November 21, 2013

DIY/ Yoga Mat Carrier




Ever since I quit dance, I've been out of the active world. I wanted to get back in shape, but wanted another alternative than just running and workout machines. So I picked up yoga. Definitely felt like a newb just carrying my yoga mat while all the cool people had cute bags and carriers. Didn't feel the need to buy one since I saw it as a great DIY project!










NEED/
scissors
1.5 yards of ribbon or strap
measuring tape
pins
4" of velcro, both sides


HOW/
1) Measure the circumference of your rolled yoga mat and add 4" to the measurement for the velcro. You can add less than 4" if that's too much; I like to give my yoga mat room just in case I roll it looser the next time. Cut 2 pieces of strap with that measurement.
2) Measure the width of your yoga mat and add 10" to give space between your body and the mat. Cut 1 piece of strap with this measurement for the mat carrying strap.
3) Pin one end of the long strap to the middle of the smaller strap; repeat on opposite end. Pin the 4" pieces of velcro on the ends on the smaller strap; one velcro piece facing up on one end, and the second facing down on the other end.
4) Before sewing everything, I did a little 'heat hem' to the straps. With ribbons or straps, I was taught to hold the edge of the ribbon close to a flame and the heat will melt the loose strands to prevent fraying. 
5) Sew the velcro and long strap down, and you're done!

Goodluck!

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