Attaching handles

I finished my 1st felted purse and am ready to attach the handles. They are wooden. Each end had an oval on it. Do I just whip stitch several times around each end? Any suggestions or techniques that will help me out?
Also, I think it looks better with the handles deeper into the purse, so less of the handles show. Any pitfalls here? Do I really need to attach them near the top of the purse?

If you put a cloth lining in the purse- you can attach the handles to the lining.

OR… attach the handles about an inch or so on the inside and sew them that way… or at the top, or on the outside…

It’s all up to you and the look that you want to achieve. Mostly, you have to worry about making sure that they are attached securely.