Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Yoga mat bag DIY tutorial


I had been wanting a yoga mat bag for quite awhile, but I couldn't find one I liked enough. So 8 months ago when I arrived in Chiang Mai again I decided to make my own, yet it was only 2 weeks ago I found the fabric I loved and started making it. As I don't own a sewing machine I first did all the prepwork myself (cutting, pinning, sewing by hand (!) and then I went to the seamstress. The first one I went to looked a bit worried. The second one smiled. I too thought it was an easy job because of the prepwork I had done.

I read the tutorial on BoredandCrafty for the basic steps and I adjusted a few things. I chose for a single layered bag, because the fabric is thick and strong enough. I also made a slit on top, so it is easier to slide in the yoga mat in the bag and I used a cord lock to close the bag. I also wanted an adjustable strap.
I thought about a double zippered bag (see pic below) because it's very practical, but I didn't want to use too much metal. Plus I foresaw my long hair tangled in the zippers (when carrying the bag). And the hassle when zippers need to be fixed or scratches on my mat... doom thinking has its benefits ;-) An extra little pocket for a (membership, parking) card or coins would have added a bit of convenience, but then... I always have my other bag for gum, wallet, water etc.
I love this bag, it's like an Eastern painting
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Brand: Jfit

Making a yoga mat bag from old pants is such a great idea and so much easier to make, not to forget eco-friendly. Cargo pants are perfect for this as it already has pockets. Check this out.

Last week a stranger at the airport complimented me on my bag, he said it looked like a ... bag (he named a brand, Lemon Tree?) My smile couldn't have been bigger...
PS: After finishing this post I found Serita's yoga mat bag tutorial on Youtube (timeframe 0:35), and I really like the way she made the pocket. 

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


Creamwhite Freshwaterpearls, Turquoise dyed Howlite, 
Chrysoberyl cateye & 925 Silver.
 Matching bracelet with 925 Silver Ohm sign

May 2011 was a memorable month for Ms. J. She turned ... oh my, I forgot ;-), but I remember a figure that reminds us (again) of our passing existence in this world. We no longer think in terms of "later-in-the-future-when-I've-grown-up", but we start to realise we already are floating on this "later in the future". And have we grown up...? Well, let's skip this one, shall we...? ;-)  We just don't have the eternal life (and I thank the Buddha and gods for this) and we are more and more aware of the impermanence of our being on planet Earth. It's a beautiful phase... We know ourselves better than before (if we're lucky...) and as time and energy has become something more limited, and therefore precious, we want to spend it more carefully, more meaningfully.

For this occasion I made a pair of earrings and a bracelet for Ms. J.
When you imagine a circle around the earring, you'll see a Peace sign.
The matching bracelet has an Ohm sign in the middle. It has a broad meaning in Sanskrit, but the part I thought of when making it was the part of the Universal "All", "Everything": Everything from the past, the present and the future.

I wish Miss J. love, laughter and lots of light!