes he got to wear it
 We actually saw a real hedgehog at the pet store recently.  They really are cute, but expensive $250!!  What? 

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  1. LOVE this! (and I love the name Finn, if we were to have had a boy that's the name we had picked out)

  2. Oh I love that so much! And I LOVE the idea of making the toddler carry his stuff. :)

  3. SUCH an adorable backpack! My young nephew just got a hedgehog as a pet (they adopted it so didn't pay a crazy amount) and he would be ALL over this backpack. You did a great job! SO obvious that its a hedgehog btw, no question there!

  4. Super cute! I bet the little guy will love it!

  5. Very cute. I think Finn is going to love it.

  6. My friend just referred me to this link because I actually own a hedgehog. (She was not $250. Whoever was selling that one is CRAZY. But she is amazingly cute.) This is amazing, and I totally want to make one. Now I just need children. Or I need to convince my husband that the hedgehog backpack is a professional look. :)

  7. Meg: I'm glad to hear hedghogs usually aren't that expensive. I thought it was crazy! They are super cute and I could see a hedgehog backpack in the workplace. :)

  8. That backpack is so adorable! I really like your idea for a name tag and the darling way you wrote the tag! I am afraid I am not too creative, but I love seeing other people's ideas.


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