If you go to Disneyland or Walt Disney World, you’ll see hundreds of kids walking around with autograph books and pens. We’ve done the books for our kids, but since we’ve now taken them to Disney MANY times, we decided not to fill more (that just sit on the kids’ shelves) with signatures.
This year was also our first trip without a stroller, so I knew we’d need something to replace that (which was our pack mule and held my purse, water bottles, and a little cooler). Born was my idea for the autograph backpack. I’m sure this is not really a NEW idea and others have done it, but I had never seen one. I definitely copy a lot of ideas from Pinterest, but I was pretty proud to come up with this one. 🙂
Now I didn’t just want signatures on a plain old backpack, so I of course had to “Disney-fy” it. I looked online to find a sturdy bag that looked comfortable, had lots of pockets, lots of signature space, and room for my Mickey addition. This Dickies backpack went on sale on Amazon, and I’ve been very happy with the purchase.
I bought an iron-on Mickey applique (that I also stitched on to be safe), then cut some red fabric to fit the front pocket, hand-stitched it on, then sewed on a couple of big buttons. Without the signatures the bag was already incredibly cute, but with the signatures it became a souvenir we could show off all the time!
We had so many comments on this cool bag during our trip, and people behind us in character lines even started copying the idea. I know you fellow Disney nuts will love this, too! Each character has a unique way they sign, so the bag really became a piece of art.
NOTE: it’s important that you use a laundry marker! Sharpies can smudge and fade on fabric.
Also remember: not all of the characters sign, so you won’t be able to get signatures from characters like Lightning McQueen, Mater, Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, Sulley, Mr. Incredible, Baymax, Vanellope, Wreck-it-Ralph, Beast, and King Louie.