The Gifted Blog

September 23, 2009

Tutorial Tryout: Bagelope

Tutorial Tryouts are my reviews of DIY gift wrapping ideas from the internet and other sources. Click here for the whole series!

A gift bag from an envelope?

I saw this tutorial on the Craft magazine blog and had to try it to believe it! Exhibit A, below: pretty card and envelope from SFMOMA, announcing our year-long membership (thanks, Mom and Dad!).

Exhibit B: several creases, two pieces of ribbon, and some scotch tape later...voila!

I added the three colored dots to cover my name and address.

As you can imagine, this bag can only be used for tiny gifts, but it definitely has some 'gee-whiz!' appeal. I found forming the bottom of the bag to be tricky, so you might want to try on an envelope you don't care about first. Finally, a standard business-size envelope is going to leave you with an impractically skinny bag, so look for an envelope with more height for this project.

What do you think? Let me know if you give it a shot!


  1. woah! this is cool. i really like it!

  2. How beautiful!
    I wouldn't believe this is from envelope if I haven't seen your post..

  3. Thank you! Kind of fun, huh?

  4. What a great idea! I'm going to have to try this! Isn't it extra fun to make something fabulous out of something that would normally go into the recycling bin?

  5. Agreed, definitely extra fun!

    It wasn't until I started this blog that I realized how much of my aesthetic revolves around trash. : )


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