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Date: 9/13/12 9:50 AM



I am looking for a pattern for this yoga tote from lululemon. I have never made any bags before and don't know what's available. Any help in pointing me in the right direction would be appreciated.

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Date: 9/13/12 10:56 AM

Nancy..you probably don't need a pattern. That hold the yoga mat piece is just a flap of fabric. yes they added zippers...but not necessary.

My son is taking yoga in school for gym...I had to get him a yoga mat yesterday and make him a bag...I made him a tube bag with a drawstrich that is also a shoulder strap..similar to the mechanics of an urban outfitters bag.

bags are not other creatures...you do need to think out straps and pockets..I have found that construction is easier if you add all of the "stuff" like pockets and straps before construction, rather than after.

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Date: 9/13/12 11:12 AM

I find that a large sports bag that is wide enough to put my yoga mat inside is more convenient because my mat won't get wet if it rains, and there is enough room to put my blocks, strap, change of clothes inside as well.
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Date: 9/13/12 3:34 PM

I do Iyengar yoga and carry 2 blankets, a block and my mat. I've been using an ancient tote from LL Bean that's awkward to carry.
Sarah's right, I probably don't need a pattern, I just need to layout the size I need that will comfortably fit my stuff. I would add a zippered pocket for my wallet and phone. I'll have to think about it.

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Date: 9/13/12 4:31 PM

I've sewn dozens of totes and bags. They are fun to sew, and easy to customize to exactly what you want. It's true that you don't really need a pattern, but a tutorial can be helpful.

For what it's worth, here's a free Amy Butler pattern for the nigella Yoga Bag (opens a PDF). It's a tube bag for a yoga mat, with some pockets on the outside, and a strap. It's been reviewed here quite a few times.

Despite all the zippers, bows, ties, etc. on the bag in the lululemon picture, it's really just a basic tote bag with a flap on the side to slip the rolled yoga mat into. They've added zippers to close up that flap, but that's not really necessary to make the bag functional.

You can sew a simple tote, just a bag with straps, or you can add a lining, inside pocket, outside pockets, zippered pockets, a zipper closure, etc., etc. Do think about the items you want to carry in the bag and how big you want it to be. Just add a flap on the side to get that feature on your bag. The Game Day Tote Tutorial has lots of pockets, including an inside zippered pocket.

Here are a couple of Pinterest pages to inspire you:
Bag Patterns
Bags to Sew

There are zillions of free bag and tote patterns on the internet. Try Googling things like:
sewing pattern bag
sewing pattern tote
sewing pattern yoga
etc.

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Date: 9/13/12 7:45 PM

Nancy - another Iyengar-ist! I study and teach Iyengar yoga Our studio is all equipped now, but back when we carried all of our props one of the best set ups I saw was a home sewn version of a log carrier bag similar to this.

I have been intending to make one for years, since I still need something to carry props when I go to our time share. It would be simple to include a pouch inside to hold the block and make sure it didn't fall out. Then you just fold your blankets and mat and pick up the handles and you are off. And don't forget to lift your kneecaps.

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Date: 9/13/12 9:00 PM

This looks like a regular drawstring tote bag with straps attached to the top (the drawstrings are used to close the bag) and a large flap on the outside to carry your mat. I wouldn't attempt the gusseted bottom without a pattern; and would rather make it like a square (think pillow) and box the bottom. Tutorial is HERE and another is HERE for boxing the bottom of a bag.

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