In keeping with January’s theme of fresh starts and healthy resolutions, what better way to get motivated to exercise than with some new exercise accessories? I find that I have a better chance of sticking with new habits if I make them as convenient as possible, so having a handy way to tote my yoga mat makes it just a little easier to get to class. This DIY yoga bag is super easy to make (it’s really just a big rectangle with handles), and I promise that even a beginner can stitch up this project in no time. Let’s get started! — Brett Bara
- 2 yards medium-weight fabric (I used cotton duck, which is like a lightweight canvas.)
- 2 yards webbing or any type of strap for handles
- sewing machine
- iron and ironing board
- straight pins
1. Cut and sew the bag body.
Place the two pieces together with the right sides of the fabric facing in, and sew around all four sides using a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving an 8″ to 10″ opening in the seam to turn the piece right-side out.
2. Attach the handles.
Stitch the handles in place by sewing along the edge of the webbing, from the top edge of the fabric to where the webbing ends. (Be sure to change the thread in your machine to match the color of your straps!)
Now all that’s left is to cover the raw edges of the webbing. To do this, cut four squares of fabric that are about 1 1/2″ larger than the width of your webbing. (My webbing is 1 1/2″, so I cut my squares 3″.) Turn under two opposite edges of each square 1/2″ and press (top right sample). Next, turn under the remaining two edges of the square 1/2″ and press (lower left sample). You’ll have a 2″ square with all four corners pressed under (bottom right sample).
And you’re done! Here’s hoping a cute new yoga bag will make it a little easier for us to go out and get some exercise in the new year!