For all the products I want to use a common material that is durable, inexpensive, and washable. I looked at the shopping bags that my parents currently use when they go to the farmers market.
Jute was out as the fibres tend to wear easily while carrying heavy weights and the texture isn’t very child friendly as it is coarse and “itchy”.
The bag below was featured in Etsy.com
The synthetic blue bag is something that has been around for forever. It is extremely durable, doesn’t get dirty easily and the material comes in bright colours. However it is uncomfortable to carry as the straps cut into the palm when the bag gets full.
The canvas bag is an easy favourite as it is durable, very comfortable to carry, washable and stretchable for when you’re trying to cram in a lot of shopping. The natural off white colour of the material offsets bright printing inks well and it is also not expensive. The material used for the straps thought synthetic doesn’t cut into the shoulders or palm white carrying heavy weights and makes the bag a lot more durable.
Canvas can also be used for aprons and the table mats.
I also want the child’s tote bag to double up as the packaging for the entire kit containing the book, adult tote bag, twin set of aprons and 6 table mats. This would need the bag to me somewhat sealable for the packaging and for when a child uses the bag in a market to avoid accidents where the contents spill out on the ground in case the bag slips off their shoulders. When I’d visited the Montessori School they had one exercise where the children had to button and unbutton a piece of cloth attached to a wooden frame to improve their motility. Having this type of cloth loops with buttons seems ideal for the child’s bag as compared to having a string to tie which involves a more complex skill or a zipper which is too easy and not sensible to use for a bag which is likely to get stuffed with food products or other things.