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« on: May 09, 2008 12:23:56 AM »

I have been wanting to make this for over a month. While I was cutting fabric for totes last night, I got re-acquainted with a fabric which I thought would be perfect as yoga mat bag.

FUN FACT: I made this the night I skipped yoga class. HEE.


...and fabric, of course.

1. Measure the circumference and length of your rolled-up yoga mat.

2. Cut your fabric. Youll get one rectangular piece (circumference x length) and a round piece for your bottom. Add a two-inch allowance to your rectangular piece. For the round piece, I am sure that there is a formular somewhere for getting the exact measurement. I eyeballed mine and used my rolled-up yoga mat as template. Cut the same pieces for your lining. You should also cut 2 strips for your strap. Mine was 33 inches long and 1.25 inches wide.

3. Start sewing. Start with your strap.

4. Turn inside out and topstitch.

5. Fold your rectangular piece, lengthwise. Right sides together.

6. Sew the long side, starting two inches from the edge, but on one side only. Sew all the way to the other end. The unsewn part is for your drawstring.

7. Mark three inches inches from where you started sewing.  Pin one end of your strap. The position should be the same as the picture below.

8. Sew your strap to the bag. Be careful not to sew the other side of the bag. Reinforce this part by sewing across the strap several times. I used zigzag stitch.

9. Take your circular part and pin it to the bottom of your bag. This would be the side opposite to where you sewed the strap. Make sure that you sandwich the other end of the strap between the circular part and your bag. In the picture, the strap is between the pink and blue-ish pins.

10. Sew them together. Turn inside out. After that, your bottom (well, not YOUR bottom) will look like this:

11. Sew your lining using similar steps. There is no need to start several inches from the edge when youre sewing the rectangular part of your lining, though.

12. Insert your lining inside the external part of your bag.

13. Now fold 1 inch of the bag towards the lining. This is the piping for your drawstring.

14. Fold 1/4 inch of the lining towards the part that you folded in Step 13. This would lock your piping nicely.

15. Sew together. When youre done, you will have a hole where you can insert your ribbon.


more pics here:


ehh...happy sewing!  Grin
« Last Edit: May 09, 2008 12:29:03 AM by mewyam » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2008 12:27:01 AM »

Thanks for the tute!

I love your fabric. It's so bright and cheery!

I pulled my yoga mat out a couple weeks ago to make a bag for it and it's been sitting here... mocking me... I must make the bag now... Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2008 12:28:57 AM »

Fantastic bag ... that fabric is darling. Thank you for sharing how you made it.

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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2008 07:44:22 AM »

Great looking mat bag! I love the colors!

« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2008 08:50:21 PM »

wow, sooo cool thanks so much for the tute
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2008 01:18:47 AM »

This is brilliant. Thank you for a great the great tute. I've been wondering what to make a friend who is emigrating, she loves yoga so this will be just the job.
Your material is great.

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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2008 03:56:50 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial...just made my own in no time and I'm not even a practiced sewer...here are some pics of the result...I'm so happy!
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2008 04:29:33 PM »

Wonderful tutorial!!  I love the way you had that circle on the fabric for the bottom of the bag!!  That worked out perfectly!

« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2008 05:18:07 PM »

I have had the fabric waiting for my and my yoga friend's naked mats for a while now - this is a great tutorial and should give me the push to get them made - thanks!
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2009 07:01:30 PM »

Great tutorial.  I will be making 2 of these!
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