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keep the sun off your pretty little head!
Finally, the snow has let up and it's getting sunny for a change. But this means you're constantly squinting. Here's a solution for those of a Victorian-esque persuasion- a simple cotton parasol.

Posted by Only Frills and Horses from Nottingham, England, United Kingdom • Published See Only Frills and Horses's 52 projects »
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  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 1
    Step 1

    Find yourself an umbrella with a sturdy frame- it doesn't matter if the cover is tattered a bit. I got this one from my local antique furniture shop for £3. be careful to avoid umbrellas from budget shops- they will make you cry!

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 2
    Step 2

    Try to remove the cap at the top of the umbrella, as this will make taking the cover off easier. However, sometimes it refuses to budge an sometimes you end up with damage like this. If this happens, don't worry and carefully make a cut in the cover at the top to take it off.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 3
    Step 3

    Remove the cover by removing the caps, then cutting the stitching on the frame then pulling it over the top.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 4
    Step 4

    Take the stitching off the caps to remove them. Some covers are stitched onto holes in the frame itself, in this case simply undo the stitching.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut one of the sections (preferably a decent one) off the cover. This will be your pattern.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 6
    Step 6

    Make allowances for any trims. Cut a small amount off the bottom for flat lace trim or ruffles. Here, I've also cut it into two sections for insertion lace.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut 8 new sections from your fabric, adding a seam allowance as you cut (if you trust yourself- if not, make paper copies of your section)

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 8
    Step 8

    add flat trim to your sections before sewing them together. This will make sure they lie flat. If you're adding ruffles, sew them on after you've sewn the sections together.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sew all the sections together to make a new cover.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 10
    Step 10

    Do a hand gathering stitch around the top of the cover.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 11
    Step 11

    Pull this tightly around the top of the frame, making it fit well.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 12
    Step 12

    Sew the caps to the edges of the joins between sections, then replace these on the frame. If your umbrella has holes instead, stitch the cover into these.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 13
    Step 13

    Neatly stitch the seam allowance to the frame just under the joint; this will keep the cover in place discreetly.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 14
    Step 14

    Cut a piece of trim that is 6 times as long as it is wide.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 15
    Step 15

    Sew this into a loop.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 16
    Step 16

    Hand gather this around the top of your parasol.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 17
    Step 17

    Glue gun a piece of trim around the cap of your parasol to hide any damage or raw edges. Also glue the ruffled trim to make it lie flatter on the cover.

  • How to make an umbrella / parasol. Summer Parasol - Step 18
    Step 18

    Finally, tie a pretty ribbon around the parasol to secure it. This can tie around the handle when the parasol is up.

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Dona Monstra
Dona Monstra · 9 projects
Amazing!! =D
Thank you so much for post how to. =*
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1393 projects
Wow, it looks great and what an awesome idea for transforming a boring umbrella!
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