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How-To: Bagalopes


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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.

4 thoughts on “How-To: Bagalopes

  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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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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