HOW TO MAKE A YOGA MAT BAG
MATERIALS 75cm (29½") medium weight canvas lining fabric (Fabric 1) 50cm (19¾") plain grey quilting weight fabric (Fabric 2) 50cm (19¾") Cotton + Steel Moonrise by Alexia Abegg in Rain Cloud (ours was from www. thecraftymastermind.co.uk) (Fabric 3) 25cm (97/ 8") Cotton + Steel Sienna by Alexia Abegg Hearth in Indigo (Fabric 4) 1m (393/ 8") faux leather strap, 3cm (1¼") wide 1m (393/ 8") dark blue cord, 6-8mm wide 1m (393/ 8") webbing, 2.5cm (1") wide Matching sewing thread Sewing your own mat bag to carry to yoga class is such a creative way to honour your practice – a gift to both present and future you that’ll help you remain motivated and mindful.
This drawstring bag in calming colours is a straightforward sew, created using simple techniques so you can relax into your stitching flow. Be inspired by our choice of complementary fabrics, or select materials from your stash to make it more personal.
Sun salutations and savasana, we’re ready for you. And if you’re not a downward dog kinda gal, this’ll make a thoughtful surprise for a yogi friend.
01 Start by cutting out the required fabric pieces. From Fabric 1, cut a 90 x 60cm (35½ x 235/ 8") piece, cut a 42 x 60cm (16½ x 235/ 8") piece from Fabric 2 and a 50 x 60cm (19¾ x 235/ 8") piece from Fabric 3. Cut a 27 x 32cm (105/ x 8 125/ 8") piece from Fabric 4.
02 Lay the Fabric 2 piece and the Fabric 3 piece right sides (RS) together, aligning one of the long edges. If your Fabric 3 has a directional print, check it’s running away from the long edge you’ve lined up. Pin along that edge then sew 1cm ( 3 /8") in. Press the seam open.
03 Lay the Fabric 4 piece RS down. Fold each of the edges to the wrong side ( WS) by 1cm ( 3 /8") and press. Place the Fabric 3 panel RS up in portrait position, with the Fabric 2 piece at the bottom. Place the Fabric 4 piece on top, RS up, positioning it 32.5cm (12¾") from the bottom panel edge and in a central position – approximately 15cm (6") in from each long edge.
04 For the handles, cut two 37cm strips (145/ 8") of faux leather strap. Tuck both ends of one of the handle strips under the right hand short edge of the patch by 1cm ( 3 /8"), 4cm (15/ 8") in from the corners, and pin in place. Repeat for the left short edge. Pin all the way around the patch, then sew around all four sides, 0.25cm ( 1 /8") in.
05 Turn the fabric panel WS up. At the top of both long edges of the Fabric 3 outer panel, fold 3cm (1¼") of fabric to the WS slightly, twice, then pin. This will create a small, narrow triangle roughly 0.5cm (¼") wide. Sew along the inner edge of each triangle.
06 Turn the panel back over, RS up. Fold in half along the length with RS together, aligning the raw edges. Cut an 85cm (33½") strip of webbing and tuck it inside the folded panel, 10cm (4") in from the