Yoga and pilates are popular activities among my group of friends. Many of us have our own mat that we use when we are exercising. It’s rare for these mats to come with their own carrying system, so a yoga mat strap wrap makes a great, practical gift for minimalists.
The online tutorial and PDF for this project are available here:
Note this pattern is for personal use only.
Here are my thoughts on this project.
The tutorial begins with photos and description of the the project. Sew4Home describes this as a beginners project and I agree with that assessment. Tips in the section include where to get materials and the logic regarding why some materials and hardware are better suited for this project than others.
The Sewing Tools You Need and Fabric and Other Supplies sections are next. A denim needle is recommended for this project. It and my Telfon foot really made sewing through thick layers of webbing and jacquard ribbon easy. Sew4Home has the most comprehensive supplies list of any pattern maker I know of. Everything you use to make this project including scissor, pins and an iron are included.
The Getting Started section describes the lengths of ribbon and webbing that you need to cut. I used 1” wide webbing, jacquard ribbon and plastic hardware. This size was the easiest for me to obtain. At Your Sewing Machine and Ironing Board explains how to assemble the pieces. The long main strap is assembled first. Next the wraparound straps are placed and assembled. I thought it was really clever how the wraparound straps hide the raw edges of the jacquard ribbon. I think it makes the project look more professional.
Next the straps are secured and plastic hardware attached. It’s recommended that stitching the buckle attachments be done by hand. I used a Teflon foot and was able to sew this bulking seam with my sewing machine. Numerous photos make threading the webbing through the hardware to make and adjustable strap easy. If you haven’t made an adjustable strap before, you may benefit from reading this section carefully and studying the photos.
Here are some photos of my finished Yoga Mat Strap Wrap.
The blue mat is an 8 mm thick pilates mat. The lavender mat is a 3 mm thick yoga mat. It was easy to adjust the wrap to fit each size. Once you’ve adjusted the straps you’ll use the plastic buckles to to quickly release and wrap your mat. The sling portion of the wrap can be adjusted to fit over your shoulder.
I really like how it turned out and would make this project again. The adjustable strap wraparound straps mean it can accommodate a range of mat thicknesses. I think it makes a great gift for minimalist yoga and pilates practitioners.
Do you do yoga or pilates? How do you store and/or transport your mat?