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Make a Ruffly Umbrella

16 November 2009 62,616 views 23 Comments

by Disney


Thanks to Disney from Ruffles & Stuff! If you aren't familiar with her awesome blog, you need to click over and check it out! She's super-creative and has an eye for making such pretty things. Her blog is definitely a must-visit, especially if you want to make beautiful, romantic things on a budget. Thanks, Disney, for creating this special project for Dollar Store Crafts! - Heather

Hello everyone!

I'm so excited that Heather invited me to do a guest post here at Dollar Store Crafts! I love to come here and get inexpensive craft ideas.

Today I'm going to share with you this super-easy umbrella refashion that I did with a dollar store shower curtain liner!


  • boring old umbrella (on hand)
  • Dollar Store shower curtain liner (mine had several different shades to choose from!), $1
  • An old button

Cost Estimate: $1

1) First you want to measure all the way around the bottom of your umbrella, and double it for how much curtain liner you will need (plus extra for a flower, and top ruffles). For example, my umbrella was 120" around, and I cut four 2" sections that were the full length of the curtain, for a total of about 280 inches. No need to add seam allowance because it doesn't unravel! Yay!
2) Then sew a straight stitch (on your machine's longest stitch length) down the middle of all the strips, and pull the bottom thread to gently gather.
3) Hand stitch them onto your umbrella, wherever you like! So easy!!

I think on my next umbrella I'm going to do a monogram.


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  • Jessica H. said:

    Beautiful project!

    PS Super cute shoes too!

  • Sarah said:

    This is awesome!

  • Anne Weaver said:

    This is so pretty!! I’ve seen similar umbrellas in high-end catalogs for $100 and upward!

    I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  • Bethany P said:

    How adorable! I can’t wait to try this!

  • Marian said:

    Adorable! Seen them in stores here sometimes for a lot of money and I am astonished at how simple this is!

    (love the shoes too, lol)

  • jackie said:

    holy cow that is darling!!

  • Christi said:

    I love it! What a quick and easy project. This would be a great gift idea too! Thanks Disney! Your always making such beautiful things!!!!


  • Eve said:

    What a wonderful idea! I love how it turned out and I happen to have an old umbrella that would be perfect for this – I’ve been hanging on to it because of it’s vintagey handle, but the top is really ‘blah’. I can’t wait to try this! :)

  • Teresa H said:

    this is awesome – the pics really make it and motivate me to actually try it! great post!

  • Rachel said:

    That is so cute Disney, I love this! It looks so pretty even when it’s folded up. Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

  • Bethany said:

    This is so awesome!! How creative and gorgeous. Thank you for sharing!

  • Nancy said:

    Wow, this is a great idea. I love how just a little ruffle gives the umbrella so much more life!

  • Stephanie said:

    That is one stylin umbrella! Very chic, I love it! Too bad we don’t get any rain in San Diego, my efforts might go to waste waiting for rain around here!

  • Julie Bouesso said:

    Fabulous! Cheers, Julie

  • pam said:

    I can see everyone is as enchanted with this umbrella as I am! Bet Disney could sell these like crazy!

  • Ayu said:

    Posted this on my twitter: http://twitter.com/Tofu4me. Gave credits to Dollar Store Crafts and to Disney!

  • coley said:

    i love the umbrella ruffle and will definately add it to my to do list. :-)

    i also love the photo. classic. is that a flower on your scarf? how ’bout a pattern for that!!??? love it!


    happy friday!!


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