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When you are looking at the various blank tote bags to use for your printing or embroidery projects or daily use, you will notice that most of them have some weight associated with them. Moreover, such measurements vary significantly by the type of bags. You might see a cotton tote bag that is 6-oz or 8-oz and, at the same time, a canvas tote bag that is 10-oz or 12-oz.

We bet you probably have asked yourself well, what does this mean? Today, we will talk about the weight of cotton tote bags (and of canvas bags) in detail. Next time you stumble across such measurements, you will know what to do and what tote bag to pick depending on your needs.

The Magical Land of Oz

When you see oz. measurements, you know people are talking about ounces – units of measure of weight in the Imperial system. In your kitchen, you use ounces to measure your recipe ingredients. In the same manner, specialists making and selling textile products use ounces to measure the weight of fabric products, such as t-shirts, bed linen, and cotton/canvas tote bags.

To understand better what the weight means, we have to take into account the weight of one square yard of material. It is pretty simple because it doesn’t make any difference if it is a mini tote bag or a Jumbo size laundry bag. The measurement of one square yard of material does not change.

Now, what is not so simple is that this weight (the number of ounces) depends on the averaged weight across all colors. Because dark colors require more dye than say light colored or white material, the darker colors tend to weight a little bit more (the more color, the more weight is added to the fabric). So while a bag piece may be listed at 6-oz, the item in dark color may be as much as 6.5-oz and white could be 5.8-oz or less.

However, what you should know is that the higher the number of ounces is, the heavier the fabric will be.

The other not so simple issue is that you usually would think the more substantial the material, the thicker and stronger it would be. It is not necessarily true. There are different processes used in creating cotton fibers, and sometimes a lighter weight piece of apparel might be stronger and more durable than a more massive weight piece.

Oz per Square or Linear?

Some manufacturers will label their cotton tote bags according to the square yard measurements. However, others measure the weight of a tote bag using the linear yard measurement. Here is how things go down.

  • A linear yard is a section of material that is a yard long, but can vary in width;
  • In this case, the manufacturer measures in ounces per linear yard, or oz/yd;
  • In other words, the fabric you see that measures 6.1 ounces per linear yard usually feels much lighter than a material that weighs1 ounces per square yard, because it is much less dense.

Most measurements, however, use the ounce per square yard system. In case you are not confident you will get a thick, resilient, and durable cotton tote bag for work to carry all your bulky items, ask the manufacturer directly to explain the labeled weight to you.

The Metric System

The Imperial system uses ounces as units for weight. What happens if you want to purchase tote bags from websites or shops using the metric system?

The vast majority of countries in the world use the metric system of measurement. In the metric system, the standard unit for measuring fabric weight is the gram per square meter or GSM. The larger the GSM number, the denser the tote bag is.

There are two ways to convert Imperial to metric measurements:

  1. Know that 1 gram equals 0.04 ounces; in other words, if you want to convert a GSM weight into ounces to understand what you want to buy, multiply the grams by 0.04;
  2. Use a measurement converter you find online; it is one of the safest ways to convert oz. in grams and vice versa.

Why is a Cotton Tote Bag’s Weight Important in Your Shopping Decision?

As we said, more massive (in ounces) cotton tote bags may give you a good idea on how resilient, durable, and strong your cotton tote bag will be.

Cotton tote bag manufacturers and sellers use the following measurements and associate them with the following products:

Now it is the time to talk a little about canvas tote bags. Canvas bags use cotton, the difference residing in their weaving. Canvas is sturdier than cotton, has a rougher texture, and a heavier weight.

  • 8 oz. canvas tote bags – you can use them for grocery shopping and other daily activities, but they are less popular than the next type in this list;
  • 10 oz. Canvas tote bags – the standard of quality when it comes to durable shopping canvas totes, able to resist wear and tear for years; read our guide on how to clean canvas tote bags to maintain and preserve their qualities and features for a lifetime;
  • 12 oz. canvas tote bags – even more resilient than the 10 oz. ones, you will find 12 oz. canvas in more finished, more stylish canvas tote bags;
  • 14, 16, 18 oz. Canvas tote bags – now we enter the realm of high fashion; these canvas tote bags do not look like bags you would take shopping, but elegant office purses and deluxe high-end party accessories.

We have covered in the past the issue regarding the difference between cotton tote bags and canvas tote bags. The fabric in itself makes such differences – as fashion experts recommend using canvas tote bags for office days or teachers getting ready for a new school year in a stylish manner – but the weight is significant as well.

Weight versus Thread Count

Thread count is not quite the same thing as fabric weight. For instance, when they tell you the thread count of a product – bed sheets, towels, dresses, and tote bags – the manufacturers are telling you how many threads you will find a square inch of fabric.

If fabric weight tells you how dense a tote bag is, the thread count tells you how smooth or coarse the material is. Naturally, the higher the thread count number, the smoother, softer, and more fashionable the product will be.

Thread count matters less in cotton or canvas tote bags, but it matters plenty when it comes to jute or burlap tote bags. For example, jute tote bags sometimes come with grades referring to the thread count (and some manufacturers usually associate with ounces measurements).

When you buy cotton, canvas, and even jute tote bags for daily use, fashion use, promotional purposes, or gift-wrapping, the weight of the fabric gives you some clues on the quality of the products you intend to buy.

While the equivalents and the measures are not absolute, you know you will not use a 2 oz. cotton tote to carry around your teacher’s books, laptop, and personal items. Similarly, if you want a fashion purse for the office that looks amazing and carries your entire office, the fashion burlap tote may be a better choice than the 10 oz. canvas one.

We hope the information we presented was of use to you to help you make better choices when it comes to your favorite tote bags. If you have more questions regarding fabric weights and thread counts, feel free to contact us!

Written by Priscilla Greene — December 02, 2014

Wholesalecentral.com Member

ASI DISTRIBUTOR SINCE 2014

We are proud to announce that we are a verified ASI distributor since 2014. ToteBagFactory is the largest and most reliable online retail store for canvas tote bags. read more..

Welcome to the largest online source of wholesale tote bags

We are a pioneer distributor of Tote Bags and Drawstring bags established in Los Angeles,CA. We are determined to meet your needs by supplying you variety of bags such as wholesale canvas tote bags,cheap tote bags. wholesale backpacks read more..

Why Choose us?

We provide high quality but cheap tote bags. To ensure that you are satisfied with our products, we provide you with the best quality bags that are affordable and top it up with excellent customer service. The reasons why you should choose us.. read more..