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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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Comments (12)

  • serenerd 20 Jan, 2011

    Just made this bag. It wasn't as hard as the instructions make it seem. turned out pretty well though I recommend using fabrics that will not fray or allowing more fabric for folding edges under. I used duck cloth for the outside and plaid flannel for the inside, and leather straps instead of trimming braid or cording.

  • ambarrett 15 Oct, 2010

    I remember watching this episode and it seemed so easy. I need to make a bunch of these in a smaller version. Wish me luck. If anyone knows where to find the clip to watch I would LOVE it. thanks.

  • LauraHurn 9 Aug, 2009

    I made this tonight, though after following the above steps through #2 had to simply go on my own instincts/talent. The above directions were more confusing than helpful unfortunately, so I merely used it as an idea that offered me inspiration for my own creation. Bottom line - my tote bag is adorable and I can't wait to have people ask me where I got it. :)

  • Lschweitzer 9 Feb, 2009

    I saw this episode today bag seemed quite easy to make!

  • smayx 3 Jan, 2009

    Someone commented that the video was on the MS website. I couldn't find it. The comment was a while ago. If anyone finds it, please post a link if possible. Thanks.

  • LalaG 3 Jan, 2009

    I remember seeing this on television a long time ago. The directions are not making any sense to me now. Any suggestions? The video is not there anymore.

  • nanette13 22 Jun, 2008

    You can find this video in the video archives. Just click tv

  • theamaceda 23 Feb, 2008

    I made a yoga tote but before sewing the tote up together. I embroidered the tote using satin stitch to make it prettier. I made a leaf and stem design. After sewing the tote together.

    Thea

  • CraftTestDummies 19 Feb, 2008

    I saw this segment on TV, and the visual on how to make the bottom flat was helpful. Maybe instead of using a grommet, you could sew on a loop of fabric or an o-ring to thread your cord through. This is a cute little tote and the dimensions could easily be altered to fit a sleeping bag or one of those umbrella-folding portable chairs.

  • YogaYouth 12 Feb, 2008

    Okay, the only part I really had trouble with this project, and makes me agree with Cookiesgalore, is where you're making the flat bottom of the bag.

  • YogaYouth 12 Feb, 2008

    I wonder if there's any way one can make this without the grommets... *off to the drawing board*

  • cookiesgalore 7 Feb, 2008

    for something like this, it would be REALLY helpful to have pics of each step to illustrate (as they do on HGTV.com)

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