Free yoga mat bag sewing pattern

Arrive to your next class cool, calm and collected with Leanne Garrity's effortless yoga mat bag sewing pattern.

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You’ve booked your exercise class, you’ve sewn your handmade gym shorts and duffle bag to store your toiletries in, now you just need to get to class. But how do you transport your trusty yoga mat we hear you cry? Well, Leanne Garrity is here to save the day and keep your yoga mat free from dirt, spills, and gross bottom-of-the-gym-bag-dust. Leanne’s free yoga mat bag sewing pattern is really easy to make and can be quickly slung over your shoulder as you run to class. It’s a great stash buster because it can be made using any material, leftover fabrics, or fat quarters you have in your cupboard. You could even embroider your new yoga bag with your initials so it doesn’t get lost or whip one up for a sporty friend. There’s no reason why you can’t use Leanne’s yoga mat bag sewing pattern for alternative uses too. Why not store your camping mat inside and easily transport your mat to your festival campsite? Or use it to carry rolled-up towels to the beach? The possibilities are endless!

If you’re new to sewing don’t worry this yoga mat bag pattern is still for you. Just head to our sewing for beginners guide and how to use a sewing machine tutorial first to pick up all the tips and tricks you need. Now it’s over to Leanne and her fab free yoga mat bag sewing pattern. 

You’ll need

  •  1m fabric (plus 1m of lining fabric if your outer fabric is thin)
  •  1m long cord (5mm thick)
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Safety pin
  •  Ruler
  • Other sewing notions

Free yoga mat bag sewing pattern


You Will Need

  • Fabric
  • Cord
  • Pencil
  • Pins
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler

Total time:

Step 1

yoga mat bag step 1

Cut out: 71 x 51cm for the bag body, 81 x 10cm for the strap and 15cm diameter circle (circumference of 51cm) for the bag base. If your fabric is thin, cut out the same shapes from lining fabric, sew shapes wrong sides together using a 3mm seam allowance.

Step 2

yoga mat bag step 2

Fold the strap fabric piece in half along the width, right sides facing. Sew a straight stitch along the long edge and one short edge using a 1cm seam allowance. Use a knitting needle to turn. Press and topstitch the sewn edge with 6mm seam allowance. Set aside.

Step 3

yoga mat bag step 3

Serge/zigzag stitch one short edge of the large fabric piece. Fold and tuck a 5mm narrow flap of fabric in the top left and right hand corners, pin and straight stitch. Fold a 2.5cm hem (tuck edge under), top stitch 3mm in leaving a 2cm opening for the cord.

Step 4

yoga mat bag step 4

Pin strap to right side of long edge: 12.7cm from bottom and 15.2cm from top (make sure it’s not twisted). Fold widthways, right sides facing (strap should be inside). Straight stitch from base of opening hem, use 1cm seam allowance (double stitch over straps).


Step 5

yoga mat bag step 5

Find the quarter marks of bag and bag base (fold in half, and half again, pinning the creases round the edge). Match points and pin pieces together. Sew straight stitch around circumference, work slowly. Zigzag stitch raw edges, turn.

Step 6

yoga mat bag step 6

Knot your cord to a safety pin. Insert into bag opening hem and feed through. Knot the ends to prevent cord slipping back into the hem.


And you’re done! Yoga mat bag pattern sewn, yoga mat bag completed. Enjoy and relax. For more fun sewing projects, head to our sewing patterns for beginners which include everything from a free rabbit sewing pattern to pinafore dress sewing patterns. Looking for a cute accessory to wear? Learn how to make a scrunchie with our step-by-step guide.

Meet the Maker

Leanne is a DIY blogger, writer, reviewer and designer-maker for her own label, Chi Chi Dee Handmade.