Free Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial

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) : 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.

Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs Canvas Rosa Floral Natural Fabric

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Free Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial | Easy Yoga Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | Yoga Mat Bag | Free Tutorial | Sew Jersey Mama

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.

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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.

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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!!

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Free Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial | Easy Yoga Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | Yoga Mat Bag | Free Tutorial | Sew Jersey Mama

Free Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial | Easy Yoga Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | Yoga Mat Bag | Free Tutorial | Sew Jersey Mama

Free Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial | Easy Yoga Bag Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial | Yoga Mat Bag | Free Tutorial | Sew Jersey Mama

 

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DIY Girls Skirt Tutorial

As Riley is starting to grow out of the things I normally make (baby bibs, hats, crib shoes), I’ve been looking for something new to make for her. I stumbled upon a few skirt tutorials, and it turned out to be just what I was looking for. These skirts are super easy! You can whip up a few in one afternoon to pair with leggings and t-shirts. To make these, I used a pattern on Etsy so I could have multiple sizes available, but if you’re making these for your own little one, it’s easy to figure out the sizing with just a few measurements (I’ll explain later). The pattern is by Brindille & Twig and is very easy to follow. If you’re interested, you can purchase the pattern here.

If your little one is soon to be a toddler, make sure to check out my post about my toddler must haves! Better to stock up sooner than later 🙂

 

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These skirts and more are currently available to purchase in my shop! Learn how to make the matching head band/headwrap here!

What you’ll need:

You can use cotton or a knit fabric. I love the variety of fabrics available at fabric.com. The skirts in the pictures used fabrics by the designers “Dear Stella” and “Timeless Treasures, Inc.” They both have some great choices that area always changing!

Dear Stella currently has this fun line of Dinosaur prints available at fabric.com! But hurry because it looks like it will sell out fast! How fun for a skirt 🙂

Dear Stella Stellasaurus Dinomania Moonlight Fabric
Dear Stella Stellasaurus Hear Me Roar Phantom Fabric

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Fabric (about 1/2 yd to 1 yd depending on the size you are making.
Thread
Scissors
Elastic – 1.25″ wide
Sewing machine or Serger
Trim (optional)

To make this with your little one’s measurements, first measure around their waist. This will be the width of each of your two skirt pieces. For example, if your child’s waist is 21 inches, cut 2 pieces, 21 x length.

For the length, measure from the waist till where you want the skirt to end, and add 2″ for the hem and waistband.

If you purchased the pattern, use the sizes provided.

To start, iron your fabric, I usually fold over my fabric and cut both pieces at once. To make it even easier, cut with the right sides in and they’ll already be in place to sew.  Cut your skirt pieces (width X length).
Pin the two pieces together right sides together, and sew up both sides. You can do this with a serger if you have one, or a straight stitch at about a 1/4 inch allowance, and then an overlock or zigzag to prevent fraying. Iron your seams.

Next you will be serging all the way around the top and bottom edges. If you do not have a serger I’d recommend using an overlock or zigzag stitch after the straight stitch. This is to prevent fraying. Just a side note about sergers. They are really great, especially if you plan to sew clothing or work with knits more. As you can see here, mine is ancient. My amazing mom found this at an estate sale and got it even though I told her “not sure what I need it for”. I was so wrong! I use it tons. However, Amazon has a highly recommended Singer serger available for under $200 that will definitely work great for our purposes! Check it out here:

Now you will iron down the waistband and hem. Fold over 1 1/2″ from the top and iron down all the way around the skirt. You will do this for the bottom hem as well at 1/2″ inch.

Sew all the way around the hem. If you’re adding trim, now is the best time to pin it and sew it on.

Now to do the waistband. Cut the elastic one inch longer than their waist measurement.

First you will sew all the way around the skirt at the edge of the fold you made earlier, and leave a 2 inch gap. Make sure to back stitch at both ends of the opening. Then you will put a safety pin on your elastic, and pull through, mindful that you do not pull the other end through. It will start to bunch up as you go.

 

Once all the way through, line up the ends of the elastic flat overlapping one inch, pin and stitch. For this, I stitched all the way around and then an X across. This will ensure it is secure.

 

Almost done!! Finish stitching around the waist where the opening for the elastic was. Turn right side out, and you are finished! You should have an adorable skirt!

 

Almost done!! Finish stitching around the waist where the opening for the elastic was. Turn right side out, and you are finished! You should have an adorable skirt!

 

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If you missed the link earlier, click here to learn how to make the matching headband!

If you’re thinking about starting an Etsy with all the adorable items you’ve learned to make, head over to read my blog post for great info about what to consider before opening a shop of your own!

I’m going to take a wild guess that you like handmade items since you’re here! Did you know Amazon has a Handmade section, including a baby category. Take a look for some special, unique treasures!

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