For years I’ve had a bag for my yoga mat, but it somehow didn’t make the trip with me down to Austin. Rather than buying or making a new one, I decided to make a quick and easy strap for carrying my mat. You can make a yoga mat strap out of a variety of different materials – I’ve seen some really cool leather, denim, and fabric straps. One thing I’ve never seen, though, is a macramé strap. You don’t need to be a macramé expert to make this! It’s super easy, just follow the steps below:
All you need is some rope – I got mine from Home Depot.
Cut two long pieces of rope (make sure you have plenty of extra to work with), fold them in half and loop them around a rod of some sort (I used the rod of my clothing rack).
I did a basic square knot for my strap. To do a square knot, start by taking the left-hand rope and threading it under the middle two, and over the rope on the far right.
Next, take the rope on the far right and thread it over the middle two and behind the far left rope, as pictured above.
Pull the ropes on each side to tighten the knot.
To complete the square knot, repeat the steps above, this time starting from the right-hand side. So, take the rope on the far right, and thread it under the middle two and over the far left rope.
Thread the rope on the far left over the middle two and behind the far right rope and tighten, creating a square as pictured above.
Before you continue, slide the first square knot down a bit so that you have some extra rope to work with at the top – you’ll need to be able to tie this around the yoga mat.
Continue making square knots until the macramé portion of the rope is the length of the yoga mat.
When you’re finished, cut the loops from around the rod.
I simply tied the ends around the yoga mat. You can leave them knotted and slide them off the mat when you’re ready to use!
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