Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to make your own Yoga Mat Bag

This bag came about because I was looking to upcycle a few old sports tank tops that were too stretched to wear but I really liked the words and quotes on the front.

Thinking of sporty things to make, I started with a sports duffel bag with the first top:

Then I decided to make something new with the second one.  My eldest daughter has recently started doing yoga and got her own mat for her birthday a few months ago. So a bag to carry her mat it and keep it clean seemed like a good idea!

I just made a simple drawstring bag with a carry handle and add the quote from one of my old tank tops to the main part of the bag.

Here's how you can make your own yoga mat bag!

You will need some fabric, and cord and a toggle for the drawstring.

For the bag cut:
 a rectangle of fabric 80 x 52 cm (31.5 x 20.5")
a circle 17 cm (6.75") diameter
( you can download the free circle template here)
for the strap 104 x 14 cm (41 x 5.5") 
I also cut the slogan from the front of my old tank top to attach to the bag too.
you also need, cord 66 cm (26'") and a toggle

If you have a logo or picture you want to add to the bag - do this first.
I used fusible webbing to iron my tank top part onto the main bag part and applique stitched around the edge to secure.

To make the strap.

First fold one short end of your strap over and iron.

Then, take your long piece of fabric and iron in half length-ways. 

Then open out and fold both edges in towards the crease and iron again.

Then finally fold the whole strap in half and iron again. 

All your raw edges will now be enclosed except for one end of the strap.
Top stitch along both sides of your strap.

Your strap is now finished.

To make the bag.
Fold your main rectangle in half length-ways, Pin then stitch the edges together.

To prevent the seams from fraying, as this bag is not lined, finish off the seams using either an overlocker (serger) if you're lucky enough to have one; or just use a zig zag stitch or pinking shears.

Now turn your bag right sides out and pin then stitch your strap along the seam, with the raw edge in line with the bottom, 

And the finished end about 14 cm (5.5") down from the top end of the bag. Secure this end with a square and cross in the middle like this.

Now turn your bag back inside out and pin, then stitch your circle of fabric to the base of the bag, right sides of the fabric facing.

And once again finish the seam edges off with an overlocker (serger) , zig zag stitch or pinking shears.

Finishing the top of the bag
Using a seam ripper - open up a small gap in your seam about 2.5 cm (1") down from the top. This is to feed your drawstring through. Run a couple of stitches either side of where you have opened the seam to prevent the stitches from unravelling further.

To finish the top opening of your bag, first fold the top edge down about 1 cm (0.5") and stitch.

Then fold the end over again to form the casing for your drawstring. Make sure that the gap you just opened up in your seam is above your line of stitching.

Stitch all the way around.

Now take a large safety pin and use that to thread your drawstring cord though the casing.

Take the two ends of your cord and thread them through your toggle and tie securely. If you like you can use a small scrap of your fabric to enclose your knot. This makes it look prettier and also stops the knot from coming undone!

And that is your yoga mat bag finished!

All ready to go!

2 Tank Tops upcycled..

2 more to go. Do come back to see what I make with those later this week!

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Monday, August 29, 2016

A Round Tuit 325

Hello and welcome to another week at Creating my way to Success.

Last week I started on upcycling a few sports tank tops that are too stretched and baggy to wear anymore, but I love them too much to get rid of them!
Here's what I made with the first one.

I'll be upcycling the remaining 3 this week!
So do pop back to see what I make!
But for now it's time to see what you've all been up to. Let's get this party started!

Welcome to this week's linky party. A place where you can link up your posts and creations, and be inspired by others.

Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!
Here's my favourites from last week's party:
First of all, this awesome Button Bag from Vicky Myers Creations.

For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button here.
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Now it's your turn:
Link up your own projects - old or new - no rules - just share your creativity and inspiration!
I'd love if you grabbed the button - then you can have your very own Round Tuit!
And of course we all love visitors and comments so do visit some of the other links!
By linking up here you're giving me permission to use photos from your post in features here on my blog.
I will feature my favourites on this post and my Saturday Spotlight feature post next week.

And I'll also pin each feature to the Round Tuit Pinterest Board.

Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Upcycling and Hand-stitching

This week I'm showing you some upcycling and hand-stitching projects from the Round Tuit party. There are always so many great links to choose from and it's fun to group them together to choose the features each week.

So first of all, you know they are my favourites, upcycle projects!

And also some hand-stitched projects.

I hope you enjoyed this week's features and that you have a lovely weekend!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Never Give up Sports Bag - tank top upcycle

This week I made a start on the tank tops in my pile of clothes to be upcycled.
I love my Lorna Jane tank tops and wear them over and over until they are stretched and saggy but I still can't bear to get rid of them!

So - yesterday I cut up the first pink tank top and made a sports bag using the quote from the front as the front pocket of the bag and fabric and zips from my stash.

I used my own duffel bag tutorial which gives measurements for 4 different sizes to make.
This one however, is a different size again - the same as another sports bag I made for myself three years ago - also with a worn and stretched Lorna Jane top!

I put just one zipped pocket on the inside of this new one - always useful to have.

And the main bag zip has two zip pulls on it - this was a reclaimed zip from an old backpack of my daughters.

This bag has gone to my younger daughter who I know will get good use out of it!

Here's a selection of some of the duffel bags I've made using this pattern.

I use my Sports Duffel Bag every week, and my daughters use theirs for swimming each week too.
 I hope my daughter gets as much use out of her new bag too!

Do come back next week to see what I make using the remaining three tank tops!

For lots more clothes upcycling ideas, and to add your own, why not visit the Clothes Upcycling Linky. There are over 600 ideas linked up already and it's growing all the time!

I shall be linking this post to many of the fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons and direct links can be found on my linky party page.