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Nigella Yoga Mat Bag

January 18, 2011

One of my Christmas gifts was a new yoga mat, which needed a new bag to tote it around in. I decided to make Amy Butler’s Nigella Yoga Mat Bag, available as a free download from Amy’s site.

I chose the beautiful Disco Flower print from her new Soul Blossoms collection for my version:

The instructions are clear and accurate, and the bag was mostly finished in about 2 hours. I did run into a snag at the end, when I was trying to stitch through 33 layers of fabric and interfacing to finish the top edge!!! Needless to say, my machine was not up to the task, and in the end I altered the way the strap is attached at the top of the bag. I shortened the strap by 1 ½” and turned under the raw edge ½”, then centered over the seam and top-stitched a rectangle to keep it in place. 

The interfacing gives the bag a nice structure, the carrying strap is nice and wide, and there is even a pocket on the outside of the bag for carrying small items. I’m ready for tomorrow’s class!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2011 2:53 pm

    Beautiful! I downloaded this pattern ages ago since I’m sure my yoga bag will have to be replaced eventually. The length of the directions intimidated me so I’m glad to hear it was easier than it looked.

  2. January 18, 2011 4:04 pm

    Great minds think alike! I’m just in the middle of making one for my daughter. I’m stalled for the last bit though since she loved the pattern but wanted a drawstring closer. Just in the process of searching out the closer toggles. You’re right about the thicknesses near the end of construction. Whew!
    Your bag turned out wonderfully. The fabric you chose is beautiful.

  3. January 19, 2011 10:31 pm

    I love your choice of fabric, so pretty! And great work on the bag!

    Stopping by from Fabric Tuesday!

  4. January 23, 2011 2:06 am

    Turned out way cute!! I love the fabric you chose :)

  5. January 27, 2011 9:26 am

    33 layers! ha ha, you’re exactly right. I’ve made a few of these bags because yoga friends see mine and ask me to make them one. I use nylon clothing lining for the inside lining. The mats slip in and out easier and I don’t use interfacing at the top of the strap. Still it’s a slow go to sew through the layers. Next time I’ll try your method. My tendency is to follow the directions to the letter. I’ve learned with many of these independent designer patterns to use my common sense and years of experience to simplify.

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