The other day I was looking at my yoga mat and thought to myself, “My yoga mat looks so…..naked.” There is was, miserably thrown in the corner of my room, half unrolled, and laying pathetically on its side. It didn’t look just naked. It looked sad.
Although almost everyone in my yoga class carries their mat in a special bag, I’ve always thought a bag was unnecessary. Why waste time shoving my mat into a bag when I can easily tuck it under my arm and go?!
Somehow, I finally decided I was going to give my yoga mat the respect it deserves. Why not take better care of my trusty yoga mat? I certainly don’t mind keeping it cleaner. And I wouldn’t mind having a spare arm if my yoga mat were to be effortlessly slung across my shoulder.
Another reason, and perhaps the biggest push towards me making a bag, was that I will find just about any excuse to wrap something in linen. That being said, I think you should give this craft a try too!
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Sewing machine
- And, of course, your yoga mat!
My mat is fairly thin, so your measurements may be slightly different depending on the size of your mat. However, a 26’x14” rectangle of linen will work just fine for most mats.
Then cut your linen. You can set this aside while we make the straps.
I had a lot of natural linen, so I choose to make one long strap for my bag. If you are running low of linen, then you can make a different type of strap. Two shorter straps is another great option.
I then prepared my strap by folding it in half and then folding the edges inwards a half inch. I ironed the creases so seaming the edge would be extra easy.
Just slip your yoga mat into it’s brand new linen bag and look at how much happier it looks! I walk into yoga class with a huge smile now that I have this gorgeous bag across my shoulder.
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