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How-To: Bagalopes
By Stephanie Scheetz

The bagalope, a simple gift bag made from an envelope, is a project I’ve shared with countless people over many years. I’m still tickled by their reaction when they learn how it’s created. “That bag started as an envelope? No way.” Never has the term “pushing the envelope” been truer than with this practical paper project.
All you will need is an envelope, glue stick, liquid glue, scissors, ruler, scoring tool, pencil, rubber stamps, and ink pads (along with any other embellishments you want to add).
Download the project as a PDF.
About the Author:
Stephanie Scheetz ( has been a designer and instructor in the craft industry for nearly 15 years. Her hobbies include thrift store shopping, eBaying, and collecting mail art, prison art, and bad art.

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.



  1. Suzette says:

    I love the idea of the bagolope and have tried to open the PDF to use, however I only get a black screen :( Any chance you can e-amil me the pdf to
    I would really appreciate it! Thanks for a fun idea!

  2. Goli Mohammadi says:

    Hi Suzette,
    Hmmm, it seems to work fine for me, but I’d be happy to email the PDF to you!

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