How to Make a Yoga Mat Bag from Old Jeans

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Make a Yoga Bag from Old Jeans: What You'll Need

Finished Yoga Bag
Finished Yoga Bag. Erin Huffstetler

Have a pair of jeans that you never wear? Turn them into a stylish yoga bag, and get some use out of them.

You Will Need:

  • An old pair of jeans (men's or women's)
  • Ribbon
  • Sturdy thread (upolstery thread works well)
  • A needle or sewing machine
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • Your yoga mat (for measurements)

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Cut the Leg Off of an Old Pair of Jeans

Cut the fabric for the yoga bag from the leg of a pair of jeans.
Cut the fabric for the yoga bag from the leg of a pair of jeans. Erin Huffstetler

Measure the length of your yoga mat, and add six inches. Then, cut off one of the jean legs at the same length.

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Cut a Circle for the Bottom of the Yoga Bag

Cut a circle to serve as the bottom of the yoga bag.
Cut a circle to serve as the bottom of the yoga bag. Erin Huffstetler

Cut a circle from the remaining leg to serve as the bottom of the yoga bag. It needs to be at least two-inches bigger than the opening at the bottom of the leg all the way around.

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Sew the Bottom onto the Yoga Bag

Sew the bottom onto the yoga bag.
Sew the bottom onto the yoga bag. Erin Huffstetler

Flip the cut leg inside out, and pin the fabric circle to the bottom of the bag (good side facing in). Stitch in place. Then, flip the bag right-side out when you're done.

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Make a Hem for the Drawstring

Make a hem for the drawstring at the top of the bag.
Make a hem for the drawstring at the top of the bag. Erin Huffstetler

Sew a one-inch hem at the top of the bag to hold the drawstring. Include two holes for the drawstring to go through.

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Thread the Drawstring Through the Top of Your Yoga Bag

Thread the ribbon through the hem at the top of the bag.
Thread the ribbon through the drawstring at the top of the bag. Erin Huffstetler

Cut a length of ribbon to serve as the drawstring for your bag. Then, thread it through one of the drawstring holes, and work it around to the other side. Continue to tug on the ribbon until it is even on both sides. Then, finish by tying a knot at each end to prevent the ribbon from slipping back through the holes.

Tip: To make this step easier, untwist a metal coat hanger; tie the ribbon around one end; and use it to guide the ribbon through.

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Add a Strap to Your Yoga Bag

Add a strap to your yoga bag.
Add a strap to your yoga bag. Erin Huffstetler

Create a strap for your yoga bag by cutting a piece of ribbon to the length of the bag and stitching it in place; or if you prefer, create a denim strap by cutting three strips of fabric from the remaining leg, and braiding them together.