A few months ago, I spotted this cute yoga themed fabric at the craft store. And I bought a yard.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but it made me feel so cheery. The doggies doing downward dogs and headstands — it was happy fabric!
So this weekend I whipped up a couple of yoga mat bags. One to keep, and one to give to my mom, who has been such a great support lately (and always, but really, really lately). I wanted to support her in her yoga.
I got the fabric at Joann’s in case you are looking for it. The little tie is made of jute and hemp.
Yoga Mat Bags
1 yard of fabric (this is enough for two bags)
2 1/2 feet (for each bag) of ribbon, yarn, or thin rope
sewing machine and thread
Step 1. Before you get started, wash, dry and iron the fabric. I know, but just do it because otherwise your bag will shrink and all your hard work will be wasted.
Also, roll up your mat and measure how big it is. An average mat is about 5 inches across and 27 inches long. This tutorial is for an average size mat. If you have a giant, padded mat, you may need to cut the fabric a little bigger.
Step 2. Cut the fabric into two 8 1/2- by 32-inch pieces.
Step 3: With right sides together, sew up the two long sides and the bottom.
Step 4: Box the corners, by making a line of diagonal stitches on each side at the bottom.
Step 5: Fold over 1/4 inch and iron. Fold over again 1 1/2 inch and sew.
Step 6: Using a zig-zag stitch, sew back and forth a few times on the seam and about an inch above the seam. (This part is a little tricky to explain, but see the photo).
Step 7: Using a seam ripper, remove the stitches between the zig-zag stitches to make a little hole.
Step 8: Place pin into rope or ribbon and thread it through the space created. (Just like when the string comes out of your hooded sweatshirt.)
Step 9. When string appears on other side (success!) place knots in both ends. Then, tie them together so you never have to do Step 8 again.
Step 10: Throw your mat in there and head to class!