I see them sometimes. Abandoned umbrellas. The metal mechanisms have gone wrong but the canvas is most often still intact, and I hate seeing them end up in bins.
So when my umbrella frame died, I figured I’d keep it out of landfill and give it a new lease of life. It was a lot of fun to do, and I had a real sense of achievement. I have to stop myself telling people about it! 😉
As for the frame/mechanism, I donated it to a local craft centre. If you have any other ideas of what to do with this to upcycle it, I’d love to know!
I don’t own a sewing machine so I did this by hand. Wasn’t too much work, I found – best part of a day. If you have a sewing machine (and know how to use it) you could probably get this together very quickly!
I’ve also bought some yarn so that I can decorate it with embroidery. You could buy some fabric paint and get creative!
So, this is the process of how I made a simple carrier bag from a broken umbrella. Instructions below for making your own! I’ll also upload an A4 sheet with instructions that can be printed out.