I mentioned last week that I’ve gotten a lot of sewing done so far this summer. Two of my favorite projects are in the above photo: my “new” yoga pants, and my yoga mat bag. The pants are actually some Target pants that I bought a few years ago. They had a tacky stripe down the sides, and the legs flared at the bottom. I removed the stripes and took them in, so now they’re somewhere-near-but-not-quite harem pants. I find that having a narrow hem works better for inversion poses. It was great to make some awesome new yoga wear without spending any extra money.
I’m really, really proud of how this yoga mat bag turned out. I made a duffle bag with this fabric awhile ago, but it was too short for a yoga bag, and it languished in my closet. I undid all the seams and re-used the fabric and the zipper to make this bag. I looked at a variety of mat bags on Etsy and other websites, until I got a good idea of what kind of design I wanted. I drew out some sketches, and then winged it. I didn’t get any process pictures, because I was in the “sewing zone” and I didn’t want to keep getting out my camera.
One important element I wanted to include was a water bottle holder. I drink a lot of water when I practice, so I wanted something that could hold my reusable bottle without letting it fall out. I added some elastic inside the top to insure that.
The top and bottom pieces of the tube were probably the most difficult parts to sew. I didn’t want any seams showing, inside or out, so I took a long time pinning and sewing these circles, pricking my fingers many times. Now I understand the purpose of thimbles. It didn’t come out completely perfect, but its mine, and I love it.