From Bargain Bin to Mat Carrier


Projects that can be done in a weekend are the best. Here’s a simple one that brought high satisfaction for relatively little effort. Last summer I got tired of carting my yoga mat around all by its lonesome. Off to Pinterest I went (of course) to find a carrier tutorial. I wanted something more substantial than the strappy kind, and I was immediately drawn to this cute version from Design Sponge.

A trip my local Hancock Fabrics was all I needed next. The bargain section at the back led me to this shimmery green fabric. I loved it as soon as I saw it, always a good sign I’m on the right track. While passing by the elastics, a cheery turquoise one caught my eye. Thinking it might make a nice riff on the intended straps, I switched gears on the spot. Pairing it with the thinner striped-pink elastic nearby, I decided that, yeah, this new strap idea was worth a shot. In the end, the sturdy bounce of the elastic turned out to be a favorite feature of the carrier.

So, weekend craft warriors. . . what have been some of your favorite quick-but-rewarding projects?