I quilted myself a yoga mat

I don’t particularly like the foamy mats that you can get at any sporting goods store. In fact, I kind of hate them. Despite their supposed anti-slip qualities I often find myself sliding off of them, and that’s not what I want in a yoga mat. So, I decided to make one for myself. And then there was my longstanding wish to sew a quilt. I’d like my yoga mat to be a little softer than just two pieces of fabric sewn together, so that was perfect. One and one equals… a new yoga mat!

My mother-in-law gave me this batik fabric with the eye pattern over a year ago. I immediately loved it and thought it would be perfect for a yoga mat. I bought additional fabrics for the front and the back, and then I procrastinated actually making the mat for more than a year. I understood the theory of making a quilt, but somehow I was afraid to try for myself. And then, I realized that I only have a few days left before I go on a weekend long yoga retreat, and that if I wanted to take it with me, I’d better start sewing.

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Sew I did – pun intended, of course. I started by determining how much fabric to add to the sides of the batik panel. The panel was about 60 centimeters wide, which I found a little narrow for a yoga mat. So I added a strip of ochre on either side to make it around 70 centimeters wide. That was the quilt top done.

I then made a sandwich that consisted of the top, the filling and the back. For the filling, I chose a thick flannel that I layered double. This way, the mat is more sturdy than it would be with traditional batting, but it still is soft. Plus, I wouldn’t want to stand on a carefully crafted quilt with cotton or woolen batting day in and day out. I don’t think it’d hold up against that. I then pinned this sandwich together in many, many places and started quilting. I decided to follow the meandering lines that weave between the eyes on the batik fabric, and to skip this for the smallest rows of eyes. I have a normal sewing machine, and it was hard enough maneuvering the whole mat under/around/through my machine without having to make tiny slaloms around those tiny eyes. I’m happy with how it turned out in the end, but this part really was a process. I now understand why people invest in walking foots for their machines! I ended up pushing and pulling the fabric through the machine, because it just could not properly feed it. So I have different stitch lengths all over the place, but you can only see that from the back, and who’s gonna see that?

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Lastly, I trimmed the quilt to the size I wanted it to be (70 x 190 centimeters) and sewed on the binding, which I had made from 6,5 centimeter wide strips. I sewed it onto the back and then top-stitched it in place on the front – and then it was done! It took me two evenings to make it, and I am very happy with the result!


TL;DR

  • Front: Batik panel and ochre woven cotton
  • Back and binding: burgundy woven cotton
  • Filling: thick flannel, doubled up

Shoplog: craftstore haul & el cheapo yarn

… and zippers, lots of zippers. But more on that later. So, I recently started watching knitting podcasts on Youtube. I don’t know how I didn’t come across these earlier, because there are a lot of them out there, and let me tell you, they are a joy to watch. I’m addicted! Being someone that keeps my knitting projects in baskets or cardboard boxes to carry around the house, I watched with envy as knitter after knitter showed the cutest project bags to store theirs in. I knew I wanted some as well, so I went out to buy some supplies. Of course I returned with more than I planned to, but all crafters will probably recognize this. Here’s what I brought home with me today!

… en ritsen, heel veel risten, maar daarover later meer. Laatst begon ik brei-podcasts op Youtube te kijken. Ik weet niet hoe het kan dat ik die niet eerder ben tegengekomen, want er zijn er een boel, en ik kan je zeggen: ze zijn heerlijk om naar te kijken. Ik ben verslaafd! Als iemand die mijn breiprojecten door het huis sjouwt in mandjes en kartonnen dozen keek ik jaloers hoe breister na breister die de meest schattige tasjes liet zien waar ze hun projecten in bewaren. Ik wist dat ik er ook wat van wilde hebben, dus ging ik op pad om daar wat spullen voor te kopen. Natuurlijk kwam ik thuis met meer dan ik had gepland, maar dat herkennen andere handwerksters vast wel. Hier is wat ik vandaag mee naar huis nam! Continue reading “Shoplog: craftstore haul & el cheapo yarn”

Handgemaakte cadeau’s voor Lief Lachebekje

Hiep hiep hoera, Lief Lachebekje is één jaar! Eigenlijk al een week of twee, maar ik vergat door ziekte en door drukte steeds foto’s te maken van de cadeaus die ik voor haar maakte. Ik ben namelijk druk bezig geweest met de hand cadeau’s voor haar te maken omdat het me zo mooi leek om voor de eerste verjaardag van mijn kind zelf cadeau’s te maken die jaren gebruikt kunnen worden. En dat deed ik! Ik haakte een deken en maakte een Zonnekind-/Waldorfpop, en naaide op de valreep ook nog even een feestjurk voor de jarige. Alles kwam maar net op tijd af, maar op het resultaat ben ik apetrots. Lees verder om er meer van te zien!

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