After much procrastination, I have finally decided to start on my fitness goals for the year. I’ve been postponing it for months (It’s March already! Yikes!). To the point, where the universe is starting to send me signals. What else would you call an order of a dozen yoga mats and handles? The client even asked us to customise the mats with puns! Quips like “Exercise? I think you mean extra fries” and “I workout because I like to eat. A lot.”. If that isn’t a sign. Then I don’t know what is! So,I’ve decided to give in and make a yoga mat and strap for myself. Here’s what we did!
Before I get started on how it’s made, I wanted to tell you about the difficulty level for this DIY. It’s deceptively time consuming and does require a certain amount of concentration. Because each mistake is very very obvious. On the other hand, it is a really fun thing to work out on and does motivate you. I don’t mean to brag, but I’ve actually worked out everyday (well, almost everyday) ever since I made this.
Time taken: 2-3 hours per set
Materials for the mat:
- Black Fabric Markers
- Full length scale
- Dark pencils
- 6 or 8mm yoga mat
Materials for the strap:
- Nylon (2 meters length, 1.5” inches width)
- Thick thread
Steps for to make the yoga mat:
- For the first step, plan the quote you would like to write on the yoga mat and place it on the mat. I placed the quote at one end of the mat.
- Then, write out the individual words of the quotes on A4 size sheets (on Word or Photoshop or Illustrator) and print them out. This makes it much easier to place the words on the mat and ensure that they are in straight lines.
- Paste the words in the order that they need to appear on the yoga mat. While making sure, that the words are all in line.
- Flip over the quote and scribble over each individual alphabet. It’s important to scribble only over the alphabets, because the black of the pencil, will smudge otherwise.
6. Place the quotes over the mat and align it accurately.
7. Use a sharp pencil to trace the alphabets onto the yoga mat. Once the basic outline has been made, darken the edges of the quote to make it easy to read.
8. Draw a thin black outline with the markers.
9. Colour in the alphabets really well. So, that none of the base shines through.
To finish up, add black lines below the design. We used a combination of 1 bold line and 1 thin line on each yoga mat. After this step, let the mats dry for a few hours before colouring in the edges and adding initials to the mat. And that’s it, for the first half of this DIY.
Steps for the strap:
- Stretch out the length of material and fold in both the edges inwards. This should make two loops, one on either side.
- For both the ends of the strap, fold the end of the strap over the main portion and stitch it together. This should be done in a way, that the strap can move within the loops made. So, you can adjust the strap according to the size of the mat.
- Sew a button over the stitching, to hold it in place.
Things to keep in mind:
- Avoid pencil marks as far as possible. They don’t rub off easily
- Permanent markers work the best on any design. Paint will eventually peel off and anything else would rub off while working out. We tried stickers and printing as well. But, overall this is the easiest and cheapest option.
- Green and pink mats are the easiest to work on. While, blue mats are the worst!
- Give the mat plenty of time to dry after the design has been completed.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this can get a bit complicated. So, if you need clarifications on any points or I’ve missed something, please feel free to message me in the comments and let me know! I would be happy to help out!
Also, we have a couple of mats left over, so if you would prefer to have the DIY made to the quote of your choice, then you can use the button below, to order it with us!
Did you like these Yoga Mats and Straps? Let me know in the comments below. Also, what quote would you write on yours? Mine has “I have insom-nom-nomia” written on it!