The way into my work has the craziest wind tunnel known to man. It’s flipped countless of my umbrellas inside out and broke them. I’ve joked that if they put a wind turbine there, they can power the whole complex.  But I digress…

So, why do you care? Because I’m going to show you how to reuse an umbrella to make a water proof camping stuff sack! Oh yes, you heard me right.  Now, I realize that you all may not have a broken umbrella just laying around, so use this tutorial with waterproof fabric cut into a circle for the same outcome.

For this project you will need:

  • broken umbrella (or waterproof fabric)
  • seam ripper
  • sewing machine and matching thread
  • pins
  • cord
  • safety pin

First, remove your umbrella fabric from its frame. I got lucky with my umbrella because there were two layers; a black layer and a purple patterned layer.

broken umbrella

I used my seam ripper to take off the unnecessary portions and then I hand-sewed the middle together.  After that, using a measuring tape, I pinned an even hem around all around the edges.


Once I was done pinning, I used my sewing machine to hem the edges leaving a small opening.


Then I cut some rope to size and attached a safety pin to the end to help with the threading process.

Ta da!  I have my very own stuff sack for camping.  Water-proof and ready to go!


Questions or comments? Leave them below! And remember, to reclaim, reuse and upcycle!


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Posted by:Jackie Hausler of haus2home

Jackie Hausler seeks to inspire creativity in the name of reclaiming, reusing and upcycling. With each project, she walks followers through do-it-yourself projects, shows how to give old items a new chance at life, and teaches ways to be eco-friendly and live a green lifestyle. She believes making your house a home doesn't have to be expensive to be beautiful, and is passionate about accomplishing that while being kind to our earth. Jackie is the founder of the home and lifestyle blog

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