I had bought a Groupon for Core Power Yoga, and finally activated it last week. Talk about a workout! (Core Power, if you would like to send a free membership my way, please do!)
My previous yoga mat carrier wasn't thick enough to hold my mat and towel rolled up together. Also, the pocket on the outside wasn't secure and with my luck my keys would end up in the sewer. Thus, it was time for an upgrade.
Here's the fabric you need:
- 1/2 yard fabric of your choice (carrier)
- 37 inches by 1 3/4 inches (closing strap)
- 32 inches by 3 1/2 inches (arm strap)
- 8 inches by 5 3/4 inches (pocket back)
- 6 inches by 5 3/4 inches (pocket bottom)
- 2 1/2 inches by 5 3/4 inches (pocket top)
Second, the arm strap:
I folded the arm strap fabric in half and hemmed a half an inch from the edge. I considered flipping the strap right side out, however, I liked the look of the hem. I cut the excess fabric close to the edge. I did the same thing with the closing strap.
I pinned the arm strap to the exterior fabric.
Installing the pocket:
I folded over the exterior fabric two inches to allow for the closing strap to fit through. I pinned the allowance on the fabric between the folds of the exterior fabric and hemmed the length.
To create the tube:
I folded the fabric half, hot dog style, so that the fabric was inside out. Starting at the bottom of the closing strap hem, I hemmed the edges.
To create the bottom:
I folded the tube, like you would to create a line when ironing pants, and sew the hem.
I folded the fabric to create a diamond (fabric origami!).
I brought up the points of the diamond together.
Inserting the closing strap:
If you have a safety pin, it would work best to guide the strap through the opening. I couldn't find any safety pins, so a clothes pin had to do. Warning: be careful where you place your hand when guiding the strap, it can easily be lost with a clothespin.
Insert the clothespin and guide the strap.
Voila! A completed yoga mat carrier, just in time for yoga class tonight!