Shopping Bag Handle Options
Handle options: there are so many different types of shopping bag handles to choose from. When creating the perfect packaging piece, there are many different materials and styles to consider. From die cut to paper twist and satin ribbon, these custom handles will add the finishing touches to your bag. Along with custom handles, extra effects such as die cuts and added ribbon closures will also complete the design of your bag.
The first thing to do when designing unique handles for your paper shopping bag collection is to choose the right materials. Choosing the right materials from grosgrain to paper twist will complement the bag itself. The perfect combination of styles and materials can also have a big impact visually. While these handle options are very unique, they add very little expense to the overall cost of the bag. When designing the perfect shopping bag, we can help customize and color match any type of handle. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one type of handle. Below is a wide selection of handles we have to offer.
When it comes to paper shopping bag handles, the options are truly endless. A great start in choosing the right handle for your shopping bag collection are twisted rope or braided rope handles. Twisted rope as well as braided rope are one of the most standard types of handles. Handles like these have knots along the interior of the shopping bag’s turn top through die cut holes. The only difference between the two is the way the rope material twists. The braided and twisted styles add a subtle difference and elegance to the shopping bag. These two similar styles are simple options if your brand is looking for a modest design approach.
Paper Shopping Bag Handles
Twist and braided rope handles can match any color and again have knots at the ends for durable carry. Depending on your company, the length of the rope handle can play a huge part in designing your shopping bag. For example, if your brand sells shoes or athletic equipment, you can use a longer, resilient quality rope for easy shoulder carry. For a fun design, twist or braided rope handles can be incorporated into the artwork. When your handles integrate with matching artwork, your shopping bag can double as out of store branding.
Considering every brand identity is unique, twist and braided rope handles are perfect to add onto shopping bags for wine, beer, and spirits. The handles are strong enough to carry heavier items like these while adding stylish flair to your packaging.
If you are looking to add a little something extra to twist or braided rope handles, including the option of a simple die cut with ribbon as an additional closure can turn your bag from a regular shopper to a high-end branded retail bag. Not to mention, there’s the possibility of giving the bag another life outside of the store. Additional ribbon closures lets the customer reuse their shopper as a gift bag – just add tissue and tie the ribbon, their gift is ready.
More Handle Options
Along with twist rope handles, another option to include onto your stylish shopping bag collection are vanishing handles. Vanishing handles are one of the most sleek and minimal style of handle. Usually, satin or grosgrain ribbon are popular materials to use. The ends of the handle fit through the top edge of the shopping bag and the ends are then glued directly into the turn top.
With vanishing handles, there are no die cut holes for handles. As a result, the handle style is sleek for a minimal approach. Whether your brand’s shopping bags are made from eco-friendly kraft or luxurious art papers, vanishing handles can easily cater to your brand’s identity. Along with twisted rope, the vanishing handle style is also a popular option for many brands.
In addition to vanishing handles, there are many other sleek options to add onto your kraft or paper shopping bag collections. When creating a kraft paper shopping bag, a few popular handle options to think about are J cut paper twist, rigid cotton, and of course, jute. To start, J cut handles are similar to vanishing handles. J cut gets its name from the shape of the die cuts in the bag’s turn top. This cut allows the handles to be secure in the bag's turn top. Handles of this type are usually a paper twist material. Similar to vanishing handles, there are no die cut holes on the bag. This again results in a sleek, minimal design.
Eco-Friendly Handle Options
Much like J cut, rigid cotton handles have a near identical construction. This is where the ends of the handles vanish into the turn top of the bag. The only difference between the two are the materials. When it comes to rigid cotton handles, the handles themselves have a cotton texture material. The material adds a nice contrast to the kraft materials of the bag itself.
Next, Jute is another popular material to make not only eco-friendly packaging, but also handles. When designing your eco-friendly packaging, you should consider how durable, strong and environmentally friendly jute is. The material is a long, natural fiber that can be spun into a number of materials and especially handles. It is completely recyclable and reusable, making it the perfect handle option for your eco-friendly bags. Usually, the jute material is braided and knotted through die cut holes, creating a strong, yet fashionable carrier.
Finally, another great eco-friendly handle option is cotton twill. Next to jute, cotton is one of the most popular natural materials, due to its abundance, availability and consumption worldwide. This fiber can be mixed with a variety of natural and synthetic materials in order to create a multitude of fabrics, handles, and packaging. When it comes to creating handles out of cotton, it can be styled as a vanishing handle or can easily be knotted into the bag’s turn top for easy, durable carry. Due to cotton’s strength and versatility, it is the perfect handle option for your eco-friendly packaging.
Die Cut Handles
Whether your brand has paper, or reusable shopping bags in their packaging collection, adding die cut handles to your shopping bags are always a great option. They are easy to carry, cost effective and most importantly, add a stylish flair to any type of shopping bag.
A die cut handle is simply an oval shaped cut out in the bag’s material. The handle itself can be reinforced by heat seal, a glue patch or sewing. Whether on a paper or reusable shopping bag, die cut handles are durable enough to resist stretching or tearing, making them perfect for carrying heavy products and can apply to any type of brand.
From simple twist and braided rope handles to die cuts and eco-friendly options, there are so many ways to incorporate creative handles onto your packaging collections. With all of these handle options, one can easily achieve innovative and unique packaging. With so many handle styles to choose from, you can truly make your shopping bag collection unique. Adding finishing touches such as handles is so important in customizing your brand’s packaging.