This is what Rich calls it.
"How was your yogurt class?"
"Are you going to yogurt today?"
Yes I am...and I am taking my ultra pink yogurt mat in it's brand new Yogurt bag...
This is some of the new fabric I got this week...It is the Yoga Monkey pattern by Michael Miller, from the store jcaroline creative. Which, in my esteemed opinion, is a wonderful online fabric store. I simply adore the yoga monkeys (almost fainting dead away when it popped up on the screen) and knew without a doubt, that it was imperative that I have this fabric in which to make a yoga mat bag (I'd been wanting to make one for a bit now) I think the insidethehead conversation went something like:
"Lord in heaven...I must have that yoga monkey fabric in which to make a yoga mat bag asap." (all while using the serious and matter of fact insidethehead voice, of course.)
I completely made up this pattern. Which means, I researched what all the cool yoga people are carrying nowadays...and then tried to figure out what I wanted to see in a yoga mat bag...you know? For personal use?
- I really wanted something to hold a yoga mat...
- Some kind of strap in which to sling it over my shoulder so I could easily transport everything to and from yoga class
- I wanted something with monkeys on it
That about covers it. (except that last one...I didn't even begin to imagine that I could have monkeys doing yoga on a yard of fabric, the fact that I did find this fabric was a complete bouns)
The strap is made from a woven 100% cotton strap, and clasped together with a plastic buckle thingy, making the straps totally adjustable, just in case I may need such a feature in the future. I finished the bag in a spare hour and a half I had this morning...
I paired the monkey fabric with a color coordinating fabric that consists of blue argyles, because I love me some argyles...almost as much as I love paisleys...or monkey's doing yoga...err...um...yogurt. I bought thie argyle fabric at JoAnn's here in town...and for some unknown reason it was only $2/yard...and I thought a perfect compliment in which to line a yoga mat bag, and create an outside pocket on the bag.
- The pocket is for my iPod and is open at the top.
- The green button was scouted from one of my 3 button boxes.
- It is vintage.
- I adore it as well.
- (I used pink embroidery thread to attach it)
The only way in which the button is functional is to bring me great joy when I look at it...the button does not keep anything closed, or fastened...it's just a wonderful vintage button. Can you believe that I did not, in any of my button boxes (and to be fair, there are also several jars, and one rather large zip lock bag...I smell button give-away coming up soon) find a monkey button? I know...I can hardly believe that myself.
You might think that making a yoga mat bag is easy business, but I woke up early giddy with excitement, going over in my head exactly what I would need to do to make the bag...including the part where you dig out a ZipLock Container To Go lid to use as a circle template (this is after running around the house wondering why I don't seem to have more circle shaped things lying about) That is absolutely a must when you are making a yoga mat bag (one may question themselves at this juncture, if the author is now trying to use the phrase yoga mat bag in some sort of a record breaking way?)
It is also a must that one find a perfectly matched tank top at the thrift the very same morning that the bag was completed in which to iron and sew on a yoga monkey carefully cut from the left over parts of the Yoga Monkey fabric...to actually DO yogurt in...all matchy~matchy with one's new yoga mat bag (yup, there it is again)
The only person I warned ahead of time that there was yoga monkey fabric on it's way in which to make a yoga mat bag was The Amazing Megan. That conversation went like this:
Me: Megan...I just ordered the most adorable fabric! It's lime green, and has monkeys on it, doing yoga! (she collapses in a fit of giggles)
The Amazing Megan: Really? Um...Are they sock monkeys?
Me: (sitting up straight and saying quite seriously) Meeeegan...Um...NO. Sock Monkeys don't DO yoga.
(though, one may argue that no monkey probably does yoga...per se...but that one is seriously rocking the tree pose)