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Things Could Be Worse Tote Bag

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A traditional-looking pattern with discombobulating details—a reminder of the countless inconveniences you hopefully won’t have to face on your shopping trip.

This bag is printed in Calamityware blue on white 100% cotton.

Tote bag is handy for small shopping trips.

Find more Things Could Be Worse items here.
Dimensions & More Info
  • Approximately 15" (30 cm) square.
  • The 12" long handles allow the bag to be carried over an average human's shoulder.
  • Designed by Don Moyer.
  • Made by textile wizards in India.
Use & Care
Handy for small shopping trips.

  • Machine wash in cold, using delicate cycle.
  • Do not bleach.
  • Dry flat.
  • Do not iron.
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Who we are

Calamityware is a small, eight-person, one-dog company headquartered in Pittsburgh. We love bringing the darkly whimsical view of our founder and chief monster-maker, Don Moyer, to life. Our products are high quality, meticulously manufactured items that make wonderful gifts for you and other weird-adjacent people in your life. Our goal is to make you smile.

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
now it's perfect

Fabric is just a little on the thin side, although construction appears sturdy. So I made a liner with a zipper pocket on one side, regular pocket on the other. Very simple sewing project since the bag is not gusseted. Might add a velcro or snap closure later as needed. NOW it's perfect !!! Great size, have other items in "Things could be worse" pattern. A real conversation starter when I take my tote bag out shopping :)

Cute and well made...

I love this tote! The fabric is quality as is the design printing. I plan to add my own contrasting lining with pockets so I can use it as an everyday bag. Very pleased!

Unique shopping bags

These were just what I was looking for to give to some friends for Christmas!
I know they will enjoy them. The design always makes me smile!

Upside down

I know it could be worse, but the fabric was upside down. I bought it with the plan to just use the fabric in another project, so I kept it. But that’s not good.

I'm so sorry about your misprinted bag. We haven't received any other complaints about this upside down pattern, so I'm hoping it's an uncommon issue. If you wanted a replacement, we would be happy to send you a new one. Please contact us at

Lisa N.
Great extra!

Well made and a great little extra to bring along. I carry mine in my pocket or hand bag for those trips when you never know what you may come home with. The farmers market, the vintage store or just running into the store for a quick bag of treats. You’ll find yourself using this for so many things. Love it!

bag with fun

I carry it to the Art gallery when I work, it gets lots of complents!

Perfect bag for a sketch pad and pencils or a book or two

Nice little bag for a short shopping trip; such as walking to the store for a quart of milk or a dozen eggs. Or a walk to the park with a book or sketch pad (as long as it is not a large sketch pad) and a few pencils or pens. The bag washed up nicely and is now residing with the remainder of my shopping bags, awaiting its first trip out into the wide world.


Great bag


Great quality, super clear graphics


Great print and better bag. Love it