This is an issue that bugged me when I did crafting pre-release, and am surprised to see its still in the game, now that I've resumed crafting. A Small Bag is harder to make and requires much more raw resources than a Backpack, even though it should be easier and require less resources. This is because you need a whole coil of rope (!) to make a small bag. I'm not sure why both have the same amount of slots, although you can wear a Backpack as a backslot, making it more valuable in that way. Now I've never done weapon crafting, and I've noticed that a coil of rope has the same recipe as a bowstring, except that the bowstring requires an added 1 wax. So, if looked in this light, then a coil of rope isn't much different than a bowstring. However, I'm not even sure why a bowstring requires 5 spools of thread, and why a whole spool requires 4 raw cotton and 2 wax. Maybe this is for balance reasons, and because people grow cotton. I don't know. Me, I don't grow cotton; I just gather cotton from the wild. In any case, 2 animal hide + 1 curing salt -> 2 leather 1 leather + 1 curing salt -> 2 leather straps 3 leather + 1 leather strap -> 1 backpack (at least) 3 animal hides + 2 curing salts -> 1 backpack (needs 2 crafting tables/skills) 4 raw cotton + 2 wax -> 2 spool of thread 5 spool of thread -> 1 coil of rope 2 animal hide + 1 curing salt -> 2 leather 2 leather + 1 coil of rope -> 1 small bag (at least) 10 raw cotton + 1 animal hide + 1 curing salt -> 1 small bag (needs 4 crafting tables/skills) Now, I'm not even sure why all of this isn't done with two different sets of crafting and refining skills, either. You have to use 4 crafting tables/skills instead of 2. One could assume you could either have a cloth/fabric pouch with a cloth/fabric cord (not a coil of rope), or a leather pouch with a leather cord (not straps). This is an area where I think more realism could help, because even though its simpler just to use coils of ropes or straps, having cords in game could cut down the amount of raw materials used to create 1 cord. A single leather, for instance, might be stripped into 10 leather cords. 1 spool of thread (or two) + wax might be consolidated into one cord. That would prevent an overly complex, resource and skill consuming process to make just a single Small Bag.