I decided to make my collection of sewing patterns available to you for FREE! First up is my Yoga Matt pattern, which prints as a 3-page PDF.
I was originally inspired to make my own Yoga Matt several years ago because I love to lay in the grass and chill out on a warm, sunny day. I also wanted to be able to take this with me to the park or the beach, so I added the straps to wrap around the rolled up matt for easy carrying.
Dimensions: 28“ wide by 69“ long, finished.
• 70 5“ squares, or
• Set of fat quarters for a variety (I used a set of 12 fat quarters for the yoga matt pictured), or
• Scraps from your stash
• 1/2 yd. for border
• 2 yds. of batting
• 2 yds. of denim or heavyweight fabricfor backing
• Extra wide double fold bias tape for ties
• Patchwork Squares: Cut 70 5“ squares
• Borders: Note: It’s best to cut these after you’ve pieced your patchwork.
• Cut two strips measuring 2½“ wide x width of the pieced patchwork (about 23¼“).
• Cut two strips measuring 2½“ wide x length of pieced patchwork including top and bottom borders (about 63¾“)
• Batting: Cut batting that measures 34 “ wide x 75“ tall.
• Backing: Cut denim that measures 34 “ wide x 75“ tall
• Bias Strips: cut 2 strips 17½“ long
- Lay out 70 squares in 14 rows of 5 squares per row in a pleasing manner. Using ¼“ seam allowances, sew first row of squares together, pressing to left side.
- Sew second row of squares together, pressing to right side.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all squares are sewn together into rows.
- Sew rows together, one at a time, lining up seam allowances, which should be going in opposite directions to reduce bulk. Press patchwork.
- Measure width of patchwork at top, center and bottom to get an average measurement. (Mine came out to about 23¼” wide.) Cut the borders to this measurement x 2½“ wide.
- Sew the top and bottom borders to the patchwork. Press toward border fabric.
- Measure the length of the patchwork, including the top and bottom borders. (Mine came to about 63¾” long.) Cut the borders to this measurement x 2½“. You may need to piece two strips together to get a border long enough to fit the sides.
- Sew the long borders to the patchwork. Press toward border fabric.
- Top stitch 1/8“ on both sides of each of the two 17½“ strips. Cut in half so you have four strips, each measuring approximately 8¾“ long.
- Pin two strips on top of each other, 6“ in from top corners of patchwork with raw edges together. (strips will be lying flat toward the patchwork)
- Attached strips to patchwork with basting stitch using 1/8“ seam allowance.
Make A Quilt Sandwich
- Lay your batting down on a flat surface (such as large table or basement floor), smoothing out with your hands. Tape batting down with masking tape at as many spots as you need to get the batting as flat and smooth as possible.
- Lay your backing on top of the batting with the denim right side up. Smooth out to get the backing as flat as possible.
- Lay your patchwork on top of the backing with the right side down. Smooth out to get the patchwork as flat
- Pin all layers together with safety pins or quilters’ bent safety pins.
- Sew all the way around the layers, using a 1/4“ seam allowance, leaving an opening for turning. I recommend leaving an opening at least 8“ wide to give you enough room to turn right side out.
- Trim excess backing and batting to a 1/2“ seam allowance.
- Turn layers right side out through opening. Press opening seam allowance to inside and hand-stitch closed with a whipstitch or blindstitch.
Quilt lines that are 1/4“ from the border seams, then quilt each row 1/4“ in from the seams going side to side, and then quilt each column 1/4“ in from the seams going top to bottom.
*Roll up your new yoga matt, wrap the ties around the roll, tie into bows, and off you go!
Note: This Matt is not just for outdoor use. If you want to use this matt for doing yoga on a slippery floor, you could use a non-slip rug pad underneath it. (check the craft supply stores or carpet stores) I would cut the rug pad into smaller pieces and stitch them to the back of the yoga matt.
I added this free Yoga Matt sewing pattern to the tab at the top of my blog called Sewing Patterns. Stay tuned for more FREE patterns coming soon!
PS – If you make this pattern, I would love it if you share a photo of your project in the Flickr group I created. Thank you!