Want to make your own yoga strap? Don’t have 1.5” cotton webbing? In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a yoga strap using cotton canvas instead of cotton webbing. It’s a no-webbing yoga strap!
I’ve been making lots of scrapbuster projects lately. I have several pieces of unbleached 100% cotton canvas in my stash and have been looking for a project to use them.
I was inspired by the “DIY Yoga Strap Tutorial” by The Artisan Life (see my review of this tutorial here) to try making a yoga mat strap. Instead of webbing, I’m going to use 100% cotton canvas. This post describes the steps that I took to create a yoga mat strap without webbing.
How much fabric is needed?
A commonly found size of yoga straps is 6 feet (72 inches) long and 1.5 inches wide. I know I will fold 1 end of my canvas 2” over to secure the D-rings. I will finish the short raw ends of the canvas by folding it them over by 0.5”. The long raw edges of the canvas will be hidden by folding them towards the mid-line of the canvas. I will need to create a strip of canvas that is 75” long by 3” wide.
For simplicity, I’ll make my quilting weight cotton the same length as the finished length of the yoga strap and finish the short raw ends by folding them over by 0.5”. I find 1/8” of natural, unbleached canvas showing on either side of the quilting weight cotton more aesthetically pleasing than having the quilting weight completely cover the canvas. I need to create a strip that is 73” long by a 2.5” wide.
For a 72” long strap you will need:
- 2, 1.5” metal D-rings
- 75” x 3” piece of 100% cotton canvas (or cotton duck)
- 75” x 3” piece of medium weight fusible interfacing
- 73” x 2.5” piece of quilting weight cotton
- matching thread
- scissors or rotary cutter
- sewing ruler
You can make your yoga strap shorter or longer. Just make sure you cut/assemble your canvas strip 3″ longer and quilting weight cotton strip 1” longer than your finished strap. You can also change the look of your strap by cutting your quilting weight cotton wider (3” wide to completely cover the canvas) or narrower (to show more canvas).
I used natural, unbleached canvas and a patterned quilting weight cotton. Feel free to use a patterned canvas and un-patterned quilting weight cotton, or patterned canvas and patterned quilting weight cotton. Color and pattern combinations are endless.
Here are the steps I followed to create the yoga strap pictured.
Step 1) Cut or piece together a 75” x 3” strip of 100% cotton canvas.
Some of my canvas scraps had a selvage edge on and I trimmed it off before cutting the 3” wide pieces. My 3” wide pieces varied in length from 7” long to 10” long and I needed 9 of them to create a 75” long strip.
I alternated short and long strips for a better distribution of seams and sewed them together with a 1/4” seam allowance to minimize bulk in the finished strap. Use a number 16/100 or jeans needle for sewing canvas.
Step 2) Apply interfacing..
Canvas stretches and deforms much more easily than cotton webbing. Interfacing helps give this yoga strap some additional rigidity. Before I applied the medium weight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the canvas, I pressed the seams of my canvas strip open to reduce bulk. You won’t need to do this is you cut a continuous 75” x 3” strip.
**Alternatively you may apply the fusible interfacing before sewing the strips together.
Step 3) Press the canvas.
Fold the short ends over 0.5”. Pin and press in place.
Mark the long centre-line on the wrong side of the strip. Fold the long edges to the center line. Pin and press.
The canvas strip is now 1.5” wide.
Step 4) Attach the D-rings.
Slip one end of the canvas strap through the D-rings. Fold the canvas over 2” so that the raw edges along the center line match up.
Sew a straight line across the width of the canvas strap ~ 1/4” from the D-ring. This will be the top bar of a square. Sew along the perimeter of the square then sew a large “X” through it to further secure the D-rings. For the purposes of this tutorial, I’ll refer to this end of the yoga strap as the top.
I forgot to take a photo of this step so I took one later. The red dashed lines indicate the stitching lines for the square and “X”.
Step 5) Cut or piece together a 73” x 2.5” strip of quilting weight cotton.
The scrap of fabric I used was lighter than quilting weight cotton so I interfaced it with medium weight fusible interfacing before I cut it. This optional if you are using quilting weight cotton. The widest portion of the cotton scrap was only 33” long. I cut 3 strips that were 2.5” wide and sewed their short ends together with a 1/4” seam allowance. Next I trimmed to strip to 73” long.
Step 6) Press the quilting weight cotton.
Press the seams open. Fold each short end over 1/2”. Pin and press in place. Mark the middle of the strip lengthwise along the wrong side.. Fold the long raw edges to this line, wrong sides together. Pin and press in place. Your quilting weight strip is now 1″ wide.
Step 7) Pin the strips together.
Place the canvas strip on your work table with the long raw edges facing up. Place the quilting weight cotton strip on top of it with it’s long raw edges facing down. Effectively this is wrong sides together. Position the top of the quilting weight cotton strip 1” from the top end of the yoga strap.
Pin the two strips together all along their length. Take care to center the quilting weight strip along the canvas strip. The bottom end of the quilting weight will extend ~1” past the end of the canvas. It will be folded over in the last step.
Step 8) Sew the strips together.
I started sewing at the top end. I sewed the short ends together with a straight stitch ~ 1/16” from the edge of the quilting weight strip. Next I sewed along each long edge of the quilting weight with an ~1/16” seam allowance.
Step 9) Finish the bottom end.
I offset the ends of the canvas and quilting weight strips to reduce bulk at the bottom end. Turn the yoga strap over and fold the end of the quilting weight cotton over the canvas. Pin in place and sew along the short end and long sides with a 1/16” seam allowance.
Your yoga strap is ready to use!
Here are some photos of the completed yoga strap.
This project takes slightly longer to complete than sewing a yoga strap with cotton webbing. I find this strap functions as well as the other yoga straps that I have used. The two layers of cotton canvas and medium weight fusible interfacing are just as comfortable to use as cotton webbing. I consider it a good approximation. Additionally, cotton canvas is more readily available (in my city 2 stores sells cotton canvas, but none sell 1.5” cotton webbing).
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