How to make a yoga mat bag from upcycled material

The yoga mat bag I am going to use as an example for this step-by-step article was a birthday gift that I made for my mother, she originally asked for a bag for her yoga mat in different shades of the same colour.

For the bags I use thick cotton as much as possible (for example I use old trousers in large sizes), because they are strong. When I use thinner material or other kind of materials, I use interfacing to make it stronger.

Process

For this particular bag I have used green recycled clothing, an old piece of fabric and a 70’s pillowcase with a green pattern.

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The mat that my mother uses for yoga is quite thick and to be able to make a bag for it I use a circle with a diameter of 20 cm. This measure can also be used for a thin mat and a small blanket.

The width of the mat is 55 cm. I make the side of the bag 68 cm wide (circular circumference + seam) and 58 cm high. I start working from the middle of the bag, I also use the hip pocket of a trouser and put the other materials around until I have the right combination. Then I cut the other materials in pieces (remember the seam), thin fabrics get interfacing and stitch it together and top stitch it with a fancy stitch.

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Before you make the side and the bottom circle together, make the shoulder belt.  Not long ago I bought two large rolls with fold-a-band waistband interfacing in a charity shop, ideal for the shoulder straps. The shoulder strap is adjustable, the longest strap is 60 cm, and is attached to the top of the bag, and has a D-ring. The other band is 50 cm and is placed between the bottom and the side whilst the other side of the strap goes through the D-ring for the required length. I use a piece of inner tube over the shoulder strap, which doesn’t slip out of the D-ring.

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Make a lining bag, same sizes. I use a old curtain (smooth fabric), put them both inside out (bottom on bottom) and stitch the seams together.

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Turn the outside over the inside, pin them together on the top, and then attach the shoulder strap to it.

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To create the top of the bag, I cut two pieces (diagonal) of fabric, 34 cm wide and 50 cm high. I sew the sides together and, slightly below the middle, I make loops with buckles, so I can roll up and buckle it together.

Finished!

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