Yoga Mat Bag


It’s been along week, full of emotional struggles. Another one of our boys has gone off to college. I have taken some time to do some things for myself and adjust to our new situation with just two boys left at home.

I have spent lots of time staring into space, wandering around looking for something to do and not really accomplishing anything.

I even checked out a couple of yoga classes this week.

It’s all new to me.

I haven’t had time to exercise in years. It shows, I know.

Time to get into a new routine, one that includes a bit of time for myself.

On a whim, I decided to make this little carrying bag for my Yoga Mat. I figured if I have a Yoga Mat Bag, I must be committed and will be a regular attender at a class.

At least that’s my story and I am sticking with it.


1 yard unfinished muslin, pre-washed

1 circular stencil design

Foam stencil brushes

1 bottle silver craft or fabric paint

2 spools various ribbons with silver designs, 1/2″ and 3/4″ wide

2 yards medium sized white cotton cording, or one spool

One white toggle

1 yard white cotton strapping for bag sling

White thread

Step 1:

Removed selvages from pre washed muslin. Trim to 24″ wide.

Lay the fabric out length wise for stenciling, you may want to press it before you begin if your piece of fabric is very wrinkled.

Stencil circular patterns on the middle section of the muslin, leaving 6-8″ of plain muslin on each side.

I also left 1″ un-stenciled space for seam allowance at top and bottom of the muslin.

Let dry two hours.

Step 2:

After muslin is fully dry, it’s time to sew the trim on.

Using a single needle topstitch, stitch along both sides of the ribbon to hold it in place.

Alternatively, you can use Stitch Witchery to fuse the ribbons in place if you don’t want to sew them.

I used 3 rows of ribbon to designate the top edge of the bag, and 2 rows at the bottom of the bag.

Ribbons were spaced 1/2″ apart and stitched even with the raw edges of the fabric, about 7″ from the edge for the first ribbon.

Step 3:

Sew 1/2″  side seam, and finished edges.

Step 4:

To make the casing for the drawstring closures at both ends of the bag, turn over a 3/4″ seam allowance, stitch close to raw edge, turn and stitch again leaving 1″ opening to insert the draw string.

Cut draw strings for each end, I used a 10″ string for the bottom of the bag and a 20″ one for the top.

Using a safety pin attached to the end of the string, feed through the casing, tying the ends together for the lower end of the bag, and leaving the ends loose at the top end of the bag.

Feed the drawstring ends through the toggle for the top of the bag, you may need to use a tweezer to pull them through the opening.

Seal the ends of the cording with clear glue, or fuse with a cigarette lighter.

Step 5:

Attach the shoulder strap at top and bottom, topstitch over the side seam and back tack for reinforcement.

That’s it! See you at the yoga studio!

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