Pattern: Make a Yoga Mat Bag

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After a b'jillion months half-completed at the bottom of my sewing cabinet, I finished my snazzy yoga mat bag today! It's easy as pie. Cut a piece of 29" x 17" fabric and a circular piece 6 1/4" in diameter. Fold the rectangular piece in half long way, and pin the ends of your strap into the seam where you want them. Sew up the seam to make a tube, leaving a 1" seam allowance on both ends. Cut notches in the circle, and sew to the bottom of the tube (this part is tricky but no one will see it, so it need not be perfect). At the top of the tube, fold the fabric over to make a small tube for the drawstring (leave the open ends open). Slide the drawstring in one opening and out the other, and voila! You are the only person in your yoga class with a snappy bag instead of one made out of icky windbreaker material! (BTW, 'scuse the photo - I just woke up!)

Posted by jessica at January 9, 2004 12:32 PM

Thankyou so much! A while ago I started looking for a yoga bag pattern and I couldn't find one.

Now I can finish off the project I started for a friend over 6months ago!

Posted by: Pippa at February 10, 2004 11:27 PM

thanks for your nice feedback - i'm so glad this was useful to someone! feel free to send along the link to whomever - it's great to have the traffic :)

Posted by: jess at February 11, 2004 12:00 AM

I've been looking for a yoga mat bag patttern for forever!
Thanks! Will this bag hold one of the thicker yoga mats that are out now? Is it hard to slide the bag in? Thanks again.

Posted by: Laurel at February 20, 2004 11:29 AM

great! glad to help. this one would probably be snug for the thicker mats, but what you should do is measure the circumference and diameter of one of the thicker mats - then add an inch or two to both figures. use the circumference + 1-2 inches as the length of the rectangular fabric and the diameter + 1-2 inches as the diameter of the circular piece of fabric for the bottom.

if this is too much math (it was a struggle for *me* just to write it!), then you might consider downloading Wild Things, a free software program that helps you to make patterns for your stuff (like yoga mat bags) with the proper dimensions. You can download it at

Posted by: jess at February 20, 2004 5:28 PM

This project turned out wonderfully for me. If I had a digital camera (or scanner for that matter) I would show you!

Thanks for the idea and instructions!

Posted by: Candice at May 15, 2004 11:32 PM