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How to Make a Yoga Mat Bag DIY Tutotial

How to Make a Yoga Mat Bag

A step by step photo DIY yoga mat bag tutorial! See detailed instructions beneath the picture. OR you can buy one from us here.

How to Make a Yoga Mat Bag DIY Tutotial

If you’re a little rusty on the sewing, you can buy a bag here.

Detailed Instructions

Get Materials:

One yard of fabric (medium weight)
Measuring tape
Straight pins spool of thread
Sewing machine


Lay your fabric on a flat surface folded in half with right sides*
facing out. Now lay your rolled up yoga mat on top of the fabric.


Cut a rectangle around the mat giving 3 inches on each side of the mat and 3.5 to 4 inches from top and from the bottom, about 9.5 inches wide, 32 inches long.

Cut a rounded corner on the non-folded side bottom corner.

Cut a 3.5 to 4 inch wide strip of fabric as long as the fabric (36 inches).

Sew Bag:

With reverse sides of fabric together (right sides still out), sew a seam, all the way along the edge you cut, ¼ inch in from the edge of the fabric, but leaving the top un-sewn.

Turn the bag inside out and flatten out to the seams with your iron. Then sew a seam ¾ inch from the newly sewn edge. This will hide the first seam.

With the bag still inside out, turn the top edge over 1 ½ inches and iron flat. Next fold the bottom of that under by ¼ inch and pin. Sew all the way around the middle of the area you just folded under.

Sew Strap:

Take the strip of fabric and fold it in half, right sides together, (wrong sides facing out). Sew along the edge, 1/4 inch in. Turn right side out (this may take a while, but work it through). Iron flat.

Attach Strap to Bag:

Turn the bag right side out and flatten with your iron. Now open the bag up so the seam and original fold are back to back (right sides still out) and press down by hand. From here flare the non-rounded bottom bag corner into a flat triangle shape with the tip up and pointing the direction of the original fold(see photo Step 5).

Now take the end of the strap and put it on top of the triangle so the strap overlaps it by about 1 3/4″, tuck the raw strap edge under ¼ inch and then sew over the strap in the shape of the triangle underneath, go over the stitches twice.

To attach the other end of the strap to the top of the bag, take the end of the strap and with the bag laid flat with the original fold at the middle, place the raw end pointing down about 1 3/4″ from the edge of the bag (in the middle of the fold) so the strap makes a loop from the bottom to the top (see bottom photo of Step 5). Now turn the edge of the strap under a 1/4″ (you may want to pin it down) and stitch on top of the end of the strap in a rectangle shape near the edges and near the top edge of the bag and then in an “x” shape through the middle, corner to corner. This will reinforce the strap.

Now you are done and have your own sweet yoga mat bag! Congrats!!

*Right side of the fabric is the side that you to show on the outside
of the bag.

PDF directions here

Thanks to Melissa Davis for the taking the photos for this tutorial and for designing the layout. You can see more of her work and get awesome photography templates here.

And again, if you’d like a bag, you can buy one here.

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About Amber Swanson

My name is Amber. I’m a yoga instructor and fitness coach and I’m the new owner and operator of KickStand Fitness! I’m so excited to share with you the things that I’ve learned personally about fitness. See more about me on my page.


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    • I’m working on the instructions right now. Which part is unclear, attaching the strap to the top of the bag or to the bottom or both? What is most unclear? Hope I can help. Thanks for your input!

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