Every year the holidays just sneak up on you—usually leading to the inevitable rush to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Keeping in mind that time is of the essence, certain DIY projects would be too complex to take on, so I decided to feature one that is quick and easy to pull off, even when you’re in a pinch. No more complicated than wrapping a present is this simple DIY yoga mat strap. Yoga mats tend to be pretty affordable if you shop in the right bargain store, and making the strap yourself gives it a personal touch your loved one will surely swoon over. This year give your special person a tool encouraging them to take care of their mind, body and soul. On the mat they are likely to find peace, love, and joy all year round.
What you’ll need:
-Pretty ribbon of your choice
-Velcro strips (cut to about 3 inches long, you’ll need 2-4 depending on the thickness of your ribbon)
-2 Hair ties or rubber bands
-Hot glue gun
-Ruler or measuring tape
Roll up the yoga mat and wrap the hair tie around each end to hold it in place. Roll them to where you would like your strap to be.
Hot glue a fold in the edge of the ribbon about 1 inches long so the trim is nice and crisp.
Using the ribbon, measure the length you’ll need to to wrap around the mat leaving about 3 inches of overlap, then make a clean cut.
Hot glue a fold on the new edge of the ribbon about 1 inch so the trim to match the first edge.
Repeat step 2 on the other end of the mat.
Hot glue a piece of velcro on one end of the ribbon, and once secure, close the loop around the yoga mat and hot glue the other side of the velcro strip so that it’s a snug fit. Allow the glue to dry.
Repeat step 4 on the other end of the mat.
You now have to create the strap that will go across your body or on one shoulder—estimate a comfortable length using your own body if necessary.
Slide the ribbon under the already velcroed ribbon that is holding the mat in place. Hot glue a fold onto the velcroed ribbon, then another. (Photo will demonstrate this clearly.)
Stretch the ribbon to the other end of the mat and repeat the same hot glue gun fold that will give you the desired length of the strap.
Allow the glue to dry at least 12 hours before you use it.
Voilà! You have a yoga mat strap!