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Yoga Mat Tote Bag

A mat is an indispensable part of any yoga regimen, providing a protective and comfortable cushion between you and the floor. On the way to or from class, or between routines, you'll want to give the mat the same degree of protection it gives you. One of the best ways to keep it in good condition is to house it in a tote bag such as this easy-to-make version.

Tools and Materials
Linen
Polyester
Grommet kit
Trimming braid or cording
Safety pin
Seam sealant, such as Fray Check

Tote Bag How-To
1. Cut one 17-by-31-inch piece each of the linen and the polyester. Sew them along their short ends, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Iron the seams flat. Fold lengthwise with the right sides facing, and pin, creating a tube.

2. Starting at the linen end, sew up the sides, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Stop sewing about 2 inches short of the end, and jump needle about 1 inch (this will create an opening through which you will later thread your cord). Continue sewing the seam. Sew the short linen end closed leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance; do not sew the polyester end shut.

3. To create a flat bottom for your bag, grab the sides of the bag in the center, approximately 4 inches down from the short end, and pull out to create a diamond. Iron flat, making sure the seams meet. Measure 2 inches in from each seam point, and draw a line perpendicular to the seam. Pin, and sew along the lines.

4. Turn the tube right side out. Turn in the raw edges of the polyester lining about 1/4 inch. Press, pin, and topstitch the polyester end closed. Topstitch along the very edge of the top of the bag to anchor the lining. Sew a row parallel to this edge, on each side of the gap created for the cord.

5. Using a grommet kit (available at craft, hardware, and fabric stores), punch a hole in the bottom corner at the back of the bag (where the seam is located), piercing through both the linen on the bottom and side of the bag. Be sure the lining is sandwiched between the linen.

6. Attach a safety pin to the end of a two-yard piece of trimming braid or cording. Apply the seam sealant to the ends to prevent unraveling. Thread one end through the channel at the top of the bag, through each end of the grommets. Remove the safety pin, and tie a knot at each end of the cord.

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