I mean, by its nature, ANY tote is a container.
Try making a bag with a specific purpose other than a purse.
Like a container for your crafty supplies.
Here are some ideas:
Leave it to the amazing Lisa of U-Handbag to come up with this tutorial for a hex-open bag frame to carry knitting (or other craft) supplies.
Elisa's Nest Tote by The Purl Bee can be used to carry anything from balls of yarn to groceries.
Cindy from 2 Paw's Sock Tote tutorial is fun.