{Eco-Tutorial} How to Make a Coupon Wallet Without Sewing Using a Reusable Grocery Bag

If you haven’t heard yet, Hawaii County is working  to ban plastic bags from grocery stores, as Seattle and so many other cities and countries also have.

Banning single use grocery plastic bags means saving marine lives and not being as petroleum dependent for producing these wasteful plastic garbage. It also means that we will be using reusable grocery bags a lot more often. Obviously, using cotton canvas, organic, preferably, is the best but I know many of you use plastic coated bags, usually made in China. (Ironically, China banned single use plastic bags in 2008, saving 1.6 million barrels of oil and reduced plastic bag usage by 66 percent!)

And if you use reusable bags often, you will undoubtedly have broken ones like me. So, I thought of reusing the broken ones to make something useful out of them, prolonging their lives. Coupon Wallets! 

Coupon wallets are so easy to make and you can use them to save more money! You don’t even need sewing skills. Make a few and give them out. You can make smaller ones and use them as regular wallets.

Go to ecokaren and follow the easy steps in upcycling any broken grocery bags laying around.

And remember, carry your reusable bags whenever you go to the stores. You never know when plastic bags will be banned from your city. You might as well make it a habit to carry reusable bags, even when you go to the mall or to grocery stores.

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About Karen Lee

As a former Captain of Eco Etsy and one of the current leaders for the team, I am really excited to be hanging out with like minded team members to share ideas on how we can leave the least amount of carbon footprint.

I sell eco-handmade and vintage goodies in my Etsy shop and consult small business owners on Karen Lee Consulting where popular Etsy Starter Kit is sold. And as a retired Chiropractor, I share natural health news and green tips on drkarenslee.com. Check out my past posts on Eco Etsy!


  1. Great idea. I had one of these that someone gave that had some damage to the top band. So I used to hail dirt in the garden until it was to wore out to do anything with. This is a better use for this for sure. You could make smaller versions that could hold personal things you don’t want to get damaged. It would make a great bandage pouch for a purse or larger first aid kit. Thanks for the share.

  2. Oldie but goodie, I say.

    This is a great time of the year to purge old broken ones and start the new year with clean working ones. Unfortunately, I still have a few of these plasticky ones that I am dying to get rid of but so far, I only had one broken one this year. They are built to last, which is a good thing, but when they do break or look tired, converting them to something else makes total sense to me.

    Have fun making them!

    Jenn – file folder for receipts is a great idea!! Your accountant will LOVE you!

  3. I just received a Christmas gift wrapped in a reusable shopping bag. At first it seemed great to have another but the bag is Christmas themed and sadly not expandable (that will never work in this house!). I’ll be creating a couple of these from my bag — both will be used to store receipts for my business expense tracking. Thanks for reminding us about your tutorial!

  4. I absolutely love this idea. I have tons of reusable shopping bags and some have seen better days. I’m adding this to my crafting list. Thanks for sharing Karen, great post.

  5. I’m always happy and impressed when people find creative ways to repurpose something. Thanks for the info. Juanita