Sturdy and Incredibly Useful: The Classic Canvas Tote

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The canvas tote bag in some respect has been around for centuries. But, in the 1960s, what was then known as L.L. Bean's ice bag became a fashion trend with new features added every year. Today, this type of bag is just as popular and fashionable, with nearly endless designs.

Used for groceries, diaper bags, purses, and more, this bag is incredibly versatile and long-lasting. They can dress an outfit up or down and showcase your personality. You just have to pick the right one.

Sturdy and Incredibly Useful: The Classic Canvas Tote

Who Should Use These Bags?

Everyone can use these bags. Smaller bags can be used for lunches, while larger ones are great for beach trips. Even children can use these bags to pick up their toys and store them for easy access.

Mechanics can use them in the garage to make sure their tools don't get lost. Gardeners can store seeds and pots in them. Readers can stack them full of books. The possibilities are endless.

What Should I Use My Canvas Tote Bag For?

They can be used for almost endless possibilities. In the 1940s, L.L. Bean created the ice bag, which would eventually become the modern tote bag. Back then, it was designed to carry ice from your car to your freezer, but people quickly discovered it had many uses, from carrying groceries to household chores.

The tote bag is also incredibly fashionable. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, providing good-looking and useful bags for any style and occasion.


In a world affected by the pandemic, you can't always use your tote bags for groceries. But some places still allow you to bring your own bags if you handle the packing. Tote bags are sturdy and built to carry heavy loads, so pack it as full as you can. You won't just save money buying paper or plastic in the store, but you'll also help protect our environment by reducing waste.


With women's fashion lacking pockets, we need good-looking, durable options to carry our belongings. They have tons of space and are great no matter where you're going. You'll always be able to find your pen, hand sanitizer, or wallet!


For the traveler, tote bags are great as carry-ons. They're small enough to meet airline regulations and can easily fit everything you may need in-flight. And if you travel often, the canvas material can withstand the wear and tear of an airport.

Diaper Bag

Diapers, wipes, bottles, bibs, toys, and more can fit in the right tote bag. It's a great alternative to a diaper bag, which can have so many compartments you forget where you put something! With everything in one spot, it'll be easy to change or feed your baby on the go and look good doing it.

As your little one grows and their supplies change, the tote bag will continue to stay helpful. While traditional diaper bags have compartments designated for strictly “baby” items—like bottles—a tote is versatile enough to customize for your child's needs!


For busy women in the workforce, a stylish tote is perfect for the office. It not only holds your everyday products but also what you need for work. You won't need to bring multiple bags into the office anymore, since everything fits in one, easy tote.


If you want to avoid wrapping paper, you can always stick a present inside a canvas bag! Your friend or family member will get two gifts in one, and you won't have to deal with tape, scissors, or the cat sitting on your wrapping paper.

How Do I Know What Bag Is Right for Me?

You should pick your bag based on what you plan to do with it. Simple canvas totes that look like the plastic ones in stores are great for groceries and days at the beach. Pick one that looks more like a traditional purse for a night out or work. For travel, choose one with zippers or a flap to protect your belongings.

How Do I Take Care of My Bag?

For a standard canvas bag, never use a washing machine. The bag could lose its shape and never look the same. Instead, use a rag, cold water, and mild soap. Make sure to put the soap on the rag, rather than the bag. Gently work any stains, then turn it inside out to clean the lining. Wipe down the interior and exterior with a clean, damp cloth, then allow to air dry.

For cleaning the leather, stay away from water completely. Water can seriously damage leather, leaving permanent marks on your bag. Use a specialized leather cleaner and a leather-cleaning brush to gently clean the material and get all the stains out.

How Can I Use It To Express Myself?

Canvas tote bags come in endless styles and configurations. If you're crafty, you can even make a custom one yourself. No matter what you want to express, whether it's being a mom, a military veteran, or something else, there's a tote bag out there for you.

The Super Mom Wifey Tired bag is wonderful for wives and mothers who are proud of who they are, but may get a little tired in the process. This is great for trips to the park or a night out with friends. No matter where you use it, you'll always be showing you are proud to be a wife and mother.

If you're crafty, but not good with a sewing machine, you can customize plain bags. For those who embroider, you can draw or iron on a design then stitch over it. You can also use special markers and add pins or patches. Then you can truly have a personalized bag.

What Else Can I Accessorize With?

It's easy to dress up or dress down your tote bag. It all depends on what you're doing or where you're going. For a casual feel, pair a simple bag with a comfy T-shirt and jeans or leggings. Add some sneakers and a ball cap and you're ready for grocery shopping, a play date, or whatever your day may throw at you.

For a more formal feel, pair a nicer tote with a dress and heels. If you can, match your tote's color to your other accessories and clothing! Whether it's date night or girl's night, you'll look fantastic and have everything you need at your fingertips.

Do the Bags Really Help the Environment?

Having reusable bags for your groceries helps protect wildlife and the planet from the plastic bags that are thrown away every day. Plastic bags are so lightweight that the wind can pick them up and carry them out to sea or litter cities and highways.

Using reusable bags will also help prevent further global warming. Since fewer bags are used, production can be lowered, cutting back on carbon dioxide emissions. Plastic bags are also almost impossible to recycle, but reusable bags are easy to recycle: if you ever decide to get rid of yours, that is!

At Cameo Rouge, we celebrate our everyday superheroes. Service workers, moms, and military veterans all deserve to feel comfortable in their own skin and in their clothing. Shop Cameo Rouge today.

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