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Make a Ruffly Umbrella

16 November 2009 44,503 views 23 Comments

by Disney

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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!

Materials:

  • 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

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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!
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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.
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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.

Fun!
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23 Comments »

  • 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:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-add-ruffles-to-an-umbrella/2009/11/16/

    –Anne

  • 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!!!!

    FatBottomBLOG

  • 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!

    thanks!!!

    happy friday!!

    coley

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    What a great project. It has just the Vintage style look that inspires me

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