Yoga mat bags are essential for carrying your yoga mat to class. Sling it over your shoulder and you’re ready to go. I just finished up a bag for my daughter. I chose the Nigella Bag from Amy Butler. It’s a free download from her site and you can find it here.

I used a piece of fabric from my stash so that kept the cost down nicely. The original bag is open at the top but my daughter wanted to have a drawstring close to keep the weather out so I modified the pattern slightly by adding a little extra fabric at the top. The sewing got a bit thick at times with the upholstery weight fabric, the heavy interfacing and all the folds in places like the bag handle but I went very slowly at times and managed to not break any needles!

Here’s my version:

For the drawstring I found some stretch cord at my local fabric store and the toggle was just $.40 at an outdoor outfitters store.

And an added bonus is the pockets that go all around the bottom half of the bag!