No-Sew DIY Yoga Mat Bag! (Repurpose your old pants!)

So I had this really great pair of pants that I bought for yoga back in January. I loved the pattern on these pants but even back then they were snug and getting a little bit of chub rub on the inner thighs, fraying the stitches. Eventually they ripped in a very embarrassing fashion. (Right up the butt crack as I was bending over). I couldn’t bring myself to toss them because I love the pattern and I am ridiculously frugal. So I kept them and toyed around with ideas of what I could do with them. I considered turning them into cushions, which probably would have worked just fine, but eventually I came to the decision to turn them into a bag for my yoga mat. I wanted to sew them for a more clean, professional look, but my son stepped on the peddle of my sewing machine just as I was adjusting the thread and with that, it became a no-sew project because I didn’t have the patience to fix the hot mess that was the thread on my sewing machine. I wish I had taken pictures of my progress but I wasn’t sure how they would turn out and honestly I was crunched for time with three kids running about.

Here are the lovely pants:
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So, moving on to the actual project! Here is what you will need:
– An old pair of pants, preferably something with elastic waistband and ankle.
– Scissors

1. I started by putting my yoga mat in one leg and cutting that leg off with a little bit of extra fabric at the top.
2. Then I cut the other leg off at the same spot.
3. After I had both legs removed, I cut a strip of fabric from around the waistband.
4. Then snipped that fabric to make a looooong strip of fabric.
5. I turned my yogamat leg inside out and put the yoga mat back inside to make sure I tied the bottom off at the right spot, and then I did just that.
6. I took the looooong strip of fabric, bunched up the bottom of the leg and tied it shut. I double knotted, wrapped, double knotted, wrapped, and continued this step until I didn’t have enough fabric to tie it again. Once you’re done that step, turn it right side out and put your yoga mat back inside.
7. Then I took the second leg and cut all along the seam, opening it up. Then I cut it into four long strips. (be careful not to cut it horizontally, cut UP the leg, from ankle to thigh).
8. I tied one strip around the mat and stuck two fingers in there to make sure it wasn’t too tight around the mat, you want to me able to fit your mat inside!
9. I double knotted and made sure it was secured and then tied another strip onto the free end of that strip. Make sure it’s secured tightly with knots.
10. Then I tied that loose end onto the WAISTBAND (which will become shoulder support!).
11. Next I moved to the other end of the mat and did the same thing with my two remaining strips, creating a strap for my bag.

Voila! C’est magnifique!

If you prefer to sew, you can sew the bottom shut, and sew the straps together rather than tying and knotting, which might provide a more secure strap, but I was happy with the DIY look of mine without sewing!

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