Props and Gear for your Yoga practice – sew them up!

Props and Gear for your Yoga practice – sew them up!

Sew if you have any sewing ability, you can make these items for your Yoga practice.

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Part I on Zafu Instructions
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Part II
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Zafu III

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Last Zafu instruction
  • Make your own bolsters. Now I found an article in one of my sewing books,
    “Sewing for the Outdoors”, but then I found this on the internet… the same concept.
    I used a roll of quilt batting, figured out how circle part on the bottom….well, kinda like the instructions for the yoga mat. Here are some links.

Stuff Sack aka Yoga bolster!

Stuff Sack Instructions from UberPest

and lastly here is another link for making the “stuffed bolster sack…”

Stuff Sack Instructions from Thru Hiker

Enjoy making your own yoga props!

Gail Pickens-Barger, International and Experience Certified and Registered Yoga Teacher

Additional sites for sewing up your yoga gear yoga props.

Threads 2003 Issue Make a Yoga Mat Carrier

CraftBits Instructions on Making your own Yoga Mat Bag.

Making a yoga mat bag from an old pair of jeans!

A Yoga Mat “wrap”. A nice variation on transporting your yoga mat to and fro

Props and Gear for your Yoga practice . . .

Props and Gear for your Yoga practice.

Sewing your own yoga gear!  Yoga with Gail.  Love using my Singer Featherweight to make yoga gear!
Sewing your own yoga gear! Yoga with Gail. Love using my Singer Featherweight to make yoga gear!

Sew if you have any sewing ability, you can make these items for your Yoga practice.

  • PDF of Sewing a Meditation Cushion Here are the instructions.
    • Zafu

      How to make a Zafu

    First, what is a zafu? It’s a cushion to sit on during sitting meditation.

    Do I need one? Nope.

    Having said that, here are some instructions which I borrowed from a wonderful web site called No Zendo. Unfortunately they are no longer online.

    The following information was originally published by the Zen Center of Los Angeles and was found in one of their fine books, entitled “To Forget the Self: An Illustrated Guide to Zen Meditation” by John Daishin Buksbazen. Unfortunately, this book is now out of print. It is gratefully presented here as a help for those getting started on their own.

    SUGGESTED FABRIC

    A sturdy material such as a cotton/polyester blend

    SUGGESTED FILLING

    Kapok fiber, although buckwheat hulls can be used for those who prefer a firmer seat

    BASIC PIECES

  • Length of cloth 59 inches long, 6 inches to 9 inches wide (depending on how high you would like your cushion to be).
  • Two circles of cloth, each with a diameter of 11 inches to 13 inches (depending on how large around you would like your cushion to be.)
  • STEP 1.
    Pleat the length of cloth. There should be fourteen 3/4 inch pleats, 3 inches apart. To pleat:
    a) Beginning 6-1 /2 inches from the left edge of the length, make three marks, 3/4 inch apart, thus marking out the first pleat:

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    Three inches after the first set of pleat markings, make the second set, as indicated above. Continue doing this till you have 14 pleats. When you finish, the last pleat marking should be 3 inches from the right edge. (If you wish to have narrower pleats, of course, simply increase the number of pleats.)

    b) Next, iron the pleats and pin them. They should all be folded and ironed in toward the left-hand side. For each set of pleat markings, fold the third in toward the first as shown, and then pin as shown at below:

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    STEP 2.
    Now, having completed the first step, take the right edge of the pleated strip cloth and pin it to the left end of the strip, 3-1/4 inches from the left edge:

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    STEP 3.
    Mark each circle of cloth at four equidistant points. Turn pleated length of cloth inside out. Pin each circle to the pleated strip, one circle to the top edge and one to the bottom edge, at each of the four points:

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    STEP 4.
    Next, ease (pin) all the pleats in to the circles, top and bottom. Sew the circles to the length of cloth:

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    STEP 5.
    Turn inside out and stuff with kapok or buckwheat hulls (through opening in the side that the zafu will have) It’s best to use a lot of stuffing material. Kapok will slowly compress with use and buckwheat hulls eventually breakdown:

    That’s it!
    You could sew a zipper in the opening or simply sew it closed. Sewing a Meditation Cushion

    Instructables instructions on making your own meditation pillow.

http://www.michiganbuddhist.com/seiza – original site is missing. Here is what I saved over the years.  Sewing a Meditation Cushion

I used some cotton material that I had around the house. I used this same concept, to cover a neck roll that I had so that I could also use this in restorative yoga poses.

Here’s another link for making a stuff sack, or a cover for your cylinder shaped bolster…

p.s. Update, a sewing pattern from Simplicity 3583 – Bolsters, Meditation cushion, neck roll, eye pillow, yoga strap.  Wait till Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s have their sales and snatch this pattern!

Simplicity Sewing Pattern 3583 - Make your own yoga gear - Yoga with Gail
Simplicity Sewing Pattern 3583 – Make your own yoga gear – Yoga with Gail

Top DIY tutorials on making a face mask, buff, gators,neck strap, chain, holder!

Here’s your top DIYs, tutorials for:

  • Face Mask Lanyards DIY Tutorials
  • Face Coverings, face masks, Buff, Gaiters or Gators or Neck & Face covering – DIY Tutorials
  • My DIY Tutorial for Face mask and Buff’s from Leggings or Yoga pants.
  • Links to other DIY’s on making your own Yoga props on my site.

Face Mask Lanyards DIY Tutorials

You might have something already around the house to help you keep track of your face mask.  Especially when those kiddos are going back to school.  You know kids, right?

This one is easy peasy! Dug through my junk drawer, and found these!  Just attached it to my face mask….good to go!

Look what I found in my Junk Drawer. A lanyard to help keep track of my face mask, when I have it off of my face. Great for kiddos!
Look what I found in my Junk Drawer. A lanyard to help keep track of my face mask, when I have it off of my face. Great for kiddos!

DIY for lanyard for your face mask


Face Coverings, face masks, Buff, Gaiters or Gators or Neck & Face covering – DIY Tutorials

Top 12 DIY - Buff & Gator Face Mask Coverings Tutorials - Yoga with Gail
Top 12 DIY – Buff & Gator Face Mask Coverings Tutorials – Yoga with Gail

The list of DIY tutorials for making the buff, face mask coverings.

Goodness!  Look at this creative way to use your Gelitan Plate and making your own
decorator fabric for your cloth facemask ==> How to Make a Gel Printed Fabric Face Covering

  1. From the My Sewing Machine Obsession site – another great tutorial, with the emphasis of summer fabrics.  I like how this one is configured and updated.
    http://mysewingmachineobsession.blogspot.com/2020/07/mask-making.html
  2. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Stylish-Neck-Gator/ Also known as “Gator” good use transform into a buff/face mask
  3. http://giveitgrace.blogspot.com/2011/10/keeping-warm-and-staying-cheap.html Give it Grace Keeping warm and staying cheap: A DIY Head wrap/face mask. Oct 2011
  4. https://jennabrand.com/2014/05/01/tubular-bandana-buff-tutorial/ Tubular Bandana Buff Tutorial – May 2014
  5. Gaiter Style Mask Tutorial by Sew Can She
  6. DIY Breathable Face Mask at Hello Sewing
  7. http://blog.fehrtrade.com/gallery/883/sewing-indie-month-a-buff-tutorial/Buff – Sew your own active wear – May 2014
  8. https://lotsafreshair.com/2017/05/19/howto-make-a-buff/ Lots a Fresh Air Sewing your own Buff from a T-shirt May 2017
  9. Sewing your own Gator – Oct 2008
    https://gatorproject.wordpress.com/gator-neck-warmer-instructions/

DIY, Sew your own face covering, buff, gator, neck cover, face covering mask.
DIY, Sew your own face covering, buff, gator, neck cover, face covering mask.
My DIY Tutorial for Face mask and Buff’s from Leggings or Yoga pants.
Gail and her original Buff from when she went to Mongolia
  1. Here is Gail and her original Buff from when she went to Mongolia.  Taught yoga in Mongolia, when visiting her oldest in the Peace Corps. 
OSU colors for my LuLaRoe Leggings.  Go Pokes!
2. I selected my OSU colors for my LuLaRoe Leggings. Go Pokes!
Taking original Buff and measuring how much to cut. DIY Buff Shield
3. Taking original Buff and measuring how much to cut.
Can make two Buff from a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings.  DIY Buff
4. Can make two Buff from a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings.
Pin the fabric sides together to prepare to either sew by the machine or hand sew.
5. Pin the fabric sides together to prepare to either sew by the machine or hand sew.
My Pfaff machine getting put to use!  Sewing down the side seam.  I kept the waist band here on this diy face mask.
6. Using my Pfaff Sewing Machine, pin right sides of fabric together, then sew down the seam to make a tube shape. In this case I used the serged seam as a guideline to where I’d sew. Optional to trim off that seam.
My sewing room.  The buff/gator fit my face nicely without having to take in any on the side.  Yoga with Gail
7. Turn the finished tube with the fabric to the outside and try on. If need be, you could take in more if the buff slips. I found that I did not need to take in the side seam any, and the face covering/buff stayed up nicely.

  1. Here is Gail and her original Buff from when she went to Mongolia.  Taught yoga in Mongolia, when visiting her oldest in the Peace Corps. 
  2. I selected the OSU colors for my LuLaRoe Leggings. Go Pokes!
  3. Taking my original Buff and measuring how much to cut, I may have added an inch to the length.
  4. I can get two Buffs from a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings.
  5. I then pin the fabric sides together to prepare to either sew by the machine or hand sew.
  6. Using my Pfaff Sewing Machine, pin right sides of fabric together, then sew down the seam to make a tube shape. In this case I used the serged seam as a guideline to where I’d sew. Optional to trim off that seam.
  7. Turn the finished tube with the fabric to the outside and try on. If need be, you could take in more if the buff slips. I found that I did not need to take in the side seam any, and the face covering/buff stayed up nicely.

DIY on making from the ends of Lularoe leggings or yoga pants into a face mask. Now Sewing required.

So I had a lot of left over leg ends, after I made the “Buffs and Gators” from the top of the Lularoe Leggings….

Lot of left over leg ends after I made my Buffs/Gators.  Then I thought, well I could make some face mask coverings with the left over fabric.  Yoga with Gail
Left over leg ends from my first DIY Lularoe Leggings into a Buff/Gator face mask.

I saw on my statistics someone typed in DIY Lularoe leggings into a face mask. Looked at it and thought, well I could make it simpler…  Here’s the PDF ==> Upcycle your Lularoe Leggings into Face Masks, Buffs and Gators – Gail Pickens-Barger Yoga Teacher

DIY on making a face mask from left over leggings buff/gator project.  Yoga with Gail
1. Take the Legging end part, keep the original hem end, and go ear to ear.  I subtracted about 2 inches because of the stretch factor, and cut slits.  Sharp sizzors, two slits.  Pretty simple.
Gail demonstrating the face covering after cutting the two slits on the edges.  This is really nice and warm for those winter months.
2. That worked pretty well!  So, one can put a filter in between the two layers.  I see where some people put coffee filters.  If it gets too stretched out, you can recut one end with another slit.  Washable too!  Pretty simple.  Use sharp sizzors, go SLOW in cutting the slits.  In the back is a photograph from the David C. Turnley collection.
Recycle your LuLaRoe Leggings and make two Buffs/Gators and two Face Mask Coverings.
Use the left over material from making the buffs/gators into a face covering/mask. No Sewing required!

Other DIY Linked on my site.


DIY Lularoe Leggings into face mask #2

DIY on making from the ends of Lularoe leggings into a face mask #2

What?

So I had a lot of left over leg ends, after I made the “Buffs and Gators” from the top of the Lularoe Leggings…. ==> See this DIY on the details!!

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Left over leg ends from my first DIY Lularoe Leggings into a Buff/Gator face mask.

I saw on my statistics someone typed in DIY Lularoe leggings into a face mask. Looked at it and thought, well I could make it simpler…  Here’s the PDF ==> Upcycle your Lularoe Leggings into Face Masks, Buffs and Gators – Gail Pickens-Barger Yoga Teacher

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Take the Legging end part, keep the original hem end, and go ear to ear.  I subtracted about 2 inches because of the stretch factor, and cut slits.  Sharp sizzors, two slits.  Pretty simple.

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That worked pretty well!  So, one can put a filter in between the two layers.  I see where some people put coffee filters.  If it gets too stretched out, you can recut one end with another slit.  Washable too!  Pretty simple.  Use sharp sizzors, go SLOW in cutting the slits.  In the back is a photograph from the David C. Turnley collection.

Copy of Cream Brown Yoga Studio A4 Flyer (10)

Face Shield Mask
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sew tubular face mask

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Top 7 DIY Buff, Gaiter, Gator, Face Mask Covering Tutorials

Top DIY Buff for Face Masks Tutorials using a Buff or Gator
Top DIY Face Mask Covering Tutorials – sew your own, no sew diy

Top 12 DIY Buff & Gator, Face Mask Covering Tutorials
Top 12 DIY Buff & Gator, Face Mask Covering Tutorials

Top 12 Face Mask Covering Tutorials - Updated!
Top 12 Face Mask Covering Tutorials – Updated!

Updated DIY Face Mask Coverings - Instructions for making your own face masks, gators or buffs
Updated DIY Face Mask Coverings – Instructions for making your own face masks, gators or buffs