30 types of BAGS you should own

Different styles of Handbags and purses
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Why do women love bags so much?

Interesting question, but like many interesting questions, this one also does not have a clear answer. Bags are such a craze for some that they are even willing to pay more than what it would cost for a car for owning some of those designer bags. And for the majority of us, a Bag is one accessory we cannot do without. 

One errant theory for this bag love is that it is the competitive spirit of the women that makes them buy the one better and more costlier than the one on the arms of another girl.  One theory says bags appeal to the aesthetic element in a women and boy, they are aesthetic! Read this article for more on this. 

Whatever is your reason for buying a bag, its beauty combined with its functionality makes it a must-have accessory. Which is why there are so many kinds of bags- for each and every occasion you can have a different kind of bag. So even if I am not a competitive woman or a particularly aesthetic one, I would like to have the best of all of these and then some.

Please note that some of the bags overlap in their features and functionalities


1. Hand bag

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This is the quintessential medium sized ladies bag every girl must own. This is a bag which can carry the essentials and still maintain the style quotient.

2. Hobo bag

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This is a large bag made of soft materials with a slouchy shape. It is characterized by a crescent shape under the handle because of the way it slumps down when put down or carried. This bag has a distinct silhouette which marks it as a casual carry all.

3. Tote bag

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This is a rectangular shaped bags made of stronger materials like canvas or leather ; It is ‘the-shopping-must-have’ for most girls. This bag has somewhat short-medium handles and is roomy enough for most all shopping that women does.

4. Duffle bag

This is a bag with flat sides and rounded sides and a top zip closure. It is a large roomy bag

5. Messenger bag

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These are medium sized bags which have a flap on the front. It usually has a long strap and is worn cross body. Another name for this bags is courier bag. Check out this tutorial to make a simple and easy messenger bag 

messenger bag sewing pattern

6. Backpack

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Wikipedia lists bookbag, kitbag, knapsack,  pack, sackpack or backsack  as alternate names for this bag ; it is a sturdy bag carried on the back of the body with two straps. There are large backpacks used for traveling and they are called rucksacks.

7. Satchel

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This is a rectangular bag with a flap that fastens in the front with a single or double buckle. Usually, they have a long strap and are hung  low on the body

8. Doctor’s bag

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This large bag was originally used by doctors to carry their supplies when they made house calls. They have a frame at the top and a flat bottom and are really roomy

9. Laptop Bag

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 As the name suggests it has compartments to carry a laptop and its accessories. It has a rectangular shape with small as well as longer handles for carrying the bag by the shoulders

10. Bucket bag

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This is a bag which has a flat bottom, a drawstring closure and long handles, This medium-sized bag is casual in its appearance and is a fashion trend which has a carry-all cool appeal.

11. Bowler bag

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This is a medium-sized bag with short handles; the bag has a distinct shape of a dome on the top; The name of the bag is inspired from the bowling ball bags

12. Wristlet

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Wristlet is a small handbag with a short carrying strap resembling a bracelet. (Wikipedia).

13. Pouch

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A pouch is a small drawstring bag meant to carry small knickknacks. Check out the tutorial to make such a small gift pouch here.

You can also call  a small flat purse with a zippered opening a zipper pouch as the one below- Check out the tutorial to make a simple zipper pouch here.

diy zipper pouch

14. Clutch

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Clutch is a slim, flat handbag meant to be held in the hand, without handles or a strap

Check out this tutorial to make an easy-peasy purse like this.

how to make a purse

15. Saddle bag

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These are bags with a flap and long cross body straps; They  look like the bags which used to be hung on the saddle of a horse, hence the name. Some saddle bags can be seen attached to bicycles/bikes

16. Beach Bag

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Big waterproof bags made of plastic meant to be used to carry things to the beach

17. Shoulder bag

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Also called sling bags in its small avatar, this is a bag that you hang on your shoulder. The satchel, saddle bag are shoulder bags

18. Miniaudiere

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It is not strictly a bag ; this is a jeweled case which acts as a bag. They have a hinged frame and top closure. Usually, they are encrusted with beads, crystals and sometimes has a shoulder strap

19. Shopping/Grocery bag

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The big shopping bag needs no introduction. They are usually made of cloth or plastic and can accommodate just about anything that you shop for

Check out the tutorial to sew an easy shopping bag.

sew shopping bag

20. Drawstring bag

These bags have a drawstring closure on the top; it could be a back pack or a pouch. Check out this tutorial to make a simple drawstring backpack

21. Make up bags

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These are small bags with a zip closure; used to carry cosmetics. Learn how to make your own make up pouches here.

22. Foldover Bags

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In this type of bag, the top of the bag folds over onto itself like a flap. The advantage of this bag is that it can be expanded at will with long straps. 

23. Phone bag

This bag can carry only a phone or some knick knacks. Learn to make your own 3 types of phone pouches here.

24. Camera case bags

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These are bags with compartments inside to carry the accessories that come with camera

25. Baguette bags

This is a small compact bag with a short strap, made famous by the brand Fendi. Baguette is a type of long and narrow bread ; this bag is named after this bread because of its shape

26. Barrel Bag

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A large cylindrical bag ; also known as a gym bag. This bag comes in many sizes and can carry a lot

27. Basket Bag

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These bags have a flat bottom and look like a basket

28. Fanny Pack

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This is a small bag or pouch attached to a belt which is strapped to the waist. It is also called a belt bag or a bum bag

29. Kelly Bag

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Leather bag which looks like a satchel with a special type of metal clasp in the front; it is usually used for business purposes. Hermes Kelly bag is very famous and one of the most coveted bags in the world

30. Lunch Bags

how to make lunch bag

When you carry all these other bags, there is a practicality you should not forget – food. You need to carry around lunch to offices, colleges, picnics etc without messing up the insides of your other bags – in your very own lunch bag. You may prefer a fancy insulated cooler lunch bag with interior vinyl lining or simple ones made with fabric and nothing else.

Learn to make an easy lunch bag with pattern and tutorial – one which you can whip up in an hour or less

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Author: Sarina Tariq

Hi, I love sewing, fabric, fashion, embroidery, doing easy DIY projects and then writing about them. Hope you have fun learning from sewguide as much as I do. If you find any mistakes here, please point it out in the comments.

24 thoughts on “30 types of BAGS you should own”

  1. Very complete guide, thanks for sharing this information with us. I recommend Crush Leathers Goods where I have bought a few bags and had a good experience.

  2. A handbag carried during the day is usually larger than the one that you’ll be taking to dinner. No matter what the occasion, it is never appropriate to put one’s handbag on the table-it is considered extremely rude no matter how expensive or beautiful it is. We often place our handbag on the kitchen counter, a bench, and some even momentarily meet the floor so for hygiene reasons alone, it is not acceptable.

  3. I have a proper saddle bag which is a pair and rests on the seat of my Motorcycle on the weight of the luggage inside.. I usually shop for groceries and take the saddle bags -try to keep the weight as even as possible on both sides so as to not topple on one side when riding.. It’s my must have bag when I’m on a cross country tour. It carries my spare gear, my toolkit, my clothes, food ,water and my tent.

  4. I have a collapsible shoulder bag made out of thin nylon. When compressed, it’s about the size of my palm and has a binder clip. It’s perfect for carrying around in my backpack. If I need an extra bag, I just pop it open and it turns into a large shoulder bag. The material is a thin nylon. I can’t seem to find another like it. The one I have is a gift and I can’t trace it back.

    Any idea what a bag like that would be called? Where I could get something similar? It’s a perfect pop out bag for conventions, etc..


    • Hi Karl
      It is called a Convertible bag. I have a similar one and it opens up and makes me feel like Harry Potter did when they opened the magic tent – so much space to stuff everything when previously it looked like a small coin purse.

    • Thanks Sarina,

      Convertible bags are a bit larger than I was thinking.

      I found what I was looking for – Check out ChicoBags. They fold up into little tiny pouches you can clip in/out of your usual bag when you need something in a pinch. The shoulder sling bag was what I was looking for. It has consistently come in handy at conventions, etc. when I needed some extra space.

      I love these!

    • Hi Lily
      I donot understand
      THere are about 28 pictures on the page ; they are not visible on your screen?
      Thanks for pointing it out

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