Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial

Are you a Yogi looking to carry that yoga mat of yours to the yoga studio in style? Look no further. Here is a quick 1 hour Yoga Mat Bag tute. [Do I sound like an infomercial yet?]

Every tutorial deserves a story. So what's the story here? Really, nothing. It's just that I needed something to carry my yoga mat to the studio and it runs in the $20-30 range @amazon. I wipped up one in 1.5 hours including the tutorial pictures.

Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial

Grab your supplies

Fabric            - 1/2 Yard
Yoga Mat        - for measurements, or just use my measurements in this tute. My Mat
Thin Elastic    - 14 inch long [for drawstring closure]
Ribbon           - 1 yard [for drawstring closure]

Step 1: The measuring & cutting
If you want to use my measurements, skip the measuring part.

My Mat Bag Measurements

Step 2: The Handle
With right sides together start sewing the ends with .5 inch seam allowance.

Add fusible interfacing to both sides and turn right side out. Top stitch if you'd like.

Step 3, The Mat Bag body
With right sides together, sew along the length of the mat bag body with .5 inch seam allowance.

Now you have to sew the draw string casing. To do this double fold the edge [1/4 inch, then another 1/2 inch] and sew along the circumference and leave an opening 1/2 inch wide.

Step 4: Attach Handle to the bag on the drawstring side
Now you need to fold your handle 1/2 inch down and place it right on the seam line of your mat bag. like this.

Then sew it to the bag securing it well. Please don't sew through both layers, You are attaching handle to one side of the bag.  

Sorry about the crappy sewing. BN was pulling my hair, chair, and what not, while I was doing this. 

Step 5: Attach the circular bottom
Now it's a tricky part. You need to sandwich the other length of the handle, the body of the mat bag and the circular piece width right sides together and pin all the way around. Start sewing carefully 2 rows of stitches.

Step 6: The drawstring

You are almost done. Just turn the right side out and insert elastic through the hole we left. Secure elastic using the machine. You can have it like this or add the ribbon as a drawstring. But trust me, this is good as is.

There you have it!


  1. Great! Thank you for this tutorial, I'm looking for such a bag for a long time, now I know how to sew.

  2. If only I had a sewing

  3. Thanks! so much Im making one for my friend as a gift for her prenatal yoga class. Turned out great!