1 Leather /Synthetic leather handles
When you think of bag handles a leather handle is what comes to the mind first and foremost. They have unparalleled elegance. Even when ordinary cloth bags are fitted with leather handles, the look of the bag is completely changed for the better.
Glossy or matt finished, clear or coloured Vinyl handles are also used with vinyl bags/fabric. Their charm is that they are very inexpensive compared to leather handles.
2 Fabric handles
A fabric handle is the most popular type of handles when you make the bags yourself. They are easy to make and can be made matching to the bag you have.
You can make flat straps/handles with fabric made stiff with interfacing or insert plastic flexi-tubing inside to give strength. The Reinforced tubing made of Soft PVC is inserted inside the fabric strap.
3 Wooden handles
This could be Solid Wooden Handles or made of bamboo wood. They are great with crocheted, knitted or woven bags.
4 Metal handles
Metal handles include oval shaped and round shaped ones used in clutches and frames around purses and also longer handles. They come in silver, copper gunmetal and gold shades and are usually attached to bags with washers and screws.
Metal chains are long chains used as cross body straps for shoulder bags.
5 Crocheted handles
A crocheted handle is used with fabric handbags and crocheted bags.Other than crochet handles, another option is to use Macrae handles made with 100% cotton rope.
6 Straw handles
Handles made of straw are usually attached to basket bags and beach bags made of straw. These woven bags are made with straw from Palm Leaves. Usually, they are woven as one with the bag.
3/4 inch or 1″ Heavy Cotton webbing is available in different colours for using as bag straps and handles. You can use it as it is to make bag straps and handles or cover it with fabric for a sturdy handle.
8 Rope handles
You can use twisted/braided jute or hemp rope as an easy bag handle.
9 Soft cord handles
Soft cotton cord handles are used as an alternative to the rope handles. These are commonly used for casual bags – very easy to add – no sewing or anything complicated. You can insert it through an eyelet and knot it for an instant handle for your bag.
10 Thread/yarn handles
You can manipulate or tie thread/yarn in many ways to make unique handbag straps/handles.
11 Beaded handles
These are handles made with strings made of plastic or metal or even yarn threaded with beads. The beads add a beautiful charm to the bag.
12 Ribbon handles
In a cinch, even ribbons are used for making bag handles – though not the sturdiest of material, they make cute straps for small drawstring gift bags
13 Plastic Handles
14 Braided handles
These handles are made by braiding leather strips or fabric yarn
Handles can also be classified according to their position on bags.
15 Shoulder handles
These are handles placed on the back of backpacks with which they can be carried on the shoulder
16 Bracelet handle
A variation of the top handle – this is a handle through which you can slip your arm. The handle rests on the ankle as if it is a bracelet, making another jewelry there superfluous.
17 Top handles
18 Long and medium Straps
No need for an explanation on these. The ever-present medium and long straps on almost all the bags you carry.