Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Simply Bags – Personalized Tote Bags

When I go to Bible study, I'm always carrying a bag full of books--two Bibles, study guide, notebook--plus pens, a bottle of water, and whatever else I might need.  I've been using a canvas bag and I like it ... except on rainy days, when everything gets wet because the bag doesn't close at the top.  I've also noticed that the screenprinting is quickly wearing off, because the bag gets tossed into the car, left on the floor, and so on.

So I was very happy for the opportunity to review one of these embroidered totes from Simply Bags.  I chose the Classic Tote Bag:
A classic tote bag for the working girl and city shopper. A perfect match of fashion and function. Streamlined horizontal secure close to body design for shopping in crowded city centers and subway travel. A solid black micro fiber cloth tote bag of water resistant fabric. Fully lined with one inside pocket. Large outside, side to side pocket.

Classic tote bag measures 20"W x 15"H, 5 inch bottom. Overall height 28 inches.
I think embroidery looks better than printing, and Simply Bags offers eight thread colors for this bag.  I chose Fuschia.  This is a bold color choice for me, but I love the brightness against the black bag.

outside of bag

On the embroidered side of the bag is one large pocket, which spans the full width of the bag and closes with a single Velcro closure.

large outer pocket

The opposite side of the bag has two smaller pockets with no closures.  I tucked a couple of paperback books in these to show you the approximate size.

inner pockets

The main compartment of the bag closes with a zipper.  It would be perfect, in my opinion, if it reached from one end to the other, with no gaps.

zipper closure

Inside the bag are two more pockets, one open and one (slightly smaller) with a zipper closure.  A standard DVD case fits perfectly into the open pocket.

inner open pocket

inner zipped pocket

  • Generously sized (see dimensions above)
  • Water-resistant fabric, which seems durable
  • Lining inside the bag and inside the pockets, for more water resistance
  • Quality embroidering (in my opinion) in choice of colors
  • Long strap to sling over my shoulder and keep the bag close to my side
For more information, visit the Simply Bags website.

Disclosure: I received this product, at no cost to me, for review purposes. I have received no other compensation for this review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions in this post are my own. Product description, including dimensions, are from the Simply Bags website.


  1. What a great bag, will have to go check them out.

  2. That does sound like a great bag. I'm on bag restriction. LOL... I had to put myself on that because I was always getting a new tote, purse, carryall or something. I've been feeling the urge come on again. Each bag is better than the last one. :-) Great review.

  3. that is cute...
    i am slowly turning into a bag addict.. thanks for feeding this new found addiction


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