The Original 3-D Backpack

little packrats

The Original
3-D Backpack


Now more than ever we believe in the quality and integrity of American-made goods. And we love making packs, especially the ones with cute puppy dog ears and piggy tails and the characters that are your personal favorites. So we did the only thing we could think of to keep the sewing machines humming and the packs coming your way…

We’ve gone micro. We’ve gone back to the sewing machine. We’ve brought it all in-house. Literally. Selling direct to consumers like you allows us to continue to produce Little Packrats accessories here in the USA and sell them to you with a little bit left over to pay for Milo’s dog food and some college tuition. (Oh, yeah, those “little packrats” that inspired our backpack-making venture grew up and want to be engineers.)


Little Packrats Wins Supporting Role

Little Packrats makes its Hollywood debut in What Maisie Knew, an adaptation of the Henry James novel set in contemporary New York. The story centers on Maisie, a six-year-old girl enmeshed in the bitter divorce of her mother, a rock and roll icon, and her father, a charming but distracted art dealer. Julianne Moore stars as Maisie’s mother, Steve Coogan as her father and Alexander Skarsgard stars as Moore’s new husband. Little Packrats OWL Backpack is cast in a supporting role as the child star Onata Aprile’s “favorite” accessory!

Shipped directly.
From us.
To you.

Limited edition Little Packrats backpacks, totes and accessories are now available on Etsy… for kids and kids @ ♥︎!


We’ve teamed up with to bring you great gifts for all your family and friends, printed just for you & delivered to your door.

the love.

  • A lively assortment of quirky animals straight from the farm feature on these cute backpacks from Little Packrats... ideal for preschool, picnics and as presents.


  • Beautifully made backpack. My toddler loves Chloe the Cat. Purrfect!

    - Karen G.

  • You can never be too rich... or have too many backpacks with whimsical animal designs. Thank goodness, then for the Little Packrats line of backpacks stylishly emblazoned with familiar friends.

    - UrbanBaby

  • Small gift card holder/coin purses are absolutely adorable and well made!

    - Maggie

  • I never thought I would actually fall in love with a backpack. But I have. The number of compliments I get on this backpack is amazing and really brings a smile to everyone's face.

    - Sydney

  • Oh my! Everyone loves this bag, including me. 🙂 Obviously, not everyone has a pig on their pack and this is something to be jealous of.

    - Ellen

  • Jack the Dog backpack is beautifully handcrafted and extremely cute!

    - Donna B.

  • I'm excited to give my youngest this change purse with her favorite animal for her birthday. So happy I found you on Etsy!!

    - Nicole B.

  • Put a bit of fun into your child's back-to-school wardrobe with playful animal-themed backpacks and school bags.

    - Life Magazine

The Stuff
of Life.

A Burden or An Opportunity

I always thought my twin boys were the original packrats. One day, while making my way through the trail of their scattered possessions, I realized they come from a long line of collectors. So, armed with a degree in art, countless years of sewing experience, and inspiration from two kids with bulging pockets, Little Packrats was born.

From the get-go, I have applied fashion-forward design to everyday backpacks, lunch totes and accessories. I love my business because it gives me a way to help others balance the burden of lugging life’s stuff around. It may sound philosophical, but it is practical. Plus if I can do anything to make someone else’s day a little easier and a lot brighter, than I’ve really accomplished something that makes my mother and my kid’s grandmother proud.

Cathy Berse-Hurley
Designer + Founder


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