Why let your kid be a walking advertisement for [insert corporate giant here]? It can be hard finding a child-size bag without a cartoon character but it's worth looking. We love these fabric bags by Mee and Bee. They won't hold heavy books, but are great for younger children who are ready to hold a few of their own things when they're out and about.
Each is handmade in Japan using a mix of cotton and linen fabrics in trademark Japanese cute prints. There are small messenger bags, drawstring backpacks and book bags to choose from. We also appreciate that so many of these are boy-friendly.
Don't let Mee and Bee's Japan address stop you - they should arrive in 7-10 days and for similar or less shipping charges than you'd pay for many companies in the U.S.
See them all in Mee and Bee's Etsy Shop.