Styling Until Savasana: DIY Yoga Mat Bag

This magical mag not only carries your mat in style, but also provides extra space for you to tote around the rest of your yoga goodies.

This piece originally appeared on Always Rooney.

Working out is so much more enjoyable when you have cute gear. You can disagree, but sometimes I’m motivated to work out because I can wear a fun outfit to class or carry all my stuff in a cute yoga bag. I’m completely okay with that! Judge me, but at least I’m working out. Anyways, that is where this yoga bag comes in to play. I made this in just under an hour and you can too, so let’s get to it!


Canvas bag*

Leather scraps

Iron-On Paper

Photo/Design of your choice to print**

Yoga mat or Towel for measuring

Sewing Machine

*Can be found at any craft supply store for a few bucks!
**I found my design on Google search. You can also search on Pinterest for floral designs. I don’t own this image, I am solely using it for personal use! 


Print out your design you want to iron on. Follow the instructions for the transfer paper and iron on your design to your canvas bag. Make sure your bag is ironed beforehand and wait for design to completely cool until you peel the top layer off! Next, lay your yoga mat across your canvas bag and cut leather strips that will fit over the mat. My strips were 25 inches long and I cut off the excess. Mark where you want the hole to be for your mat and these will be your sewing guidelines. Sew the straps to your bag making sure to leave room for your mat. Finally, sew leather straps on to the existing canvas straps. I decided not to cut off the canvas straps so there was extra support. Now fill your bag with a water bottle, towel, an energy bar and head to your yoga class!


You can also use this bag at the beach, which is honestly where I feel I would get more use out of it if I still lived near the water. Just slip a towel in the yoga bag slot and fill your bag with sunscreen, snacks and a frisbee! I’m excited to have a bag that will help me carry all my class necessities.
Photos courtesy of Courtney Weston

courtney Courtney Weston is the author of Always Rooney, where she shares share do-it-yourself projects, information on how to run an Etsy shop and small life updates. She and her husband live in Oklahoma with our beagle/lab pup named Dirk.