Handbags and tote bags are endlessly helpful. I constantly use them to cluster and organize projects, transport piles of things from one part of my home to another, and store things like yarn or odd shaped tools that don't warrant boxes.
One of their best features is how eco-friendly they are. Durable, washable and versatile, you'll never need to accept a paper or plastic retail or grocery bag again.
• Singla bag, from Ikea Don't let its light weight fool you. This is one of my favorite errand bags. Here's why. It mimics traditional department store / retail bags. Stiffer walls and a flat base keep it standing while you fill it without drooping over like most canvas bags. Its smooth walls and rectangular shape keep purchases and returns sitting neatly. Canvas bags tend to jumble contents, especially clothing, and rough up corners of boxed items. This bag also folds completely flat for tidy and compact storage. $1.99
• Boat and Tote Bag, Open-Top from L.L. Bean This is the mother of all canvas totes. Made of heavy-duty cotton canvas and double-layer base and handles, it's been around for over 65 years and originally designed to haul ice from the car to the ice chest. $20.95 - $38.95
• Allary Imports Project Tote from Allary Imports This project bag has 10 external pockets to organize projects and tools. It even has elastic cording through grommets to keep taller items inside the pockets. $7.26
• Canvas Shoulder Tote w/ Multiple Pockets from CYMA Eight pockets makes this bag handy, and longer handles allow for shoulder carrying. $6.99
• Canvas Pocket Tote Bag from Canvas Corp This classic natural tote bag allows you to decorate and personalize for a fun DIY project. It also has three external pockets. $5.99
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