Hello Everyone! So, in my effort to sew a new pattern every month, I am starting off with this Free Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Pattern. This is an absolutely easy beginner friendly bag to carry your yoga mat to and from class. My daughter recently started yoga and requested a bag for her mat. To be honest, I scanned the online community for a free pattern but could only find ones with open tops. I like the idea of the zipper since its easier to get the mat into the bag through the side than through the top. I think it also looks a bit more stylish. The tutorial covers the bag for a standard size adult yoga mat (68″x 24″) but can be easily adjusted to your desired dimensions.
I got this fabric from Hobby Lobby. I have been waiting for the perfect project for it and this is definitely it! I absolutely love how this turned out. The bag is a bit long as it had to be made wider than the mat so that it can fit withe the zipper.
It opens up nicely for easy entry. I also made it with a wider than normal opening so that there isn’t a struggle to fold the mat tightly to have it fit. A loose fold will still fit comfortably inside the bag. This actually reminds me of the Quilted Barrel Pouch I made a few years ago. This Free Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Pattern is bigger variation of a small barrel bag.
The bag can also be used like a standard shoulder bag instead of a sling. Either way, it looks fabulous:-) Sorry for the tons of pictures. I could not decide which one to use and loved them all.
Free Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Pattern Supplies
1 zipper measuring at least 30″
1/4 yard outer fabric
1/4 yard lining fabric
1/4 yard fleece interfacing
3″ strip of canvas
Step 1- Measure and Cut
For a standard yoga mat of 68″ long x 24″ wide, you need the following pieces:
29″ x 17.5″ rectangle of outer fabric. This is essentially Width of yoga mat PLUS 5 inches x 17.5.
29″ x 17.5″ rectangle of lining fabric.
29″ x 17.5″ rectangle of fusible fleece interfacing.
2 Circles with 6.5″ diameter of outer fabric. You can download one HERE
2 Circles with 6.5″ diameter of lining fabric.
2 Circles with 6.5″ diameter of fusible fleece interfacing fabric.
Strip of canvas measuring 3″ wide x 35″ long.The length is about 11″ more than the width of the mat.
Step 2- Prepare Pieces
Iron on the interfacing to the wrong side of all the outer fabric pieces; 1 to the main piece, 1 to one of the side circles and 1 to the other side circle.
Next, take the lining fabrics and place over the interfacing side that you just ironed on for each of your 3 pieces. Baste stitch in place.
For the canvas strip, fold in the long side about 1/4″ on both sides, iron down. Then fold in center and sew ends closed.
Step 3- Attach Zipper
Here is the fun part! Fold in the long ends of your main piece about 1/4″. Iron down. Pin zipper under the fold. Using a zipper foot, sew down. Sew the zipper close, just about a few mm’s away from the fabric. Repeat for the other side of the fabric and other side of the zipper. Cut out extra zipper if your zipper is longer than the fabric. Sew secure stitches where you cut the zipper so that it still closes. Go slow so that you don’t break your needle.
Step 4-Attach Strap
Center up the zipper and pin the ends of the strap on the top of the opposite side of the zipper.
Step 5-Attach Ends
Turn the bag inside out (lining facing out) and open the zipper. Take one of your circles and pin to the end, right side together. Sew all the way around using 3/8″ seam allowance. Repeat for the other side.Turn the bag inside out and either zig-zag the raw edges or add binding to cover.
Well, there you have it! Hope you guys use the Free Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Pattern and whip up one of these beauties for yourself or friend.
Thanks for visiting and happy sewing!