If you’re looking for a cute way to carry around your cumbersome yoga mat to your next class, or even to coffee afterwards, why not make your own carrying bag? I have an easy and quick tutorial to make a bag that can be completely personalized to your taste.
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What you’ll need:
1 – Outer Fabric (canvas or something with a decent weight but flexible) : 28 (width) in by 20 (height) in (*Note, if your mat is wider than a basic mat, you may want to make the height taller) If you choose a fabric that is not too stiff, use interfacing to add weight and stiffness.
1 – Liner Fabric (Quilting cotton or similar weight which you can find here) : 28 (width) in by 20 (height) in (*Note, if your mat is wider than a basic mat, you may want to make the height taller)
1 – 32 x 4 inch piece of fabric for strap
1 – 6 in. diameter circle for bottom in outer fabric
Material for pocket – 2 piece 8×10 inches and 1 piece 8 x 6.5 inches
Snaps or velcro for pocket
1 – Piece of cord at least 32 inches long for drawstring.
I love getting fabric from fabric.com. They have lots of canvas and cotton prints to choose from. I debated making this bag in this awesome canvas by cotton and steel, but I’m saving it for a tote bag instead.
I also have quilting cotton available for the lining and pocket pieces. Take a look here.
You will need a sewing machine, and if you have it, a serger will help as well! You can check out my recommendations here at my resources page.
Once you have your pieces cut, we will start by making the pocket. First put the 2 larger pieces right sides together, stitch all the way around but leave a 2 inch opening. Trim the seam allowance, then turn the piece right side out. Also, pin the smaller piece in half lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch around but leave an opening to turn it around. Once turned around, top stitch it on the two short sides, and one long side. If you are using a velcro closure, stitch the velcro pieces to the pocket pieces before attaching to the main bag piece.
Find the center of your large piece of outer fabric by folding it in half lengthwise wrong sides in. Keep it folded in half. Also fold the main pocket piece in half, and line it up with the fold of the main piece. Position the pocket about half way down the piece. Place one pin through the pocket and the one layer of the main piece, then open it up, and pin the rest of the pocket down.
Top stitch around the three sides of the pocket, leaving the top open. Be sure to back stitch at the ends. Then position the flap piece so it overlaps the top. Stitch along the top.
If you are using snaps, use the tool to poke the hole through both the pocket and the flap piece, then use the snap pliers to attach the snap.
Now sew the outer and liner fabric together. You will actually sew these wrong sides together. Pin them together, and stitch all the way around with a 3/8 seam allowance.
Then we will prepare the strap. Fold the strap lengthwise in half and stitch all the way down with a 3/8 seam allowance, making sure to reverse stitch at each end. Use a pushing stick (chop stick) or knitting needle to turn it around. Press, and top stitch.
On one of the shorter ends of the large fabric piece, we will zig-zag stitch or serge all the way across. Then, on either end, fold and tuck a flap a few inches long. Pin it down, and straight stitch it down. Do this on both ends. Then fold over the top hem about 1 inch to the wrong side, and top stitch it about 1/8 in, leaving an opening for your cord.
We will now pin the strap to the bag. Find the long side of your large piece of fabric. Pin one end right below the opening we created with the flap, and the other end of the strap will be about 5-6 inches from the bottom. This can be adjusted depending on how you want to carry the bag. For more horizontal, put the straps closer to the center. For carrying it more vertical, spread it out. Use a small seam allowance, and stitch 2-3 times for durability.
Almost done! Now fold the large piece of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together and stitch up the long side. Now we will add the bottom. With the bag still inside out, you will carefully pin the circle, right side in, to the bottom of the bag. You will need many pins. Make sure it is evenly spread out, make adjustments. Now stitch around the circle. You may want to stitch twice for durability. Trim the seam.
Turn the bag right side out! Almost done! Use a safety pin on one end of the cord to pull it through the opening we created. Once it’s through, tie the ends, and you are all done!
I love how this came out! My good friend is enjoying this bag out in California! Be sure to save this to Pinterest for later!!