The other day I was looking at my yoga mat and thought to myself, “œMy 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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