Tutorial: Coupon Holder


A gal in my sewing group asked why I was doing this, what isn’t beautification reason enough to do anything. Haha. Anyways it’s obviously unnecessary to cover a coupon folder but I wanted to and I like using it now which is the point right?

(click on the image to see a larger view)

What you’ll need:

  • small accordion file (I found a bunch in the 1$ section at target recently)
  • bias tape (I made my own out of fabric but you can buy plan bias tape in packages)
  • fabric (use a scrap or if you’re buying some a fat quarter is plenty)
  • a heavy needle (I used a 100, something for denim would be good)
  • fray check
  • paper clips


  1. Get your supplies together. Remove the elastic from the folder.
  2. Trim the width of your fabric to be the same as the width of your folder.
  3. Wrap it around so you can figure out the length of the fabric and then trim.
  4. Trim and pin the bias tape to one of the short edges of the fabric. For the part that goes on the inside of the folder I just sandwiched the main fabric in between the bias tape. If you want a strip across the back (on the outside trim two).
  5. With the bias tape pin position the bias tape with the right side of the fabric facing you and wrap it over the flap of the folder. Use paper clips to hold the fabric in place. If you want a strip across the back just align it so that it is on the other side of the fabric but pretty much in the same place as the bias tape that’s on the inside. Now it’s really awkward but sew (with a heavy duty needle) across the bias tape. If you use a zig zag stitch you don’t have to be that perfect. Also I was really never so in the beginning I used the hand wheel to stitch the first couple of stitches and then I went really slow. So now the flap should be covered. (note I was dumb and pin all around the folder first but that’s unnecessary and makes your life harder, so it may look a tad different in the picture)
  6. Wrap the fabric around so it’s flush find where the round thing is that the elastic hooks on and mark the length.
  7. Sew a button hole. Cut it and pop the round thing through it.
  8. Now paper clip bias tap all around the folder sandwiching the edges of the folder between the bias tape. You might want to fold it in some places to get it to lay better. (Even though I wasted time and had mine in multiple pieces you can just use one piece and it should turn out better than mine, I realized this after I had already cut pieces)
  9. Stitch all around. Go slow you may have to use your left hand to move the other parts of the folder so they don’t get caught on the edge of your machine.
  10. Poke a hole where the elastic hole was. if you want you could put an eyelet but I thought it was too bulky and my eyelet thing is packed.
  11. Fray check the hole. Replace the elastic
  12. Fill with coupons and start saving.

I hope all of that made sense. Feel free to ask questions or if you can explain a step better put it in the comments. I think it needs a flower or something on the outside to make it great but in my purse with my lifestyle that would just get caught on things and rip.

Here are a few coupon sites I like:

Anyways if you do try it out I’d love to see it post it (and anything else inspired my by blog) in my flickr group it’s super new please join and add some creations. Also the ruffle diaper cover giveaway is still open if you want to enter.

I love seeing everyone else’s projects, if you’ve got something new to share please post a link to it in the comments.


  1. Do you mind if I use your tutorial on my website. ( http://www.craftersattack.com ) I really liked it!

  2. I’d love you too just give me credit and link back here

  3. The tutorial has been posted. Looks at it and check it out. http://www.craftersattack.com

  4. great idea and nice tutorial

  5. Great tutorial! I love that you keep the plastic innards but make the outside more appealing.

    I blogged your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  6. That’s gorgeous! I love the fabric and the size is perfect.

  7. Beautification is a perfectly good reason and makes it so much more fun to use! :) Looks great and lovely blog! Thanks for stopping by mine and contributing to my Delurking for Haiti efforts. :)

  8. Love it! I am a big-time coupon shopper. This is fabulous!

  9. That is so cute! I love it!

  10. This is awesome. I’m going to try to jazz my coupon organizer up. Maybe I would actually use it then.:)

  11. That is so cute! I wish I had those kind of sewing skills. Thanks for linking up. :)

  12. Cute fabric…I am sure it makes couponing more fun! My daughter made something similar to hold stuff in the diaper bag. Wouldn’t life be dull if we didn’t make pretty useful stuff!Lezlee

  13. Oh, that is super cute!!! Great job :)

  14. great job


  15. I trying to make one right now. I’m wondering, how did you adjust for the inside front where they coupon holder dips down in the middle. Did you have to cut slits in the fabric and curve the bias tape into the coner? I hope you understand what I’m asking. LOL

  16. Katrina I did just curve it down around that edge. I just followed the shape of the holder. I tucked the corners I think to make it lay a bit better. I hope that makes sense

  17. Thanks! Everything was going along fine until I began to sew the bias along the bottom and front of the holder. I was so scared that I was gonna tear the plastic files b/c I had to bend it so much to get it under the machine. It’s really tricky to sew some parts. but it looks beautiful! I’m almost done.

  18. I finished my fabric covered coupon file. Thanks again for the tutorial. I will be giving it as a gift and I’m sure she will love it! I coulnd’t remember my login info for flickr to post to your group; however, there are some pictures on my blog at:


  19. Thank you so much for this useful pattern! My sister and I both made this for school!

    You can view a picture of each of the ones we made here:


    Thank you so much again!

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