I take my yoga mat to the gym, at least 3 times a week. It’s so difficult to keep it rolled up and it’s also impossible to make it fit in a yoga bag or a tote bag. So, I decided to sew a strap for it.
I had this scrap fabric from another project so I decided to make good use of it. I started off by measuring the circumference of my mat when it’s rolled up. That measurement was 16 inches. I doubled that to 32 inches, since it will wrap on both ends. Using a tape measure, I estimated how long the center strap would need to be and came to the conclusion that I wanted it about 40 inches. I added that 40 inches to the 32 inch roll measurement, making the total strap length 72 inches. I also determined that I wanted the strap to be 2 inches wide so…
STEP 1: Cut fabric 4 inches by 72.5 inches.
Step 2: Fold the fabric, with right sides facing together and sew along the edge for the entire 72 inch length.
Step 3: Turn the strap right side out. This is my least favorite part of the project!
Step 4: Turn in edges on both ends and sew them closed.
Step 5: Top stitch around the entire edge, to give it a finished look.
See how much nicer it looks with the edges all top-stitched?
Step 6: Sew a buttonhole on each end of the strap.
Step 7: Feed one end of the strap through the opposite end’s button-hole (as shown below).
This creates a loop on one end.
Step 8: Now feed the loop and entire strap through the remaining button-hole on the other end of the strap.
This creates a loop on each end that is adjustable in size.
Step 9: Wrap loops around the yoga mat (as shown below).
That’s it! A very easy project that turned out quite cute, don’t you think?