DIY: Upcycling Old Jeans Into A Yoga Bag

So as you all know by this point you are about to get a story behind this weeks project. I have been going to yoga like I was saying last time. I thought I was being smart and just wrapping my mat up with some string. Lets just say it wasn’t so funny when I woke up one morning to my puppy unrolling my mat after chewing through the string. She had it halfway across the house and looked pleased as punch. I think she is out to get me. On that note I think I see the point of yoga bags now. So I decided it might be time to make one. Either that or take out stock in a yoga mat making company. A bag seemed a little more realistic.

You will need:

    • A pair of old jeans. Probably best not to have ones with holes in the knees.
    • Scissors
    • Sewing machine

Step 1:

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Lay your yoga mat all rolled up on the lower leg of the jeans. This will show you how long your bag is going to be. Cut the leg of the jeans off about 3 inches above the top of the yoga mat.

Step 2:

So if you don’t have mutantly huge jeans you should see there is a bit of a lip up in what was the crotch area of the jeans. You don’t want to keep that it will just flop around. If your legs are too wide you can take apart the inside seam as well. It will require more sewing in the end but you also can add a pocket if you want. This is sort of your choice. I have jeans that fit the bag size I was aiming for so I am just going to cut the floppy part off.

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Step 3:

We are going to cut the handle for the bag at the same time. I don’t want frayed ends so I am going to use the end seam of the other leg. You can use a chunk of other material or an old belt. The sky’s the limit really. I have cut a chunk of material out like you will see in the picture. I am then going to cut the strip into 3 strands. I intend to just braid them. It is a strong simple solution for my needs. If you ride a bike or something you could use bungee cords to attach it to those weird back tire saddle bag holder things. I have no idea what they are called sorry.

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Step 4:

Braid the strips if that is the effect you are going for. Then turn the pant leg inside out. You can lay the unfinished end of the braid into the pant leg. This lets you hem the edge into the new seam of the bag. Now hem up that edge. I am going to zig zag stitch mine as well. I find the zig zag stitch on important parts just makes me feel safer.

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Step 5:

While you have the jeans inside out hem the bottom of the pant legs. I put a zig zag stitch in there too but I took the picture before I added it. We are almost done. YAY.

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Step 6:

Flip the jeans back the right way out. Sew on the bottom part of the handle. If you had to open your jeans more than I did you can sew the other half right back into the seam. I had to do it this way so that’s what I am going to show you in the picture.

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Step 7:

Now flip over the top of the pant leg that is still open. Hem it with some space between the top of the bag and the seam. You want to leave enough space to put in a string or ribbon or something you can use as a draw string. You are also going to want to leave the edges open so you can use the drawstring. Sorry the picture is blurry.

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Step 8:

The picture below is your best friend right now.

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That’s right a safety pin. I am using ribbon for my drawstring. I am going to tie a knot on one end of the ribbon and then attach the ribbon to the safety pin. This gives you an easy way to push the ribbon through the top of the bag creating the draw string.

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There you go you now have a yoga bag and I no longer have an exposed mat that the puppy can drag around to sleep on.

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