It has been quite a while since I first was taught to make a bagelope. They have been around for ages. With the Christmas Bagelope today, I hope you will see the fun possibilities to use this simple technique for gift bags this holiday season.
The term “bagelope” combines two thoughts: end result gift bag and beginning with an envelope.
For this small gift bag I used a medium Whisper White envelope (4 3/8″ X 5 3/4″). Start by sealing the envelope closed. You may have to add a little glue at the edges. Turn the envelope so the 5 3/4″ side is against the left edge of the Simply Scored tool and score down the length at 3/4″ and 3 5/8″. Turn the envelope so the 4 3/8″ side is against the left side of the Simply Scored tool and score at 3/4″. Fold and crease all the score lines. This will yield a small bag that is 2 7/8″ wide with 1 1/2″ gussets on the sides.
With the sides folded in on the score lines, insert the envelope into the tag topper punch and punch. Trim off excess on each side of the tag topper. This gave me a bag that is about 4 1/2″ tall not counting the topper.
Decorate the front and baack of the bag as desired.
Open up the bag and push gussets to the inside. There will be small triangles formed at the bottom on each side. Fold these to the bottom of the bag and secure with Tear & Tape Adhesive.
You can use any size envelope to create these gift bags. You can vary where you place the score lines. However, the score lines should always be equal on all three sides. For instance, if you score at 1/2″ on all sides, the depth of the bottom and the gussets will be 1″. The width of the bag will be bigger, but the depth will be smaller. You can even use large mailing envelopes to create regular sized gift bags.
Have fun creating your own sweet Christmas Bagelopes. Why not use these for Halloween treats as well. Please share your creations.