Yoga mat bags are a necessity if you are someone who walks or commutes to yoga class. The mats can be slightly awkward to carry on their own and never fit properly in regular shoulder bags. Having a yoga mat bag can not only keep your mat protected, but when you’re walking, biking, or riding the subway to class you can just sling your mat over your shoulder. Finding a cute yoga mat bag is not always easy – but, making your own is!
What you need for this project: your yoga mat (for size reference), fabric of your choosing, a needle, thread, scissors, some sort of cord or shoelace, and something to use as the strap (I used an old belt).
Start by laying out your fabric, and place the yoga mat on top. Fold the fabric over the mat to measure how much you’ll need – leave yourself a couple of extra inches on each side just to be safe when you cut the fabric. You’ll want an extra 3 or 4 inches at the top of the mat so keep that in mind.
Use safety pins to pin the fabric where you want to sew. Remove the mat and start sewing with the fabric inside out. Sew only the bottom of the bag and the one long vertical side – this would be faster with a sewing machine but I did it by hand and it didn’t take very long at all. Once you’re finished sewing you can trim off some of the excess fabric and turn the bag right-side out – but leave the extra fabric at the top!
Now, take the extra fabric at the top of the bag and fold it over towards the inside of the bag – use safety pins to keep it in place.
Sew the folded over piece of fabric a thread through your piece of cord or shoelace – this will be your drawstring for the top of the bag.
Almost done! The last piece is to attach the bag strap. I happened to have an old fabric belt that was perfect for this.
To attach the strap, I put two small slits in the bag and slid the belt through. I folded over a piece of the belt and sewed it together.
And that’s it! You’re ready to head to your yoga class in style :)
Photos by Julia.
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