DIY Yoga Mat Bag

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Project: DIY Yoga Mat Bag

  • Fabric Used:
    • 1 yard of navy stretch denim for exterior (I think – Any medium weight fabric will do)
    • 1 yard of light blue cotton twill for contrast color and lining
    • 1 fat quarter (for pocking lining)
    • 1/2 yard cotton twill tape
    • 9″ sport zipper
    • Pellon Fusible Featherweight Interfacing 911FF
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 27.5″ with drawstring open, 24″ with drawstring closed
    • Diameter: 6″

The first time I did yoga, I hated it. I had no idea what I was doing, everyone else seemed so much more bend-y and flexible than I, and there was a whole lot of unfamiliar breathing and group recitations of “ohms.” I left with weird back pain and probably a pulled groin. I concluded yoga wasn’t for me and vowed to never stray from my kickboxing and hip hop classes again.

Then a man named Pete came into my life. I decided to give yoga a second try and found myself in a class led by a free-spirited, life-loving, odd but strangely hot instructor, who encouraged us to imagine we were projecting light from our fingers and told us to “hump the air/floor” instead of saying “tuck your pelvis in.” Oddities aside, he always went around the room to correct people’s positions and I realized I had previously been practicing contortion rather than yoga. Since then, I’ve been hooked and have tried to keep it up as my schedule permitted and had access to a good (and affordable) yoga class.

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Back to the crafts, I always wanted to get a nice carrying bag for my yoga mat but never found one to my liking. Naturally, with my new found sewing skills, I figured I could make one. It’s just a piece of fabric sewed into a cylinder with a round bottom attached right? HA.

After extensive searching through people’s patterns and homemade bags, I couldn’t find the exact specifications I wanted, which was a lined, drawstring bag with an zippered exterior pocket. I pillaged features from different bags and came up with my own design: a lined, drawstring bag with a zippered outer pocket that would fit my keys, phone, and wallet. Yes, a girl can have it all.

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There was a lot of trial and error and I’m very glad I purchased extra fabric (Thank you 50% off coupons from Joann’s). The most challenging part for me was the pocket, especially since I’m pretty new with zippers. I couldn’t find any pocket designs I liked so I had to fashion my own. I took some photos of my process (more as a personal reminder for the future) and have compiled them in an addendum post (DIY Yoga Bag-Supplementary Material). It is by no means a full tutorial on how to put together the whole bag…I made too many mistakes along the way to keep up with the photo taking.

Here are some links I found very helpful. They have more detailed pictures and instructions on making your own yoga bag.

Despite the headaches and the many redos, I think this might be my best project yet!


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