In an attempt to get into “wedding shape,” I’m going to try to go to yoga classes more often. I’d gotten a yoga mat about a year ago, when I bought a 5-class groupon for a local studio. …I went to 4 before it expired. Now it’s time to try again, and I’m going to kick off the resolution with creating a yoga bag! (I plowed through the project once I got started so no “during” photos, sorry.)
Upcycling an old and ugly, free laundry bag that came with not-so-free student checking. It was the perfect height. All I had to do was stuff the mat inside, mark how thin I needed to make the new tube, and sew up the side! And oh, I could poach straps from this other free tote(?) I just got with a magazine subscription. The colors are totally Christmassy, but oh well. It’s FREE.
…I actually had to do this twice, b/c the first attempt, I forgot that I should be working with the bag inside out… And although I decided I didn’t care the pinking showed, I realized that I’d already forgotten that I wanted to add straps to the bag. There was no way I could attach the straps with the sewing machine when the bag was already sewn so narrowly, and I did not want to sew this by hand. An attempt with fusing tape did not end well (ueber-synthetic fibers don’t like to be ironed!!)
So I redid the project using the other half of the bag. I sewed the shorn handles of the tote to cover the writing on the bottom (of the outside), and the other handle towards the top. I made sure that some extra handle was hanging out, so that they could be used to attach the shoulder strap. I folded these flaps in and pinned them so they wouldn’t get caught on the inside when I sewed the side up. Turning the bag inside out, I sewed up the side.
Turned the bag right-side out again, then attached the clips to the extra flaps by forcibly sewing them in. I went back and forth a few times, so hopefully this is strong enough. Clipped the tote’s shoulder strap to the bag, and voila!
Now… the hard part is to not forget the bag when I leave for class.