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
- 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.
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!