DIY Yoga Mat Strap

I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for about 15 years, and it’s been amazing to see the rising interest in it over the past five or so. As happens with so many activities as they become popular, yoga today comes with a lot of extra stuff. Or it can. While hip clothes and gear have nothing to do with the actual practice of yoga, some new products come in really handy. One of these is the yoga mat strap.

diy yoga mat strap

No, a yoga mat strap isn’t a torture device. It’s a carrier for the most important of all yoga materials: the mat. This simple sling-like contraption makes it easy to carry your yoga mat over your shoulder while you’re also toting a purse, a water bottle, a child and/or some gluten-free vegan cookies for bribing your yoga teacher into taking it easy on you (just this once). It also allows you to hang your mat wherever most accessible (a closet, coat hanger, doorknob, etc.) so you don’t expend time and energy hunting around for it before your 6 a.m. class.

This simple design involves a little very basic sewing and can be created in about 5 minutes. It adjusts to fit any size yoga mat, and would also work for carrying and hanging any exercise mat or a picnic blanket or baby’s play blanket. You can buy similar straps relatively inexpensively, like this one from lululemon (available in a variety of colors) or the Gaiam sling available at Target.

But if you’re looking for something easy and custom, try the how-to below. I started with 2 ½ yards of black rip-stop nylon ribbon, purchased at my local craft store for about $2 a yard. It has a basic, gender-neutral look. White rip-stop nylon was also available, and you could also try any thick, heavy-duty trim or ribbon for more flair. And when you’re done with your practice, try cleaning up your mat using this simple recipe for a therapeutic yoga mat wash.


Step 1

 Open Gallerydiy yoga mat strapIf you’re using rip-stop nylon, burn the ends with a match or lighter to prevent fraying. Turn the ends under and then make a loop with about a 3-inch opening. Pin and then sew in place. Repeat on the other end.

Step 2

 Open Gallerydiy yoga mat strapThat was the easy part. Now, let’s twist the strap into its useful form. Start with one end in each hand.

Step 3

 Open Gallerydiy yoga mat strapThread one end through the loop on the other end.

Step 4

 Open Gallerydiy yoga mat strapPull the ribbon all the way through until you’ve created a larger circle on one end. This is the circle that will wrap around your mat.

Step 5

 Open Gallerydiy yoga mat strapNow feed the circle at one end through the loop at the other end. You may have to scrunch up the circle to get it through the loop.

Step 6

 Open Gallery Now you should have a strap with circles at each end.

Step 7

 Open Gallerydiy yoga mat strapWrap the circles around each end of your yoga mat.

Step 8

 Open Gallerydiy yoga mat strapCarry your mat wrapped over your shoulder or around your chest.

Step 9

 Open Gallerywarrior pose on yoga matNow, strike your best warrior pose! (Special thanks go to my coworker A.J., who I think may have a second career in yoga modeling!)


  • 2 to 3 yards of rip-stop nylon fabric ribbon, depending on your height and how long you want to the strap to hang
  • Thread


  • Sewing machine (preferred) or heavy-duty needle
About Kelly Smith Trimble 


I grow vegetables wherever I can find enough sunlight and forage roadsides and hiking trails for plants that can be used to make natural dyes. You can find both vintage ...

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2 Responses

  1. soulofspice says:

    thanks a ton! this looks amazing. I lost my mat strap, can't wait to try your DIY!

  2. Susan says:

    Thank you , you are awesome!!!

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